WILLIAMSTOWN — Harwood showed up to the field late due to a scheduling snafu but settled in quickly during Tuesday’s 6-0 girls soccer victory over Northfield-Williamstown.
Tanum Nelson registered a hat trick and also had one assist. Marcella Grimaldi, Louisa Thomsen and Josie Rand added single goals and Emma Ravelin recorded one assist. Harwood starting goalie Amaya Rogers stopped 10 shots before teammate Sarah Bartolomei filled in and made one save. Ciera Sweet stopped 20 saves for Northfield-Williamstown. Lyric Smith, Lili Platt, Anda Gulley and Katie Rush started on defense for the Highlanders.
“A lot of people got some good scoring opportunities and we played everybody on our roster, so it was a good team effort,” Harwood coach Mike Vasseur said.
The Highlanders (2-0) will host Spaulding at 4:30 p.m. Friday
Montpelier 1, Milton 0
MILTON — Senior Cypress Levitt set up freshman Sienna Mills for her first varsity goal in the 36th minute Tuesday, propelling the Solons past the Yellowjackets.
It was a breakthrough victory for Montpelier against a Yellowjackets program that boasts 16 state championships. Milton has won the past four Division II titles and eliminated MHS four straight seasons from 2014-2017.
Sophomore goalie Georgia Schiff preserved the shutout after the Solons survived a few scary moments in the defensive end. Freshman Maeve Byrne and juniors Melanie Winters and Sadie Smith anchored the defense along with senior Jenna Krussman. Winters used her head to make a goal-line clearance in the second half, robbing the Yellow Jackets during a high-percentage scoring chance.
“We did a great job building out of the back and finding space in the midfield for our playmakers,” Montpelier coach John Dellipriscoli said. “Once we were able to do that we were looking to penetrate Milton’s back line. We created a few good scoring chances, with Sienna able to convert one of them once Cypress found the right pass. Defensively, we were focused on being compact and squeezing Milton down the sides. It was moderately effective, though as we tired and lost control of possession in the second half we were a little exposed. But the squad showed great mental toughness and character to keep them out. We went out to impose our style of play on the game and I thought we did that.”
Montpelier (1-0) will host Randolph at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Stowe 2, Oxbow 0
STOWE — Goalie Anika Wagner and the Raiders defense shut down the Olympians from start to finish Tuesday.
Starting fullbacks Izzy Masi, Bella Braverman, Cait Gianni and Ellie Zimmerman helped Wagner record the clean sheet. Izzy Mitchell and Olivia Gianni found the back of the net in the season opener for both teams.
“We started moving the ball better,” Stowe coach Tyler Post said. “There were times when we connected three passes, and we should have connected a fourth. But it’s our first game of the season and we’re still making improvements. I really liked seeing how we were in good shame throughout the game. We didn’t have subs due to being tired or fatigued at all. It was more subs for teachable moments. So we don’t have to worry about that and we can worry more about other things and the soccer-specific things. We need to continue to generate offense but it’s a good start.”
Wren Murphy set up Mitchell in the 31st minute for a 1-0 lead. It was the second varsity goal for Murphy, who scored for the first time last year in the playoffs. The Raiders doubled the lead in the 45th minute when Gianni scored her first varsity goal on a long pass by Lucia Lovell. Wagner finished with three saves for Stowe, while Makenna Simmons stopped five shots for Oxbow. The Division III Raiders (1-0) will host perennial D-II power Mount Abraham on Sept. 11.
“I know Thetford is going to be strong, but I think we’re equipped to compete with most teams,” Post said. “We need to solve the finishing problem a little bit more. We’re young in that area and that will come.”
North Country 4, Spaulding 1
NEWPORT — Four goals in the first half gave the Falcons complete control of Tuesday’s match.
Alexis Lafaivre tallied the opening goal before back-to-back goals by Rain Fortin made it 3-0. Corrinne Royer added another goal before the halftime break. Grace Paterson scored for Spaulding in the second half and teammate Courtney Silk made seven saves. North Country goalie Addison Cook stopped two shots in the first half before McKenna Marquis turned away two shots in the second half.
MARSHFIELD — Longtime Cabot coach Peter Stratman made his debut at the helm of the Twinfield program on Tuesday and earned his 100th career victory in the opening game of the season.
Stratman coached the Huskies from 2006-2017, compiling an overall record of 99-77-11. After taking a one-year break, he decided to coach again for a cooperative team made up of Twinfield and Cabot players.
Straman’s team dominated possession during the opening 20 minutes against the Chargerr. However, Craftsbury opened up a 1-0 lead when Erik Smyth fired a shot past Twinfield goalie Jordyn Holt (six saves).
Twinfield equalized late in the first half on a header by junior Blue Christensen. Freshman Rowan Clearly notched the assist after dribbling into the offensive third and serving in a high-quality cross. The Trojans fired off 11 shots on target in the first half but Craftsbury keeper Jas Zendik kept things tied entering the break.
Twinfield pulled ahead in the 57th minute on an 18-yard shot by junior Nika Marshania. Lucas Roberts capped the scoring late in the game. The Trojans finished with 10 shots in the second half but Zendik (18 saves) kept Craftsbury in contention.
“Both teams are young and holdovers from D-IV, so everyone is sort of adjusting,” Stratman said. “But I feel good about our patient play. Everyone got involved and we put a lot of shots up. We just ahd troupe ding the back of the net, so that’s something we have to work on.
Henry Lore, Aiden Morse, Alec Moran and Bradley Duke were the starting fullbacks for Twinfield. The Trojans will host Burke at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s the first game and it’s a great start,” Stratman said. “We had 21 shots on frame — they just weren’t all high-quality attempts. But to score, you have to shoot. And we’re just working on making sure we’re manufacturing high-quality attempts. We want to leverage more tenacity into our play, and that will come with time. I feel good about the offensive play and controlling possession as much as we did. We held possession well for the first 20 minutes and had a lot of shots. And Craftsbury broke through and scored on their first shot. Soccer can work like that, but the guys didn’t panic.”