BRATTLEBORO — “OMG!”
That’s what Bellows Falls varsity field hockey coach Bethany Coursen said she was thinking when junior Maya Waryas scored the game-winning goal with two seconds left in Wednesday’s Division 1 semifinal in Westminster.
“Things were happening really fast. I was right there and I just hit it in,” said Waryas, who had jumped into her mom’s arms to celebrate the unbelievable goal and the 4-3 victory over South Burlington.
The top-seeded Terriers, who improved to 10-0 with the thrilling win, will face No. 3 Champlain Valley Union (10-1) in today’s state championship game at noon in Manchester.
In case you missed it, Twin Valley’s Kylie Reed also knocked a team out of the playoffs with a single shot.
“We worked the ball up the right side and crossed it in, where Sadie Boyd controlled it and set up Kylie Reed for the game winner,” said Twin Valley coach Robert Bolognani of the overtime goal.
The 14th-seeded Wildcats, who upset No. 3 Blue Mountain 1-0 in that contest, will play at sixth-seeded Hazen (4-5) in today’s Division 4 quarterfinal at 2 p.m.
You can be sure that two-time defending cross-country state champion Abby Broadley will get to Thetford’s finish line as soon as possible today.
In her final tune-up for today’s state championship meet, Broadley broke her own 5k course record by finishing a home race in 17:58.
Also competing in Thetford will be Brattleboro’s Tenzin Mathes and Nolan Holmes, who took fourth and fifth respectively to power the Colonels to a silver medal in the Southern Vermont League’s A Division meet.
In my opinion, these were the other postseason stars this week.
Kleay Steever had a hat-trick as the Hinsdale girls zipped Mount Royal Academy 5-0 in a Region 4 quarterfinal.
Grady Lockerby threw three touchdown passes to lead the Purple Gang past Woodstock 35-28 in a touch football playoff game.
And Matt Emerson dished out two assists when the Leland & Gray varsity boys soccer team topped Bellows Falls 2-0 in the opening round of the Division 3 Tourney.
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