Girls’ soccer: Eagles top Commodores, Tigers win

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham won big twice, once at Vergennes’ expense, to highlight recent high school girls’ soccer action. Middlebury also prevailed, while Otter Valley lost a close road contest.
MUHS visited VUHS on Monday (see story, Page 1B). Teams were also set to play on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition.
On Saturday the Eagles rolled to a 7- 0 victory over the host Commodores. Lydia Pitts (four goals) Casey Ober (two) and Abby Mansfield scored for the Eagles, who netted two penalty kicks on the way to improving to 6-4 and moving into seventh place in Division II. Emma Carter added two assists for Mt. Abe, while Olivia Payne andRuby Ball combined for five saves. VUHS goalie Anya Sonwaldt stopped eight shots as the Commodores dropped to 3-6.
On Oct. 4 the Eagles stunned first-place Rice, 6-2, scoring the game’s final four goals. OberandPitts each tallied twice; one of Ober’s goals snapped a 2-2 first-half tie. CarterandMae Peterson also scored for the Eagles as they dealt the 8-2 Green Knights their first Lake Division setback and dropped Rice into third place in the D-I standings.
On Oct. 6 the Tigers edged visiting Spaulding, 2-1. Isabel Rosenberg set up Ada Anderson’s goal to open the scoring and then tallied the go-ahead goal later in the first half. Tiger goalies Abby Gleason (four saves in the first half) and Carly Burger (three in the second half) combined for seven stops, while Lindsay Lapan stopped nine shots for the Tide.
MUHS improved to 6-3 and stood in a seventh-place tie in D-I heading into Wednesday.
On Oct. 6 host Leland & Gray got an early goal from Arin Bates, who took advantage of what OV Coach Rick Hedding called a poorly cleared ball, and that score stood up in a 1-0 win for the Rebels. Hedding said after that goal the OV defense settled down, with Leah Pinkowski,Mallory Lufkin andLauryl Blanchard having good games defensively. OV’s Julia Eastman nearly tied the game in the second half, Hedding added. OV was 2-7-1 heading into Wednesday.

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