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Leland & Gray’s girls' soccer team faced off against Stowe during the Division 3 championship match that was held at Maxfield Sports Complex, in Hartford, Vt., on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Leland & Gray would lose the game 3-2.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — “The Comeback Kids” fell just short.

Three days after rallying from a two-goal deficit to prevail in a semifinal, the second-seeded Leland & Gray varsity girls soccer team battled back late before losing to No. 1 Stowe 3-2 in Saturday’s Division 3 state championship game at Maxfield Sports Complex.

“All season long, my kids never worried about the results,” said Rebels coach Lucas Bates. “They just keep playing the game. We had an opportunity to tie it.”

Trailing 3-0 with 24 minutes remaining, the Townshend team had no intention of giving up.

Hannah Landers blasted a free kick from 30 yards out just inside the left post to get Leland & Gray on the board. Maggie Parker put away a crossing pass from Abby Towle. And with two minutes left, Towle’s direct kick sailed over the Stowe wall and glanced off the top of the crossbar.