TOWNSHEND -- Leland & Gray’s Jake Sherman had a hat trick on Tuesday during his soccer team’s 6-1 rout of Stratton. The Rebels improved to 2-0 with the victory.
"For it being our second game, I thought we passed the ball around pretty well. It was nice to see," said Leland & Gray coach Chris Barton.
Corey Nystrom tallied twice for the winners, and Tyler Scott also found the back of the net. Tanner Karg made three saves, while midfielder Mike Bergeron also played well.
Karg, who is one of six returning starters for the Rebels, stopped 10 shots in Leland & Gray’s 1-0 decision over BFA-Fairfax in Saturday’s season-opener. Aidan Coleman put away the game-winner.
"We have a good mixture of youth and experience. We’re pretty deep when everyone’s healthy," noted Barton. "We’re an athletic team that likes a fast pace."
Barton’s five other returning starters are forwards Chase Jarvis and Nystrom, midfielders Billy Nupp and Bergeron, and sweeper Zach Wilkins.
"Defensively, we do a really good job of communicating. The defense is led by Wilkins, who is a strong player. We play a team defense," noted the Leland & Gray coach.
The 2-0 Rebels will play at Proctor on Tuesday.
Twin Valley 3, Proctor 1
WILMINGTON -- After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats picked up the intensity and started scoring against the defending State Champs.
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Colin Lozito played a part in all three of the Twin Valley goals. He put away a pass from Dal Nesbitt six minutes into the second half to make it 1-0, fed a corner kick in that Eli Park netted for a 2-0 lead and then started a run that ended with Nesbitt dishing to Nick Nilsen who capped the scoring.
"Colin had his normal game. He was everywhere and doing everything," stated the Twin Valley coach.
With 10 minutes remaining, Dermit Hughes split the posts for Proctor to make it 2-1.
Kyle Murdock made eight saves for the winners. Hayford noted that Dal and Cade Nesbitt, Lozito, Park, Jeremy Hunt, Keegan Reed, Conall Sullivan and Morrow Bernard also had strong games.
The 2-0 Wildcats will host Green Mountain on Friday at 7 p.m.
Leland & Gray 1, Twin Valley 1
WILMINGTON -- Jordan Niles scored to give the Wildcats the early lead and then Leland & Gray’s Chelby Nystrom buried the equalizer just after the break.
"It was about what I expected for a game this early in the season," said Twin Valley coach Chris Walling, who noted that Abbi Molner assisted on the goal by Niles. "Offensively, we need to work on possessing and touches."
Alex Kennedy and Hannah Swanson both played solid defense for the hosts according to their coach.
The Rebels will play at Sharon on Thursday and the Wildcats will visit Mill River on Friday. Both games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
BELLOWS FALLS -- Anna Clark and Willie Moore each finished fourth to lead the Terriers in their season-opening cross country race on Tuesday.
Moore took fourth and teammate Collin Johnson wound up fifth as the Bellows Falls boys earned the bronze with 95 points. Fall Mountain (47) and Woodstock (58) claimed the gold and silver respectively, while Brattleboro (103) finished fourth.
Arturo Gutierrez and Austin Lester paced the Colonels by placing 12th and 13th overall. Spencer Olson was 22nd, Josh Parro finished in 32nd and Ryan Gilligan crossed the line in 34th.
The Bellows Falls and Brattleboro girls teams didn’t have enough runners to compete in the scoring. Woodstock prevailed with 25 points, Stratton followed with 39 and Fall Mountain finished third with 118.
Cati Yost (25th), Olivia Ham (31st) and Dana Alexa (42nd) all competed for BUHS.