MVL soccer all-stars honored

BENNINGTON — The Marble Valley League announced its soccer all-stars this week after the state championships.

Three Mount Anthony girls were picked for the post-season honor, including Kaidin Gauthier, who led the team with seven goals. Cat Worthington, who added five scores, was also chosen, along with midfielder Bridget Keenan.

Mark Boudreau was named the coach of the year in Division A after a 9-6 campaign and a quarterfinals appearance in Division I.

On the boys side, Mount Anthony's Jeff Potter and Josua Schmid were chosen to represent the Patriots after their 7-7-1 season. Potter led the team with nine goals, while Schmid added seven tallies.

The Northshire had a plethora of Marble Valley League soccer all-stars as well.

Leading the way were the Arlington girls, who had six players chosen in Division C, along with coach Aaron Wood, after the Eagles went 18-0 and won the Division IV championship.

Tess Belnap, Aimee Frank, Jamie Keel, Gracie Smith, Haley Mattison and Shaana Staab were picked after leading Arlington to its first title since 2009.

Belnap led the area with 44 goals, scoring in all 17 contested games.

Mattison was second on the Eagles with 32 goals, including seven hat tricks.

Frank scored three times and played a strong sweeper spot to keep opponents away from the Eagle net. She was also the free kick specialist. Keel, Smith and Staab were a big part of Arlington's back line, with Keel and Smith working as defenders, while Staab was in net.

Staab allowed only four tallies when in the goal and overall to a GAA of 0.33. She also was credited with 11 shutouts.

In his first year as the Eagles' head coach, Wood's team outscored opponents 104-6 and finished undefeated for the first time in 25 years.

Also in Division D, a pair of Long Trail girls, Sionann Harrington and Markie Moore, were picked as MVL all-stars. Both were star offensive players for a Mountain Lions team that was 9-8 overall and reached the Division IV semifinal for the second straight season.

Long Trail's Molly Sanderson and Arlington's Lilah Ward were honorable mention selections.

The Burr and Burton girls had four players selected after a season in which they went 14-4 and finished runner-up in Division I to CVU.

Grace Pinkus was picked after a 19-goal campaign, while her sister, Hannah, was second on the Bulldogs with nine goals.

Emily Bleakie added four goals and was one of the free kick specialists for BBA. Goalie Sam Citron was also chosen as a MVL Division A all-star after allowing less than one goal a game (15 goals in 18 games) and racking up 10 shutouts.

On the boys side, a pair of Burr and Burton players were chosen as Division A all-stars in Ben Stewart and Nick Plants. Stewart was the leading scorer this season for the Bulldogs with 10 goals. BBA was 7-6-2 and fell to Essex in the playdowns.

In Division C, Arlington had four players chosen after a 9-6-1 season and an appearance in the D-IV quarterfinals.

Wil Stewart led the team in scoring, while Keyshawn King and Lane Nolan patrolled the midfield and defense. Goalie Bailey Cross was the fourth player chosen, allowing only 14 goals in 16 games this season, an GAA of .875.

Jack Lane, Kolby Wilkins and Matt Ritchie were chosen as honorable mentions in Division C.

In Division D, four players from Long Trail School were picked for the MVL all-stars. The team's leading scorer, Will McCullough, was chosen, as were marking back Eli Sanderson, center back and free kick specialist Levin Coe and midfielder Luca Ditursi.

Long Trail finished 14-3-1, the best record in school history and were Division IV runner-up, falling in its first-ever finals appearance to Rivendell.


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