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Local roundup: DeBois, Rivendell cook up win over Sharon (updated)

  • A.J. DeBois

Staff Reports
Published: 10/22/2020 9:29:29 PM
Modified: 10/23/2020 11:18:16 AM

ORFORD — He’s no mad scientist, but Rivendell Academy boys soccer coach Kevin Brooker will sometimes use his team’s matches as a laboratory to determine what skills his Raptors possess and how they can use them on the field.

The tweaking continued into Thursday’s VPA Division IV showdown with Sharon, and it paid off in a 2-0 Rivendell win at Community Field. A.J. DeBois scored one goal and set up the other for the Raptors, with Derek Vogelien doing the finishing. Both now have a team-high five goals for Rivendell (5-1-2).

Goalkeeper Owen Mansur recorded as 12-save shutout.

“Sharon Academy is always a really fun game to be a part of,” Brooker said. “We were able to make a few adjustments and experiment with a few things before the playoffs begin next week. The boys are playing really good soccer right now as we build up for the tournament.”

The result could possibly put Rivendell on course for another deep tournament encounter with Twin Valley, the frontrunner for top seed in next week’s D-IV draw. The Wildcats (6-1-0) held down the No. 1 position entering the day, with the Raptors and Proctor (6-2-1) battling for second and third. Rivendell, which lost to Twin Valley in last year’s D-IV semifinals, beat the Wildcats, 2-1, back on Oct. 1 in Orford.

The Phoenix’s immediate concern is getting their offense going again. Sharon (6-3-0) scored 30 goals in its open seven matches, but it will head into a Saturday night date at D-II Hartford on back-to-back shutout losses.

The teams will learn their state tournament assignments on Monday.

Woodstock 7, Stratton Mountain 1

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (5-2-1) reeled off the afternoon’s final seven goals, the last six after the halftime break, for their second lopsided win in 48 hours.

Woodstock, a 9-0 vanquisher of Otter Valley on Tuesday, picked up two-goal games from Ezra Lockhart and Andrew Gubbins in the victory. Parker Kuhnert (assist), Taylor Plourde and Tom Bissaillon also dented the net for the Wasps, with Michael LeCroix recording an assist.

The Wasps bunched their goals together in the second half. They scored twice in the opening three minutes to break the 1-1 deadlock, then used another three-goal burst in four minutes starting at the 55-minute mark to pull away. Bissaillon’s goal, on a pass from fellow goalkeeper LeCroix, closed the scoring.

“A strong second half turned the game for Woodstock,” coach Rob Stainton said. “At 3-1, the team really got into their stride and mixed goal scoring with great approach play. A pleasing way to end the regular season.”

Woodstock began the day ranked fifth in VPA Division II. The tournament field will be announced on Monday.

BFA-Fairfax 10, Oxbow 1

BRADFORD, Vt. — Carl Bruso backed an overwhelming offensive effort from the Bullets (7-0-0), posting a hat trick in a win over the Olympians (1-6-0).

Oxbow started well in each half and used a 12th-minute goal from Bryce Ilsley for a 1-1 tie before BFA reeled off the next nine scores. Cameron Roy had the helper on Ilsley’s goal. Oxbow netminder Dylan Bearce recorded seven saves.

“Great start to each half,” Olympian coach Andrew Fisher said. “Our guys just got worn down after the first 15- 20 minutes of each half. We have to prioritize conditioning and fundamentals to continue to improve and play more competitive matches.”

The O’s finish off the regular season by hosting Blue Mountain on Friday.

GIRLS SOCCERWindsor 3, White River Valley 1

SOUTH ROYALTON — Elliot Rupp factored in all three Windsor goals as the Yellowjackets (7-1-0) secured no worse than a top-four seed for the start of the VPA Division III state tournament next week.

Rupp scored twice and set up an Evelyn Page goal for the Jacks, who owned a 2-1 halftime lead. Page and Holly Putnam each had an assist, and Adi Prior locked down the defense with six-save goalkeeping. Kansas Marsh also excelled on defense for Windsor.

“Windsor had our chances to put the game away; just came up short,” coach Jeff Bachey said. “I think we hit the crossbar two times, had plenty of breakaway chances where the shot either went directly to the keeper or just wide. We played a great game; just need to finish better.”

Fiona Vaillancourt scored a first-half goal for WRV (2-3-1), with Jillian Barry earning the assist. Ellie Prestridge had a strong game in the net for the Wildcats, combining with Vaillancourt and Julia Morse on seven saves.

Bachey credited WRV’s Amara Calhum-Flowers and Blake Southworth with maintaining pressure on the Jacks’ defense. White River coach Kim Prestridge also pointed out the play of Ella Perreault and Stella Jones on defense for the Wildcats, who completed the regular-season schedule with the loss.

Windsor finishes its slate at home against Green Mountain on Saturday. Both teams learn their D-III tournament seeds on Monday.

Green Mountain 2, Woodstock 0

CHESTER, Vt. — The Wasps put the wraps on a 2-4-1 campaign and will likely begin the VPA Division II tournament on the road next week.

VOLLEYBALLMount Mansfield 3, Mid Vermont Christian 0

QUECHEE — The Cougars (7-1) handed the Eagles (4-1) their first loss in a 25-10, 25-8, 25-17 sweep.

MMU had Mid Vermont on its heels most of the afternoon. Nykrisha Jenks (15 digs) and Hayley Goodwin (14 digs) led a busy defense. Goodwin added a team-high four kills, and Delaney Gross dished out a half-dozen assists.

“MMU is a very talented team,” MVCS co-coach Tom Evans said. “Their blockers were very effective, and their hitters challenged our defense all night. We had some nice rallies and passed well. It was tough to score points.”

The Eagles host Montpelier on Friday and visit South Burlington on Saturday to wrap their schedule.

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