Local boys’ soccer teams earn home games

ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys’ soccer team all won games in the latter half of last week and will host first-round playoff games on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release official playoff pairings on Monday morning.
The Tigers completed a 9-1-3 regular season by blanking visiting Missisquoi, 2-0, on Saturday. Camden Simpson, from Joseph Findlay, andEben Jackson scored the goals and Santiago Fernandez worked a three-save shutout, the Tigers’ seventh this season. The Tigers allowed just one goal in each of their other six games.
MUHS finished in a tie with Burlington for fourth in Division I, but the Seahorses’ strength of schedule should give them the No. 4 seed. The Tigers appear likely to host No. 12 Brattleboro (5-8-1).
On Wednesday the Eagles shrugged off an early goal by visiting GMVS with three straight scores in a 3-2 victory. Nick Catlin netted a first-half free kick, and Eric McKean scored twice in the second half for Mount Abe before the 0-9 Gumbies added a late goal. Trevor McGlaflin stopped two shots for GMVS.
On Saturday the Eagles topped host Spaulding, 4-1, on goals from Catlin, Weston Allred andWill Schoenhuber and a Tide own goal. Goalie Ethan DeWitt stopped five shots for the Eagles, while Parker Spaulding made six saves for the Tide.
The Eagles finished at 9-5, apparently just missing fourth place in D-II. At No. 5, the Eagles would host No. 12 Montpelier (5-8).
On Wednesday the Commodores edged visiting Spaulding, 1-0, on an Ezekiel Palmer penalty kick in the 71st minute. Goalie Jeffrey Stearns worked a nine-save shutout, and Parker Spaulding stopped six shots for the Tide.
On Saturday host Milton (10-4) blanked VUHS 2-0, despite another nine saves from Stearns.
VUHS (6-6-1) clinched the No. 7 seed in D-III. No. 10 Hazen (5-9) looks to be their guest in the first round.

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