Local roundup: Hanover boys soccer preps for tourney with win over Winnacunnet

Staff Reports
Published: 10/21/2021 9:26:37 PM
Modified: 10/21/2021 9:26:46 PM

HANOVER — Say this about the Hanover High boys soccer program: Its regular-season schedule is never enough.

That Hanover would participate in a 45th consecutive NHIAA postseason tournament this year was never in doubt. With Becket McCurdy and Zach Tracy scoring goals, Hanover clinched a top-four Division I invitation with a 2-1 defeat of Winnacunnet on Thursday at Merriman-Branch Field.

McCurdy (his first goal of the season) and Tracy (his second) struck in the opening half for Hanover (12-3-1). Hunter Eaton got one back for the Warriors (9-6-1) after the interval, but the Hanover defense united in front of netminder Jackson McBride, whose saves included a diving denial of a free kick to keep the home team’s lead intact.

McCurdy deflected an Eric Ringer shot into the net in the 10th minute. Jack Gardner gathered a loose ball in a scramble eight minutes later and directed it to Tracy for the finish.

Hanover coach Rob Grabill praised senior backs Jack Ross, Luke Ives and Connor Hamlin, along with junior Owen Smith, for their play in front of the goal.

Hanover, which has reached the semifinals in seven of its nine D-I years, will learn its tournament schedule on Monday.

Mount Anthony 3, Hartford 1

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The visiting Patriots scored a pair of first-half goals and used that cushion to conquer the Hurricanes (6-7-1) in the teams’ mutual regular-season finale at the Alumni Athletic Complex.

Hartford will likely hit the road to start the VPA Division II tournament next week.

GIRLS SOCCER Rivendell 6, Bellows Falls 0

ORFORD — Harper Traendly and Kylie Taylor had two goal games to power the Raptors (9-4-1) to a sixth straight win heading into the playoffs.

Taylor added three assists for a five-point afternoon, and Traendly had two. German exchange student and first-year soccer player Clara Schiffling (her first varsity goal) and teammate Ryleigh Butler (assist) also scored. Savannah Gray and Butler combined on a one-save shutout for Rivendell, which outshot the Terriers, 19-1.

As big a day as it was for the seniors, Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin was particularly happy for Schiffling.

“She kicked off our scoring, and the whole team celebrated with her,” he said. “It is this unselfishness and kindness of this group of players that is so representative of our seniors.”

Rivendell learns its first VPA Division IV tournament appointment on Monday.

Woodstock 3, Springfield 0

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Wasps (10-2-1) spread the scoring around in the first game of a season-ending home-and-home set with the Cosmos.

Isabel Konijnenberg took on three Springfield defenders, beat them and buried a shot into the upper corner of the net to get Woodstock started. Hannah Reed netted her team-best 18th goal of the campaign, and Chloe Masillo slipped through the Cosmos’ defense to cap the scoring on a low driven attempt.

The Wasps had 28 shots toward the Springfield net. Woodstock goalie Emma Tarleton had a seven-save shutout. The Wasps and Cosmos meet again on Saturday night in Woodstock.

Green Mountain 3, White River Valley 0

CHESTER, Vt. — Despite a shutout loss to end the regular season, the Wildcats (8-5-1) will be home to open the VPA Division III tournament next week. White River Valley learns its seeding and opening assignment on Monday.

Winooski 1, Sharon 0

SHARON — The Phoenix (2-11-0) fell to the Spartans in their final regular-season contest. Sharon has been shut out in all but one of its defeats this fall.

The teams stage a rematch in Winooski on Friday.

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