MUHS tops Mount Abe, OV wins in boys’ soccer highlights

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury blanked Mount Abraham to highlight local high school boys’ soccer play in the latter half of last week. In other games, the Eagles and Otter Valley picked up wins, but the Tigers and Vergennes came up short.  
The regular season concludes this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on this coming Monday.
On Thursday, the visiting Tigers blanked the Eagles, 2-0, as Camden Simpson scored twice and MUHS goalie Santiago Fernandez worked a two-save shutout, his and the Tiger defense’s fourth of the campaign. Division I MUHS had only once allowed more than one goal in regulation this fall heading into Saturday’s match at Milton, D-II’s second-place team.  Eagle goalie Toby Bunch also stopped two shots in a match between teams that had tied at MUHS, 1-1, in September.
On Saturday, the Eagles snapped a five-game skid by blanking visiting Missisquoi, 5-0. William Schoenhuber scored twice to lead the attack, Jack Willis chipped in a goal and an assist, and Owein LaBarr andWilliam Wright added a goal apiece. Bunch and Ethan DeWitt combined for three saves in goal, while Shane LaRoche made five saves for 1-11 MVU.
The 3-7-1 Eagles play at VUHS on Tuesday and visit Rice on Friday.
On Saturday, host Milton (9-2-1) became the second team to score more than once on the Tigers in regulation in a 4-1 victory. MUHS scored on a Henry Hodde penalty kick and received seven saves from Fernandez. The 4-5-3 Tigers can finish over .500 with wins at Missisquoi and Vergennes this week.
On Thursday, OV edged host Mill River, 2-1, on goals by Josh Letourneau in the first half and William Mattsson in the second. Thomas Kingsley andMaxwell Williams assisted the goals. MRU (3-6-2), which had held on for a 2-2 tie vs. OV earlier this fall, scored late and pressed for the equalizer, but the Otters held on to improve to 4-8-1.
On Saturday, visiting Rice downed VUHS, 3-0, dropping the Commodores to 5-6-1 heading into the final week. VUHS will seek to finish with a winning record with home games vs. Mount Abe on Tuesday and MUHS on Friday. 

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