WESTMINSTER — Leading 18-12 with 4:06 to play, U-32 stopped Bellows Falls on fourth down to put them in position to run out the clock. However, on the first play from scrimmage, the Raiders fumbled it back to BF on the 14-yard line. BF promptly tied the game at 18-18 on Griffin Waryas’ pass to Nick Rawling.
BF then sent Jeb Monier to boot the go-ahead point but his kick hit the post and was off the mark. He was roughed on the kick, giving him one more chance. However, before he could get the ball off, a Raider was called for offsides, giving BF the ball on the 1-yard line.
BF coach Bob Lockerby sent the offense back on the field and Jed Lober scored the two-point conversion run to make it 20-18.
U-32 still had 3:08 to make something happen. But after the kickoff return only got them to their own 27, a pass attempt on first down was tipped and picked off by BF’s Braden Maxfield.
BF started the game in rough shape. The Terriers fumbled the ball twice in the opening quarter and U-32 scored off both turnovers to take a 12-0 lead.
BF spent the rest of the night scrambling until it got into the fourth quarter.
BF (7-2) will travel to Fair Haven on Friday night for a semifinal contest.
U-32 wraps up the season at 4-5.
Woodstock 3, Spaulding 0
WOODSTOCK — Claire Coates scored two and a half minutes into the game and Woodstock never looked back as they defeated Spaulding 3-0 Friday.
“We played a very exciting game today,” said Woodstock coach Wendy Wannop.
Lola Dersogna and Natalie Stevens also scored for Woodstock.
Woodstock, 9-4-2, is on to South Burlington to face the winner of Saturday’s game between U-32 and Burr and Burton.
Norwich 2, St. Joseph 1
NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University men’s soccer team advanced to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals for the 15th straight season with a 2-1 victory over the University of St. Joseph (Conn.) on Friday evening at Sabine Field.
The No. 3 Cadets (11-2-4) will travel to play No. 2 Johnson & Wales for a GNAC semifinal matchup Tuesday. The two teams will meet for the fourth straight year in the GNAC semifinals.
Norwich went up 1-0 in the 15th minute, with Alex Brannan scoring his second goal of the year with a strike from 30 yards out that clipped the bottom of the crossbar and bounced over the line. U-32 graduate Dashiell Vermilya picked up the assist.
Freshman Bienfait Badibanga scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season in the 67th minute with a world-class strike off an assist from Bryce Sullenger. Sullenger sent a crossing pass in from the right wing that Badibanga tapped up with his right foot. He then side volleyed the ball into the back-left corner of the net without the ball touching the ground.
The University of St. Joseph (8-5-2) refused to go down without a fight. The Blue Jays cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute with a goal off a set piece by Hayden Burbank. Burbank buried the ball into the left corner of the net after Domeniko Skrelja’s free kick service from 45 yards out was flicked on by Castro to a wide open Burbank crashing at the left post.
Norwich senior goalkeeper Brendan Germano made three saves. Anes Gadun made seven saves for USJ in the loss.
Top-seeded and two-time defending GNAC champion Saint Joseph’s (Maine) will meet Colby-Sawyer in the other semifinal on Tuesday. The two semifinal winners will meet in the championship at the highest remaining seed on Nov. 3.