Local boys’ soccer teams get off to a slow start

ADDISON COUNTY — The local high school boys’ soccer teams mostly stumbled out of the gate, with a tie for Mount Abraham the high point. Vergennes dropped two close games, Middlebury lost at home, and Otter Valley fell on the road.
The Eagles and visiting Green Mountain Valley Schools settled for a 1-1 stalemate on Tuesday in Coach Bob Russell’s Mount Abe varsity head coaching debut.
Weston Allred converted an Eric McKean set-up in the 60th minute to give the Eagles the lead, but Gumby Christian Riis equalized in the 76th minute. Eagle goalie Ethan DeWitt stopped two shots in the first half, saves that Russell described as challenging, and Russell credited the overtime defense of Kai Dobek andEthan Venman. Gumby goalie Markus Basciano made seven saves.
On Aug. 31 visiting GMVS edged the Commodores, 1-0, on Rowen Ainslie’s second-half strike. The Commodores put five shots on the Gumby net, but Basciano stopped them all. Cameron McLaughlin made two saves for VUHS.
On Tuesday host Mill River hung on for a 2-1 victory over VUHS. Minuteman goalie Tyler Regula stopped five shots, including a point-blank save on a tying bid in the late going.
Jarret Muzzy scored the Commodore goal, with an assist from Avery Husk, and McLaughlin made four saves.
Visiting Mount Mansfield got a first-half hat trick from Tabor Crary and rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Tigers on Aug. 31. Eben Jackson scored for MUHS, and goalie Lucas Palcsik made his varsity debut with nine saves, one on a penalty kick. MMU goalie Ezra Bush stopped four shots.
On Tuesday host Twin Valley coasted past the Otters, 5-0, in the opener for both teams. Goalie Clay Hayes made 17 saves for OV.
The Otters’ Saturday game vs. Fair Haven at Proctor was postponed.

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