High school girls’ soccer postseason: VUHS wins

MOUNT ABE DEFENDER Elena Bronson heads the ball clear during the second half of Friday’s home loss to visiting Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James

ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes, the No. 4 seed in Division III, was the only winner as the girls’ soccer playoffs opened on Tuesday and Wednesday.

VUHS got past visiting No. 13 Peoples, 2-1, on Tuesday. The 5-2-3 Commodores took a 2-0 lead on goals by Felicia Poirier and Sydney Weber, and Peoples scored with 12 minutes to go. Kate Gosliga made three saves for VUHS, and Josephine Simone made five for the 2-6 visitors. VUHS will host No. 5 Green Mountain Union (8-4) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in a quarterfinal.

In D-II No. 6 Milton (8-2) ousted No. 11 OV, 4-1. Mia Politano converted a free kick for OV (4-6), and goalie Linnea Faulkner was credited with 21 saves. Milton goalie Sara Ambrose made one.

Also in D-II, No. 5 Montpelier (7-1) got past No. 13 MUHS, 2-0, on a pair of Sienna Mills goals. The Tigers improved as the season progressed and will lose three senior starters from a 1-6-2 team.

In another D-II first-round game No. 3 U-32 (8-1) defeated No. 14 Mount Abe, 5-0. Sasha Kennedy had a hat trick for the Raiders, and goalie Evie Moore stopped four shots. Goalies Sophie Venman and Joanna Toy were credited with a combined eight stops for the 1-9 Eagles. Mount Abe graduated 10 seniors, most of them started, from its 2019 team, and was competitive in most games this fall, with five one-goal losses.

Teams finished up their regular seasons last week.
Oct. 21 saw four games. MUHS tied visiting Spaulding 2-2. Hannah Turner and Elisabeth Crawford scored for MUHS, and goalie Audrey Schnoor stopped nine shots. 
Otter Valley (4-4) edged visiting Mount St. Joseph, 4-3, as Mia Politano scored three times and set up sister Elena Politano’s strike.   
The Commodores earned a 1-1 home tie with defending D-II champion Rice. Kaelin Sullivan netted the VUHS goal, from Hannah Kelly, and Gosliga made four saves. Sunshine Clark blocked three shots for Rice. 
Finally, host Milton topped Mount Abe, 3-0. Eagle goalie Joanna Toy stopped seven shots.
On Friday the visiting Commodores defeated Mount Abe, 1-0, as Weber’s first-half strike held up. Gosliga stopped six shots, and Toy made seven saves as the Eagles dropped to 1-7. 
Also on Friday Fair Haven powered to a 6-2 win over OV. Elena Politano scored twice for OV.
On Saturday the 1-5-2 Tigers lost at Milton, 4-3. Milton led at the half, 2-0, and held on despite two second-half goals from Turner and one from Ivy Doran. Both Schnoor and Milton’s Ambrose made eight saves. 

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