Archive - Sep 2013 - Sports Article
After years of being on the losing end of games against the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds, the North Country Falcon field hockey team defeated the T-birds 4-1 on Monday afternoon to improve their record to 1-0-1.
"This win feels amazing," said NCU coach Chantelle Bouchard. "We have come so close in the past, and after losing to them in the play-offs the last two years, this win means a lot to both me, and all of the girls on the team."
It was a much different MVU team that the Falcons faced on Monday, as the T-Birds lost 12 seniors from last year due to graduation.
LYNDON-The Lyndon Institute Vikings scored there first touchdown less than three minutes into the first quarter and never looked back, picking up a 47-22 win over the North Country Falcons.
"I think we didnâ€™t give up, we got twenty-two points, and we are making progress,â€ť said NCU coach Tim Simoneau.
For the full story, see the Express on MOnday 9-9-13.
NEWPORT-Against a very young, inexperienced UCA girls soccer team, the Craftsbury Lady Chargers unloaded 17 goals in a ruthless 17-0 win over the Lady Crusaders.
Iva Wright and Meghan Brown led the way with three goals apiece. Meghan Pennock, Melanie Sergiev and Abbie Martin each had a pair of tallies, with five other players finding the back of the net as well.
However, the hardest working player on the field was not a Charger, it was UCA netminder Drew Andrews.
NEWPORT-After 80 minutes of relentless action could not produce a goal, or a winner, the North Country and Lyndon Institute girls headed into overtime knotted at 0-0.
With under two minutes left in the first overtime period, Crystal Moss worked her way into the Vikings' 18 where she was taken down by a Lyndon defender.
The referee signaled a PK and Chelsea Bianchi took her place at the line.
The senior wasted no time blasting the ball into the left side of the net, sending both players and fans alike into a frenzy, as the home team earned the 1-0 win.
NEWPORTâ€“It wasn't the prettiest win in the history of North Country boys soccer, but it was definitely an important one, as the Falcons defeated Lyndon 2-1 to start the season 1-0 in 2013.
"It was important to start off on a good foot," said North Country coach James McKenny. "Obviously every year you want to start with a "W." It could have been a prettier brand of soccer, obviously it was a little rough out there."
For the full story, see the Express on 9-6-13.
ENOSBURG FALLS-Utilizing late-game heroics from seniors Alex Beauregard and Josh Thibault, Lake Region opened up the 2013 campaign with a 2-1 overtime victory over Enosburg in high school boys soccer Wednesday.
Beauregard tallied in the fourth minute of overtime, that goal coming just six minutes after Thibault bested the opposing goal keeper in the 78th minute of regulation to force extra play.
MONTPELIERâ€“North Countryâ€™s field hockey team got goals from Morgan Greene and Brittney Royer as they came away with a 2-2 tie in their season opener.
ORLEANSâ€“With eight starters lost due to to graduation and other issues, the 2013 Lake Region boys soccer team will have a new look and feel to it this season.
Head coach Tom Evans has been monitoring his fresh faced team closely, and he is pleased with the effort that he has seen from his crew.
"I have been very impressed with their work, but we are going to have a lot of maturation to do," said Evans. "We have only three returning starters, but that is where we are and we are going to look forward. I am very excited."
To read more, see the Express on 9-5-13.
BFA 1, North Country 0
ST. ALBANS-Phoebe Martell-Crawford scored 19:03 into the first half to help give BFA St. Albans the 1-0 win over the North Country Falcons.
"They are a very skilled team and they totally dominated us early on," said NCU coach Peter Alexander.
The Falcons, who are still adapting to their new home in the Metro, where able to gather their bearings and regroup in the second half.
"We had four golden chances to tie the game in the second half, but we just could not finish. They deserved the win." Alexander said. "We are still getting used to the tempo of this level."
LYNDON-Lyndon Institute's Emily Doty has reportedly been sidelined with an ACL injury.
According to people close to the situation, Doty will not be able to participate in the winter sports season, and that could impact the Falcons' move to Division I.
Not much more is available as of this time, but we will update as soon as possible.
NEWPORTâ€“The 2013 North Country Cross Country team is looking get out of the gates a little earlier than they have in past seasons.
Traditionally the Falcons have not been very aggressive in the early going, using a more gradual, progressional style of seasonal maturation.
This season, head Coach Chris Shaffer will have his team at the Essex Invitational this weekend, and he believes that being at the event will help his team in the long run.