Cambridge boys soccer falls in opener

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — The Cambridge boys soccer team took an early lead in its opener on Tuesday against Mechanicville, but ended up on the short end of a 4-2 score.

Cambridge's Ian Montgomery scored to give them the lead, but Jeff Luce tied it for Mechanicville. In the second half, Kevin Charette and Luce tallied for a 3-1 advantage before Cameron Pembroke cut the lead to 3-2 off an assist from Austin Hackman. Marcus Tobin finished off the scoring late in the contest for the final.

Cody Oldham made 10 saves for the Indians, who host Waterford at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Indians fall to Mechanicville

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — The Cambridge girls soccer team dropped a 5-2 decision in the season opener against Mechanicville on Tuesday.

Mechanicville took a 3-1 lead into the half before two goals in the second for the final score.

Miranda Seacord scored both goals for the Indians, with assists going to Helen Mooney and Grace Snyder.

Victoria Dupuis made seven saves for Cambridge.

Mackenzie Bowie scored twice for the Red Raiders.

Panthers drop Spa Catholic in opener

HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls boys soccer team took down Spa Catholic, 4-1, in its opener under the lights at the high school.

David Everard scored a pair of goals, one in each half. Nick Houghton and Tanner Cahill added scores for the Panthers, who are 1-0. Cody Hodges made seven saves. Hoosick hosts Tamarac on Thursday afternoon at the Helft Complex.

SVC volleyball picked 7th in poll

BENNINGTON — The Southern Vermont College women's volleyball squad is looking to turn some heads and surprise teams around the New England Collegiate Conference in 2017 after missing out on the playoffs over the last two seasons.

The league announced the results of its preseason poll on Monday with the Mountaineers being selected to finish seventh in the league standings this year.

"I expect us to have a competitive attitude and to be mentally tough," said first-year SVC head coach Pat Robidoux. "We will practice hard and embrace the mentality of `never giving up.' Our concern — primarily — comes with being competitive with each other and pushing each other to be the best we can be. This conference is loaded with talented programs and great coaches, and we aim to be the best version of ourselves possible."

The Mountaineers were 5-20 overall (0-8 NECC) last season with wins over Castleton University and Dean College—a new member of the NECC; SVC also defeated Elms College in a non-league matchup. This year's schedule sees Southern Vermont take on quality non-conference opponents in September before heading into NECC action — a slate that will not include the top-two placing teams from a year ago (Regis College & Daniel Webster College).

"We are going to have to be mentally tough and compete with a purpose," Robidoux said. "We feel as though the attitudes in the gym are very positive right now, and we are in a good place to start the year. A successful season is one where the coaches and players can look back and say that they regret nothing."

Returning to the program is senior Julia Florence and sophomore Sarah Billow. Florence was third on the team last year with 12 total blocks while adding 26 kills and seven service aces to her season's line. Billow was a two-time NECC Rookie of the Week and was second for SVC with 1.7 kills per set in 2016; she also tied for second on the team with 40 service aces over the course of the year.

"These returners are great players and awesome people," Robidoux noted. "They are really running with the idea of changing the culture here and creating something that can be memorable. They have embraced the new players as family and are doing everything that we are asking them to do without any hesitation. I am very fortunate to be coaching such a great group of young ladies."

Robidoux also welcomes eight new players to the program with class years ranging from freshmen to a senior and home states including New York, Connecticut, and California.

Southern Vermont begins the regular season this upcoming weekend with the New England College Tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. The Mountaineers' home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. against Castleton, and the team then begins NECC play on October 3 at Becker College.

Maple Leaf Half Marathon

MANCHESTER — The Maple Leaf Half Marathon and Kotler 5K will take place on September 9.

The event begins and ends at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Vermont Route 30 will be closed from the entrance to the rec park to the button roundabout, both east and westbound, from 8am to approximately 8:15 a.m. to allow the half-marathon and 5K runners safe passage. Vermont Route 7A will be closed from the button round-a-bout to Seminary Ave., southbound, from 8am to approximately 8:30 a.m. to allow the half-marathon runners safe passage.

The northbound lane will be open, please DO NOT go south in the northbound lane! All other roads along the course will remain open to traffic, so please use caution!

The Maple Leaf Half Marathon and Kotler 5K is a collaboration between the Manchester Lions Club and Make-A-Wish Vermont. All proceeds are donated back to the community in the form of scholarships, grants, hearing aids, eyeglasses and wishes.

Please visit our website for more details or to register for the Maple Leaf Half Marathon of Kotler 5K www.manchestervtmapleleaf.com


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