BENNINGTON — The season hasn’t gotten off to a tremendous start for the Mount Anthony boys soccer team with defeats in its first three games to Brattleboro, Burr and Burton and Rutland. But on Thursday night, MAU might have started to turn its season around.
Against BBA under the lights at Applejack Stadium, Ayden Parizo scored in the first half and the MAU defense held up to gain a draw in a 1-1 tie. But it wasn’t just Parizo’s tally. Watching the overtimes, Mount Anthony, despite being gassed, did a nice job of keeping BBA star Jayden Bloom away from the net looking for the winner.
Bloom, who has already scored more than a handful of goals this season and is BBA’s leading scorer, had a chance in the second overtime, but Aiden Moscarello came out to challenge and knocked the ball away to secure the index points.
With the tie, Burr and Burton “drops” to 3-0-1, but they remain as one of only five unbeatens in Division I. One of the other unbeatens is Brattleboro at 4-0, and barring another draw, one will get knocked off the list as the teams play today at 10 a.m. at Judy McCormick Taylor Field.
Mount Anthony football slayed one of its long-time demons last night when it defeated Burr and Burton, 21-14, on Thursday night in a game postponed a day by nasty storms throughout the area.
The game-winning touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when senior Caleb Hay found his classmate Jack Ware for a short TD pass.
Between times when MAU and BBA didn’t play over the years because BBA didn’t have a team or because BBA was in Division II, Thursday’s win was a long time coming for the Patriots — each time the teams played in the past handful of years, the Bulldogs always seemed to have the upper hand. But on Thursday, in 2020, the year of 7-on-7, it was the Patriots who got it done.
Early on for the Arlington girls soccer team, there have been struggles with a young group trying to make their way in a strong Division IV field. But in the past couple of games, it’s been that youth — including a couple of eighth graders — making a difference for the Eagles.
On Monday against Poultney, eighth grader Taylor Wilkins scored a pair of goals and her classmate Magnolia Robinson tallied as well. Ninth grader Sydney Herrington added another in the 5-2 win. Against Twin Valley on Thursday, Wilkins reached the scoring column again with the lone assist in a 1-0 nailbiter.
The Eagles have had a lot of success in the past few years and while the start to 2020 has been slow, business is starting to pick up in the Northshire.