Local roundup: Sharon’s Eastman can’t stop denting the net

  • Riley Eastman

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Published: 10/8/2020 10:20:34 PM
Modified: 10/9/2020 9:27:57 AM

SHARON — Riley Eastman has taken to this shortened Sharon Academy boys soccer season like it’s his last. (Hint: He’s a junior. It isn’t.)

Eastman scored twice and set up a third goal as the Phoenix pulled away from neighborhood rival White River Valley, 4-1, in a VPA Division IV match on Thursday afternoon. Erik Younce also struck for a pair of TSA goals, including the eventual game-winner 12 minutes into the hosts’ three-goal second half.

Eastman got things started with a goal in his seventh straight regular-season match, dating back to last season, scoring on Daniel Henderson’s corner-kick set-up. Carder Stratton equalized in similar fashion for WRV (0-3-0), heading home a corner service for a 1-1 halftime draw.

Younce put Sharon (4-1-0) ahead to stay with a turn and score, adding to the cushion by deflecting a clearance by WRV goalkeeper Alex Lober (nine saves) and hitting the vacated net. Eastman put on the punctuation by converting a breakaway after chasing down an Ian Robertson lead pass over the Wildcats’ defense. The three goals came in a span of just eight minutes.

Eastman now has nine goals in the Phoenix’s first five contests in this campaign and 25 over two-plus seasons at TSA.

“This was the most complete game we have played thus far,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant commented. “We controlled the ball, played with purpose and intention, and executed effectively. All 11 guys on the pitch played synchronously as a team. We left some scoring opportunities unfinished, but all in all, I couldn't be more pleased with the pace, energy and fluidity that we played with.”

Sharon gets right back to action on Friday with a trip to Mount St. Joseph.

Hanover 3, Hartford 1

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Henry Aspinwall delivered a pair of goals to lead the Marauders (5-0-0) to a win over the Hurricanes (2-3-0) at the Maxfield Sports Complex.

Oscar Miller also scored for Hanover, which owned a 36-3 advantage in shot attempts. Ty Nolon made one save and was beaten only on a bid from Hartford’s Nick Martin.

Shane Miller held firm in the Hurricanes’ net, keeping the home team in the contest with 16 saves. Hanover hosts Mascoma on Saturday afternoon; the Canes entertain Woodstock on Wednesday night at Hartford High School.

Green Mountain 8, Windsor 1

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (1-3-0) fell in a Southern Vermont League contest to the chieftains. Windsor visits Rivendell on Wednesday.

GIRLS SOCCERWhite River Valley 2, Sharon 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (2-1-0) beat their rivals down the road in the Phoenix (1-2-0).

Blake Southworth and Jillian Barry both produced unassisted goals for WRV. Ellie Prestridge, Fiona Vaillancart and Julia Morse split the shutout in goal. The play of Ella Perreault and Anita Miller helped keep the Wildcats in Sharon’s half of the field most of the afternoon.

Sharon hosts Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. White River Valley returns to action on Wednesday, visiting Bellows Falls.

Otter Valley 3, Woodstock 1

WOODSTOCK — Taylor Crompton notched the Wasps’ only goal in a Southern Vermont League loss to the Otters.

Emma Tarleton finished with six saves for Woodstock (0-2-1), which also surrendered a penalty kick goal. The Wasps host Hartford for their senior game on Saturday.

Hanover 10, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals (0-8-0) face a pair of games with Sunapee next week after falling to a Hanover junior varsity roster.

FIELD HOCKEYBurr & Burton 5, Woodstock 0

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Bulldogs (4-1-0) proved too strong for the young Wasps (2-2-0), using a pair of Arden Wojtach goals to gain control on its home artificial surface.

Woodstock sophomore netminder Audrey Emery kept busy in the goal, making 16 saves. Lilia McCullough also had a noteworthy day with her hustle on the wing, coach Wendy Wannop said.

Woodstock travels to Fair Haven on Saturday for a noon faceoff.

AMATEUR GOLFKohler wins Mid-Am late

NEW DURHAM, N.H. — Hooper Golf Club’s Ryan Kohler reversed places with the Golf Club of New England’s Brett Wilson with a birdie putt on the next-to-last hole to win his second New Hampshire Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club.

Wilson had a one-stroke lead on Kohler as they reached the par-4 17th hole. Kohler, who double-bogeyed No. 17 in Wednesday’s second round, birdied while Wilson missed a short par putt to transfer the one-shot lead.

Kohler sent his drive on 18 into a fairway bunker, but he managed to get up and down for par. Wilson didn’t capitalized on the opportunity, his own par securing Kohler’s win.

Kohler shot 73-75-73—221 (5 over par) for the three-day championship. Former Dartmouth College golfer James Pleat had a final-round 78 and finished tied for third place with his father, Phil.

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