BENNINGTON — The Southern Vermont College men's soccer team opened the season on a high note with a win a 2-1 victory over St. Joseph.

After the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie going into the second half, junior Paddy McGovern broke the ice and gave the Mountaineers the lead with a goal in the 49th minute.

That was just the beginning for McGovern who was back at it again a few minutes later for SVC, scoring his second goal of the game to give the Mountaineers a two goal lead.

McGovern's second goal proved to be the difference in the game as St. Joseph scored a goal on a penalty kick to cut the Mountaineers' lead to one, but were unable to score another to tie things up and SVC was able hold on for the win.

The win marks the first time in the program since 2011 that SVC has won its home opener.

SVC will look to improve to 2-0 to start the season when they play SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday at Applejack field as part of the 2016 Manchester College Soccer Series.

Mountaineers drop season opener

SOUTH HADLEY, MASS. >> It was not the result the Souther Vermont College women's soccer team wanted to start off their season.

In their season opener, the Mountaineers lost to Mount Holyoke 7-0.

Junior goalkeeper Melissa Mascari had 16 saves in the loss for SVC.

The Mountaineers will try to win their first game of the season in their home opener against Dean on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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Panthers rally to stay undefeated on season

TROY, N.Y. >> With their backs against the wall, the Hoosick Falls golf team battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Tamarac 3-2 and improve to 7-0 on the season.

After Ryan Bloomer got the Panthers an early 1-0 lead with a 4-3 victory in his match, Tamarac got back-to-back wins to take a 2-1 lead over Hoosick Falls.

Needing to win the last two matches to keep their undefeated season alive, the Panthers didn't back down and saw their last two participants rally the team to victory.

First it was Hayden Smith, who won his match 5-3 to even things and then in his first varsity match of his high school career, Miles Smith got a huge 2-1 victory to give Hoosick Falls the win.

Bloomer earned medalist honors in the win with the best individual score of the day, a 36.

Both Ryan Bloomer and Hayden Smith shot sectional qualifying scores in the match for the Panthers.

Hoosick Falls will look to extend their record to 8-0 to start the season when they travel to play Greenwich on Wednesday.

Panthers held in check by Bengals

TROY, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls boys soccer team dropped their second straight game to start the season, losing to Tamarac 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Michael Haynes scored the lone Panther goal in the game.

Goalie Evan McCart had four saves in the loss for Hoosick Falls.

The Panthers will try again to win their first game of the season when they host Waterford today at 4:15 p.m.

Panthers win season opener

CHESTERTOWN, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls field hockey won their season opener on Wednesday night, defeating North Warren 3-0.

Ally Burdick was the player of the game for the Panthers, scoring a game-high two goals with an assist in the win.

Sydney Luke scored the other Panther goal.

Lizza Ryan had an assist in the win for Hoosick Falls.

All of the Panthers' goals came in the second half.

The Panthers will look to improve to 2-0 to start the season when they play South Glens Falls today at 10 a.m.

Indians outlast Greenwich

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> In the their season opener on Wednesday, the Cambridge boys soccer team got a 2-1 overtime win over Greenwich.

The first half exhibited balanced play from both sides, with Greenwich finally striking first late in the half when a ball over the top of Cambridge's defense forced the Indians to scramble in front of the goal, and John Swertner found Collin Morency for the score.

Cambridge then leveled the score just before halftime when Carter Hall scored on beautiful pass from Emerson Lopez.

After a scoreless second half and most of overtime, the Indians broke through with a game-winning goal with ten seconds remaining in the first overtime period to take the win.

The Indians will look for win number two on the season when they play Hoosic Valley today at 4:15 p.m.

Soccer series continues

MANCHESTER >> On Saturday, as part of a soccer triple-header, the Middlebury College women's soccer team takes on their historic rival Williams College in a pre-season NCAA Division III women's soccer match-up at Applejack Field. Kick-off is scheduled for noon at Applejack Field, part of the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester Center.

The Middlebury Panthers finished the 2015 season with a 7-5-5 record. The Williams College Ephs, the defending Division III women's NCAA champions, finished the 2015 campaign with an overall record of 21-1-2.

"We're looking forward to a good match to help us hone our team for the season. Both teams will be trying out their new players and their team tactics, and hoping to learn from their mistakes," said long-time Middlebury coach Peter Kim.

The two colleges have a long-standing rivalry. In 2015 Middlebury College handed Williams College their only lost, a 2 to 0 victory at home. Later in the season Williams College downed Middlebury College 2 to 1 in the NESCAC semi-final game to end Middlebury's 2015 season. Williams College eventually blanked Washington University 1 to 0 in the NCAA championship game. Both teams are returning a large number of players from their 2015 rosters.

Later on, the 2015 Vermont high school championship runners-up Burr and Burton Academy girls' team open their season against St. Johnsbury Academy at 4 p.m. on Applejack Field. At 2:30 p.m., Manchester and Burr and Burton officials dedication the newly constructed Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field.

The full day of soccer actions finishes up at 7 p.m. under the lights of Applejack Field when the Southern Vermont College men host SUNY Cobleskill in a regular season NCAA Division III match-up.

High school soccer action continues at Applejack Field on September 6 at 4:30 and 6:30 when Long Trail School boys and girls play host to Bellows Falls and Black River.

Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Food and beverages are available during all three games at Chief's Concession Stand.