Football Falcons’ Woes Continue, UCA Soccer Sees Improvement in Weekend Round-up

FOOTBALLNorth Country 30, U-32 40EAST MONTPELIER–The North Country football team took a 30-28 lead into the fourth quarter, but would never score again as the running game of the Raiders was too much for the Falcons to handle, and they fell by the final score of 40-30."Things were going well, but we just could not stop their running attack," said coach Tim Simoneau as he team now stands at 0-2."The offense however was doing exactly what I wanted them to do."NCU also got some devestating news as quarterback Jason Hatin is in jeopardy of missing the remainder of the season with what right now is being described as a torn MCL.He will under go further tests later this week.Replacing him, Simoneau said, will likely be either Connor Hogan or Ryan O'Donnell.While they are not considered a threat to go deep at this stage of their career, both read the option very well.A long week of practice awaits the Falcons as they get ready to hit the road and square off against Fair Haven on Friday evening. Game time is 7:00FIELD HOCKEYNorth Country 3, St. Johnsbury 0NEWPORT–After back-to-back losses, the Falcons ended their home stand on a positive note with a 3-0 win over the ST. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers.Brittany Verge, known more for her defensive prowess than her offensive contributions, opened the scoring six minutes into the game.Ten minutes later, the Falcons struck for two more when Brittany Fortier and Mariah Roberts scored a pair of goals in the span of fifteen seconds."We played a great game," said coach Chantelle Bouchard. "Mariah was excellent out there and she really stepped up her game."Danielle Gabucci had three saves for the Falcons while her team put a season-high ten shots on the Hilltopper goal.It's now time for the girls to take to the road for the girls. They begin their trip with a visit to Lyndon Institute on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 where they hope to keep things rolling with another win.GIRLS SOCCERNorth Country 2, MMU 1JERICHO–Two first half goals were all the North Country girls needed, as they defeated Mount Mansfield on Saturday 2-0."The game had almost a play-off atmosphere. It wasn't our best effort, but we won," said coach Jose´Batista.With the wind blowing against them, Anna Bingham notched her second goal of the season to open the scoring for the Falcons.Devinnie Davis earned the assist.Brooke Breault continued her strong play, getting goal number two on a feed from Bingham.In the second, it was the defense's turn to shine as they were able to keep the Cougars at bay through the final forty minutes to preserve junior Jenna Moss' eight-save shut-out."Jenna played an outstanding game," said Batisita, noting that his netminder seemed to play as if she had more experience than she actually possess.The girls, now 2-0, will face St. Johnsbury on Tuesday at home with a 4:30 start time.UCA 0, Rochester 1One goal seven minutes into the game was the difference as Rochester bested the UCA girls 1-0 in the Crusaders’ season opener.“They were a very strong, very disciplined team," said first year head coach Molly Smith about her opponents."I thought our passing was good, out D was strong, and Hannah Piette really controlled the back line."Lydia Saaman had eight saves for the 0-1 CrusadersBOYS SOCCERUCA 2, Cabot 3 OTCABOT– What a difference a week can make. After losing 6-0 to Cabot at their annual jamboree last weekend, the UCA boys soccer team battled into overtime before finally falling 3-2 to the same Cabot team they just played."It was a most amazing game," said coach Alyssa DeLaBreuere. "I am so proud of my boys, and I can honestly say that each and every one of them was an MVP out there."After getting down 1-0, Ji Kim came through with the tying goal on a feed from Justin Limoge with fourteen minutes left in the half.But with just 24 seconds left in the first, Cabot regained the lead to close out the half.Where as last year the team might have got down on themselves, this year's crew rallied and came out fighting, led by their keeper Chris DeLaBruere.DeLaBruere would be there throughout the game, making a total of 37 saves in the contest, as his team battled to knot the game at two."He denied Cabot time and again with an incredible display of agility in the net,” said his coach.Limoge tied the game, sending the match into OT where Cabot was able to tally the winning score nine minutes into the extra session.Now the boys will take on Mid-Vermont this afternoon at 4:00.