WHITINGHAM -- Abigail Schmidt scored just 3:28 into Wednesday’s season opener, giving the Black River varsity girls soccer team a 1-0 victory over Twin Valley.

"It was a mental mistake on our part," said Twin Valley coach Chris Walling. "On a goal kick, we left her unmarked. It was a miskick that went right to her at the top of the box. She just walked in."

Midfielders Tayler Courchesne and Natalie Herrick had really strong games for the hosts. And the entire defense marked well and won the majority of the 50/50 balls.

"We had a really strong passing game to the surprise of me. Our problem was getting through balls and getting shots," added Walling.

The Wildcats had a 3-2 edge in quality shots. Goalie Brianna Rafus made a diving save to keep Twin Valley in striking distance.

"I have a long way to go to catch Buddy (Hayford). That guy’s a legend," responded Walling with a laugh, when asked about Wednesday’s loss hurting his chances of becoming the winningest soccer coach in Vermont.

The 0-1 Wildcats will play at Mill River today.

Boys Soccer

Brattleboro 2, Proctor 0

BRATTLEBORO -- Leon Ogden scored 26 minutes in and Robyn Avery delivered on a penalty kick to lead the purple and white on Thursday.

"It was a really nice win for us after a tough loss to St. Johnsbury. We created a lot of chances. It was a nice team win," said BUHS coach Paul Sather.


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Brian McCarthy got the shutout for the 1-1 Colonels, who will play at MAU on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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TOWNSHEND -- Owen McDonald already has two goals and three assists, helping the Leland & Gray boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over BFA-Fairfax on Saturday and a 5-2 win against Mill River on Wednesday.

"He’s playing at midfield. He just has good quickness and good touch on the ball," said Rebels coach Chris Barton of McDonald.

McDonald had the only goal in the season opener, before splitting the posts once and dishing out three assists versus Mill River. John Peloso, Bryce Karg, Evan Daigneault and Ryan Borgesen also found the back of the net on Wednesday.

The 2-0 Rebels will play at Woodstock on Tuesday.

BHA news

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Hockey Association is registering for all of its 2014-15 youth hockey programs at the ice rink above Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New programs this year include an organized House League Minors for boys and girls ages 8-10, and House League Majors for boys and girls ages 12 and under. This affordable, no-travel program is designed for skaters who want to play hockey and develop their skills without the time and cost commitment to a travel team schedule. Go to the rink on Saturday, or visit www.brattleborohockey.org for details.