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Local roundup: Hartford field hockey keeps up winning ways

Staff Report
Published: 9/22/2021 10:53:08 PM
Modified: 9/22/2021 10:53:10 PM

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — The Hartford High field hockey team kept its strong start going on Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over St. Johnsbury

Freshman Madi Barwood scored both goals for the Hurricanes (4-0), as senior Elsie Davis and sophomore Madi Willey recorded assists. Freshman goalie Paige Vielleux saved five St. Johnsbury shots.

Hartford head coach Heather Scudder named junior Nedra Dwinell and senior Brianna Roberts her defensive players of the game.

“St. Johnsbury was a scrappy team who moved the ball well,” Scudder said. “Hartford had a tough first half adjusting to turf play.”

Hartford is back in action Friday at Rutland.

Lebanon 3, Mascoma 1

LEBANON — Lebanon (6-0-1) remained undefeated in Wednesday’s victory over the Royals (0-7).

Sophomore Lindsey Stark scored two goals for the Raiders. Senior Sally Tretter assisted twice. Senior Molly Smith scored a goal and assisted another, and junior goalie Ashlee Blashock saved two shots.

For Mascoma, freshman Ann Buffington scored on an assist by sophomore Kylie Rogers, her team-high fifth goal of the campaign. Senior goalie Emilie Conrad recorded five saves.

Raiders head coach Amanda Valliere praised senior Claire Thibodeau’s play on the left side and senior Clara Smyrski’s performance in the middle.

Mascoma will look to turn its fortunes on Tuesday at home against Winnisquam. Lebanon hits the road to face Pelham on Saturday.

GOLF Woodstock wins SVC title

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps, led by junior Ethan Dean, captured the Southern Vermont Conference championship at Woodstock Country Club.

Woodstock’s victory ended a run of five straight SVC titles for Hartford. The Hurricanes competed but didn’t have enough golfers to post a team score.

Dean shot a 38 to win the individual medal. Junior Chris Bradley recorded a 45, junior Owen Kross shot 46, junior Will Coates shot 47 and junior Jake Carey posted a 50.

Hartford junior Joe Barwood finished with the second-best individual score at 40. He had a chance close on Dean with a late birdie opportunity but came up short. Sophomore Jaden Poirer shot a 46 for the Canes, and freshman Matt Tsouknakis shot 51.

Windsor, like Hartford, also didn’t have enough golfers to qualify for a team score. Sophomore Lee Bevis posted a 46 for the Yellowjackets, while freshman Gavin Martin shot a 49.

Team scores: Woodstock 176, Otter Valley 180, Long Trail 197, Mill River 238.

BOYS SOCCER Blue Mountain 7, Oxbow 1

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow (1-4) couldn’t overcome a potent Blue Mountain offense.

The Bucks established a comfortable advantage, leading 4-0 at halftime. Freshman Andrew Barrett scored for the Olympians in the second half on a penalty kick.

Blue Mountain peppered the goal all game, and Oxbow’s sophomore goalie, Dakota Goodridge, did his best. He saved 34 shots, a performance head coach Andrew Fisher called beast-like.

“We showed a lot of grit today, especially the day after a tough loss on the road,” Fisher said. “We had some great opportunities to score but were just out of whack. Better effort than last night even, which shows a lot of determination.”

Oxbow will get a second chance against Craftsbury on Friday at home after falling in the first matchup on Tuesday.

Hazen 3, Thetford 1

THETFORD — Thetford (0-5-0) came up short against the Wildcats.

Senior Elliot Jones scored his third goal of the season for the Panthers. Senior Gus Byrne made his first varsity start at goalkeeper and saved eight shots.

The Panthers will be back in action Saturday at North Country.

Brattleboro 2, Hartford 1

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Hartford (4-2-0) had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The game was tied 0-0 at halftime, but Brattleboro scored five minutes into the second half and doubled its lead five minutes after that. Senior Adam Dufour, a Windsor High transplant, scored for Hartford in the 53rd minute on an assist by junior Joey Beggs.

The Canes will visit Otter Valley on Monday. Hartford defeated Otter Valley, 2-0, at Maxfield Sports Complex on Saturday.

GIRLS SOCCER White River Valley 4, Bellows Falls 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — WRV (4-1-0) earned its third consecutive win and third straight shutout.

The Wildcats controlled possession for much of the game en route to the comfortable victory. Sophomore Amara Calhum-Flowers got WRV on the board in the first half on a well-placed shot to the upper half of the net. She added an assist to her line.

Junior Shannon Hadlock led the way with two goals for the Wildcats. Senior Wynter Simack scored the fourth goal for WRV and also recorded an assist. Junior Ella Perreault also assisted a goal.

Head coach Kim Prestridge lauded the Wildcats’ passing and communication.

“We have some strong leaders on the field who play a vital role in keeping our plan on track,” Prestridge said. “We also have a defense that never gives up. No matter the minute of the game, they are getting to every ball first and making plays up to our attacking players. A great team effort today.”

The Wildcats will hit the road Saturday to take on Rivendell.

Hartford 2, Otter Valley 0

BRANDON, Vt. — Hartford (2-4-1) took an early lead and made it last.

Both goals for the Hurricanes came on corner kicks. The first arrived six minutes into the game, and the second was two minutes into the second half.

Seniors Nora Knudsen and Jenna Jasmin scored the goals for the Canes. Seniors Beth Dobrich and Sophie Howe picked up the assists. Junior Sydney Stillman and senior Erin Thompson both played goalie for Hartford, each recording one save and combining for the clean sheet.

Hartford will take on Brattleboro on Thursday at Alumni Athletic Complex.

VOLLEYBALL Mount Mansfield 3, Mid Vermont Christian 0

QUECHEE — The Eagles (5-1) fell for the first time this season, in straight sets.

MVCS had only dropped two sets all season until Wednesday’s match. Mount Mansfield won the first two sets by the same score, 25-20, and took the third, 25-16.

Senior Haley Goodwin had 12 kills and 11 digs for Mid Vermont Christian.

“MVCS kept the score close during the first two sets,” Eagles coach Tom Evans said, “but were unable to put together a final push against a strong Mount Mansfield team.”

MVCS will host Enosburg Falls on Friday.

Fall Mountain 3, Stevens 0

LANGDON, N.H. — Stevens (0-6) continued its tough start to the season Wednesday.

Cardinals head coach Rick Dorcely said each of his players had standout moments throughout the match, but that it was a difficult match for his team. Still, he enjoyed watching his players have fun.

“Simply put, tonight my players acted very much like a team and had unabashed fun while doing so,” Dorcely said.

The Cardinals are back in action on Friday at home against Mascoma.

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