Tough test right away for BUHS
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys soccer team, which went 5-9-1 last season, doesn't exactly have a cupcake schedule.
The Colonels will host Saint Johnsbury, a 3-1 loser to South Burlington in last year's state championship game, in Saturday's season opener at noon.
"We hope to take advantage of the experience we gained last year as a young team. One of our strengths will be in possessing the ball and taking advantage of our defensive abilities to create transitions," BUHS coach Paul Sather stated. "The cohesion and chemistry of the team has shown from the beginning at tryouts and we are looking forward to our first game against Saint Johnsbury."
Jack Price and Gus Williams will anchor the Brattleboro defense, while goalie Emmett Dews returns with two years of experience. Luke Williams and Alex Lier are the standouts in the midfield, and attacker Jackson Buettner will be counted on to score.
Brattleboro roster: Coaches — Paul Sather, Michael Italia, Ben Brewer, Jose Diego-Silva, Chris Brewer. Players — Josh Nordheim, Avery Bauer, Nate Lewis, Damian Dierkes, Keegan Allembert, Luke Williams, Anthony Piergentili, Emmett Dews, Elliot Bauer, Jesse Jerome-Wrenn, Jack Price, Gus Williams, Nick Campbell, Alex Lier, Declyn Tourville, Magnus Von Krusenstiern, Owen Bailey, Ty Allembert, Jackson Buettner, Forest Zabriski.
Logan Boyd, who posted eight shutouts last season, is back in goal for the Wildcats.
"My top players include Dylan Howe and Gunnar Nilsen. They will both play in the middle of the field and are big strapping lads who are defensive stalwarts but can also step up and score if needed, especially on set pieces," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford, whose team will open up at home on Tuesday night versus Otter Valley.
The Wildcats also return Jack and Colin McHale — they registered 42 and 38 points respectively last season.
"They are offensive minded players who are technically very good. Jack can score but is an excellent passer and Colin is a finisher," Hayford stated.
Izaak Park will anchor a stingy defense and will be joined in the back by Jack Kehoe, Willie Queenie and Eric Bolognani. Dylan Dupuis, Finn Fisher, Lucas Messing, Casey Sibilia and Owen Grinold give Twin Valley midfield depth, while the speedy Tommy Therrien will join Colin McHale up top.
Twin Valley roster: Coach — Buddy Hayford. Players — Logan Boyd, Dylan Howe (captain), Gunnar Nilsen (captain), Izaak Park, Jack McHale, Colin McHale, Eric Bolognani, Willie Queenie, Jack Kehoe, Owen Grinold, Lucas Messing, Casey Sibilia, Tommy Therrien, Dylan Dupuis, Finn Fisher, Cole Cunningham, Chase Speigel, Allen Cole, Sam Fleischer, Yeongjun Yoo, Jacob Ewart, Aaron Soskin, Cody Birch, Justin Ewart, Ayden Loos, Aidin Joyce.
Leland & Gray
The Rebels, who went 11-4-1 last season and lost to Peoples in a quarterfinal matchup, will host Woodstock in their opener on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
"We are returning seven starters and our strengths should be speed and skill," mentioned Leland & Gray coach Chris Barton.
Leland & Gray roster: Coach — Chris Barton. Players — Lucas Newton (captain), Sam Thibault, Evan Bernard, Rain Holmes, Fox Pickering, Cameron Anderberg, Colton Bush, Quinn Kelloway, Nick Tolbert, Jairen Sanderson, Curtis Thorpe, Conall Halvey, Jayden Bloom, Riley Barton, Matt Emerson, Liam Towle, Nathan Sanderson, Ethan Cutts, Jordan Persson.
Brattleboro Field Hockey
The Colonels, who went 5-11 last season, will play at Springfield in Friday's season opener at 4 p.m.
It's a rematch of a 2017 playoff game, which Brattleboro won 2-0. It was the first postseason victory for the purple and white in nine years.
Brattleboro players — Kaylyn Bailey, Sarah Butterfield, Rosie Carignan, Emily Crespo, Devi Ethier, Natalya Forkin, Gracie Frost, Katryna Jarvis, Avalon Johnston, Mya McAuliffe, Z Muhammad, Kalin Noble, Kiera Noble, Lily Quintero, Rachael Rooney, Makenna Severance, Lacy Slade, Jessica Tatro, Alanna Ward, Edie Cay.
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