WESTMINSTER -- The Bellows Falls boys soccer squad got their second win of the season with a 2-0 win over West Rutland on Tuesday afternoon.
Liam Shaw scored the Terriers' first goal after he recovered a blocked penalty kick he took, with about 30 minutes left in the first half.
"A huge credit goes to the D," said Terriers coach Robert Brooks. "Connor Neathawk led the way for us there. He and the defense plugged all the holes so their offense couldn't get through."
The Terriers' backup goalie, senior Avery Perry, held strong in the goal, said Brooks.
The next Bellows Falls make came later in the second half, after Chris Doucet crossed it to Timmy Guyon, and he found the net off a header.
"Last year, this team won one game," said Brooks. "We are now looking forward to every game."
The 2-1 Terriers host Fair Haven on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Twin Valley 6, Otter Valley 0
WILMINGTON -- Morrow Bernard and Dal Nesbitt each tallied twice as the Twin Valley team trumped Otter Valley, Monday.
"We are starting out really well. Our defense has been pretty solid and has made very few mistakes," stated Wildcats coach Buddy Hayford.
Nick Nilsen and Troy Felisko also scored for the winners, and Cade Nesbitt racked up three assists. Sam Molner and Kyle Murdock combined for four saves in net.
The 2-0 Wildcats will play at Windsor today at 4:30 p.m.
Leland & Gray 9,
Bellows Falls 0
TOWNSHEND -- The Rebels had a 3-0 lead at the break, and never looked back, in their matchup Tuesday against the rival Terriers, reported Leland and Gray's coach Chris Walling.
"Each and every game we get better. In our last game we took it on the chin," said Walling, referring to the team's 9-0 loss to Mill River.
Leland and Gray's second half was key to their victory, said Walling. "We started to control the ball much better then, and had some nice through balls, which helped spring us onto the goal."
Savannah Nesbitt scored a hat trick and had an assist, Kaitlyn Hunt had two goals and an assist, Jordan Niles had two goals and an assist, and Jessica Fox scored one.
"Fox did exactly what we've been working on," said Walling. "She one-timed it from 30 yards out." It was Fox's first career goal. Sammy Cunningham-Darrah scored the team's second goal.
The 2-1 Rebels travel to Black River for their next game on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
MAU 1, Brattleboro 0
BRATTLEBORO -- Kate Goodell scored with 5:26 remaining in Tuesday night's rivalry game on Tenney Field.
Meghan Bishop sent a lead pass up the right wing and Goodell sprinted to beat the Brattleboro keeper to it before sliding and driving the ball into the open net.
Alexis Wright earned the shutout in goal. The 0-3-1 Colonels will face St. Johnsbury on Thursday.
BF boys settle for bronze
WESTMINSTER -- Willie Moore took gold with a 17:05 finish, and the Terrier boys placed third overall, at Tuesday's cross country meet.
Woodstock took top honors with 43 points, Springfield (65) came in second, Bellows Falls totaled 69, and Thetford (76), Hartford (120), and Green Mountain (134) rounded out scoring.
Other top Terrier finishers include Tim Jones (18:28), Cameron Joy (21:24), Jackson Purdy (21:36), Dan Kane (21:58), Matt Chapin (22:00), Jacob Metcalfe (23:55), Mike Houle (24:38), and William Scarlett (25:20).
In the girls event, Woodstock claimed the crown. Bellows Falls' Lucy Lawlor finished with a time of 25:31, and Tess Kinney came in with a time of 28:01.
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union swept Tuesday's meets, with the girls team scoring 20 points and the boys 19. The Colonels girls (57 points) took second ahead of Burr and Burton and Arlington, while the BUHS boys placed third with 66 points behind MAU and Burr and Burton (49).
Becca Freeman placed seventh in 25:06 to lead the Brattleboro girls. Eve Pomazi (27:49) wound up 16th, Catey Yost was 18th in 29:41 and Taylor Maynard (29:42) took 19th.
Ryan Gilligan finished eighth in 20:56 to lead the Colonel boys. Oliver Pomazi (22:42) was 15th, Tyler Clement (23:06) took 16th, Dan Burdo (23:38) was 17th, Jon Burdo (23:44) was 18th and Eduardo Rodriguez (24:04) placed 19th.
Only the strong: local school to host regional tournament
BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont State National Karate Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Bellows Falls Union High School. Competitors from all over New England will be competiting in weapon, forms and sparring. The event will be hosted by Rouleau-Holley's Martial Arts. A Demo Team competition will open things up at 8:30 a.m. followed by a tribute to Kyle Charles Gilbert. There is a $8 spectator fee.
This tournament is open to all styles. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-0720.
Staying ahead of the game
with new helmet tech
AMHERST, Ma. -- The UMass football team is adding an extra layer of protection by wearing the Guardian Caps--a soft-shell helmet cover that is scientifically proven to reduce the impact of hits by 33%.
Head football trainer, Jenn Brodeur is a huge proponent of the technology behind the Guardian Caps.
"The theory behind them is they dissipate the force. When you get hit, you don't get that giant blow to one area," Brodeur said. "It dissipates the force over the whole helmet which will lessen the blow to the head."
Since originally ordering the Guardian Caps prior to the Spring practice, UMass has continued to order caps to outfit a majority of the team and they are noticing a difference.
"It does help with the impact. It has a lot of cushioning on top," Tajae Sharpe said. "It helps out a lot if you get hit in the head."
It's important to note that no helmet, pad or practice apparatus can reduce or prevent concussions, but the Guardian Cap can help reduce the impact of hits.
Additionally, former NFL standouts, Mark Kelso and Steve Walsh are firm believers in science behind the Guardian Caps.
Currently more than 18,000 players across the country at the high school and collegiate level are wearing Guardian Caps, including the University of South Carolina and Clemson.