Brattleboro stickers advance to quarterfinals

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WESTMINSTER — Kharisma Boyd and Kayla Leonard-Houle each scored a goal as the seventh-seeded Brattleboro field hockey team advanced to the Division 2 quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Springfield on Tuesday.

"After a sluggish first half, Brattleboro came out strong in the second half," said BUHS co-coach Sherryl Libardoni. "In the second half, the Colonels forward line successfully moved the ball down the field and took many quality shots."

Boyd buried the game winner midway through the second half. Leonard-Houle added the insurance tally with 7:34 left in the game, assisted by Abby Wimer and Matea Cusack.

Brattleboro goalie Natalya Forkin recorded her second shutout in as many games. Hannah Blake and Meara Seery had some strong clears to create runs. Olivia Stent played well at both ends.

The Colonels (5-10) will play at No. 2 Spaulding (12-1) in Thursday's quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro varsity girls soccer team finished up with a 3-12 record following losses to rival MAU and Burr and Burton down the stretch.

Twelfth graders Megyn Ayotte, Kai Boyd, Axis Balsley-Petraska, Samantha Cragin and Evy Williams were honored on Senior Night, before BUHS fell to the Patriots 2-0.

Ayotte racked up 15 saves during a 1-0 loss to the Bulldogs. Rachael Rooney and Balsley-Petraska each had a quality chance for the Colonels, who needed a win or tie in order to qualify for the Division 1 Tournament.

Coaching Clinic

The Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association will hold its annual coaching clinic Nov. 4-5 at the University of Vermont. This is open to all basketball coaches. A registration form can be found at www.vbca.info.

The UVM women's and men's basketball teams will take on St. Michael's College on Nov. 4. A panel discussion will follow at the Best Western.

UVM men's coach John Becker, Dr. James Slauterbeck, Dan Sheppardson, and Middlebury women's coach K.J. Krasco will be featured on Nov. 5.

If you have any questions, call Dave Fredrickson at 802-442-8075.

Area Sports Schedule

Wednesday

No. 12 Brattleboro boys soccer at No. 5 Middlebury, 3 p.m.

No. 8 Twin Valley girls soccer hosts No. 9 Sharon, 3 p.m.

No. 16 Bellows Falls girls soccer at No. 1 Green Mountain, 3 p.m.

No. 7 Leland & Gray girls soccer hosts No. 10 Randolph, 3 p.m.

No. 5 Leland & Gray boys soccer hosts No. 12 Richford, 3 p.m.

Thursday

No. 7 Brattleboro field hockey at No. 2 Spaulding, 3:30 p.m.

Friday

No. 1 Bellows Falls field hockey hosts D-2 quarterfinal, 3:30 p.m.

No. 4 Bellows Falls football hosts No. 5 Lyndon, 7 p.m.

Brattleboro football at Spaulding, in Wildcard game, 7 p.m.


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