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ARLINGTON — The Twin Valley varsity boys soccer team defeated Stratton 2-1 on Tuesday in the opening round of the annual John Werner Tournament.

The Wildcats stole a 2-0 lead in the first half, thanks to a couple of Cody Magnant tallies. His second goal was a knuckleball rip from 15 yards out on the right side.

Thirty-five minutes in, Michael Caruso cut the lead in half by flicking in a free kick for the Bears.

Liam Wendel made a dozen stops for the winners. Stratton’s Oliver Kosinski finished with 11 saves.

Boys Soccer

HARTFORD — Following a tough loss to rival MAU in the John James Tournament finals, Brattleboro fell to Hartford 3-1 on Wednesday.

“I think our minds were a game ahead, thinking about the next game versus MAU at Homecoming Saturday, so we will look to bounce back,” said BUHS coach Ben Brewer.

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With his team trailing 1-0, Brattleboro’s Ozzie VanHendrick put away a rebound after a free kick by Jordy Allembert. A later goal by Tate Chamberlin was wiped out due to a push in the back call.

The Colonels certainly missed starting center back Tucker Sargent, as all three of the Hurricanes’ goals were one-on-one opportunities against Paul “the Wall” McGillion.

Girls Soccer

HINSDALE, N.H. — Reese Howard scored her first career goal to help Hinsdale to a 4-3 victory over Epping on Wednesday.

Aleah Owen, Lilee Taylor and Brooke Pagach also tallied for the winners. They also had one assist each.

Hailey Tripoldi and Gabie Frain anchored the defense. Keeper Addy Nardolillo finished with 15 saves for the Lady Pacers.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or 802-254-2311 X163. On Twitter:

@ShaneCovey.