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October 7th, 2012
NEWPORTâThe final varsity game of the Maniatty weekend saw the North Country (6-3-1) and U-32 (4-2-3) girls battle it out in front of a loud and supportive mix of Falcon Faithful and Raider Nation.
The weather would go from wet, to dry, from cold to warm, back to cold but try as they might, neither team could break the 1-1 deadlock, so after 100 minutes of action, the two teams were forced to settle for the tie.
"We had a good effort," said coach Peter Alexander. "There was a little too much kickball, but they played hard and it was a gutsy effort."
NEWPORTâNorth Country (2-7-1) and Mount Mansfield (8-2) engaged in one slobber-knocker of a soccer game on Friday afternoon.
Bodies flying, yellow cards, red cards, screaming and yelling; It was awesome.
Sadly the Falcons lost the match in OT 2-1, but they got their money's worth out of the Cougars, that is for sure.
"It's a tough loss," said coach James McKenny. "They (MMU) capitalized when they needed to and that is the way the game goes. They have to feel pretty lucky getting out of here with a win."
NEWPORTâThey say practice makes perfect, but while they are not perfect, nor did they get the win, the North Country football team's hard work paid off as they had their best showing in four weeks, breaking a three game scoreless streak in a 55-20 loss to Bellows Falls on Friday night.
"We made some adjustments and kept drilling them all week and it is starting to pay off," said head coach Tim Simoneau.
Jason Hatin returned to the Falcon line-up, but it was Jacob Buckles under center as North Country started the first series of the game from their own thirty.
ORLEANS-Lake Region picked up their fourth shutout of the season, upending visiting Richford 4-0 in boys varsity soccer action Friday afternoon in the opening contest of the Rangersâ homecoming weekend.
Josh Thibault, Shaquille Urie, Anthony Wright and Alex Beauregard tallied for the Rangers with each score coming in the first half. Thibault and fellow junior Carl Oberg added one assist each.
âWhen you score early and often, you sometimes get out of your game plan,â said Lake Region head coach Tom Evans. âBut Richford played hard, and that made it a good a match throughout.â
ORLEANSâTyrah Urie scored her 37th career goal with 25:00 left to play in the second half to break the Lake Region girl's goal scoring record on Saturday afternoon.
The tally was the Lady Rangers (9-2) third of their 4-0 win over Danville (2-6-1).
Lake Region got on the board in the first half when Megan Menard put one in with nine minutes remaining in the opening forty.
Thirteen minutes into the second, Urie off of a strange play in the corner, sent a cross in front to Sarah Burnham, who netted her first goal of the season.
NEWPORTâOn 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 JoseÂŽ 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
North Country was the dominant team from the opening kick-off, although Randolph did have some moments where they controlled the pace.
NEWPORTâMissy 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 BURLINGTONâKody 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 Hampshireâs 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.
NEWPORTâSt. 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."