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October 3rd, 2012
NEWPORTâ€“On a rain soaked field, North Country played host to the Division III Galloping Ghosts of Randolph Union High on Wednesday.
While Randolph gave it all on the field, it was the Falcons, behind Devinnie Davis' hat-trick picking up the 6-1 win.
"These games we expect to win," said coach JoseÂ´ Batista. "I thought at times we looked really good and at times we looked a little slack, but all in all it is a good win for us.â€ť
North Country was the dominant team from the opening kick-off, although Randolph did have some moments where they controlled the pace.
NEWPORTâ€“Missy Hango had two goals in the first and one in the second to lead the Richford Rockets past the UCA girls 7-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
After Laura Libby nearly got free for a break-away in the game's opening minutes, Richford took over and virtually trapped the Crusaders inside their own forty for the bulk of the half.
While not particularly strong in the middle, the key to Richford's play was the ability of the forwards to stop UCA before they could get very far into the middle of the field.
North Country 2, So. Burlington 1
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“Kody Halikas netted the game winner in the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving the Falcons (2-6-1) the win over the Rebels (3-5-1).
South Burlington got on the board first in what coach James McKenny described as an awful half of soccer for North Country.
"It was like a Jekyll and Hyde kind of game for us," said McKenny. "The first half the guys were not really into it, but they came out in the second half with a much better effort."
LOUDON, NH-Joe Gibbs got his 100th career NASCAR victory as an owner Sunday when Denny Hamlin took the flag at Loudon, New Hampshireâ€™s Sylvania 300. Hamlin, in a Toyota, recorded his fifth win of year in the second installment of the Chase for the Cup.
That finish improved his position to third in the Chase , a mere seven points behind leader Jimmy Johnson.
Hamlin has run well at Loudon finishing in the top five in the last seven starts here.
He took over the lead on lap number 94, holding the lead for a total of 193 laps overall.
NEWPORTâ€“St. Johnsbury netted two second half goals in what turned out to be a very physical contest as the Hilltoppers blanked the Falcons 2-0.
"It was a 1-0 game and adrenaline was very high. We are still in the game and then on a goofy play they countered and it kind of took the wind out of our sails," said coach James McKenny.
Said St. J coach Stephen Levesque, "We had to match their intensity. They (NCU) came out from the get-go and I wanted our kids to win their individual battles and we did a much better job of that in the second half."
NEWPORTâ€“UCA's boyâ€™s soccer team had its' largest outpouring of offense of the season, scoring six goals to defeat Concord 6-0 on Saturday.
"We had a great game," said coach Alyssa DeLaBruere about the win. "We worked all week on passing and communication and it paid off."
It was a new look Crusaders who took to the field at Gardner Park.
Jon DeLaBruere took his brother's place in goal while Chris moved up to the mid-field, and for a guy who hasn't played goal since he was eight years-old, Jon put up a good performance.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country field hockey Falcons played a very defensive game against Stowe on Saturday, but came up on the losing end of the 1-0 contest.
"The past three games have been defensive ones for us," said coach Chantelle Bouchard. "Stowe always has a good record, so we knew we had to stay with that style of play today."
In the first half, Stowe (5-3), although not on the top of their game as of late due to illness, showed why they usually field a strong club, controlling play and spending roughly eighty-five percent of the time in the North Country end.
Lake Region 4, Oxbow 1
BRADFORD - Billy Cashin provided the eventual go-ahead score on a unassisted tally 10 minutes into the second half as the Lake Region boys soccer team knocked off Oxbow 4-1 in a wet Saturday contest to put a damper on the host team's homecoming weekend.
Shaquille Urie gave the Rangers a 1-0 halftime lead with an early score on a pass from Anthony Wright.
ORLEANSâ€“Shaquille Urie scored arguably the prettiest goal of the season for Lake Region, heading the ball past Hazen's Murphy Simmons seven minutes into the second half to secure the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Wildcats on Wednesday afternoon.
Lake Region got off to the hot start, and if it wasn't for Simmons heroics in goal, the score would have been much more lopsided.
His first big save came against eventual goal scorer Urie.
Jeremy Dean had the ball deep in Hazen territory when he lofted a cross into the middle of the box.
ST. ALBANSâ€“Ruffie Palin's header in the 31st minute provided the only scoring Wednesday night, as North Country earned itsâ€™ first victory of the season with a 1-0 decision over the Bobwhites.
BFA (1-4-1) gave the Homecoming crowd plenty to cheer for in the opening minutes with a series of great chances, and had a handful of shots at a wide-open net late. Falcon goalkeeper Logan Fortier made a few great stops, but most of St. Albans' chances flew wide of one post or the other.