DUXBURY – The second-seeded Harwood men’s soccer team scored three goals in the second half on Thursday and earned their sixth straight shutout in a 4-0 win over Missisquoi in the Division II playoffs.
“Missisquoi played without fear and with nothing to lose,” said Harwood coach Joe Yalicki. “They did a good job moving forward and some of their full backs had an impressive first step speed towards the ball. It was far from a walk in the park for us.
Nic Moran gave HU the lead in the 27th minute with an assist from Cooper Olney. Harwood extended his lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute when Jack Birmingham assisted Olney.
Harwood’s top scorer Jordan Shullenberger made it 3-0 in the 66th minute. Olney set up Adam Porterfield to cap the score in the 78th minute.
“At half-time we tried to get a little more involved off the ball and also show a little more respect and defensive intensity,” said Yalicki. “We made good attacks on both sides, but we couldn’t create space in the box. Cooper assisted both goals, scored one and drew. And Chris James and Liam Combs have cleaned up a lot of their chances. Any victory at the end of October is good.
Combs made two saves in goal. Harwood (13-1-1) has recorded 10 shutouts this season and will return against Green Mountain Valley School (5-3-2) in the quarterfinals. Missisquoi ends the season at 2-14.
FOOTBALL BOYSMilton 7, Fair Haven 0
MILTON – The No.16 seed Fair Haven men’s soccer team collided with a No.1 Milton team and lost 7-0 on Thursday in a Division II game.
The Yellowjackets were leading 5-0 at the half.
Cam Fougere and Aiden Garrow scored two goals apiece for Milton, while Brandon Mitchell, Zack Logan and Ethan Jones scored one. Ryan Cannon assisted on two goals.
Kole Matta and Noah Woodberry have shared goaltending duties for the Slaters. Matta made nine saves and Woodberry made eight saves.
The Slaters earned their spot in Thursday’s game after beating Lamoille 4-0 on Tuesday.
Fair Haven ends its season with a 3-12-1 record. Milton takes his 15-0 mark in the Division II quarterfinals with No.8 Paine Mountain, a 2-1 winner over Woodstock on Wednesday.
Middlebury 3, Mount Abe 1
MIDDLEBURY – The No. 5 seeded Middlebury men’s soccer team advanced to the Division II quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Mount Abraham on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers will host No.13 Rice, who beat No.4 Stowe on Wednesday, Friday at 3 p.m. Middlebury is 9-5-1, while the Eagles are 5-9-1.
GIRLS FOOTBALLMiddlebury 1, U-32 0
MIDDLEBURY – The No.8 seeded Middlebury girls’ football team have made a date with No.1 seed Harwood, beating No.9 U-32 1-0 on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers improved to 8-6-1 ahead of their clash with the Highlanders. Cadyn Pitner scored for Middlebury in the 57th minute.
“The ball was played and Cadyn and my back got tangled and she came out with the ball,” said U-32 coach Steve Towne. “She placed a low shot from the left side to the inside of the right post.”
Goalkeeper Evie Moore made six saves for the U-32s, while Julia Bartlett blocked nine shots for the Tigers. The Raiders end the season with a 6-7-2 record.
“We had a good game from Avery Knauss and Greta Little on the back,” said coach Towne. “And Lauren Towne. Tovah Williams and Clara Wilson played solid games in the midfield.
Leland & Gray 6, Winooski 1
TOWNSHEND – No.2 seeded Leland & Gray women’s soccer team advanced to the Division III quarter-finals with a 6-1 victory over No.15 Winooski on Thursday afternoon.
The Rebels (13-2) host the 10th Thetford Academy on Saturday. The Spartans finish with a 3-10-1 record.
FIELD HOCKEYHardwood 1, Country n ° 0
NEWPORT – The No. 6 seeded Harwood field hockey team defeated No. 3 North Country in the Division III quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.
Lucy Sullivan scored the only goal of the game in the third quarter. Harwood improves to 3-8-1 and faces No.2 seed Lyndon in the state semifinals on Tuesday. North Country ends its season with a 6-8 record.
Lyndon 3, MVU 1
LYNDON – The Lyndon Institute’s No. 2 field hockey team advanced to the Division III semifinals with a 3-1 win over Missisquoi Valley on Wednesday.
Ella Buckingham made the difference in the game, scoring two goals.
Lyndon goes 7-5 in a semi-final game against Harwood, number 6, on Tuesday.
Windsor 4, Milton 0
WINDSOR – Windsor’s number one field hockey team took matters into their own hands, beating Milton 4-0 in the Division III quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Yellow Jackets host number 5 Fair Haven on Tuesday in the D-III semi-final. The teams have divided their clashes during the regular season.
WOMEN’S FOOTBALLUVM 3, UNH 0
BURLINGTON – The University of Vermont women’s soccer team recently won a regular season title in Eastern America and headed to the playoffs with a 3-0 win over New Hampshire on Thursday .
Alexa Mihale scored all three goals for the Catamounts and assists came from Natalie Durieux, Alyssa Oviedo and Maddy Cronin.
UVM awaits its opponent in the America East conference tournament.