WILLIAMSTOWN — The Northfield-Williamstown girls soccer team used its cooperative-team powers Tuesday, thwarting repeated comeback attempts by Stowe during a 4-3 victory.
Exit 5 pulled ahead when Michaela Ducharme scored in the fourth minute after collecting a long clearance by teammate Greta Smith. Teammate Christina Thivierge gave Northfield-Williamstown a 2-0 lead in the 14th minute on a ball that barely crossed the goal line. Stowe closed the gap to 2-1 when Selah Barrett finished off an assist from Ciara Benfield in the 38th minute.
Thiviergescored her second goal in the 47th minute, with Ducharme notching the assist. Benfield trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the 56th minute on a pass from Elisabeth Fitzgerald. Stowe pulled even in the 65th, with Fitzgerald sending the ball across the goal line on a Barrett assist.
Northfield-Williamstown had the last laugh in the 71st minute. Stowe failed to clear an Exit 5 corner kick and Ellie Wawrzyniak scored the game-winning goal. Wawrzyniak attacked a rebound on the right side of the penalty stripe and buried it for her first goal of the season. Raiders goalie Leo Clark made four saves, while Ciera Sweet recorded eight saves for Exit 5.
“We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities, whereas Northfield-Williamstown did a great job of doing that,” Stowe coach Tyler Post said. “They played 80 minutes and tracked us down throughout. If we took too much time with the ball, they were there to defend us. We played too slow and they outhustled us. All the little things we need to work on, they came back and bit us. That’s what happens sometimes. If you don’t pay attention to the small stuff, it can get you.”
Northfield-Williamstown (2-1) will travel to play Lyndon at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Stowe (3-2) will travel to play U-32 at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Montpelier 3, Thetford 1
THETFORD – Lily Gingold scored in each half Tuesday and the Solons handed the Panthers their first loss of the season.
Lily Fournier assisted Gingold in the opening half, but a Panthers goal on a corner kick made it 1-1 heading into halftime. Solons midfielder Chloe Schiff cashed in on a free kick at the start of the second half before Gingold capped the scoring on a pass from Mia Preston.
“I was really pleased with the way we were able to move the ball and we are now starting to find the attacking runs to go with our buildup play,” MHS coach John Dellipriscoli said. “We are showing improvement each match in that regard. And true to recent form, our defense and Cypress Levitt in particular played very well.”
Goalie Georgia Schiff made three saves for Montpelier, which improves to 2-1-2. Thetford falls to 4-1. The Solons will travel to play Spaulding at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Harwood 5, Lamoille 2
HYDE PARK – Highlanders freshman Tanum Nelson had a spring in her step Tuesday and also possessed the magic touch around the net.
A four-goal showing from Nelson helped the Highlanders make quick work of the Lancers, with Hazel Macmillan adding one goal for HU. Amaya Rogers made five saves in goal for Harwood, compared to 14 saves by Lancers keeper Sophie Mascolino. Lily Loomis and Morgan Burnham scored for Lamoille, which trailed 3-0 at the break.
“At times we played really, really well,” Harwood coach Mike Vasseur said. “And there were times we had lapses where we didn’t play as well, but overall it was a good effort. I’m happy with the result and I’m happy with the way the team played. Lamoille is good and their two girls up front are dangerous because they’re aggressive and fast.”
Harwood improves to 3-1-1, while Lamoille falls to 4-2. The Highlanders will host Peoples at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Peoples 5, Lyndon 0
MORRISVILLE – Sofie Carlson racked up four goals Tuesday and her younger sister Wesley also scored. Goalie Jenna Malone registered 10 saves for the Vikings (0-5). Paige Pierce made one save for the Wolves (3-2).
Spaulding 206, St. Johnsbury 218
PLAINFIELD – Consistency was the name of the game for the Crimson Tide during Tuesday’s 12-stroke victory at the Country Club of Barre.
Camden Boucher (48), Ned McCarthy (52), Ryan Sayers (53) and Billy Sancibrian (53) used wise course management to score points for Spaulding. The medalist was Middlebury’s Hogan Beazley with a 1-under 35 on the course’s back nine.