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WHITINGHAM — Exactly eight months after losing to Proctor in a basketball state championship game, Twin Valley will be looking to settle the score.

This one will take place on the pitch.

The top-seeded Wildcats (9-1) will take on No. 3 Proctor (10-2-1) in Saturday’s Division 4 boys soccer final on Applejack Field in Manchester at 10 a.m.

Conner McKearin, who scored 15 points against Twin Valley at the Aud in March, has five tallies to lead Proctor this postseason.

Senior Colin McHale has scored 68 career goals for the Wildcats, including a team-high 18 this season. Classmate Izaak Park (7 goals, 5 assists) is a difference maker in the back, because of his blazing speed, physical play and powerful right leg.

And that duo came up big when Twin Valley defeated Arlington 4-1 for all the marbles last fall.

Below is a look at how the Wildcats and Phantoms advanced in the 2020 bracket.

Semifinals

Twin Valley: A successful penalty kick by McHale and Aidin Joyce’s strike from the right wing were the highlights as the Wildcats rallied to outscore White River Valley 2-1.

Proctor: McKearin scored the game-winning goal on a corner kick with 10:33 remaining in a 1-0 victory over Sharon Academy. Ian French earned the shutout.

Quarterfinals

Twin Valley: Finn Fisher and McHale each scored three goals to help the top seed demolish Blue Mountain 11-0. Keeper Liam Wendell stopped the only shot he faced.

Proctor: Joel Denton and McKearin did the damage as the Phantoms topped Twinfield 2-1.

First Round

Twin Valley: Bye

Proctor: McKearin had a hat-trick during a 5-0 rout of Craftsbury. Brennon and Carter Crossmon also scored.

Twin Valley roster: Coaches — Buddy Hayford, Josh Carpenter O’Hearn, Jess Rizio, Ryan Holton. Manager — Jack Roche. Players — Liam Wendell, Izaak Park, Ayden Loos, Cooper Adams, Noah Dornburgh, Finn Fisher, Luke Rizio, Colin McHale, Aidin Joyce, Matt Hammond, Aaron Soskin, Jerry Mosher, Garrett Cunningham, Cody Magnant.

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


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