MONTPELIER — Quinn Mills set up Leo Riby-Williams for a far-post header in overtime on Wednesday, giving the Montpelier boys soccer team a 3-2 victory over North Country.
Riby-Williams rose above a Falcons defender to get his head on the ball in the 82nd minute. The three-goal effort helped the Solons build some offensive confidence after they scored one goal in their first four matches combined.
“We got two goals from two defenders tonight on set plays,” MHS coach Eric Bagley said. “That’s a great asset for us to have. The attitude and the mentality was really where it needs to be in order for us to be successful. Especially after we went behind, the drive to get the tying goal and then the goal in overtime was great. We controlled the game for large portions and it was probably our best overall game of the year.”
The match was scoreless until the 64th minute. Montpelier’s Will Bruzzese tallied his first goal of the season on a Mills corner kick from the right side. North Country pulled even in the 71st minute when David Gratton directed a free kick toward the upper-left side. The Falcons shot ahead in the 72nd minute, as Gage Micknack beat a few Solons and scored from inside the penalty box. Montpelier’s Ben Collier tied the game at the end of regulation.
”We crossed the ball and there was a scramble in the box,” Bagley said. “The ball came out to (Ben Collier) at the top of the box and he touched it around a defender. And he drilled a low shot inside the right corner.”
Montpelier goalie Jake Collier made three saves. Brett Roy stopped nine shots for the Falcons (2-3). Montpelier (2-2-1) will travel to play Lamoille on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Harwood 5, Randolph 1
DUXBURY — Hayden Adams buried two goals for the third straight match Wednesday.
Jack Birmingham, Nicolas Moran and Finn O’Hara also scored for the defending Division II champs. Gavin Thomsen and Ezra Samuel registered assists. Leading the back line for HU were Samuel, Skylar Platt, Jasper Koliba, Morgan Frank, Chris James, Tyler Silveira and Adrian Clapp. Samuel, Ollie Hammond and Tucker Frank all played in goal, combining for two saves. Randolph’s Joshua Mather scored in the 73rd minute.
“I was very pleased with the control of the game from the starting whistle on through,” Harwood coach Joe Yalicki said. “Our attacking was more creative and included more players than any game so far this year. And above all, the energy and attitude that the starters through the bench played with was really impressive. Kudos to the kids for training hard and holding each other accountable.”
Harwood (4-1) will travel to play U-32 at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Milton 6, Spaulding 0
MILTON — Vincent Hoffman and Zac St. Amour scored two goals apiece Wednesday.
Nick Desouza recorded one goal and tallied two assists. Brandon Monahan also scored for Milton, which led 3-0 at the break. Crimson Tide goalie Levi Hilton VanOsdall made 12 saves.
“Taylor D’Agostino played a great game and was all over the field,” Spaulding coach Ben Taylor said. “Ryan Glassford, Evan Dudley and Grant Otis also played really well. We had the better of the play the first 20 minutes of the second half and we played with great intensity.”
Spaulding will travel to play Mount Abraham at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Stowe 4, Lyndon 0
STOWE — Rai Bleda and Alex Reichelt both recorded one goal and one assist for the seven-time Division III champs.
Stowe (5-0) boasts four shutouts and has outscored opponents 19-2. The Raiders made the jump to Division II this season and passed an important test against the D-I Vikings. Bleda set up Reichelt in the 10th minute before Jules Gershman scored on a Reichelt assist in the 12th minute. Stowe stormed ahead 3-0 in the 51st minute when Jono Nissenbaum assisted Bleda. Nick Mitchell closed out the scoring two minutes later on a feed from Ethan Brown. Goalie Isaiah Schaefer-Geiger made one save in the clean sheet. Sage Gosselin stopped 13 shots for Lyndon.
Spaulding 4, Lyndon 0
BARRE — The Crimson Tide shut down the Vikings under the lights behind strong play at every position.
Anna DeAlmeida took advantage on a penalty corner six minutes into the game after two quick passes from teammates Bella Bevins and Zoe Tewksbury. Morgan Mast scored with 11 minutes left in the first half, assisted by DeAlmeida. Spaulding scored again on a penalty corner with four seconds remaining in the first half. Bella Bevins set up Mast for the goal.
Mast capped the scoring in the second half and Tide goalie Abigail Stacy made six saves in the shutout. Lyndon goalie Olivia Hudson made nine saves. Spaulding (4-0-1) will travel to play St. Johnsbury at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.