Canes Are Golden in OT
Sudden-Death Goal Lifts Hartford Past Brattleboro
Hartford's Robyn Avery, center, os congratulated by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime during their match against Brattleboro in Quechee, Vt. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Hartford won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford's Derrick Davenport's shot is blocked by Brattleboro's goalie during their match in Quechee, Vt. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Hartford won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Quechee — The Hartford High boys soccer team avoided a demoralizing collapse Wednesday, pinning a 3-2 overtime defeat on Brattleboro after surrendering two late goals during regulation time. Jeremy McGlone’s goal three minutes into the extra session came after Jed Sass received a throw-in, beat a defender and crossed the ball to his teammate.
“It was great, the guys really did well to keep their composure there,” Hartford coach Steve Sass said. “It was a great win for us, a good step. It shows there’s some depth there and that’s a good thing.”
The Canes stormed to a 2-0 lead on the strength of a 25-yard rocket by Jed Sass in the first half and a Connor Brooks goal in the second, assisted by Riley Strawbridge. The Colonels then answered with a pair of goals, switching momentum back to the visitors.
Despite surrendering the two late goals, Hartford earned a 16-3 edge in corners and generally controlled the action. Keepers Aaron Parker and Brandon Cornelius split time in net for Hartford, combining for three saves.
“It’s a challenge to build on this and not get in a position where we have to dig back like that. Knowing that the boys have the ability to do that is something to build on. The guys did very well to get this result,” coach Sass added.
The Canes improved to 5-2 with the victory. Next up is a visit from Mount Anthony at 4:30 on Friday. The Patriots are one of the two teams to beat Hartford this season, prevailing 3-2 over the Canes in Bennington on Sept. 20.
Stevens 8, Franklin 0
Claremont — The Cardinals improved to 8-1 with a blowout victory over the Golden Tornadoes.
Zach Bunnell and Ethan Sweet each scored two goals and Mitchell Mock had a goal and three assists to lead Stevens. Kyle Hamel, Spencer Root and Josh Strobel also scored, while Aidan Mattice added two assists.
“We accomplished what we wanted to tonight. We spread the ball around, spread the scoring around, got a lot of minutes for guys that don’t see that usually,” Stevens coach Jason Stone said in an email.
The Cardinals host Mascoma on Tuesday.
Kimball Union 3
Vermont Academy 1
Meriden — Charlton Muhlauri scored a pair of goals as KUA beat Vermont Academy.
Lion Herfort scored the Wildcats’ first goal on a nice stroke from the left side into the upper right corner of the net. Keepers Max Matel and Dylan Ward split time for the win. KUA visits Holderness on Friday.
Lake Region 2, Oxbow 0
Orleans, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 2-7 with a loss at Lake Region.
The game was tied 0-0 at the half. Goalie Michael Hodge stopped 10 shots for Oxbow, which visits Enosburg on Saturday.
Fair Haven 2, Windsor 0
Fair Haven, Vt. — The Slaters shut out the Jacks despite Windsor playing one of its strongest games of the season.
“Overall the team played well, we had plenty of chances. It’s the most evenly played game we’ve played all year,” Windsor coach Andy Tufts said.
Tufts praised the play of sophomore midfielder Connor Gould and sophomore defender Sam Johnson.
Windsor hosts Green Mountain on Monday.
Sharon Acad. 4
Sharon — Justice Magere and Paul Roberts scored their first goals of the year and Max Buskey and Carter Blanchard issued their first assists of the season as the Phoenix improved to 5-1-2 on Tuesday.
Tanner James scored twice for Sharon, which led 3-0 at halftime. James, a junior, has a team-leading 10 goals.
Sawyer Levy made four saves for the Phoenix, which plays at Williamstown today.
Sharon 3, Twinfield 0
Sharon — The Phoenix blanked the visiting Trojans, scoring three goals in the final three minutes to break open a close game.
Mollie Faccio broke the scoreless deadlock with an unassisted goal in the 78th minute. Suzie Moses followed quickly with a penalty kick goal before Greta Binzen capped the barrage with a goal of her own.
Keeper Sierra Dreesman stopped one shot for the shutout; Sharon (6-2) visits Williamstown on Friday.
Kimball Union 1, Tilton 0
Tilton, n.h. — Lindsey Landwehrle scored the game’s only goal with her penalty kick in the 59th minute to life the Wildcats.
KUA dominated play in the second half and finished with 15 corners and 11 shots on goal. Greta Hulleberg and Aurora Braswell played strong in the second half for the visitors while keeper Katelyn Fowler stopped one shot for the shutout.
Woodstock — The Wasps dropped to 4-5 after falling to the Cosmos.
Abby Kaija and Emily Barnum scored for Woodstock while Sophia Halik had one assist. Keeper Kaila Lemmer stopped 10 shots for the Wasps, who visit Proctor on Wednesday.
Hanover 2, Hartford 1 (ot)
Hanover — A lineup switch gave instant results for the Marauders, who edged the visiting Hurricanes on Eleanor Patten’s goal 25 seconds into overtime.
Marauders coach Jean Essex flip-flopped captains Patten and Sumner LeBaron-Brien as LeBaron-Brien moved up from the midfield to forward and Patten moved back to midfield. Each scored, as LeBaron-Brien was assisted by Patten for a goal with four minutes to play in the first half. Christine Croitoru assisted on Patten’s game-winner in overtime.
Megan Newton scored the equalizer for Hartford with 5:43 left to play, assisted by Courtney Murray. Canes keeper Rachel Loseby stopped seven shots while Hanover counterpart B Sachsse had one save. Essex praised Sophie Whitcomb for her play defensively.
“We played much better in the first half,” Essex said. “Hartford figured out the turf and settled in a bit in the second half. It was a good game, always nice to play them.”
Both teams return to action on Friday as Hanover (4-4) hosts Bow while Hartford (7-3) visits Burr & Burton.
Kimball Union 0
Andover, n.h. — The Hornets stunned the previously unbeaten Wildcats, scoring a pair of goals in the first half and three in the second.
Lebanon Coach Honored
Concord — Longtime Lebanon High field hockey coach Deb Beach was named this year’s recipient of the Advancement of Girls Sports Award last month at the annual NHIAA Meeting.
Beach, in her 34th year as Raiders head coach, has led Lebanon to state titles in 2006 and again in 2012. Lebanon has also been runner-up in 2002 and 2005.
Along with coaching field hockey, Beach had also coached the softball team for a number of years as well as working as one of the school’s two Physical Education teachers. She is the 17th recipient of the award.
The NHIAA Campaign for Girls Sports Award Program was instituted in 1996 as a vehicle to recognize an individual who had made a great contribution to the development of girls’ athletics on the high school level.
Oxbow at Harwood
Moretown, Vt. — The Highlanders hosted their first home meet on their new course on Tuesday, hosting seven teams, including Oxbow.
The Olympians finished sixth in the girls race while the boys didn’t field a complete team. Shelby Rosten led the O’s, finishing 15th out of 84 girls with a time of 23 minutes, 36 seconds. Leanne Burgess added a 30th place finish while Eliza Russ was 43rd. Brian Fay took 10th for the Oxbow boys in 19:12.
North Haverhill, n.h. — The Tigers improved to 15-3 with a 21-stroke victory at the Blackmount Country Club.
Dalton Campbell led Newport with a 6-over par score of 42. Teammate Andre Kepler added a 43, Matt Bocko had a 45, Chandler Wetzel had a 46 and Spencer Coronis and Brandon Whalen each had a 48.
Dan Abrahamson and Ben Fournier each had a 49 to lead Woodsville, which finished its season at 7-13. Mayghan Simano added a 52, Joe Abrahamson 53 and Nikita Duling 68.
Team Scores: Newport 176, Profile 197, Woodsville 203, Lisbon 280.
Hanover Holds Celebration
Hanover — The Hanover High School boys ice hockey program will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with a series of events this weekend that are open to the public.
It begins on Saturday with a pickup hockey game from 2-3 p.m. at Campion Rink in West Lebanon, followed by an evening party at the X-Club in Norwich, featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and music as well as silent and live auctions.
The weekend wraps up with the annual HHS hockey golf tournament at Hanover Country Club on Sunday, with the scramble-format event starting at noon.
For more information on the weekend, contact Hanover High coach Dick Dodds at 603-643-5827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston — The Beacons scored twice in the first 21 minutes as the Chargers were unable to maintain any offensive pressure.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by Colby Sawyer (9-2). The Chargers hadn’t allowed a goal during that streak. The Beacons held a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks and a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.