Maniatty Saturday: NCU Field Hockey and Girls Soccer Fall to Spaulding, XC Competes at U-32

FIELD HOCKEYSpaulding 2, No. Country 0The next day brought more fantastic weather and more Spaulding athletic teams to the fields at North Country Union.On the field hockey green, the Falcons got off to a good start, playing with energy as they looked to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a tough 3-0 defeat at the hands of Harwood on Thursday afternoon.But Spaulding's Kassandra Perantoni and Nichole Weeks scored less than a minute apart at the mid-point of the first half, and that would be all she wrote."We had some chances, but there was a lot of feet, and feet can kill us, but for the most part they picked themselves up from the Harwood game, that is for sure" said NCU coach Chantelle Bouchard. The Falcons best chance came in the waning moments of the second half, as they got Tide keeper Allison Hinton out of position, but multiple players missed the open net and the score would remain 2-0 as the horn sounded.One of the bright spots was NCU keeper Myrriah Gonyaw, who played an excellent game in the nets for the Falcons."Myrriah picked up her game tremendously," said Bouchard. "Last time out she had a bit of a scary game, but today she picked it up and was awarded our game ball." The loss drops North Country to 3-2-1, although on a positive note, they are the only team at the school that has a winning record, which they will look to improve on when they host Missisquoi on Friday.GIRLS SOCCERSpaulding 3, No. Country 1While the field hockey game was in full swing, the Falcon soccer girls were also battling with a Spaulding squad.The Tide had got out to an early 2-0 advantage in the first half, with Julia Ormsby and Erin Patterson scoring in the first ten minutes.In the second Myra Degre cut the lead down to 2-1, converting a pass from Crystal Moss on the score.But Morgan Keene scored with under seven minutes to play, giving Spaulding (4-3) the insurance they needed to get the win."These girls (NCU) definitely deserved the win out here today," said NCU coach Joe Batista after the game. "They played an 80 minute game, but we didn't get the breaks, like hitting two crossbars early in the second half."But, we have to put those in the net, and good teams put them in the net, so we have to up our level a bit and knock those balls in."This the is the second straight time, the first being in last year's opening round play-off match, that the Falcons have done battle with the Tide without Devinnie Davis, and Batista spoke about last year’s top scorer for the Falcons.."She is probably going to be out for another week because we don't want her out here playing at 65 or 70 percent, so hopefully she will get healthy and see some action against CVU on Friday.”Jenna Moss had 4 saves for North Country as they now stand at 2-6.The girls are in definite need of a win, and hope to pick one up at St. Johnsbury on Tuesday afternoon. Game time is 4:00.CROSS COUNTRYU-32 InvitationalEAST MONTPELIER-Meanwhile, many miles away at the U-32 Invitational, the North Country cross country team was having a slightly better time then their athletic brethren whom were in competition at home.Avery Ellis continued her hot streak, earning her third individual win in the last four races, coming home with a time of 20:49.It was the second time this year that she has won at U-32, this time coming in ten seconds ahead of her closest competitor.While the girls did not have enough runners to field a team score, another highlight was freshman JV runner Rachel Petzoldt coming in with a new personal best of 25:24.On the boys side, Andrew Franklin was looking to make his early-week promise of second place overall come true.The top NCU boys runner, Sam Brunette, was down in New Hampshire competing in the Manchester Invitational, where he tied his season best time of 16:52 while coming in 11th.So with out having to compete against Sam, Andrew's biggest competition was another member of the Falcon squad, Alex Cotnoir.Neck and neck they went, but at the finish line it was Franklin making good on his "called shot," beating Cotnoir by one second 17:43 to 17:44.Ross DeLaBruere improved on his time from the last U-32 race, finishing 36th in 19:16.Alex Cope (19:52–53rd) and Parker LaCourse (20:03–61st) rounded out the scoring for the team, who finished 6th overall.Tuesday will find the team at a race hosted by Harwood at 4:00.