In high school soccer: Local teams enjoy hot streak
ADDISON COUNTY — Local high school soccer teams enjoyed success earlier this week, with the Vergennes girls and boys sweeping games on the road, the Otter Valley girls avenging an earlier loss, the Middlebury girls winning big away from home, and the Tiger boys notching a historic upset.
The Tiger boys upended perennial Division I power Champlain Valley, 1-0, at Fucile Field on Tuesday, for what could be the program’s first-ever victory over the Redhawks.
Camden Simpson notched the game’s only goal 49 seconds before halftime, assisted by Sully Swearingen, and goalie Santiago Fernandez worked a 10-save shutout as the Tigers improved to 2-3. Goalie Aidan Johnson made one save for the 2-0-1 Redhawks.
The Otter girls on Tuesday blanked visiting Twin Valley. OV improved to 3-3 and avenged an earlier 5-1 road toss to TV. OV got goals from defender Jillian Flanders on a penalty kick, Olivia Drew, and Julia Lee from Drew. Coach Rick Hedding said Molly McGee, Leah Pinkowski, Lauryl Blanchard and goalieGabby Poalino all played well.
The Commodores boys blanked host Missisquoi, 3-0, on Tuesday for their third straight victory, moving to 3-2 in the process. Max Ratti-Bicknell,Ezekiel Palmer andJosias Salomao scored for VUHS, and goalie Cam McLaughlin made seven saves.
On Monday, the Tiger girls rode a big second half past host Woodstock 6-2. The first half ended in a 2-2 tie, with goals from Tigers Amelia Ingersoll, fromHelen Anderson, and Anderson being offset by a pair of Wasp strikes from Alexa Tsouknakis, both off corner kicks.
The Tigers took charge with three goals in an eight-minute stretch starting about 10 minutes into the second half. Anderson and Isabel Rosenberg each scored twice in the half, with assists from Sierra Barnicle,Ailey Bosworth andMonroe Cromis. Tiger goalie Riley Fenster made three saves as MUHS moved to 2-1-1, and Wasp keeper Brittany Poljacik was credited with 22.
On Monday, the Commodore girls broke through to score four times in the second half to defeat host Missisquoi, 4-0. VUHS controlled throughout and outshot the T-Birds, 38-3. Kaitlyn Brace snapped the scoreless tie after intermission, Olivia Fournier made it 2-0, and Ciara McClay tacked on the final two scores. Goalie Anya Sonwaldt worked a three-save shutout for VUHS, which improved to 2-1-1, while MVU keeper Jenna Boudreau made 23 saves.