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Local roundup: Raiders, Marauders begin tournaent tuneups with draw

  • Oxbow's Aspen Longmoore (6) boots the ball past Winooski midfielder Suzana Wiljonda (5) during the Olympians' 5-0 win over the Spartans on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Bradford, Vt. Longmoore had a goal and an assist in the victory for Oxbow.

  • Kaeley Skakalski

  • Olivia Trummel

Staff Reports
Published: 10/14/2020 10:35:36 PM
Modified: 10/14/2020 10:35:32 PM

HANOVER — The Lebanon and Hanover varsity field hockey teams began a run of three straight head-to-head battles to close the regular season and kick off the postseason by battling to a 3-3 draw on a picture-perfect afternoon at Merriman-Branch Field on Wednesday.

The Raiders (6-1-1), on the field for the first time in a week after losing a holiday weekend of activity to a precautionary COVID-19 school shutdown, took an early lead on Molly’s Smith’s goal, with an assist to Kaeley Skakalski. Olivia Trummel answered that goal for Hanover (7-3-1) in the second quarter, converting after a corner by Gail Morse with an assist to Mia Edmonds. Skakalski then added a goal for the Raiders, assisted by Sydney Gonyea.

Kate Blaisdell scored twice for the Marauders in the third quarter, the first off a perfect crossing pass from Jessie Lichtenstein and the second unassisted.

Gonyea’s goal with 3:45 remaining in the fourth quarter knotted things up at 3-3 for Lebanon, erasing the late Hanover lead.

“It was a great game to watch. It’s always exciting to play, especially for us since we haven’t played or practiced for a week. It was fun to be back out there,” Lebanon coach Amanda Valliere said.

The teams are back in action on Friday, this time in Lebanon.

Windsor 4, Brattleboro 0

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Four different goal scorers helped the Yellowjackets blank the Colonels and improve to 6-0-0 on the season.

Hannah Wood, Meagan Holling, Alexina Peckinpaugh and Peyton Richardson all found the back of the cage for Windsor. Alyssa Slocum had an assist. Coach Jody Wood praised the defensive effort of Glenna Ricard, Madison Leduc and Lindsey Young.

Windsor looks to keep things rolling at Springfield on Friday.

Woodstock 1, Otter Valley 1 (OT)

WOODSTOCK — Lily Gubbins scored a game-tying goal in the third quarter to help Woodstock (4-2-1) earn a tie against the Otters.

“We were slow to get started and got better with each quarter. We played hard in overtime,” Woodstock coach Wendy Wannop said.

Goalie Audrey Emery was outstanding according to Wannop, finishing with 12 saves. Norah Harper assisted on Gubbins’ goal. Next for Woodstock is the VPA Division II playoffs, the field for which should be announced on Tuesday.

Football Windsor 42, Springfield 0

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets improved to 5-1 with a shutout of the Cosmos.

Austin Gauld and Ben Gilbert each caught a pair of touchdowns for Windsor. Logan Worall and John Cook had one score each. Kaleb Swett was a perfect 6-for-6 on PAT kicks.

Coach Greg Balch praised the play Gilbert along with quarterbacks Jordan Place and Maison Fortin as keys to the win. Windsor is back in action on Friday night against the Cosmos, this time in Springfield.

Hartford 31, Woodstock 13

WOODSTOCK — Cole Jasmin threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns as the Hurricanes (5-1) raced past the Wasps (0-5).

Jacob Dwinnell had a team-best 149 yards receiving on seven catches, including a pair of touchdowns. Connor Tierney led the big receivers with 96 yards on 10 catches with a touchdown. Alex Bushway added 53 yards. Quarterback Colin Vielluex added 188 yards through the air with one touchdown.

Kobe Peach was 4-for-4 on PATs and 1-for-2 on field goal attempts for the Canes, who will play host to Brattleboro on Tuesday. Woodstock visits Hartford for a rematch on Friday.

Boys Soccer West Rutland 5, White River Valley 0

WEST RUTLAND, Vt. — The Golden Horde pulled away in the second half after the two teams played scoreless for most of the first half.

“It’s a difficult season so far, but we’re looking for things we can improve on in every practice and game,” WRV coach Alex Montano said.

Montano commented on strong games by Carder Stratton, Jack Simack and Robby McShinsky. The Wildcats (0-4) will visit Windsor on Thursday.

Woodstock 2, Hartford 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Wasps (3-2-1) held off a late Hartford rush to earn the shutout win on the road at Hartford High School.

Mason Harkins put Woodstock in front in the 15th minute, scoring off a cross from the right wing by Alec Smail. Parker Kuhnert was denied on a penalty kick by Hartford keeper Shane Miller later in the first half but then found the back of the net, unassisted, just after halftime to give Woodstock a 2-0 advantage.

“Woodstock played probably the best soccer of the season in the first half. Hartford came on strong as the game went into the last 20 minutes, but our defense held on,” Wasps coach Rob Stainton said.

Woodstock keeper Tom Bissaillon made four saves for his third shutout of the season. The Wasps visit Otter Valley on Tuesday. Hartford (2-4-0) will visit Green Mountain on Friday.

Winooski 14, Oxbow 2

WINOOSKI, Vt. — The Olympians couldn’t keep pace up north in Winooski, falling to 1-4-0 on the season.

Bryce Ilsely and Dylan Bearce scored for Oxbow. Ilsley and Gavin Haskins each had assists. Keepers Bearce and Dakota Goodridge combined to make seven saves.

“Our guys showed resilience and class, proving they want to improve by working hard, despite the score. It’s all about getting better as athletes and as young men,” Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher said.

Oxbow will host BFA-Fairfax on Saturday.

Girls Soccer Oxbow 5, Winooski 0

BRADFORD, Vt. — Maddie Fredella had a pair of goals to lead the Olympians (3-3-0) to a shutout victory on senior day.

The O’s came out of the gates quickly, leading 2-0 after goals from Fredella and Leia White in the first 22 minutes. Aspen Longmoore opened the second half with a goal, followed by strikes from Fredella and Ellyn Hart to close the book.

“I’m very proud of how our team left everything on the field. We had an overwhelming presence on the field, especially with the tenacity of our seniors playing their last home game in the regular season,” Oxbow coach Dan Thomas said. “Every player stepped up and made this game a fun one to be a part of.”

Longmoore, Rachel Spear, Emma Parkin and Darcy O’Connell had assists. Oxbow will visit Richford on Friday.

Stevens 4, Fall Mountain 1

LANGDON, N.H. — The Cardinals won their second straight match with a strong showing against rival Fall Mountain.

All four goals came in the second half for Stevens (3-7-0), which was locked in a scoreless tie at halftime despite dominating possession for most of the first half.

“In the second half, we were more deliberate getting forward and generating significant scoring chances,” Cardinals coach Tim St. Pierre said.

Stella Lavertue, Angelina LaClair, Molly Desrosie and Haley Belaire had goals for Stevens. Hannah Miller had a pair of assists. LaClair and Riley Murphy had one assist each.

The Cardinals will host Fall Mountain for a rematch on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Hartford 4, Brattleboro 1

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes scored three goals in the first half to take control on senior day against the Colonels.

Senior Eleanor Hinckley had the first Hartford strike. Beth Dobrich, senior Gretl Josselyn and Sarah Howe added goals. Nora Knudsen had two assists, and Howe had one. Two of the Canes’ three goals before halftime came on corner kicks, one each by Knudsen and Howe.

Keeper Erin Thompson had eight saves. Hartford improves to 2-3-0 with the win and will host Otter Valley on Monday.

Thetford 2, Stowe 0

STOWE, Vt. — Madi Powers found the back of the net twice in the first half to give the Panthers the win over Stowe.

Emi Vaughn and Gevie Horster each had assists for Thetford (4-0-0). The Panthers, winners of the last three VPA Division III state championships, have outscored their opponents, 12-2, so far this season.

Keeper Emma Berard made eight saves. Thetford will host Northfield-Williamstown on Friday at 4 p.m.

Cross Country Thetford sweeps

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Panthers edged the host Terriers by a single point to win the girls race, while beating Brattleboro on the boys side, in a makeup meet after Tuesday’s rainout.

Madelyn Durkee led the TA girls in second place (19:42), followed by Annie Hesser in fifth (21:50) and Layla Hanissian in 10th (24:13).

Tobin Durham returned from an injury to lead the Thetford boys, winning with a time of 17:42. Teammate Jack Hastings was fifth (20:10), Ben Acker was sixth (20:11) and Dan Wolstenholme was right behind in seventh (20:12).

The Panthers are back in action on Saturday in Woodstock.

Boys team scores: Thetford 24, Brattleboro 31.

Girls team scores: Thetford 32, Bellows Falls 33, Springfield 64.

Volleyball Mid Vermont Christian 3, Randolph 0

QUECHEE — The Eagles swept the Galloping Ghosts in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-20.

Hayley Goodwin had a team-best seven aces along with five kills and three digs for Mid Vermont. Nykrisha Jenks had three aces, three assists, two digs and a kill. Sarah Bascom added three aces, two digs and a kill. Sydney Goodwin also had three aces along with a pair of kills.

Eighth-grader Lily Horner-Richardson landed her first career kill to end the match in the third set. MVCS (3-0) hosts Mount Mansfield on Friday.

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