Assistant Sports Editor
BENNINGTON -- Seedings for the 2013 Vermont Principals Association playoffs in boys and girls soccer and field hockey were announced on Monday, and the Mount Anthony Union High School field hockey team drew a 4-seed in the Division I tournament, the highest seed for a local team.
MAU (10-4) will host Marble Valley League foe Rutland (9-5-1) on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Division I field hockey tournament. During the regular season, the Patriots beat the Raiders in both league matchups, with MAU winning 2-0 in the first game and 3-1 in the second game, which was played last Friday.
"We’re happy to host," Paro said. "They have a good team, we’re not taking them lightly. We’re very familiar with each other."
The weather, forecasted to be in the mid-40s for a high temperature on Friday, could be a factor, Paro said.
"It will affect both teams, it hurts when you hit the ball in cold weather," Paro said.
Should the Patriots advance to the semifinals, the team will draw the winner of top-seeded Essex versus playdown opponents Middlebury and Mt. Mansfield at South Burlington next Tuesday. The finals of the Division I tournament will be at the University of Vermont on Nov. 2.
The Burr and Burton Academy girls soccer team (10-4-0) is seeded fifth in the Division I tournament, and will host Spaulding (5-9-0) on Wednesday in a 3 p.m. contest at Applejack Field in Manchester. If the Bulldogs advance, they will play the winner of No. 4 U-32 versus 13-seed Missisquoi on Oct. 26.
Bulldog coach Dan DeForest said that having the home game is a benefit for his side, especially playing at Applejack.
"During the regular season, this is what you are shooting for, a home game," DeForest said. "We like Applejack because of the size of the field. It opens up the field and our game is suited to that possession-type game. We like having space to work with."
Over the last six regular season games, the Bulldogs have conceded only one goal. DeForest said that his team’s defense will be key to making a long run.
"I’m a firm believer in the saying that ‘defense wins championships,’" DeForest said. "If you want to go deep [in the playoffs], you have to play great defense."
The Mount Anthony girls team is seeded 10th, and will travel north to BFA-St. Albans on Wednesday for a match at 3 p.m. If the Patriots advance, they would play the winner of No. 2 Burlington versus 15-seed North Country, with either a trip to Burlington or a home game against North Country.
In the boys’ Division I tournament, Mount Anthony (10-4-0) drew the 6-seed and will host BFA-St. Albans (5-7-2) today at 3 p.m. If the Patriots advance out of the first round, they will play the winner of No. 3 Rutland versus 14-seed Spaulding.
"If we stick to our gameplan, we should match up well with St. Albans," said MAU coach Mike Molloy. "They play in the Metro conference, so they have a lot of seasoning with different games. It will prove a challenge, but I like our chances if we play within ourselves and keep poised."
In an interesting side matchup, BFA-St. Albans goalie Jacob Zemianek is the grandson of former MAU track coach Steve "Zem" Zemianek, the man whose name graces the track that surrounds Spinelli Field at MAU.
The Patriots will also have to deal with an injury, as defender Isaac Salem went down in practice Monday with a leg injury.
The Burr and Burton girls soccer team (7-6-1) drew the 8-seed in the Division I tournament, and will host No. 9 Burlington (6-6-2) on today at 3 p.m. Awaiting the winner of that game will be either top-seed Champlain Valley or 16-seed Rutland.
In Division IV, the Arlington Memorial High School boys soccer team (7-6-1) drew the 8-seed and will play host to No. 9 Craftsbury (7-6-1) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will travel to top-seed Twin Valley on Friday.
The AMHS (4-10-0) girls soccer team is seeded 10th in Division IV, and will travel to No. 7 Chelsea for a 3 p.m. match on Wednesday. The winner will play either 2-seed Mt. St. Joseph or 15-seed Twinfield in the quarterfinals.
And in Division II field hockey, BBA (2-9-3) is the nine-seed and will travel to eight-seed Springfield (6-7-1) on Tuesday for a 3:45 p.m. contest.