The local fall sports high school tournaments are underway, with plenty of area teams right in the thick of it.
In Springfield and after winning their Division II first round tournament game over U-32, 3-1, the Springfield High School field hockey team lost a tough one in
the second round to Windsor, 2-1.
After senior Megan O'Neill got both Yellowjacket goals in the first half, the Lady Cosmos rallied back in the second half to get within a goal thanks to Jessie Haskell, who ripped a low shot past Windsor keeper Katelyn Curtis at 21:39, however Springfield could not get the tying goal to send it to overtime.
However the number-eight seeded Cosmos did a great job in upsetting number-two seed U-2 in the first round, and nearly pulled off a second big win over Windsor.
Hats off to first year coach Bindy Hathorn for
rallying the troops late in the season. She had some big shoes to fill in replacing coach Joy Benson.
In Townshend, the number-three seeded Leland & Gray boys' soccer team recently knocked off number-six Hazen, 2-1, in a quarter final match up.
After Hazen had taken a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the contest on their first shot on goal, the Rebels came back with a goal from senior Tyler Russell to go into the half tied at one.
Then at the 15 minute mark of the second half, Noah Chapin lofted a shot from 25 yards out that somehow made it's way into the net for the insurance goal.
At press time the Rebels were preparing for a match up with number-two seeded Stowe, who come into the match at 11-2-2. The Rebels are currently 12-4-0.
In Machester, the number-two seeded Burr & Burton Academy boys' soccer team notched a 4-2 win in their Division I semi final match up against Colchester.
The Bulldogs got a hat trick and an assist from Brandon Ogilvie, a goal and an assist from Dan Favreau and two assist from Steve Mull in the win.
Matt Rosenthal made five saves in the victory, which put the Bulldogs at
14-1-0 on the season as they got ready to face number-seven-seeded Rutland.
In taking on the Raiders at a very windy Applejack Field, BBA got the only goal of the first half from Favreau while against the wind, and added two more in the second half with the wind at their back, for a
3-0 shut out over Rutland.
Brandon Oglive scored the second goal on a nice cross from Alex Miskovsky, with the duo striking a second time for the insurance goal with under three minutes in regulation.
At press time, the Bulldogs were getting ready to face the number-three
seed Essex on Wednesday, who are 13-3 on the season.
Staying in Manchester, the BBA football team recently finished off a tough season on a high note, knocking off Mill River to finish at 3-6 in Division I.
The Bulldogs got three touchdown passes from Patrick Jordan and three
rushing touchdowns from running back Jared Bove in the win.
Jake Coyle, Nash Lancaster and Nick Perni all caught TD passes, while
Jake Oliver also scored a touchdown on the ground.
The Bellows Falls Union High School girls' soccer team recently lost
their first round match up against number-three seeded Peoples Academy,
although the number-fourteen seeded Lady Terriers played tough in the 5-2 loss.
After Peoples had taken an early lead, the Lady Terriers bounced back with a goal to tie it up, however an early surge in the second half put the game out of reach.
Sarah Dumont and Marissa Smith scored the goals for Bellows Falls, while Tia Billado made 12 saves in the loss.
In girls' soccer tournament action, Rutland recently traveled to South Burlington to take on Rice, dropping a 4-0 match to the number-three seeded Lady Green Knights.
Rice's Brittany Pfaff dominated the match, scoring all four of the Green Knight goals, two of which came in the first 10 minutes of the contest and a another before the half.
Ellen Boucher added two assists and goalie Alayna Haute made six saves to preserve the shut out.
Rutland finishes their season at 9-6-1.