BRATTLEBORO -- The Twin Valley boys soccer team and Bellows Falls field hockey team were each seeded first in their upcoming tournament.
Their goal now is to prove that they are indeed No. 1.
The Wildcats, who are a perfect 14-0, will host the Craftsbury-Arlington winner in Friday’s Division 4 quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Good luck to those two, as Twin Valley’s Dal Nesbitt has 21 goals and 19 assists this season, and teammate Colin Lozito is equally dangerous.
The potential spoilers in the bracket are: No. 2 Proctor (8-2-4), No. 3 Sharon (9-2-3), No. 4 Cabot (11-2-1) and No. 5 Danville (8-4-2).
The 12-1-1 Bellows Falls field hockey team will welcome the Missisquoi-Montpelier winner for Saturday’s quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Stowe (11-3-0) is seeded second in the Division 3 field and North Country (7-4-3) is the No. 3 seed.
The Terriers were unbeaten and unscored upon until a late 1-1 tie with Windsor and then a 2-0 loss to Division 2 power Otter Valley. Bethany Coursen’s defense has allowed just three goals all season, while attackers Sarah Wells, Mariah Barnett, Anna Clark, Cassidy Santorelli, Averie Lowe and Kya Coursen are fast and have deadly shots.
Four area teams will be on the road for a playdown game today at 3 p.m. The 12th-ranked Brattleboro boys soccer team (5-8-1) will visit No. 5 Mount Mansfield (10-3-1) in a Division 1 showdown, the No. 16 Bellows Falls boys soccer team (4-7-3) will play at top-ranked Mt. Abraham (13-1-0) in a D-2 tilt, the No. 12 Leland & Gray boys booters (5-8-1) will play at fifth-seeded Rivendell (10-2-2-) in a Division 3 opener, and the No. 11 Leland & Gray girls soccer team (5-9-0) will travel to No. 6 Oxbow (8-5-1) in another D-3 contest.
The Brattleboro and Twin Valley girls soccer teams will debut on Wednesday. The No. 16 Colonels (3-8-3) will play at No. 1 CVU (14-0-0) and the sixth-seeded Wildcats (8-6-0) will welcome No. 11 South Royalton (3-9-2).
With a 7-6 victory over rival MAU on Friday night, the Brattleboro football team earned a consolation game. The 2-6 Colonels, who got key defensive plays from Kyle Shippee, Ian Cebek and Michael Rooney in that win, will host 2-6 Colchester on Friday at 7.
The Lakers beat the purple and white, 30-14, in Week 7.
In the Division 1 football tournament, No. 1 Middlebury will host No. 8 St. Johnsbury, No. 2 South Burlington will host No. 7 St. Albans, No. 4 Hartford will host No. 5 Essex -- all Friday at 7 p.m. -- and No. 3 CVU will host No. 6 Rutland on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Shane Covey can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.