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Local roundup: Woodstock saves sweet boys soccer win

  • Woodstock's Parker Kuhnert, right, gets the ball past Green Mountain goal keeper Skyler Klezos and Jack Boyle but not into the net during their game on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 in Woodstock, Vt. Woodstock won 1-0. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Emmet Mahoney and Green Mountain's Eben Mosher battle over the ball during their game on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 in Woodstock, Vt. Woodstock won 1-0. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Andrew Gubbins looks for an opening during their game with Green Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 in Woodstock, Vt. Woodstock won 1-0. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Saturday, August 31, 2019

WOODSTOCK — Baseball coaches will hand out game balls for good performances. Football coaches do the same. Soccer coaches? It can get kind of expensive or clumsy.

Woodstock High boys soccer coach Tom Avellino has found the solution: the game pop.

Avellino had three to hand out after the Wasps’ season-opening 1-0 win over Green Mountain on Saturday afternoon. Lollipop winners Parker Kuhnert, Tom Bissaillon and Andrew Gubbins earned their post-game treat, with Kuhnert scoring, Bissaillon assisting and Gubbins taking control of the midfield.

“I give out a big-size lollipop for a win or a game well-played,” Avellino said. “It’s the best thing going. I get them around (after a game); they all want to hear what I have to say. It’s amazing.”

Kuhnert scored from in close in the 54th minute for the only goal of the match. Bissaillon delivered a cross into the Green Mountain penalty area, and Kuhnert pounced when the Chieftains couldn’t gain control. The junior’s goal was the second of his career, the other coming in a 6-1 home win over Otter Valley on Oct. 10, 2017, during his freshman campaign.

Gubbins excelled with his dominance of the midfield, Avellino said.

“He set the tone,” the eighth-year Woodstock coach said. “He won the vast majority of his challenges. They knew they had to go through him.”

Goalkeeper Steve Bianchi made five saves for the shutout.

The Wasps face a pair of VPA Division I teams on the road this week, visiting Brattleboro on Thursday night and Burr & Burton on Saturday morning.

Hartford 1, Rutland 0

RUTLAND — The Hurricanes (1-0-0) made one goal stick in their season-opening defeat of the Raiders at Alumni Field.

Sophomore Tarin Prior did the honors, converting a 63rd-minute pass from Nick Jones for the match’s only score. Jones chased down a ball in the corner and beat a defender on the goal line before crossing to Prior for the goal, Prior’s first of his career.

Shane Miller made two saves for the clean sheet.

“I think it reflects the first game out for both of us,” Hartford coach Kevin Guilbault remarked.

“It was kind of what we expected. For us, we spent a lot of the first half adapting to the fact we were on turf. It’s a much quicker game, which should have suited us. As we adapted it did, but it took us a while to get it.”

Hartford is off until Saturday, when the Canes host Milton at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

FOOTBALLOxbow 33, Mount Abraham 14

BRISTOL, Vt. — Jace Page ran for three touchdowns, Cooper Simmons threw for three more and the Olympians (1-0) made head coach Chad Wescott’s debut a winning one.

Simmons connected with Hunter Locke on an 80-yard TD pass on the game’s first play to set the tone. Page added scoring runs of 1, 2 and 40 yards. Simmons hit Locke on a 73-yard TD early in the fourth quarter and added a 25-yard link-up with Cooper Mardin to cap Oxbow’s scoring.

Page added four PAT kicks and led the defense with 13 tackles, 10 of them sacks.

“The kids have been punched around the last couple of years,” Wescott said. “Today was their time to punch back.”

Oxbow hosts Springfield on Saturday.

BFA-Fairfax 38, Windsor 14

FAIRFAX, Vt. — The host Bullets scored on their first two drives, built a 16-0 halftime lead and cruised to a VPA D-III season-starting victory over the Yellowjackets (0-1).

Noah Brock scored three touchdowns and added a pair of two-point conversions for BFA.

Caleb Meagher ran 50 yards for a third-quarter touchdown for Windsor. Max Clifford connected with Jordan Place on a 20-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, with Travis McCallister adding a two-point run.

“We didn’t do what we wanted to,” Windsor coach Greg Balch said. “We turned the ball over a lot. They’re a good team; they’re a pretty cohesive unit.”

Caden Lockwood and Conner Hart had effective days on defense, Balch said. Windsor hosts Brattleboro on Saturday.