BRATTLEBORO -- Four area teams are still alive in their state tournament and will play in a quarterfinal game either today or Saturday.
The 11th-seeded Leland & Gray girls soccer team pulled off the only first-round upset in the Division 3 bracket, as they shocked No. 6 Oxbow 4-3 in a playdown. Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom tallied twice for the Rebels in that thriller, while Stevie Roberts and Ashley Bates also found the back of the net.
The 6-9-0 Rebels will attempt to shock No. 3 Thetford in today’s second-rounder at 3 p.m. Also remaining in the field are undefeated Peoples, second-seeded Williamstown, No. 4 BFA-Fairfax, No. 5 Rivendell, seventh-ranked Sharon and No. 8 Stowe.
The Twin Valley girls were the only other area team to win an opening-round game. Savannah Nesbitt had a hat trick to lead the No. 6 Wildcats (9-6-0) to a 3-0 victory over South Royalton.
Chris Walling’s squad will play at No. 3 Proctor (11-3-1) in Saturday’s quarterfinal at 2 p.m. Also still alive in that tourney are Black River (14-0-0), No. 2 MSJ, No. 4 West Rutland, No. 5 Whitcomb, No. 8 Craftsbury and 10th-seeded Arlington.
The Bellows Falls field hockey team and Twin Valley boys soccer team are both seeded No. 1 and received first-round byes. The 12-1-1 Terriers will host No. 9 Missisquoi in Saturday’s quarterfinal at 4 p.m. -- the time was changed an hour because of the home football game at 1 p.m. -- and the 14-0-0 Wildcats will welcome No. 8 Arlington today at 3 p.m.
Bellows Falls, led by speedy attackers Sarah Wells, Anna Clark and Mariah Barnett, is joined in the Division 3 field hockey quarters by No. 2 Stowe, No. 3 North Country, No. 4 Milton, No. 5 Lyndon, No. 6 Fair Haven, No. 7 St. Johnsbury and No. 9 Missisquoi.
Buddy Hayford’s crew relies on the ever dangerous duo of Colin Lozito and Dal Nesbitt (21 goals, 19 assists). Aside from their game against Arlington, other Division 4 quarterfinal-round matchups include No. 5 Danville at No. 4 Cabot, No. 7 Chelsea at No. 2 Proctor, and No. 6 Black River at No. 3 Sharon.