BRATTLEBORO -- They say it’s better to be lucky than to be good, but a couple of teams in the area are fortunate enough to be a combination of the two.
The Twin Valley boys soccer team is a perfect 4-0, with the latest victory coming on Nick Nilsen’s goal at the overtime buzzer. The Wildcats have outscored their first four foes by a combined 12-1, including a 3-1 victory over defending State Champion Proctor. Colin Lozito and Tony Tarr each have a two-goal game, while backup goalie Kyle Murdock has a pair of shutouts.
And the 3-0 Bellows Falls field hockey team opened up with a thrilling 1-0 victory over Woodstock, thanks to Mariah Barnett’s burial in overtime. And the Terriers haven’t given up a single goal this season, as they shut out St. Johnsbury and Burr and Burton in their last two contests.
Leland & Gray soccer goalie Tanner Karg blanked a pair of opponents to help the Rebels win the Josh Cole Tournament. And Twin Valley’s Sam Molner, who made his first start between the pipes on Wednesday, got the assist on Nilsen’s recent game winner -- netminders rarely get those.
Brattleboro’s Halie Lange has been the area’s offensive star on the pitch. She already has hat tricks against Stevens and Mill River, along with a game-winning tally versus Burr and Burton.
Jackson Batchelder has a couple of deciding winners for the BUHS boys soccer team.
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On the gridiron, Brattleboro (0-3) and Bellows Falls (2-1) have both been playing difficult schedules in the early going. BUHS quarterback Tyler Higley threw three touchdowns in Friday’s 28-18 loss to Rutland, while the Terriers are coming off of a 51-44 shootout victory over Burr and Burton.
The upcoming game/meet for each local team is as follows:
Brattleboro -- girls soccer at MAU today at 4 p.m., field hockey at Windsor today at 4:30 p.m., cross country at Bellows Falls today at 4:15 p.m., football home versus Hartford tonight at 7, boys soccer at Rutland Saturday at 11 a.m.
Bellows Falls -- field hockey at MAU today at 4 p.m., boys soccer hosts Black River today at 4:30 p.m., cross country hosts meet today at 4:30 p.m., football at Windsor Saturday at 1 p.m., girls soccer at Williamstown Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Twin Valley -- girls soccer hosts Arlington tonight at 7, boys soccer hosts Green Mountain Saturday at 11 a.m.
Leland & Gray -- boys soccer hosts Windsor Monday at 4:30 p.m., girls soccer hosts Proctor Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Hinsdale, N.H. -- girls soccer at Concord Christian today at 4 p.m., cross country at Manchester Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.