BRANDON -- The Wildcats boys soccer team wrapped up their regular season on a high note, with 14 wins and zero losses, after defeating Otter Valley, 3-0, on Friday afternoon.
"We finished perfect," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford, who celebrated his 500th game Wednesday night in a win over Windsor. "There was a good crowd, and Otter Valley showed their stuff. It wasn’t as easy as our previous games."
It was Senior Night in Brandon, but the visitors brought their usual A-game for the victory, which started off with Dal Nesbitt’s forward longball picked up by Nick Nilsen, who put away the team’s first, seven minutes in. The Otters’ keeper came rushing out and Nilsen got one over him.
Otter Valley held the visitors through the 76th minute until Cade Nesbitt crossed it to Colin Lozito for the second goal.
"Lozito is the engine of the team," said Hayford. "He was like that last year for us too."
Three minutes later, the Wildcats had their final goal after Dal Nesbitt, the team’s leading scorer, found the back of the net using his head off a Hank Sweeney corner kick. Nesbitt ended his regular season with 21 goals and 19 assists. Twin Valley keeper Sam Molner made five saves on Friday.
Hayford’s team will get a bye before the Division IV tournament begins for them, sometime later next week.
Mill River 3, Brattleboro 0
NORTH CLARENDON -- The Colonels found it difficult to get anything together after the hosts buried three goals within six minutes of each other, all in the first half of Thursday’s decision.
"It was a lack of concentration on our behalf," said Brattleboro coach Edwin deBruijn. "We were pretty even with them though, with shots on goal."
The Colonels were dealing with injuries, so de Bruijn had to come up with a different line up for his team. "Conditioning was a factor," said the coach. "We had a few chances, and all were close goals, but we lacked communication."
Brattleboro’s Alex Derosia and Anwyn Darrow came close to striking, noted de Bruijn.
It was the team’s last game of their regular season, to finish out 3-8-3. The team will likely play Burlington or CVU when the tournament begins.
Twin Valley 2, Leland & Gray 1
TOWNSHEND -- Wildcats coach Chris Walling said he was looking for redemption in his team’s last game of the regular season.
Twin Valley found it Friday night.
"Looks like we’ll be home for the first round," said Walling, referring to the upcoming tournament. "I think we’ll be in sixth or seventh place."
The team improved to 8-6 in their latest victory.
In double OT, Sammy Cunningham put away the game-winner after teammate Hannah Swanson booted it from the corner. Savannah Nesbitt opened up scoring, and had TV’s first goal, unassisted. At the 60-minute mark, Ashley Bates put Leland & Gray’s sole goal in.
BRATTLEBORO -- The Colonels led 7-6 at halftime during Friday’s game against MAU. Cassidy Ramirez ran it in 14 yards for the Colonels’ touchdown, in the second quarter. Brattleboro forced three turnovers. Full coverage of the game and photos will be available in Monday’s Reformer.