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Local roundup: Bissaillon saves Wasps in PK tiebreaker

  • Tom Bissaillon

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Published: 10/27/2020 10:21:49 PM
Modified: 10/28/2020 9:11:04 AM

WOODSTOCK — Goalkeeper Tom Bissaillon must have put on his cape Tuesday afternoon when the fifth-seeded Woodstock High boys soccer team headed to a penalty-kick tiebreaker with visiting No. 12 Mount Abraham.

The senior made four saves in the shootout to lead the Wasps to a 2-1 victory (2-1 PKs) in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament. The win sent them to Friday’s quarterfinal date at No. 4 Middlebury.

“Tom Bissaillon was the hero of the hour with his four penalty saves,” said Woodstock coach Rob Stainton, whose squad improved to 6-2-1.

Parker Kuhnert and Andrew Gubbins each scored goals in the shootout to give the Wasps the advantage. Mason Harkins initially gave them a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute of the match, but the Eagles tied it up before the first half horn.

Both teams battled through the final 40 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, but neither could produce the deciding score.

White River Valley 1, West Rutland 0

WEST RUTLAND, Vt. — The No. 13 seed Wildcats lost twice to fourth-seeded West Rutland in regular season play, but that didn’t faze them in the first round of the VPA D-IV postseason.

Scoreless 30 minutes into the first half, Carder Stratton dribbled past two defenders and was fouled in the penalty area. He was injured on the play but managed to get on his feet and give WRV (2-6-1) the only lead it needed on the ensuing penalty kick.

Stratton sat out the for the remainder of the contest, but the Wildcats’ defense held steady for the win, getting strong play from Mason Gauthier, Donovan Forcier and Robby McShinsky. They will play the winner of Mount St. Joseph vs. Arlington in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Sharon 4, Danville 0

SHARON — Riley Eastman scored a hat trick and Daniel Henderson added a goal to lead the No. 7 seed Phoenix to a VPA D-IV quarterfinals date at second-seeded Rivendell on Friday afternoon.

“We maintained possession throughout the game but didn’t do well to convert our many chances,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said. “The goals we scored were clinical, which shows that if we simplify our attack, we’ll convert at a higher rate. I’ll take the result, but we need to be better against Rivendell on Friday as our chances will be few and far between.”

Eastman, Henderson and Ian Roberston each had an assist in the victory. The Phoenix are now 7-3-1.

U-32 1, Hartford 0

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — The seventh-seeded Raiders scored the only goal of the game with 12:28 to play in the first half to win their VPA D-II first-round contest over Hartford.

The No. 10 Hurricanes (3-6-1) graduate 12 players: Aiden Brooks, Tanner Bessette, Eddie Jeon, Remy Lambert, Nick Martin, Shane Miller, Carter Nalette, Ian O’Brien, Jackson Smith, Evan Berman, Jack Hinckley and Dylan Morse.

BFA-Fairfax 8, Oxbow 1

FAIRFAX, Vt. — Aaron Thurston scored the lone goal for the No. 15 seed Olympians, who finish the season 1-8-0.

Goalie Dylan Bearce made 13 saves for Oxbow in the loss at second-seeded BFA-Fairfax in the first round of the VPA D-III tourney.

“Our boys never quit,” O’s coach Andrew Fisher said. “Look forward to continuing the process of improvement in the offseason for next year. Great that Aaron (Thurston) got a goal, the first of his career, in his last high school match.”

Oxbow will lose five seniors to graduation: Zach Kane, Carter Allen, Bryce Ilsley, Cole Nanopoulos and Thurston.

Peoples 9, Windsor 0

MORRISTOWN, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (1-8-1) fell to fourth-seeded Peoples in the first round of the VPA D-III tournament.

Windsor graduates seven: Brandon Hennessey, Blake Archambault, Vaughan Phillips, Evan Strobl, Jack Morin, Conner Allen and Cooper Bevis.


FOOTBALLWindsor 48, Springfield 13

WINDSOR — Maison Fortin and Jordan Place combined to throw seven touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets past the visiting Cosmos. Windsor (9-1) advances to Friday night’s semifinals at Hartford.

Ben Gilbert, Owen Abrahamsen, Logan Worrall and Caden Lockwood each had a touchdown catch. Kaleb Swett was 6-of-7 on PATs and also had a touchdown grab.

John Cook and Place each picked off Springfield.

Bellows Falls 35, Woodstock 28

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Wasps season comes to a close with the loss to the Terriers. Woodstock graduates just two seniors, Caleb Palazzo, and Sam Blanchard.

Bellows Falls advances to the semifinals of the Hartford area tourney to take on Brattleboro. The winner will play the winner of Windsor vs. Hartford in the championship next week.

Spaulding 56, Oxbow 7

BARRE, Vt. — The Olympians fell on the road in the first round of the St. Johnsbury Area tournament. 

The Olympians will graduate six seniors: Dylan Shaw, Drew Shaw, Jordan Johnson, Memphis Cahill 



GIRLS SOCCERHanover 4, Concord 2

HANOVER — The Marauders led, 3-0, early in the second half, but two Crimson Tide scores made it 3-2 with less than 15 minutes to play. Charlotte Johnson scored her second goal of the night, however, soon after to give Hanover a cushion in its D-I postseason debut.

Johnson, who now has 12 goals this season, also added an assist in the opening-round contest. Maeve Lee and Caroline Adams each contributed first-half scores. Casey McGuire and Sage McGinley-Smith both recorded an assist.

Rebekah Rudd made eight saves for the Marauders, who advance to Thursday’s preliminary-round game at Bedford.

Windsor 6, Mill River 0

WINDSOR — The third-seeded Yellowjackets proved to be too much for No. 14 seed Mill River, defeating the Minutemen in the first round of the VPA D-III tournament thanks to three goals in the final 20 minutes of the first half.

Elliot Rupp and Evelyn Page each netted a hat trick, scoring all of Windsor’s goals. The duo each added an assist, as did Morgan McKeen.

The Jacks advance to Friday’s quarterfinals, where they will host the winner of White River Valley vs. BFA-Fairfax.

Thetford 3, Bellows Falls 0

THETFORD — Madi Powers scored two goals to overwhelm the No. 15 seed Terriers in the VPA D-III opening round.

Emma Colby scored second-seeded Thetford’s third goal of the game on a pass from Maddie Hatch. Kathy Darrah assisted Powers’ first score.

Emma Berard recorded five saves for the Raptors, who move a step closer to defending their state title. They host the winner of Stowe vs. Northfield/Williamstown on Friday in a quarterfinal contest.

Hopkinton 9, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals finished their inaugural campaign with a loss in the first round of the NHIAA D-III bracket but graduate just one senior, Mara Isham.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 9, Newport 1

WILTON — The Tigers closed out the season 3-5-0 with their exit in the first round of the NHIAA D-IV tourney.

Newport will lose Paige Greenhalgh to graduation.

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