Sports Roundup: Football Team Stuns Bellows Falls
By David Miles
Going into Saturday’s game, Woodstock had put together a nice three-game winning streak, but they had not played an opponent the quality of Bellows Falls. The Terriers were the only team undefeated in Division III play and were fresh off a 20-0 pounding of Windsor the previous week. And the game was at Bellows Falls’ Hadley Field.
None of that mattered as the Wasps, growing healthier and gaining in confidence every week, sprang the big upset, winning by a 13-12 score. The result leaves four teams in Division III with one loss and two more, Woodstock and Winooski, with two defeats.
Not even the big play offense of Bellows Falls intimidated Woodstock. On the first play from scrimmage, Ryan Howard raced outside for a 70-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead for the home team.
Two possessions later Woodstock marched methodically down the field and Edward Doton scored from ten yards out, following a great fake by quarterback Greg Selbo. With Hunter Schmell converting the extra point Woodstock was on top 7-6.
In the second quarter Howard had another long run for a touchdown on the first play of a possession, this time from 55 yards out. Woodstock denied the Terriers’ attempt for a two-point conversion.
The Wasps opened the second half with another long drive and Doton again scored for the green-and-white, on an 8-yard touchdown run. Although the conversion attempt failed, it was still a 13-12 lead for Woodstock.
Each team turned the ball over three times in the game; Woodstock on fumbles and Bellows Falls on interceptions. As a result, there was no more scoring and Woodstock returned home with a 4-3 record, 4-2 in the Division III standings.
The Wasps are on the road again this Saturday, at Mill River at 1:00 p.m.
Last week, Woodstock lost at home to Otter Valley 1-0, the very same score by which they beat the Lady Otters earlier this season. Kristy Pinkham scored for the visitors as the result of a penalty corner. Otter Valley had 20 corners to nine for Woodstock, while also dominating in shots by a 10-1 margin.
Woodstock got strong defensive play from Stephanie Harrington, Jenna Miller, Lea Stephenson and Grania VanHerwarde. Emma Astbury started in goal for only the second time in her varsity career and notched 11 saves.
On Monday, Coach Wendy Wannop’s girls did to Windsor what Otter Valley did to them – reversing the result from the first time the two teams met this season. That meant an excellent 1-0 win for the Lady Wasps.
The girls took the field with an excited, aggressive attitude and played well throughout the game. It was an even contest with a lot of action going up and down the field. Both teams had six shots; Windsor had 12 corners to 10 for Woodstock.
One of those corners led to the only goal for Woodstock, at 20:40 of the second half. Alex Vutech fed the ball out to Aria Robinson, who passed it on to Courtney Maxham. Maxham’s smooth but hard shot went past goalie Katelyn Curtis and into the cage.
Windsor attacked well the rest of the game and had two corners in the final minutes of the game, but Woodstock was able to deny those opportunities. Sam Harrington played those corners very well as the flier, with ample support from Stephanie Harrington, Stephenson and Miller.
The midfielders did a fine job too: Sam Harrington, Robinson and Summer Carvalho, while Vutech, Delaney Little and Camille Ertel sparked the offense by creating a number of scoring opportunities. Astbury had six saves in goal, for her second career victory.
The Lady Wasps are in the midst of a very busy week with five games in six days, including road games at Burr & Burton Thursday and at Fair Haven on Friday, followed by Senior Day on Saturday at home against Springfield.
The boys soccer team won three times this week. The first win was over Otter Valley on the road by a 4-1 score – their second 4-1 win over the Otters this season. Nick Schmell continued his torrid play with a pair of goals; Andrew Kimbell and Max Elles had the Wasp goals. Schmell and Kimbell each recorded an assist as well.
Woodstock outshot the home team by a wide 18-4 margin in that contest.The Wasps then won their final two home games of the season, against Hartford (see story elsewhere in this section) and against Mill River by a 2-1 score. The four-game winning streak puts Woodstock at 8-4 on the season and assures the Wasps of their first winning record since the 2000 team finished 9-5 ten long years ago.
Woodstock split a pair of games, losing to Mill River and defeating Fair Haven. The results leave the Lady Wasps at 5-7 on the season.
Two goals would win a lot of games for Woodstock’s girls soccer team, but against Mill River it was not quite enough as the Lady Wasps fell by a 3-2 score.
Woodstock scored the game’s first goal as Abbie Emmons scored off of a pass from Katie Murphy, who garnered a loose ball following a hard drive by Felicia Neuhof that was saved by Mill River goalie Lauren Abdelnour. Eight minutes Mill River tied the score, only to have Neuhof put Woodstock ahead again on a sharply angled shot following a pass from Maya Tracey.
Woodstock took that 2-1 lead into the half but, despite some solid play from goalie Lizzy Miller and defenders Brooke Gilbreath and Annie Arthur, Mill River pushed across a pair of second half goals, including the game winner with 9 minute remaining.
However, against Fair Haven two goals was enough. The coaches decided to move Arthur to midfield and the freshman responded by both scoring a goal and assisting on the game-winner as Woodstock triumphed 2-1.
Arthur’s goal came just two minutes into the game, with an assist going to Abbie Emmons. That lead held up until midway through the second half when the Lady Slaters tied the score on a penalty kick.
However, with time winding down on the clock, Arthur had a nice feed to Melissa Croft who struck home the game winner.
The girls close their season at home this Saturday against Hartford under the lights at 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Soccer
The seventh grade team completed an impressive 7-1 season with a 4-3 victory over Hanover last week. Braden McCarthy scored two goals for the young Wasps, while Nikolai Davis and Curran McDonald each scored once. Coach Derek McDonald was also quick to praise defenseman Spencer Smith for his outstanding play all season.
The cross country teams ran their last meet of the regular season at Springfield and both the boys and girls teams came home as winners. The meet also serves as something of a tune-up for the Marble Valley League Championships, run over the same course as the Springfield dam and reservoir.
Four boys teams were present but only two (Woodstock and Springfield) had full teams present. The boys came close to a sweep, taking four of the first five places, and finishing with only 17 points (15 being a perfect score). Jordan Fields was the medalist, closely followed by Jeff Tucker in 2nd, Josh Bassette in 3rd, Charlie Kahn in 5th, Harry Linowski in 6th and Griffin Boswell in 8th.
On the girls side, Woodstock finished first among five teams. Stephanie Ambrose is recovered from her illness and raced to a first place finish. Teammates Christy Harris in 4th, Olivia Powell in 5th, Katherine Tucker in 8th and Jocelyn Werle in 10th rounded out the team scoring for the Wasps.
Eight teams will be competing in the League Championships. Woodstock and Thetford have been neck-and-neck the last two years (Thetford won in 2008 by five points; Woodstock was on top last year by only three points) and likely will be again.
The season does not conclude with the League Championships either. The State Championships will be held at Thetford on October 30 and the top runners there will qualify for the New England Championships two weeks later.