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Local roundup: Hartford field hockey advances on Davis’ quick strikes (updated)

  • Elsie Davis

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Published: 10/21/2020 9:51:42 PM
Modified: 10/22/2020 4:26:39 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford High junior field hockey midfielder Elsie Davis wasted little time in advancing the Hurricanes through the first round of the VPA Division II state tournament on Wednesday.

Davis potted two goals in the first period and eighth-seeded Hartford never looked back, rolling to a 4-1 win over No. 9 Brattleboro at Hartford High School. Davis entered and ended the day as the Hurricanes’ top goal scorer on the season, now with seven.

Davis struck early in the opening 15-minute period and again midway through to give the Canes (3-5-0) a quick two-goal cushion. Madison Willey extended it by finishing a Zoe Pfeiffer feed in the second half, and senior Ryelee Potwin put a bow on the win with a fourth-quarter penalty stroke. Pfeiffer finished with a pair of assists for the Canes.

The victory nets Hartford a Friday date at No. 1 Mount Abraham in the D-II quarterfinals.

FOOTBALL Windsor 49, Woodstock 20

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (7-1) maintained control in the first of two games with the Wasps (0-7) over three days, getting four touchdown passes from Maison Fortin and another three from Jordan Place.

The Windsor quarterbacks spread the scoring receptions around, with Travis McAllister, Austin Gauld, Owen Abrahamsen, Owen Rhoad, John Cook and Ben Gilbert hitting paydirt. Place did as well, netting a TD catch on a Fortin toss.

Kaleb Swett was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT kicks for the Jacks, who visit Woodstock to close the regular season on Friday night.

BOYS SOCCER Lebanon 3, Mascoma 2 (OT)

WEST CANAAN — Ryan Oliveira left-footed home a pass from Daniel Mladek at the 2:40 mark of overtime, and the Raiders (6-2-0) survived a scare from the Royals (5-4-0).

The Royals led the game twice, at 1-0 and 2-1. Mascoma went up on a fourth-minute when Ian Moulton’s free kick skimmed off the head of a Lebanon defender; the Raiders answered on a 60-yard Alex Felix free kick a half-hour later. Ben Seiler’s penalty-kick conversion two minutes after that gave the Royals a 2-1 halftime lead.

The advantage held until Preston Hewett headed home an Oliveira feed with 3½ minutes left in regulation. Ryan Tanski backstopped the Raiders with five saves. Connor Thompson kept Mascoma in the contest with 17 saves.

Simon Amaro, Oliveira and Felix all had strong games in the Lebanon midfield, according to Mascoma coach Keli Green. Moulton joined Michael Steckbeck-Piper in helping Thompson at the Royals’ defensive end. Zach Thompson, Cole Moulton and Gavin Giovagnoli played key roles in the Mascoma midfield.

The Royals close the regular season with a visit from Sunapee on Saturday. Lebanon finishes up with a home date against Fall Mountain on Friday.

Stevens 10, Newport 0

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals (4-7-0) won their third straight, with several players scoring their first varsity goals.

Jason Demars, Brady Moote, Scott Campbell, Prescott Herzog, Sam Dalke, Simon Demars, Colby Jarvis, Caden Ferland, R.J. Raymond and Noah Osgood provided the goals for Stevens. Dylan Chambers set up three goals, Trystan Lane provided two assists, and Jarvis, Raymond and Cooper Moote also had helpers.

Moote and Cam Bard shared in the shutout for the Cards, who meet the Tigers again on Saturday at Sichol Field.

Bellows Falls 1, Windsor 0 (OT)

WINDSOR — The Terriers (4-5-0) prevailed in a defensive showdown with a converted penalty kick two minutes into overtime at MacLeay-Royce Field.

Windsor (1-7-0) closes out the regular season at Green Mountain on Friday.

Hartford 4, Fair Haven 0

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Hurricanes (3-5-0) posted their second shutout of the campaign and ended a three-game losing streak. They’ll wrap up their regular-season slate at home against Sharon on Saturday evening.

GIRLS SOCCER Rivendell 2, Leland & Gray 1

ORFORD — Ryleigh Butler scored her first two goals of the campaign, both in the second half, the latter of which broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Raptors (3-2-1) to a win over the Rebels (3-6-0) at Community Field.

Butler stole a Sierra Flint ball from a Leland & Gray defender and squeezed home the game’s opening score a minute into the second half. The visitors tied it up from the penalty spot barely a minute later, leaving Butler to solve the deadlock on a give-and-go with Elisia Sonsalla in the 49th minute.

“Rivendell played its best game of the season so far,” coach Tim Goodwin said. “They came out excited and worked well together for 80 minutes.”

Goalkeeper Cora Day made five saves and midfielders Adele Tilden and Kylie Taylor both had superb matches distributing the ball around the field. The Raptors host Sharon on Friday.

Stevens 11, Newport 2

CLAREMONT — Tori Dalke and Riley Murphy produced three-goal hat tricks, the first connections of the season for both players, as the Cardinals (5-7-0) rolled to a win over the Tigers (3-3-0), extending their ongoing winning streak to four matches.

MacKenzie Brown also provided her first goal of the season for Stevens. Angelina LaClair, Stella Lavertue, Hannah Miller and Maddy Minckler accounted for the remainder.

The teams meet again on Saturday morning at Newport’s Sichol Field to close out the regular season.

Thetford 1, Peoples 0

THETFORD — Gevie Horster’s unassisted first-half goal returned the Panthers (6-1-0) to the win column two days after their first loss of the season.

Emma Berard recorded a five-save shutout for Thetford. The Panthers close the regular season against Lyndon on Saturday.

BFA-Fairfax 3, Oxbow 2

FAIRFAX, Vt. — The Bullets (4-2-0) broke a 1-1 tie with two goals in a one-minute span of the second half, holding off a late challenge from the Olympians.

Maddie Fredella needed a shade over three minutes to equalize after BFA opened the scoring in the fourth minute of the second half. The Bullets used scores in the 63rd and 64th minutes to get a two-goal cushion, which proved important when the O’s Emma DeGoosh struck with 8:38 to play.

“We knew, coming into this game, it would be a tough one,” Oxbow coach Dan Thomas noted. “Oxbow played a fantastic game today, and although it wasn’t the result we pushed for, we can’t be dissatisfied with how we played. We will be coming into playoffs strong and will challenge any team we face.”

Goalkeeper Makenna Simmons and defender Hadlee Allen both played well in the back to give the Olympians (4-4-0) a chance. Oxbow next awaits word of its VPA Division III tournament assignment, due on Monday.

Blue Mountain 3, Sharon 0

WELLS RIVER, Vt. — The Phoenix (2-6-0) conceded a penalty kick just nine minutes into the contest, and it all went downhill from there in a road loss to the Bucks at Gerry Piper Athletic Field. Sharon has dropped its last five matches without scoring a goal.

“We didn’t seem like we wanted to be there today,” Sharon co-coach Andy Ruddell said. “We certainly weren’t physically or technically outmatched; we just didn’t work hard enough.”

The Phoenix hopes to close its regular season on a high note with a visit to Rivendell on Friday.

Fair Haven 1, Hartford 0

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Hurricanes (4-4-0) saw a three-game winning streak come to an end at LaPlaca Field.

Goalkeeper Erin Thompson has 12 saves, including on on a clean Fair Haven breakwasy, for Hartford and nearly got the Canes to overtime. The Slaters (8-0-0) scored the match’s only goal with less than a minute left in regulation.

“We played our best game of the year against the No. 1 team in Vermont Division II,” Hartford coach Jeff Acker said. “Tonight was everything we could hope for in a high school soccer game, and unfortunately somebody had to lose.

Hartford closes the regular season at Springfield on Saturday evening.

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