BARRE — Five players scored for St. Johnsbury and the Hilltoppers defense was just as sharp during Wednesday’s 5-0 boys soccer victory over Spaulding.
Gregor Vogel scored off a deflection to give his team a 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute. Leo Desrochers doubled the lead in the 17th minute off a rebound. Spaulding goalie Levi Hilton-VanOsdall denied St. Johnsbury during the remainder of the first half, resulting in a 2-0 score at the break. Tamilore Ikomi extended the lead to 3-0 in the 56th minute before Tucker Champan and Konrad Tilman capped the scoring. Hilton-VanOsdall finished with 15 saves.
“Gus Hahn, Grant Otis, Jon Jesmonth and John Malnati all played well defensively, withstanding some good attacks by St. Johnsbury,” Spaulding coach Ben Taylor said. “Taylor D’Agostino and Ryan Glassford played strong up the middle and Levi was very sure-handed in goal.”
The Tide will travel to play North Country at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
BURLINGTON — The Seahorses enjoyed a major territorial advantage Wednesday and Jake Manley made sure his team had something to show for it.
Manley scored one goal in each half and teammate Owen Harris stopped three shots to help the defense preserve the shutout. Burlington opened the scoring in the first half when Manley stole the ball in the attacking third and fired home a shot. He doubled the lead after the break on a penalty kick. Montpelier keeper Jake Collier made four saves in the first half before Max Weinstein registered two saves in the second half.
“Burlington clearly had the run of play,” MHS coach Eric Bagley said. “We made some good adjustments in the second half and and that helped us compete a little bit more. In the first half we were a little passive on defense, but in the second half we played a higher line and we were mush more aggressive. We were putting them under more pressure and that created some turnovers, which helped us get up the field a little bit better. Our shape and our positioning was also much better in the second half, especially through the midfield.”
South Burlington 3, U-32 0
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Wolves grabbed the lead five minutes into play and scored twice in a one-minute span in the second half Wednesday.
South Burlington pulled ahead with 35:13 left in the first half when Spencer Baker headed in a corner kick from Sumner Nenninger. Tommy O’Leary gave the Wolves a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute on a pass from Cody Bellinghiri. A minute later Bellinghiri scored on a pass from Sumner Nenninger. Goalie Duncan Lattimore made eight saves for U-32, compared to three saves by Wolves keeper Tenzin Yeshi.
“We had one bid on a free kick, but their backs did a really nice job of shutting us down,” U-32 coach Mike Noyes said. “It was a very physical game and it was on wet turf, so it was really fast. We had most of the possession for the first half and we just had trouble breaking down that final third. It’s early in the season and we’re going to take this and learn from it — and hopefully be better because of it. South Burlington is a good team.”
U-32 (1-1) will travel to play Randolph at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
St. Johnsbury 1
BARRE — Goals from Zoe Tewksbury and Morgan Mast helped the Crimson Tide kick off the season in style Wednesday.
“We expected to come out and have some close games this season, and certainly some close wins,” Spaulding coach Tabitha Lord said. “We knew it would be low-scoring today and everything came together. People played together well and it looks good. Everybody who was out on the field worked so hard and played so well.” Scoring was a big question mark for the Tide entering the season after the team experienced mixed results in the finishing department last year. Tewksbury answered the call with 15:15 left in the first, converting an assist by Jalynn Emmons for a 1-0 lead.
“Zoe just crushed it at a wing position and had so many opportunities on net,” Lord said.
Izzy Wajda scored for the Hilltoppers to knot the score at 1 with 10:33 left in the first half. Morgan Mast served up the game-winning goal on an unassisted effort with 5:11 left in the second half.
”The last goal was a team effort with many sticks on the ball,” Lord said. “We had beautiful passes from the inside to the outside, and back to the middle, moving it up the field. Morgan just carried it in, slapped it on goal and in it went.”
Goalie Abigail Stacy made seven saves for the Tide, who will host U-32 at 4 p.m. Friday.
Stowe 8, U-32 1
STOWE — The hosts built a five-goal halftime lead to take control during Wednesday’s one-sided clash.
Stella Frame pushed Stowe ahead with 28:23 left in the first half and Natalie Doehla scored 48 seconds later. Challie Vicary extended the lead to 3-0 with 14:22 on the clock, Abbie Rice scored at 5:50 and Doehla made it 5-0 at 1:56.
Carly Miller scored with 15 minutes left in the second half before Frame fired home back-to-back goals. Chloe Hazard finished with three assists and teammate Andrea Jackman made six saves. Eva Jessup scored in the second half for the visitors on assists from Cadence Burgess and Zoie Beauregard. U-32 will travel to play Spaulding at 4 p.m. Friday. Stowe will visit Harwood the same day.
MONTPELIER — Cece Curtin gave Montpelier an early lead before the Highlanders had the final word Wednesday. Erin Kelly played in front of the cage for the Solons, who surrounded two goals after the break. Montpelier will host Lyndon at 4 p.m. Friday. Harwood will host Stowe the same day.
Bellows Falls 3
WESTMINSTER — The Yellow Jackets snapped the Terriers’ streak of 58 straight victories on Wednesday. Bellows Falls is the defending Division I state champion after winning the 2017 game in Division II. The Terriers extended their winning streak to 58 games with a 2-0 victory over Woodstock in their season opener.
CVU 160, Rice 168, Spaulding 190
PLAINFIELD — Five Redhawks fired a 42 or lower to set the pace during Wednesday’s season-opening match at the Country Club of Barre.
Evan Forrest (38), Nate Godbout (39), Kyle Rexford (41), Alex Leonard (42) and Finn O’Brien (42) showed strength in numbers for CVU. Michael Walsh (37) snared medalist honors for the Green Knights. He was supported by teammates Robbie Robinson (41), Patrick Walsh (41) and Hunter Higgins (49). JB Behrenburg shot a non-scoring 52 for Rice. The top Spaulding golfers were Ned McCarthy (46), Jameson Solomon (50), Brady Lamberti (47), Camden Boucher (47) and Kieran McNamara (51).