Wednesday October 10, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- It’s certain that 11 field hockey and soccer coaches in the Green Mountain State have avoided breaking mirrors, walking under ladders, opening umbrellas indoors, and having black cats cross in front of them.

After all, their teams are purr-fect.

Bellows Falls is one of four Vermont field hockey teams without a loss. The 9-0 Terriers have also shut out eight of their opponents.

"It’s unbelievable basically," said BF coach Bethany Coursen, whose talented team hasn’t needed much luck along the way. "We hoped we would improve on last year’s 4-7-3 record. All of our players have been working really hard."

The Terriers defeated Springfield 1-0 on Tuesday, thanks to Mariah Barnett’s tap-in with 10 minutes to go in the opening half. On Monday, four different players scored in a 4-0 rout of Burr and Burton.

Coursen’s kids will have to win in Brattleboro on Friday, at Fair Haven on Tuesday and in Windsor on Thursday, Oct. 18 in order to complete an unblemished regular season. Not to mention, Rice (6-0-1) and Missisquoi (7-1-1) are hot on their heels in Division 3.

In Division 2, neither U-32 (10-0) nor Windsor (9-0-1) has tasted defeat. The Raiders are 2-0 against defending division champion Harwood. In a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Milton, Nicole Lavigne buried the game winner and Stacy Woolaver racked up three assists.

Five girls soccer teams in Vermont have won or tied every match they’ve played thus far. Peoples (10-0), which went 17-1 and also won the title in 2011, has a couple of dangerous weapons in Katie Stames and Marissa Benson. The other unbeatens are Essex (9-0-1), MAU (8-0-1), South Royalton (8-0) and Proctor (8-0-1).

There are a pair of unbeaten boys soccer teams in the state, including Burr and Burton (9-0) and Montpelier (9-0). Reid Conde has buried eight shots to lead the Bulldogs this fall, while TJ Dellipriscoli is the top gun for the Solons.

The Twin Valley boys soccer team did stumble once this season, but still leads the way in Division 4. The Wildcats whipped Windsor 9-0 on Tuesday, behind Hunter Therrien’s hat trick. Colin Lozito tallied twice, while Dal Nesbitt and Tony Tarr also delivered.

"I thought we played very, very well today," said coach Buddy Hayford, whose team is just ahead of Danville in the standings. "We controlled play."

And in Westminster, Corey Nystrom found the back of the net a couple of times as Leland & Gray beat Bellows Falls 6-0. The Rebels are 8-2 and ranked third in Division 3.

"We’re passing really well and playing good defense," noted winning coach Chris Barton, who may have had a black cat cross in front of him on two occasions this fall.

Zach Wilkins, Tyler Scott, Mike Bergeron and Frasier Query also tallied for the Rebels. Avery Perry was solid between the pipes for the Terriers according to coach Robert Brooks.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.