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Local roundup: Thetford boys soccer breaks into win column

Staff Reports
Published: 9/28/2021 10:55:41 PM
Modified: 9/29/2021 11:01:33 AM

THETFORD — Victory, at last.

The Thetford Academy boys soccer team broke through for its first win of the season, a 3-1 defeat of visiting Lamoille on Tuesday afternoon.

Jacob Gilman put the Panthers in front in the 25th minute with a goal, his second of the season. Ethan Marshia followed just two minutes later with his first of two on the day to put Thetford in front, 2-0, at halftime. Marshia then put the game on ice with a goal in the 55th minute of action.

Coach Ray Thorburn praised the overall team energy as key to this first win, including key contributions from bench players.

“It was a great team effort today,” Thorburn said, simply.

The Panthers (1-6-0) look for two in a row when Montpelier visits on Thursday.

Hanover 5, Merrimack 0

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Hanover was dominant from the start in a shutout over Merrimack.

Senior Zane Schiffman started the scoring with his first career varsity goal to put Hanover in front in the 14th minute. Will Guerin followed with a goal in the 32nd minute.

Hanover then scored three times in a seven-minute span in the second half, beginning with Oscar Miller’s fourth goal of the season. Jacob Kubik-Pauw and Carter Guerin added goals to close the book.

Murphy Hunt had two assists for Hanover; Hunt now has a team-best five helpers this season. Pierce Seigne and Sean Smith also had assists. Keepers Ty Nolon and Jackson McBride split duty to earn the shutout. Coach Rob Grabill also praised the defensive work of Jack Ross.

Hanover (7-2-1) visits Windham, the defending NHIAA Division I state champions, on Thursday. The Jaguars beat Hanover in the semifinals a season ago on their way to that state title.

Oyster River 3, Lebanon 1

DURHAM, N.H. — The Raiders (7-1-0) suffered their first lost of the season at the hands of the still-unbeaten Bobcats (8-0-1).

Oyster River scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes of the first half to take control. Nick Brill volleyed home an Angus Hall cross in the 68th minute for Lebanon’s lone goal.

The Raiders look to get back to their winning ways with a pair of home games to close the week, Friday against Coe-Brown and then Saturday against Stevens in a makeup game.

Twin Valley 3, White River Valley 2

SOUTH ROYALTON — Dominic Craven scored a pair of goals, but the Wildcats (2-4-1) came out on the short end against Twin Valley.

“It was a good game between two evenly matched teams,” WRV coach Alex Montano said. “It came down to a couple of moments. Twin Valley was able to capitalize, and we were not.”

Keeper Donovan Forcier made five saves, and picked up one assist, for WRV, which hosts Proctor on Saturday.

Winooski 12, Oxbow 0

WINOOSKI, Vt. — The young Olympians (1-6-0) were overwhelmed by the powerhouse Spartans (6-1-0), who scored three times in the first 10½ minutes.

“They had a great crowd that came out to support them, and we had a good time playing under the lights and in front of lots of people,” Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher noted. “It was great experience for our ninth and 10th grade players — getting so much quality field time against a team like Winooski.”

The O’s now point toward at Friday home date with BFA-Fairfax.

Girls SoccerLebanon 2, Oyster River 1

LEBANON — The Raiders (6-2-0) came from behind to hand Oyster River (4-1-2) its first loss of the season.

Lebanon had the better of scoring chances in the first half, but it was the Bobcats who broke through first, scoring five minutes into the second half to take a 1-0 lead. Kayla Taber equalized for the Raiders soon after, converting an assist from Mary Rainey. Rainey then put the hosts in front with a 25-yard direct kick goal with 15 minutes left to play.

The Raiders will aim to keep it rolling at John Stark on Monday.

Hanover 3, Burr & Burton 0

HANOVER — Hanover shut out the Bulldogs in an interstate matchup to improve to 3-6-1.

Riley McGuire continued her impressive start to the season as an attacker for the hosts, scoring the game’s first goal with an assist to Sophie Wise. Kiran Park corner kicks set up the next two Hanover goals, one each by Emilia Torresani and Noor van Aalst.

Coach Doug Kennedy praised the play of Elsa Bolinger in the midfield. Kennedy was less impressed by Hanover’s penchant for getting ahead of the action in the offensive zone as the hosts were called offside 14 times.

Keeper Emma Kleber made four saves for Hanover, which hosts Windham on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

White River Valley 2, Windsor 1

WINDSOR — Jillian Barry had two goals to lead the Wildcats (6-1-0) in a comeback thriller over the Yellowjackets (1-6-0).

Elliot Rupp scored in the 10th minute to give Windsor the early lead. WRV found it difficult to solve Windsor goalkeeper Sophia Rockwood (11 saves), who stifled several Wildcat chances with her aggressive play to anchor the Windsor defense.

Barry’s second strike of the game was the game-winner with eight minutes to play on a free kick. Tanner Drury had an assist for WRV, and keeper Ellie Prestridge finished six saves.

“Windsor had a good defensive play, and they worked it well,” WRV coach Kim Prestridge said. “I’m really proud of our team for continuing to dig deep and get to the ball first. We didn’t come out as strong as we’d have liked at the beginning, but we turned it around. The girls showed tremendous perseverance today.”

Windsor visits Bellows Falls on Friday. WRV will host Rivendell on Saturday.

Woodstock 2, Brattleboro 0

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Wasps (5-0-1) went on the road and shut out the host Colonels.

Abi Masillo and Chlose Masillo each scored for Woodstock, which maintained offensive pressure for most of the game. The Wasps outshot Brattleboro, 20-8. Coach Greg LaBella praised the play of both Masillos along with Hannah Reed. Keeper Emma Taunton made eight saves for the win.

The Wasps visit Fair Haven on Friday, a rematch of a 3-3 draw in Woodstock from Sept. 17.

Stevens 2, Souhegan 0

CLAREMONT — Stella Lavertue scored both goals to give Stevens (6-2-0) a shutout win.

Keeper Hailey Knight earned the clean sheet, the fourth of the season for the Cardinals. Hannah Miller and Kiley Bundy had assists for the hosts.

Stevens will visit Fall Mountain on Friday.

Proctor 11, Sharon 0

PROCTOR, Vt. — The Phantoms scored two minutes into the match and poured it on the rest of the way, building an 8-0 cushion by halftime.

“We were completely overmatched,” TSA co-coach Andy Ruddell said. “And without our starting keeper and center back, which is a recipe for disaster against Proctor.”

The Phoenix (1-5-0) hosts West Rutland on Friday.

Stratton Mountain 1, Rivendell 0

STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vt. — A single goal was all that separated the host Bears and visiting Raptors (2-4-1), who dropped their third 1-0 decision in their last four matches.

Rivendell makes the short trip to South Royalton to meet White River Valley on Saturday.

Field HockeyHanover 3, Pembroke 0

PEMBROKE, N.H. — Livvy Trummel had a hat trick to lift Hanover (8-0-1) to a win on natural turf at Pembroke.

“It was our first grass game in three weeks, and it took us a while to adjust,” Hanover coach Jean Essex said. “I’m proud of the way the girls stayed on task and got the job done.”

Maggie Higgins and Natalie Feyrer each had assists for Hanover. Trummel’s third came unassisted in a scramble in front of the Pembroke goal. Hanover goalie Riley Loughman had three saves.

Hanover hits the road again on Friday to battle Goffstown.

Lebanon 2, Souhegan 2 (OT)

LEBANON — The Raiders were unable to get the win in a tough, physical matchup with the Sabers but still remain unbeaten at 7-0-2.

Molly Smith and Sally Tretter scored for Lebanon. Amalia Hickey added an assist. Goalie Ashlee Blashock made five saves for the Raiders.

“It was a high intensity game,” Lebanon coach Amanda Valliere said. “We created a lot of opportunities for ourselves offensively, which is great.”

Valliere also praised the play of Molly Schutzius and Lilly Gogan for their work on the backline clearing the ball forward to key the attack. The Raiders visit Kennett on Friday.

Woodstock 1, Brattleboro 0

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Wasps (4-2-0) broke through in the third quarter and held on to beat the Colonels.

Norah Harper scored the game’s only goal for Woodstock, assisted by Lily Gubbins. Coach Leanne Tapley praised the ball-controlling play of Megan Tarleton, Sophie Yates, Nicole Fullerton and Grace Lapearle. The Wasps kept up the offensive pressure in the fourth quarter, just missing several chances for an insurance goal.

Goalie Audrey Emery made two saves for Woodstock, which hosts rival Windsor on Saturday.

Stevens 4, Newport 2

NEWPORT — Bri Frisbee and Sofia Aldecoa both struck twice as the Cardinals (3-3-0) doubled up the Tigers (2-5-0).

Aldecoa added an assist for a three-point day. Sara Faro, Richelle Girard and Izabella Eitapence also posted assists.

Both teams face Thursday home contests. Newport entertains St. Thomas, and Franklin pays Stevens a visit.

Winnisquam 1, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals (0-8-0) gave the Bears (6-2-1) one of their toughest tussles of the season but ultimately became Winnisquam’s sixth shutout victim of the campaign.

Littleton pays Mascoma a visit on Thursday.

GolfStevens third at home

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals (4-10) came up just short in a home match at Claremont Country Club.

CJ Naughler led Stevens with 21 Stableford points. Reeve Wilkinson added 15 and Cedric Allen had 14. Ian Gersberg rounded out the scoring rounds with eight points.

Fall Mountain’s Mitchell Cormier had 27 points to win the medal.

Team scores: Bow 79, Fall Mountain 59, Stevens 58.

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