Oxbow Boys Soccer Pulls Shocker on Rangers
Bradford, Vt. — Having begun the season 0-5, the Oxbow High boys soccer team knew it had to make a few changes if it hoped to garner any winning results this season.
Saturday was a terrific start.
Allen Wheeler scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute as the Olympians rallied to upset previously undefeated Lake Region, 2-1.
“It’s a really good lift for us,” said Oxbow coach Scott Torrey. “We knew nobody expected us to win, so just went out in played our game.”
The match had a bit of a different look for the O’s, who drifted striker Matt Thomson back to give Oxbow a second central defender. The Olympians had played their first five games with three in the back.
“It worked really well to have Matt in the middle; not a lot of through balls were getting through,” Torrey said. “We’ve been trying to get guys into the right spots, and things are starting to click.”
The Rangers jumped ahead 1-0 early on Josh Thibault’s strike in the second minute.
Oxbow netted the equalizer when Jonny Ratel drove in a cross from Wheeler in the 46th minute.
Hunter Torrey set up Wheeler’s winner with a give-and-go pass, Scott Torrey said.
The O’s held a 7-6 advantage in shots, with Olympians keeper Michael Hodge making five saves.
Oxbow plays the middle of a three-game homestand Tuesday against Hazen.
Sharon 6, Blue Mtn. 1
Sharon — Phoenix junior Tanner James netted his second hat trick in as many games as Sharon knocked off Central Vermont League foe Blue Mountain.
James also scored three in the Phoenix’ 3-1 win at Twinfield on Tuesday.
“He’s been making some tidy finishes,” said Sharon coach Rob Stainton. “The best part is that he’s been getting some good services, which is a lot of what we work on. He’s been putting them away.”
Sharon trailed 1-0 before Ben Hayslett (goal, assist) headed in a corner-kick feed from Silas Mead (goal, two assists). James added his first for a 2-1 halftime lead before the Phoenix pulled away in the second half.
Andy Rudell scored the fifth goal for Sharon, which also benefitted from a Bucks’ own goal.
The Phoenix (3-1-1) hit the road Wednesday to take on rival Rivendell in Orford.
Orford — The reining Vermont Division III champion Blue Devils built a 3-1 lead and hung on for the win over the Raptors (2-1-1).
Scott Calhoun and Ryan Landgraf scored for Rivendell, with midfielder Tim Stimson assisting on Calhoun’s goal.
Keeper Josh Marshall corralled three saves for the Raptors, who entertain rival Sharon on Wednesday.
Whitcomb 2, S. Royalton 1
Bethel — Liam Walker (goal, assist) and Zak Gillette (goal, assist) set up each other’s first-half goals as the Hornets improved to 2-4.
“It was a great effort by my guys,” said Whitcomb coach Corey Stearns. “We recovered from a tough loss at Twinfield (Tuesday) and played really well.”
Alex Berk scored the lone goal for the Royals (1-4), who held a 16-13 edge in shots.
Rochester High student Derek Gendron made 15 saves for the Hornets.
Whitcomb hosts Craftsbury in Rochester on Friday; the Royals play at Twinfield on Tuesday.
Hanover 4, Merrimack 2
Merrimack, n.h. — Marauder seniors Daniel Hazlett (two goals), Xavier Tchana and Evan Greenwald (one apiece) accounted for all of the goals for Hanover, which stayed unblemished at 6-0.
The Tomahawks matched Hazlett’s opener to tie the score in the 37th minute, but the Marauders retook the lead before the halftime on a breakaway feed from Sam Carey to Tchana to make it 2-1.
Hazlett scored his second of the game on a feed from Jules Evens 13 minutes into the second half to make it 3-0 before a Merrimack penalty kick brought it within 3-2.
Greenwald knocked in the rebound of an Asa Berolzheimer bid — just one of many shots saves during a frantic sequence by the Marauders — to make it 4-2.
Alex Bynum made one save for the Marauders, who held a 27-6 advantage in shots on goal.
The Marauders travel to Dover on Monday.
Bellows Falls 4
Ludlow, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (0-6) fell to the Terriers in the consolation round of the Josh Cole Tournament at Black River High School.
Tristan Robison and A.J. Wood scored for the Jacks, who trailed 2-1 at halftime.
Shawn Mason and Zach Doiron registered assists.
Tanner Fitzherbert manned net for Windsor, which returns to Black River on Wednesday to take on the Presidents.
Thetford 5, Northfield 2
Northfield, Vt. — The Panthers improved to 3-1-1.
Nolan Howard had two goals and an assist, Matt Perry and Kyle Bowen had a goal and an assist each and Connor Brown scored the fifth goal for the Panthers.
Brandon Gray made five saves for Thetford, which hosts Stowe on Tuesday in a rematch of last season’s Vermont Division III state championship game, won by Stowe.
KUA 4, Tabor 2
Meriden — The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the young season.
Wyatt MacDonald had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats, with Charlton Muhlauri, Connor Higgins and Sam O’Shea also finding twine.
Jack Doherty and Owen Winslow added assists for Kimball Union, while Max Matel and Dylan Ward combined in KUA’s net.
Sharon 3, Blue Mtn. 2
Sharon — A Bucks’ own goal in the second half provided the difference in a taught Vermont Division IV battle.
The Phoenix improved to 4-1 with the win.
“We were tied 1-1 at halftime and came out with much more intensity in the second half,” said Phoenix coach Meredith Underhill. “We started playing at the level we know we’re capable of.”
Margaret Gish scored on a feed from Hannah McFadden and Mallory Lloyd scored unassisted for Sharon (4-1).
Sierra Dreesman came up with a pair of saves.
The Phoenix look to make it three straight wins Wednesday at Rivendell.
Orford — The Blue Devils potted two second-half goals as the Raptors evened off at 2-2.
First-half Rivendell goalie Emily Ghio was called on for three saves; second-half keeper Nicole Wurtz made 13.
“(Williamstown) just started shooting from all over the field in the second half,” said Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin.
Sweeper Corrie Lyndes played a strong defensive game for the Raptors, who visit Randolph on Monday
Whitcomb 3, S. Royalton 1
Bethel — Five different players had a goal or an assist for the Hornets, who improved to 5-2 while the Royals slipped to 2-3.
Whitcomb freshman Briana Hiller, Lindsey LaPerle and Nicole Begin scored goals, while Phoebe Parrish and Ashley Stearns had assists.
Jacqueline Fulcher scored the Royals’ lone goal, on a through-ball feed from Autumn Wing early in the second half.
Shannon Ludwig made seven stops for the Hornets. South Royalton keepers Larissa Stride (first half; 11 saves) and Alexi Madore (second half; 10 saves) split time in the Royals’ net.
Northfield, Vt. — Michaela Pomeroy scored the Panthers’ first goal then assisted on the next two, both by Shyann Josler, as the Panthers improved to 5-0.
All of Thetford’s goals came in the first 20 minutes.
Ella Chapman played the first three-quarters of the game for the Panthers, with Patience Kasten spelling her near the end of the contest.
The Marauders had no shots, scoring their lone goal on an own goal.
The Panthers host Stowe on Wednesday.
Campbell 1, Hanover 0
Hanover — Kali Trunca’s 33rd-minute goal for the Cougars stood as the winner as the Marauders slipped to 2-2.
Ashley Levesque made six saves for Hanover, which will aim to bounce back against Alvrine on Tuesday.
Tabor 3, KUA 1
Meriden — Lindsey Landwehrle’s direct kick from 35 yards out was the only score the Wildcats could muster in dropping their home opener.
Katie Sanders and Abby Kelly both played strong defensive games for the Kimball Union, while keeper Katelyn Fowler made 12 saves.
The Cats stay at home Wednesday against Tilton.
Fairfax, Vt. — The Yellowjackets fell to 2-2 against the 2012 state finalist Bullets.
Running back Ethan Hill found Tyson Boudro on a halfback option pass in the first half, and the Jacks made it 14-14 on Hill’s short run and Boudro’s 2-point conversion early in the third quarter.
A pair of interceptions hurt Windsor as BFA pulled away, as did a penalty that negated Boudro’s 49-yard scoring run.
Windsor hosts Mount Abraham on Saturday.
Bow 28, Stevens 14
Bow, n.h. — The Cardinals slipped to 1-2.
Ryan Tanguay threw a pair of touchdown passes for Stevens, finding Akeem Bailey in the end zone in the first half and freshman Richard Bell in the fourth.
Bryar Rouillard kicked two PATs for the Cards, who host Fall Mountain on Friday night.
Newport 19, Fall Mtn. 0
Langdon, n.h. — The Tigers scored three touchdowns in the second half to break open what had been a scoreless game at halftime.
Tom Hogan found Stephan Nix for a 66-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter, and C.J. Lawrence added scores from 8- and 4-yards out, respectively.
Derrick Pare had one extra point for Newport, who turned the ball over three times in the red zone, including twice in the first half. Newport hosts Franklin on Saturday.
KUA 8, Tabor 0
Meriden — Lebanon resident Miranda Judd had a hat trick with two assists as the Wildcats improved to 3-0.
Storm Sideleau had a pair of goals with three assists, Maya Karosas scored twice and Hannah Madden added one score for the Cats.
New London’s Mackenzie Keegan was called upon for just one save in the Kimball Union net.
Hanover Girls Second
Northwood, n.h. — Mirroring like last autumn’s NHIAA Division II state championship meet results, the Marauder girls placed runner-up to host Coe-Brown at its Bobcat Invitational.
Sisters Zola Doyle (sixth; 20:09) and Finley Doyle (ninthl 20:18) had top-10 finishes for Hanover, while Liesel Robbins (13th; 20:48) and Aparna Alavilli (18th; 21:13) were in the top 20. Liza Goss (51st; 22:43) rounded off the Marauders’ scorers.
Hanover’s boys placed seventh, led by Garrett Ruley (22nd; 18:04) and Feliz Herron (23rd; 18:06) in the top 25.
Walter Mosenthal (50th; 18:51), Reed Winter (52nd; 18:52) and Isaac Jacobs (54th; 18:54) also competed for Hanover
Boys team scores: Oyster River 45, Portsmouth 100, Coe-Brown 103, Goffstown 131, Souhegan 145.
Girls team scores: Coe-Brown 36, Hanover 97, Oyster River 104, Hollis-Brookline 110, Souhegan 111.
Third at Home
Randolph — The defending Vermont Division III champion Galloping Ghosts girls placed third while hosting the Three Stallion Inn-Vitational at the Three Stallion Inn and Montague Golf Course yesterday.
Haddie Lary (third; 21:43) ran to a podium finish for the Ghosts, followed by teammates Kyndal Ashworth (16th; 23:52), Brittney Lafreniere (19th; 24:11), Addie Luke-Currier (20th; 24:16) and Samantha Tullar (21st; 24:21).
Oxbow junior Shelby Rosten was 12th in 23:11 for the Olympians, with freshman teammate Leanna Burgess (34th; 26:16) coming in a bit later.
Lance Whitcomb (47th; 21:43), Ernie Craney (58th; 22:10) and Adam Craney (83rd; 24:25) were the top finishers for the Ghosts’ boys, who placed eighth of eight teams.
Olympians senior Brian Fay was 18th in 19:19, followed by O’s teammates Tannr Allard (36th; 20:28) and Griffin Shaw (38th; 20:48).