LYNDONVILLE — The goalies carried the day.
Lyndon Institute’s Sage Gosselin and North Country’s Brett Roy were both perfect as their teams battled to a scoreless tie at NVU-Lyndon on Friday.
Adding to his career highlight reel, Gosselin turned in a 19-save effort as the Vikings (4-7-1, D-II) snapped a three game winless skid.
Following the game, NCU assistant coach Alex Beauregard said about Gosselin, “It’s the first time I’ve seen him and he made some really good saves today, especially in the first half. He made some excellent saves where we could have been up 2-0 pretty quick. He kept them in the game for sure.”
Meanwhile Roy was equal to the task, making seven saves, as the Falcons (7-4-1, D-I) improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
“It was a very intense game, all 100 minutes of it,” Beauregard said. “The keepers and the defenses played well on both sides. It was just a well matched game.”
Playing possession soccer, North Country connected passes and worked the ball across the field, outshooting Lyndon nearly 3-to-1 and holding a 7-2 edge in corners.
However the Falcons were held scoreless for the third time this season, stymied by Gosselin and a stout Lyndon defense that had allowed just 1.4 goals per game.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, their offensive woes continued, as they were held scoreless for the fourth straight game, and the seventh time this season.
Up next, LI travels to Randolph for a game at 4 p.m. Monday and North Country hosts U-32 at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
COLCHESTER 3, SJA 2 (OT): In their home finale at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Cary Field, Colchester’s Hasan Aljaf won the game at 3:59 of overtime in OT by converting a free kick from 18 yards out.
The Hilltoppers scored first when senior Konrad Tillman converted a penalty kick at 16:35 of the first half. Jason Robinson evened the score at 11:54 for the Lakers making for a 1-1 halftime score.
Adolphe Alfani put Colchester ahead at 33:22, but with time winding down, SJA goalkeeper Asom Hayman-Jones tied the game with 5:49 left when he came forward on a corner kick. Till drew an assist on the clutch play. Hayman-Hones had seven saves, to 11 for the Lakers’ Domenick Puttlitz.
It snapped a four-game streak for the Toppers (8-4), who finish out the regulation-season slate Wednesday at Rice (South Burlington), and Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hinesburg with first-place defending-champion Champlain Valley Union (11-0-1).
LITTLETON 6, LIN-WOOD 2: Up 1-0 at the half in Littleton, the Crusaders poured it on in the last 40 minutes to move to a 9-2-2 record. Senior Todd Krol-Corliss and junior Parker Paradice each scored twice, Paradice’s coming back to back in the second half to give the Crusaders a 5-1 lead. Jordan Stevens scored his second goal just a minute later (69th minute) for the Lumberjacks for a 5-2 game, and Krol-Corliss wrapped it up with his second goal six minutes later.
Juniors Landon Bromley and Austin Marquis also scored for LHS. “We’ve been playing good possession soccer for the last few games. It’s really starting to come along, especially with everybody being healthy now,” coach Luke Driscoll noted.
Littleton’s final five games are at home, and they host the Lisbon Panthers Tuesday at 4.
LITTLETON 5, LIN-WOOD 0: In Littleton, Crusaders senior Jasmine Brown had a hat trick and kicked in on all five goals in leading the team to a 9-3-1 record going into their next game Tuesday in Littleton with Lisbon.
“Jasmine has been on quite a tear,” LHS coach Clinton Brown said, noting that senior Jacqueline Maker assisted on two of her goals. The last one came on textbook execution with 1:09 left, with Jasmine heading in a Jacqueline corner kick. Olivia Corrigan and Hannah Brown also scored.
COLEBROOK 2, GORHAM 1: In Colebrook, the Mohawks got a crucial win as they moved past the visiting Huskies (6-6) into 11th place in the D-IV standings.
Scoreless for most of the game, Ella Watson scored for Gorham with 1:36 left to make it 2-1. “It was the only miscue our defense had all day,” Mohawks coach Katie Parker said. “We played well in back, Allison Herres was good today.
Colebrook’s Makenzie Scherer scored at 30:39 of the first half, and when teammate Samantha Howe scored at 68:30 of the second half, it looked good for the Mohawks until Watson’s late goal. They didn’t cause any threats to score in the final 1:36, coach Parker noted, adding that Colebrook had a 22-12 shots advantage.
The Mohawks play Pittsburg-Canaan Monday in Canaan, Vt. They finish out the regular-season slate next week with key games Tuesday at home with division powerhouses Woodsville in CA’s home finale; and the regular-season finale Thursday at Littleton