Local High School Round-up Falcons Show Improvement, Rangers Suffer Loss, More

BOYS SOCCERBHS 1, NCU 0BURLINGTON–Despite losing 1-0, the North Country Falcons had what coach James McKenny called the "best showing of the season" when they took on the Burlington Seahorses on Tuesday."This was a big turn around for us," said McKenny. "We came together and played a full eighty minutes of soccer. We hung with (BHS) and I am pleased with our results."The Falcons and Seahorses took a 0-0 tie into the half, and it was not until the 28 minute marker that Burlington was able to beat NCU keeper Ryan Paul for the eventual game winner.Paul finished the game with 8 saves.North Country (2-4) made a few adjustments prior to the game, including moving Travers Parsons-Grayson to the back, and the moves seemed to pay off.Now the boys will try to take this momentum into their game on Friday, as they kick-off a very busy weekend of Falcon sports action when Spaulding makes the trip to Newport for a 4:30 match.Danville 2, Lake Region 0DANVILLE-A stout Danville squad took advantage of a reeling Lake Region team Tuesday, blanking the Rangers 2-0 in boys high school soccer.Chris McCarthy tallied both goals for the Indians (5-1-1), one in each half, against a Lake Region team that has now dropped two straight games after opening the season with five straight victories.Sophomore keeper Danny Epinette stopped 15 shots for the Rangers, while Kyle Johnson made 11 saves for Danville.The Rangers were up against more than a tough opponent Tuesday afternoon, as they themselves have made it difficult to bounce back from mistakes. At times Lake Region (5-2) played well, but a lack of communication and structure was their ultimate undoing."We are experiencing some growing pains and sickness," head coach Tom Evans said."We lost our form, which on many occasions left us disjointed. But at times, the play was there. We are looking forward to bouncing back next match."Lake Region travels to Division III foe BFA-Fairfax on Friday, yet another tough match-up for Evans and Co., as the Bullets are ranked second in the state with a 7-1 record. Fairfax also tangled with Danville earlier this season, a 5-0 victory for the Bullets.The Vermont Principals' Association currently ranks Lake Region fifth.GIRLS SOCCERCraftsbury 3, Concord 2CRAFTSBURY–Meghan Pennock had a goal and two assists as the Lady Chargers defeated Concord on Tuesday afternoon.The win wasn't easy, as the Craftsbury played the entire match with just one substitute."I tried to keep our players fresh and moving," said Craftsbury coach Ashley Maxfield. "We talked and moved the ball well, and in the second half, as we tired, we just tried to maintain."All of the Lady Chargers' goals came in the first, starting with Pennock's opening tally.Meghan went on to find freshman Amy DeLaBruere and eighth grader Lynn Brown for the other two Craftsbury goals.Concord scored one goal in the first, and added another in the second.Aysha Hodgdon had 20 saves for Craftsbury, while the Chargers put thirty-five shots on the Concord net.Now 3-3, Craftsbury will face Burke Mountain Academy in Burke on Thursday at 4:30.UCA 2, Cabot 1CABOT– Fresh off a stint with the boys team, Moriah Lafoe netted both UCA goals as the Lady Crusaders picked up their first win of the 2013 season.Both goals came just ten minutes apart in the first half, while Cabot scored in the middle of the second.Adreanne Andrew had 12 saves for the Lady Crusaders, while Monique Bigelow and Shannon Harvey split the duties for Cabot.Harvey also scored the lone Cabot goal.Now 1-4, UCA heads right back down to Cabot on Friday, where they will look to move to 2-4 as the mid-point of the season approaches.CROSS COUNTRYSTOWE–Sam Brunnette won his third straight race on Tuesday with a new personal record of 16:52 as the North Country cross country team competed at a race hosted by the Stowe Raiders.The boys team would finish in second place behind Harwood (27) with 40 points.Alex Cotnoir was the next Falcon in at 17:28, a new personal record for him as well.Andrew Franklin (17:51, 8th), Ross DeLaBruere (18:54, 8th) and Patrick Tetreault (18:56, 15th) rounded out the top five Falcon finishers.On the girls side, Avery Ellis just missed winning her third race, finishing in 20:55, 4 seconds behind Harwood's Elli Ramsey.Harwood would also win the girls overall race, with the Falcons coming in second with 54 points.Jade Dandurand came in 14th (24:26) for North Country.Lake Region also competed at the race, and Emily Close had a school best 20:55, good enough for fifth overall.Cody Dollof, who is coming off of an injury, finished the race in 22:24.North Country will be back in action on Saturday at the U-32 Invitational, as they are the only Falcon team not in action at home during Maniatty weekend.