Boys’ soccer squads prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — In area boys’ soccer action late last week, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes all remained unbeaten in the early going, while Middlebury split a pair of close contests.
On Wednesday the Eagles opened with a 3-0 victory at Green Mountain Valley. Weston Allred gave Mount Abe an early lead, and Will Wright andEli Rickner added goals in the late going. Goalie Ethan Dewitt worked a six-save shutout, and Markus Basciano stopped eight stops for GMVS.
On Saturday, the Eagles eased past visiting Missisquoi, 4-1, scoring the game’s final three goals. Alfred and Nick Catlin each notched a goal and assist. Wright and Silas Burgess also scored, while DeWitt made three saves as the Eagles upped their record to 2-0. MVU goalie Kyle Gilbert stopped seven shots.
On Wednesday VUHS improved to 2-0 by blanking visiting Fair Haven, 6-0. Josias Salomao andEthan Sausville tallied goals in the first 11 minutes for the Commodores, and then Ezekiel Palmer netted four straight, one in the first half and three in the second. Lance Bergmans set up two goals for VUHS.
VUHS goalie Jeffrey Stearns made six saves, while two Slater keepers, Glenn Wilcox (eight saves) and Liam Laramie (three saves) combined to stop 11 shots.
On Wednesday the Otters edged host Mill River, 1-0, in their season opener. Maxwell Williams’ first-half penalty kick proved to the game-winner as OV goalie Clay Hays worked a nine-save shutout. MRU goalie Tyler Ragula stopped six shots, and the Otters dodged a bullet when MRU’s John Upton hit the post with a second-half penalty kick.
On Saturday the Otters topped Fair Haven, 4-1, in a game played at Proctor. Josh Letourneau scored twice, Williams converted another penalty kick, and Justin Tremblay also scored for OV. Austin Beayon scored for Fair Haven, and Wilcox made a dozen saves. Hays stopped five shots as OV joined the local 2-0 club.
On Wednesday visiting Colchester got a goal from Sam Lamphier with four minutes to go and edged the Tigers, 1-0. Thomas Colgrove made seven saves for the 1-1 Lakers, while J.D. Goettelmann filled in in goal and stopped four shots for the Tigers.
On Saturday, the Tigers defeated host Spaulding, 2-1, in overtime. Goettelmann moved back out to striker and notched the game-winner two minutes into extra time. The Tigers’ score in regulation was ruled an own goal. The Tigers moved to 1-1-1 against their challenging early schedule. 

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