Area girls’ soccer teams open play

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham edged host Vergennes to highlight local high school girls’ soccer play this past weekend. In other weekend games, the Eagles lost in double overtime, Middlebury dropped a close road game, and Otter Valley came up short against last year’s Division IV defending champion.
On Tuesday VUHS hosted MUHS; see story on Page 1B.
On Saturday, visiting Mount Abe got the tie-breaking goal from Jessica Colbeth with 12 minutes to go as the Eagles rallied past the Commodores, 2-1, in the opener for both squads. Ciara McClay’s penalty kick gave VUHS the lead, but Eagle Becca Laurent tied the game in the second half’s 14th minute.
Olivia Paine andJustice Green combined on eight saves for the Eagles, while Kate Gosliga stopped five shots for the Commodores.
On Tuesday host Milton got a goal from Sam Orest in the second overtime period to top the Eagles, 1-0, in a defensive battle.
Milton goalie Madison North made seven saves and Green, with Paine out after an injury on Saturday, stopped nine shots for the Eagles in what Coach Dustin Corrigan said was a strong effort.
Host Stowe got a late goal from Ciara Benfield to edge the Tigers, 2-1, in the opener for both teams. Harper Sinclair converted a penalty kick for the Tigers.
Tess Belnap’s three goals paced Arlington, coming off an undefeated season, past visiting OV, 4-0, in another opener. New Coach John White’s crew came up short against the tough competition in his coaching debut with the program.

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