Carr carries Peoples past Rebels

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MORRISVILLE — The fourth-seeded Peoples Academy boys varsity soccer team prevailed over No. 5 Leland & Gray 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Division 3 state tournament on Friday.

The two teams wore their hearts on their sleeves all throughout the match, as well as after. The Rebel boys were emotional after the loss. Seniors embraced one another and were met with gracious applause from their spectators from Townshend, many of whom were parents of players.

In the first half of play, neither team was able to put one past the keeper. Peoples mustered up three quality chances to challenge Quinn Kelloway, but could not fool the sophomore keeper. Kelloway saved two shots in the final seven minutes of the half.

It wasn't until the 33:30 mark in the second half that the scoring drought was over. Patrick McDonald was taken down in the box, earning a penalty for the Rebels. McDonald stepped up to the spot and scored the shot with confidence, putting the Rebels ahead 1-0.

Just three minutes later, junior star Max Carr dribbled his way down the left side of the pitch past two defenders, and poked the ball past Kelloway, tying the match.

After 20 more minutes of high intensity play, the Wolves were once again on the attack.

The ball was put through for Eben Osborne down the left wing just inside the 10 minute mark. Osborne squared the ball to Carr in the middle, who calmly struck the ball into the middle of the goal.

The Rebels were unable to even the match in the end, despite passionate play in the final minutes.

Leland & Gray coach Chris Barton gave analysis on the loss, saying "They were more organized than us. We were more scattered with our runs." Barton thought that the Wolves played well through their midfield, and were able to succeed due to their organized runs on the field.

The home team's defense also performed well. The Rebels were unable to break through on net, largely due to Nick Holdbrook. Holdbrook seemed to be everywhere in the back end, especially in the first half.

Leland & Gray captain Lucas Newton summed up the match for the visitors. "They were a good team," he said. "I wish we could have done more for the seniors."

Peoples Academy advances to the semifinal. They will face top seeded Winooski, who finished the regular season with an undefeated record of 14-0.

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