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Local Roundup: South Royalton Busts Winless Streak

  • During halftime, Cora Honigford reacts as her teammates give her high fives after she scored South Royalton's first goal during theTwinfield at South Royalton girls soccer game in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 14, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    During halftime, Cora Honigford reacts as her teammates give her high fives after she scored South Royalton's first goal during theTwinfield at South Royalton girls soccer game in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 14, 2013.
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  • South Royalton's Jocelyn Hewitt strides after the ball while followed by Twinfield's Christin Martin during theTwinfield at South Royalton girls soccer game in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 14, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    South Royalton's Jocelyn Hewitt strides after the ball while followed by Twinfield's Christin Martin during theTwinfield at South Royalton girls soccer game in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 14, 2013.
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  • During halftime, Cora Honigford reacts as her teammates give her high fives after she scored South Royalton's first goal during theTwinfield at South Royalton girls soccer game in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 14, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • South Royalton's Jocelyn Hewitt strides after the ball while followed by Twinfield's Christin Martin during theTwinfield at South Royalton girls soccer game in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 14, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

South Royalton — Through the installation of a new playing system, under the glare of a new coach, the South Royalton girls soccer team has gone about its business patiently waiting for signs of improvement.

Now they have some proof.

The Royals built a 3-0 lead, then held on for a 3-2 win over Twinfield at Alumni Field on Monday to end a nine-match winless streak. South Royalton (3-8-2) had played Rivendell even through a half over the weekend and had a draw with neighboring Sharon earlier this season, but until topping the Trojans, the Royals hadn’t seen much in the way of victory.

“I’ve been installing a brand new system, and it takes a while to play it correctly,” first-year South Royalton coach Jay Villa explained. “The last couple of games, they’ve really put it together. One of the players said to me, ‘Coach, we’ve arrived.’ ‘Yeah, you have; you’re playing the game the way you should and you’re doing well.’ The results will come.”

Cora Honigford netted her first point of the season to get SoRo started, feeding Jacque Fulcher for her team-best 10th goal of the year in the 35th minute and a 1-0 halftime lead. Leaving the goal for the field, Alexis Madore (three first-half saves) crossed to Olivia Phillip for a one-time score in the 52th minute before netting an unassisted tally seven minutes later for a 3-0 cushion.

Villa and company had to endure sweaty-palms time in the final 10 minutes as Twinfield converted a penalty kick and added a second goal with just 90 seconds left. Second-half goalie Larissa Stride (four saves) let nothing else by.

“The girls were very pleased,” Villa said. “They’ve worked hard. We’ve had some results go against us that we thought we should have won. They’re very pleased.”

South Royalton meets Whitcomb on Thursday for its senior day match.

Woodstock 2
Otter Valley 1 (ot)

Brandon, Vt. — The Wasps (5-7) rallied from a one-goal deficit, winning behind a brace from Emily Barnum.

Jessica Frazier staked the Otters to a lead, but Barnum equalized on a pass from Abby Kaija to force overtime. That’s when Barnum won it for Woodstock, converting an Anna Dieffenbach feed at 85:35.

Kaila Lemmer earned the win in goal for the Wasps, who go to Hartford on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest under the lights.

Hollis-Brookline 2
Hanover 0

Hanover — The Cavaliers (6-5-0) scored twice in the final 18 minutes to overcome the Marauders (5-3-4) and their edge in shot attempts.

Hannah Modelski scored in the 62nd minute for the visitors, with Kasha Gammon providing the clincher in the 78th. Ashley Levesque led Hanover with a five-save effort in goal.

“They’re normally a very good team, but their record this year isn’t gaudy,” Hanover coach Doug Kennedy said of H-B. “They’re a better team than their record.”

The Marauders will entertain Lebanon on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., honoring their seniors before the contest at Merriman-Branch Field.

Field Hockey

Littleton 3, Stevens 1

Claremont — The Cardinals (7-5) dropped their second straight and third in five matches in a Monadnock Park loss to the Crusaders (8-4).

Allison Lessard netted Stevens’ only goal on a Jenna Deschaine pass.

The Cardinals hit the road in a visit to Monadnock this afternoon, then wrap up the regular season at home against rival Newport on Friday.

College Football

Dartmouth
Doubly Honored

Hanover — Saturday’s 20-13 homecoming win over Yale brought the Big Green two awards on Monday in the form of Ivy League player of the week honors for running back Dominick Pierre and defensive back Mike Banaciski.

The offensive player of the week, Pierre carried the football a career-high 37 times for 167 yards. His day included the game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter, breaking a 13-13 tie. Pierre also became the third Dartmouth player in program history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards.

The league’s top defender for the week, Banaciski had a team-high 10 tackles in the win, including seven solos. He also had a pair of fumble recoveries, the latter essentiallly clinching the win with a little more than two minutes to play.

College Field Hockey

Lebanon Grad Recognized

Annville, Pa. — Manhattanville College sophomore Rylee McGuire, a 2012 graduate of Lebanon High School, was named the Freedom Conference player of the week for her role in the Valiants’ 4-3 win over King’s (Pa.) on Friday night.

McGuire scored two goals and set up a third to help Manhattanville improve to 8-6 on the season and 2-1 in the conference. The Grantham native now has 16 goals and nine assists on the year, trailing only senior All-American Amanda DeChent for the team lead.

In less than two seasons at Manhattanville, McGuire has amassed 23 goals and five assists, and she is within range of a handful of single-season program scoring records.

Men’s Rugby

Dartmouth 81, Yale 12

Hanover — The Big Green spread the bulk of its scoring around a dozen players in an Ivy League rout of Yale on Saturday at Brophy Field.

Senior co-captain Neil Greene started Dartmouth (5-0) on its way with a 40-meter romp down the center of the field for the Big Green’s first try. Wil Chockley was the only Dartmouth player to enter the try zone twice, and Madison Hughes contributed five first-half conversion kicks as the Big Green rolled to a 49-6 cushion at the interval.

Dartmouth visits Brown on Saturday.