MONTPELIER — Harwood’s defense made sure that Gavin Thomsen’s 8th-minute goal could stand the test of time during Wednesday’s 1-0 boys soccer victory over Montpelier.
Hayden Adams delivered a free kick from the left side into the penalty area and Cole Hill headed the ball toward the far post. Thomsen’s off-the-ball run left him in the perfect position to tap a 1-yard shot across the goal line.
“We had a little bit of adversity tonight and we dropped all the way to 10th in the (Division II) standings. The guys battled the entire 80 minutes, but Harwood is a talented team,” Montpelier coach Eric Bagley said.
Goalie Max Weinstein made five saves for MHS, while Ollie Hammond recorded two saves for Harwood. Weinstein kept the deficit at one goal by denying Jack Birmingham on a close-range blast.
Skylar Platt, Jasper Koliba, Morgan Frank and Christopher James were the glue to Harwood’s back line. The Highlanders recorded their sixth straight shutout and haven’t allowed a goal in regulation for eight consecutive matches. Harwood (10-2-1) will host North Country at 1 p.m. Saturday. Montpelier (8-4-1) will travel to play Peoples Academy the same day at 2 p.m.
“There was something about the late start, the lights and our fans that traveled to support us that heightened the atmosphere several notches tonight,” Harwood coach Joe Yalicki said. “We appreciate that and really fed off of it. We know how well Montpelier has played, and I was impressed with how hard they worked to get the ball all over the field.”
Twinfield 2, Blue Mountain 0
CABOT — Remy Maas buried both goals and teammate Jordyn Holt made seven saves Wednesday against the Bucks.
Maas scored in the 12th minute by flicking the ball past Bucks goalie Noah Vaillancourt (four saves). Maas added another goal five minutes later, lifting a shot over Vaillancourt.
“We came out a little slow and Blue Mountain put several quality attempts on goal in the first 10 minutes,” Twinfield coach Peter Stratman said. “Fortunately, Jordyn came up big early and gave the boys time to settle into a better rhythm. We made a few adjustments and played much better defense in the second half. Blue Mountain played hard and didn’t give up. They have quite a bit of talent on their team.”
Twinfield (8-4) will host Danville at 11 a.m. Saturday.
North Country 3, U-32 2
NEWPORT — The Raiders let one slip away Wednesday after the Falcons clawed back from a two-goal halftime deficit.
Austin Giroux scored the game-winning goal with 2:37 left in the first overtime period. Teammate Brett Roy made seven saves in goal.
U-32’s Dylan Clayton fired home a 20-yard shot in the 21st minute on a pass from Quentin Mashkuri. U-32 scored again two minutes later when Ben Bazis served in a 40-yard free kick and Mashkuri headed the ball past Roy. North Country’s Corbin Brueck scored off a rebound in the 63rd minute before the Falcons (8-4-1) equalized in the 77th minute off a U-32 own goal. Goalie Noah McLane made seven saves for U-32 (7-4-2).
BARRE TOWN — Four second-half goals allowed the Thunderbirds to breathe easily Wednesday.
Missisquoi opened the scoring in the 38th minute. Jordan Bourdeau scored at the start of the second half for a 2-0 lead. Spaulding created a few opportunities to make it 2-1, but MVU keeper Kyle Gilbert (seven saves) stopped every shot. Missisquoi added three late goals to improve to 3-9-1.
“Seniors Riley Hodkins, Gavin Glosser, Trevor Moyes, Gus Hahn and Taylor D’Agostino played strong games in their final home game,” Spaulding coach Ben Taylor said. “We had the better of the play for the first 15 minutes and we had a good opportunity to take the lead off a header from Riley. But a Missisquoi defender cleared it off the line.”
Stowe 5, Thetford 1
THETFORD — The Raiders handed the Panthers their 12th straight loss Wednesday, but Thetford found consolation by ending Stowe’s streak of 10 straight shutouts.
The Raiders locked up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Division II playoffs. Stowe won the D-III title the past seven years before jumping up a division this season.
Stowe’s Rai Bleda scored 10 seconds into the game and doubled the lead in the 17th minute. Ben Niessenbaum recorded his first varsity goal on a Jack Seivwright assist in the 37th minute for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Thetford’s Frank Loveland scored in the 45th minute, marking the first time Stowe has allowed a goal since Sept. 6. The Panthers’ elation was short-lived because Jono Niessenbaum and Seivwright tucked away back-to-back goals during the next four minutes.
The Raiders (12-0-1) will face Lake Region at 4 p.m. Saturday. Thetford (2-12) will travel to play Northfield-Williamstown at 7 p.m. Saturday at Norwich University.