DUXBURY — The second-seeded Harwood boys soccer team scored three second-half goals Thursday and secured its sixth straight shutout during a 4-0 victory over Missisquoi in Division II playdown action.

“Missisquoi played with no fear and nothing to lose,” Harwood coach Joe Yalicki said. “They did a good job to get forward and some of their backs had awesome first-step speed to the ball. It was far from a walk in the park for us.”

Nic Moran gave HU the lead in the 27th minute on an assist by Cooper Olney. Harwood extended its lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute when Jack Birmingham assisted Olney.

Harwood’s leading scorer, Jordan Shullenberger, made it 3-0 in the 66th minute. Olney set up Adam Porterfield to cap the scoring in the 78th minute.

“At the half we tried to get a little more involved off of the ball and also show a little more defensive respect and intensity,” Yalicki said. “We did great attacking both sides but couldn’t create space in the box. Cooper assisted both goals, scored one and drew a PK. And Chris James and Liam Combs cleaned up a lot of their chances. Any win at the end of October is fine.”

Combs made two saves in goal. Harwood (13-1-1) has recorded 10 shutouts this season and will return to action against the Green Mountain Valley School (5-3-2) in the quarterfinals. Missisquoi ends the season at 2-14.

BOYS SOCCERMilton 7, Fair Haven 0

MILTON — The No. 16 seed Fair Haven boys soccer team ran into a juggernaut No. 1 Milton squad and fell 7-0 on Thursday in a Division II playdown.

The Yellowjackets led 5-0 at the half.

Cam Fougere and Aiden Garrow had two goals apiece for Milton, while Brandon Mitchell, Zack Logan and Ethan Jones had one goal. Ryan Cannon assisted on two goals.

Kole Matta and Noah Woodberry split goalkeeping duties for the Slaters. Matta made nine saves and Woodberry made eight stops.

The Slaters earned their spot in Thursday’s game after besting Lamoille 4-0 on Tuesday.

Fair Haven wraps up its season with a 3-12-1 record. Milton takes its 15-0 mark into a Division II quarterfinal with No. 8 Paine Mountain, a 2-1 winner against Woodstock on Wednesday.

Middlebury 3, Mt. Abe 1

MIDDLEBURY — The No. 5 seed Middlebury boys soccer team advanced to the Division II quarterfinals with a 3-1 win against Mount Abraham Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers will host No. 13 Rice, who pulled off an upset of No. 4 Stowe on Wednesday, on Friday at 3 p.m. Middlebury is 9-5-1, while the Eagles finish at 5-9-1.

GIRLS SOCCERMiddlebury 1, U-32 0

MIDDLEBURY — The No. 8 seed Middlebury girls soccer team locked up a date with No. 1 seed Harwood, beating No. 9 U-32 1-0 on Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers improved to 8-6-1 ahead of their matchup with the Highlanders. Cadyn Pitner scored for Middlebury in the 57th minute.

“The ball was played through and Cadyn and my back got tangled up and she came out with the ball,” U-32 coach Steve Towne said. “She placed a low shot from left side to inside right post.”

Goalie Evie Moore made six saves for U-32, while Julia Bartlett stopped nine shots for the Tigers. The Raiders wrap up the season with a 6-7-2 record.

“We had strong play from Avery Knauss and Greta Little in the back,” coach Towne said. “And Lauren Towne. Tovah Williams and Clara Wilson played strong games through the midfield.”

Leland & Gray 6, Winooski 1

TOWNSHEND — The No. 2 seed Leland & Gray girls soccer team advanced to the Division III quarterfinals with a 6-1 win against No. 15 Winooski Thursday afternoon.

The Rebels (13-2) host No. 10 Thetford Academy on Saturday. The Spartans finish with a 3-10-1 record.

FIELD HOCKEYHarwood 1, No. Country 0

NEWPORT — The No. 6 seed Harwood field hockey team pulled off a 1-0 upset against No. 3 North Country in the Division III quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

Lucy Sullivan scored the one goal of the game in the third quarter. Harwood improves to 3-8-1 and plays No. 2 seed Lyndon in the state semifinals on Tuesday. North Country wraps up its season with a 6-8 record.

Lyndon 3, MVU 1

LYNDON — The No. 2 seed Lyndon Institute field hockey team advanced to the Division III semifinals with a 3-1 win against Missisquoi Valley on Wednesday.

Ella Buckingham was the difference in the game, scoring two goals.

Lyndon takes a 7-5 record into a semifinal game against No. 6 Harwood on Tuesday.

Windsor 4, Milton 0

WINDSOR — The No. 1 seed Windsor field hockey team took care of business, beating Milton 4-0 in a Division III quarterfinal on Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets host No. 5 Fair Haven on Tuesday in the D-III semifinals. The teams split their matchups during the regular season.


BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont women’s soccer team recently clinched an America East regular season title and headed into the playoffs with a 3-0 win against New Hampshire on Thursday.

Alexa Mihale scored all three goals for the Catamounts and assists came from Natalie Durieux, Alyssa Oviedo and Maddy Cronin.

UVM awaits its opponent in the America East conference tournament.

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