Rebels outscore Otter Valley

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TOWNSHEND — The Leland & Gray varsity boys soccer team celebrated its Senior Night on Wednesday, beating Otter Valley 4-1.

The Rebel boys end their regular season with a 9-4-1 record.

Eight seniors were honored. Riley Faulkner, Nathan Claussen, Adam Culver, Karson Petty, Dakota Fillion, Grayson VanHendrick, Patrick Meyer and Patrick McDonald were all recognized before the starting whistle.

"We've had an amazing relationship," said McDonald about his senior teammates. "We have been playing together for a long time. There is a strong feeling of family."

Coach Chris Barton also had high praise for the group. "They are a talented bunch," he said. "Not only are they talented, they do a great job of including the younger players. I think our success has largely come from them understanding the true meaning of being a team."

The scoring for the home team was done by Riley Barton, Patrick Meyer and Patrick McDonald.

McDonald had two goals in the game. The first came after chaos in front of the visitors' goal. The senior midfielder found an opening, and scored past keeper Clay Hays with 16:17 on the clock in the first half. McDonald's second tally was one to remember. He touched the ball into open space near the top of the 18 yard box, and rifled the ball into the top left corner of the goal, off the crossbar and in at the 8:35 mark.

Barton knocked the ball into the net off a deflected cross from Meyer with a minute and a half remaining in the first round of play.

Meyer fooled the keeper at 12:33 in the second half after receiving a header pass from Liam Towle.

McDonald felt that his team performed very well in the win, saying, "This is our first game where we played well in both halves."

The senior superstar has been dusting defenders and scoring shots for the Rebels his entire high school career. He has played four varsity soccer seasons in Townshend.

"Players like Pat don't come around too often," said the Leland & Gray coach. "He's a great player, and has been for all four years."

McDonald and the Rebels will hope to carry the momentum of this win into the Division 3 state playoffs, where they currently hold the fifth seed.

Otter Valley fought hard versus the Rebels, especially in the first half.

Kody Smith scored for the visitors, tying the game 1-1 with 13:46 remaining in the first round.

Forwards Reilly Shannon and Joshua Letourneau also pressured the Rebels early on. Letourneau sliced through the defense on two separate occasions, but was stopped both times before reaching the goal.

Otter Valley falls to 7-5-1 after the loss, currently holding the 11th seed in Division 2.


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