Local roundup: Late rally denies WRV boys a third upset

  • Robby McShinsky

Staff Reports
Published: 11/4/2020 9:29:48 PM
Modified: 11/4/2020 9:29:37 PM

WILMINGTON, Vt. — Faced with the prospect of being 13th-ranked White River Valley’s third successive victim in the VPA Division IV boys soccer tournament, Twin Valley’s Colin McHale and Aidin Joyce came to the rescue.

The two pulled a victory out of the fire by scoring in the final four minutes of regulation as the host Wildcats grabbed a 2-1 win in a D-IV semifinal on Wednesday afternoon. McHale knotted the match before Joyce provided the eventual game-winning goal about a minute later to end WRV’s tourney run.

“I’m heartbroken for the boys, but they have absolutely nothing to regret,” WRV coach Alex Montano said. “I hope this season helps them believe in themselves when things are difficult. This was a memorable team and season.”

White River Valley went through a 1-5-1 regular season that included frequent tinkering of lineups and styles. The combinations fell into place just in time for the postseason, with the Wildcats riding three Carder Stratton goals and a tight defense to road wins over West Rutland and Arlington to start the playoffs.

WRV held the defending Division IV state champs off the board and took a lead on Robby McShinsky’s breakaway conversion, his first goal of the year, with 13 minutes to play. A hand ball led to a McHale penalty kick to tie the match 10 minutes later, setting the stage for Joyce’s heroics.

Twin Valley (9-1-0) held a 9-2 shots advantage in the first half over the visitors, who turned the match around with an 8-4 edge in the second 40 minutes. Dominic Craven finished with eight saves for the visiting Wildcats (3-6-1).

White River Valley graduates five: Stratton, Jacob Barry, Cameron Gray, Alex Lober and Jack Simack.

GIRLS SOCCERProctor 3, Rivendell 0

PITTSFORD, Vt. — The fifth-seeded Raptors (5-5-1) came up short in their bid to make the VPA Division IV championship match for a second straight November.

The top-ranked Phantoms (12-0-0) played a physical style, drawing three yellow cards and one red card, but didn’t pay a price for it. Proctor — which beat Rivendell in last year’s D-IV title match, 6-0 — took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a Rivendell own goal, then added second-half scores from Laci French and Maggie McKearin for insurance.

“I am so proud of this group,” Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin said. “We executed our game plan. We made it to the semis two years in a row. This round of playoff games, this group of girls played their best soccer this year.”

Senior Cora Day recorded eight saves in goal for the Raptors, who also lose Adele Tilden, Emily Smith and Lauren Hair to graduation.

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