Soccer roundup: OV boys earn the only early win
ADDISON COUNTY — In opening high school soccer action late last week and on Tuesday, the Otter Valley boys split two games, the OV girls lost on the road, the Eagle boys and the Middlebury boys each fell on the road, and the Vergennes boys dropped their home opener.
The VUHS girls prevailed in their first game; see story on Page 1B.
On Saturday, the OV boys gave up an early own goal to Fair Haven in a game played at Proctor, but came back for a 2-1 victory. Fair Haven scored when OV misplayed a corner kick in the game’s sixth minute. Josh Letourneau, from Thomas Kingsley, equalized six minutes later, and Letourneau also knocked in the winning goal 16 minutes into the second half.
On Tuesday, the Otters struck first at Woodstock when Kingsley converted a Maxwell Williams assist in the 14th minute, but the Wasps controlled most of the play and prevailed, 4-1. OV keeper Clay Hays stopped 13 shots, while two Woodstock goalies combined for two saves.
On Tuesday, host Green Mountain Valley (2-0) rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Mount Abe boys. Max Martin scored three times for the Gumbies, who scored four times in the second half to pull away. Jack Willis netted the Eagle goal.
Host Rutland got a goal 11 minutes in and made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Tiger boys on Tuesday. Raider goalie Ryan McKay kept the Tigers off the board with seven saves.
On Friday, host Twin Valley got two goals apiece from Kaitlin Hunt and Carly Walkowiak in a 5-1 victory over the OV girls. Abby Pinkowski scored for the Otters, who were seeking their first win at Leland & Gray on Wednesday in a game played after deadline.
On Saturday, visiting Green Mountain Valley earned a 3-0 victory over the Commodore boys. The Gumbies scored all three goals in the early going before the VUHS defense settled in. Middlebury Union transfer Nick Wilkerson earned the shutout in the GMVS goal.
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