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NEWPORTâ€“Tuesday was a tough night to be a North Country soccer fan.
The Falcons welcomed in Mount Mansfield for an under the lights doubleheader of Division I soccer action, but despite their best laid plans, things did not go the home team's way.
First up was the NCU girls, and prior to the game the Falcons' seniors, Brooke Breault, Kathryn Daigle, Madeline Ferorelli, Emilie Paul and Mykayla Tanguay, were honored for their time with the team.
CABOT-An intense showdown took place when the Craftsbury Chargers were hosted by the Cabot Huskies in a division IV soccer match.
The Charger dominated early, but would falter down the stretch, allowing 4 goals in the second half en route to a disappointing 4-3 loss.
Early on in the match it became evident that the game would be a tight one, as teams exchanged shots and possession at an even rate.
NEWPORTâ€“After a shaky start to their contest against the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds, the North Country Falcon field hockey team ramped up their game in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals to come away with a 4-1 win to improve to 7-1 on the year.
"In the first half we progressively got better, but that didn't happen until the second time-out, but we played flat," said NC coach Chantelle Bouchard. "I told them that they had to come out and play hard in the second half because we knew (MVU) was coming for blood."
THETFORD-You know youâ€™ve built something special when just about every kid who raced for NC cross country at Woods Trail on Sat. had at least one family member attend the XC meet in the pouring down rain with over 3 hours of round trip driving time.
It goes further since a number of the families stayed around longer just to see Samuel Brunnette pick up his 3rd place plaque. Through our trials of miles, we have built a lasting bond.
ORLEANSâ€“The Lake Region boys welcomed in the Winooski Spartans on Friday for a little afternoon high school soccer.
With the fall foliage in full bloom behind them, the Rangers quick ball movement, and over all smart play, systematically dissected the Spartans en route to a 6-2 win.
"It was a good match," said LR coach Tom Evans about his overall thought on on the game..
Things were close in the opening minutes of the contest.
The Spartans' players were a quick moving bunch in their own right, and it took the Rangers a little while to adapt to the Winooski brand of soccer.
NCU 3, MVU 1
SWANTONâ€“The North Country field hockey team improved to 6-1 on the year after defeating rivals MVU on Friday afternoon.
"It was a great game," said NC coach Chantelle Bouchard. "MVU has a fantastic field, so the balls flying and the pace of the game was excellent."
Morgan Greene opened up the scoring at the 16:32 mark of the first half.
Brittany Royer added to the lead when she struck with 3:02 remaining in the opening thirty minutes.
Phoenix Alix had the final Falcon goal, scoring mid way through second half.
CRAFTSBURY-A bright and sunny afternoon was the backdrop for Senior Day for the Craftsbury boys soccer team, as the Chargers hosted the Chelsea Red Devils for a Division IV soccer match.
After getting back into the win column earlier in the week against Whitcomb, the Chargers took the field looking to continue their latest success, which they accomplished by dominating the game and picking up the 6-0 win over the opposing Chelsea side.
NEWPORTâ€“It had been a long time in between home games for the North Country field hockey squad.
The last time the girls took the field at their home campus was on on the 11th of September against Lyndon, a game which they won.
After a tough 1-0 loss against Spaulding this past weekend, a little home cooking was just the tonic that the team needed to get back to their winning ways, as they rallied back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring five unanswered goals on their way to a 5-1 victory.
NEWPORTâ€“On Wednesday afternoon it was the North Country boys soccer team's turn to take on the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers, as they hosted the green and white in a matinee match-up.
The Falcons played an inspiring brand of soccer, but a couple of miscues that led to free kicks would be their undoing, as they fell by the score of 3-2.
"We had some lapses in our thinking and they made it count," said NC coach James McKenny. "They took advantage of the set plays and the free kicks, and it is a matter of minutes that make the difference in these games."
NEWPORTâ€“After a slow paced first half that saw little offensive action, the North Country Falcons popped in two goals in the second to pick up a 2-0 win over the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers under the lights on Veteran's Field.
"We knew that first goal was going to be it," said NC coach Jose Batista. "If they would have scored first who knows, it might have been two to nothing for them, but we got and we were able to score second goal by Devinnie. It was a good team effort and it was a good win."
For the Full story, see the Express on 10-2-14.