MILTON, Vt. - The St. Johnsbury Academy field hockey team picked up its first win in two years on Monday, as the Hilitoppers downed Milton, 3-1.

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Melissa Sweet got Milton on the scoreboard first, scoring off a corner. Before the half ended, the Hilitoppers' J.D. Thomas knotted the game up when she came out of a scramble in front of the cage and deposited the ball behind the keeper.

The second half was all St. Johusbury. Six minutes into the halt Jennifer Willey scored on a breakaway. Thomas then netted her second goal of the game with 2:50 left in the game when she worked a give-and-go with Willey.

Bridget Bourgeois had five saves in the cage for the 'Toppers, while Chris Strong had 20 saves for the Yellow jackets.

quot;It was a nice team effort,quot; said SJA coach Patti Coburn. quot;We dominated the game we had 15 corners to their four and we outshot them 30-6, which was nice to see. We could have scored some more goals, as we had some real close shots, but Strong came up strong in goal for them.quot;

On Wednesday at 3:45 p.m., the Hilltoppers (1-9) host rival Lyndon Institute, who lost to Harwood on Monday, 8-0.

Gorham 4, Lisbon 2

GORHAM, N.H. - Gorham tallied three first-half goals and then held on to edge Lisbon, 4-2.

The Huskies erupted for three goals in four minutes to jump out to a three goal lead. At 3:40, Xara Piaptoni scored followed by Melissa Aubin at 4:54 and Emily Wolf at 7:42. The Panthers were able to get the score back to within two before the break when Meredith Fitzgerald sent freshman Kellie Hubbard in for her first varsity goal with 3:49 left in the half.

Lisbon inched back to within one, when Amy Boutin scored with Nikki Erb recording the assist.

Abbey Carmau got an insurance go for the Huskies only 25 seconds later.

Siobban Schofield had 12 saves in the cage for the Panthers. quot;We got some good play from Asia Sperry on the front line and from Erb and Micki Ross both playing links,quot; said LHS coach Heather Evans.

The Panthers (4-4-1) look to get over .500 when they host White Mountains Regional on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Danville 2, BFA-Fairfax 1

DANVILLE - With five minutes gone in the second halt Danville's Pat Clifford and Tyler Darling combined for a goal to give the Indians a 2-1 victory over BFA-Fairfax.

The Bullets took the early lead when Scott Rushford put the ball past Danvilie's Tim Letournean with only 84 seconds gone in the game, with Joe Marriot recording the assist.

With 12 minutes left in the half, the Indians' Seth Pierce got the equalizer. From 40 yards out, he blasted the ball from the middle of the field, slicing into the side of the net.

Clifford set up the winning goal as he got the ball past BPA's keeper Justin Godrey, allowing Darling to slide into it and knock it into the open net.

Godfrey finished the game with six saves, while Letourneau had nine. quot;Tim had a nice game in goal for us,quot; said DHS coach Steve Hudak. quot;It was nice to come from behind to pick up the win.quot;

The Indians (4-2-1) play at Peoples Academy on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Montpelier 6, LI 0

MONTPELIER - Montpelier tallied five second-half goals to crush Lyndon Institute under the lights on Monday night.

The Solons' Aaron Ancel tallied the only goal of the first half with 15 minutes gone in the game.

Eli Zunder tallied three straight goals to open the second stanza for Montpelier. The first goal came three minutes into the second half and he followed that up with goals at the five-minute mark and 10-minute mark.

The Solons' other two goals came from Cot in Apple with 10 minutes left in the game and Isaac Dale with two minutes left.

Jason Smith had eight saves, while Dale had 10 saves while he was in goal for Montpelier.

quot;We played a great first half,quot; said LI coach Bruce Richardson. quot;We just need to keep up our intensity and stay with our marks.quot;

The Vikings did get some good news on Monday, though, as they were awarded a win in their game against Oxbow. The Olympians used an ineligible player when they met early in the season. On Wednesday, LI (1-8) plays Oxbow in Bradford at 4 p-rn.

Hardwood 3, Oxbow 2 OT

MORETOWN, Vt. - Harwood tallied a goal in the second overtime period to hand Oxbow its third overtime loss of the season.

The Olympians jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first stanza, with Evan Kingsury and Br' Williams scoring.

In the second stanza,. the Highlanders got goals from Tyler Wheelock and Noah Fishmar, the last coming with two ticks left on the clock in regulation.

Eric Breen got the game-winner for Harwood on a ball that was floating in front of the net.

quot;We were missing two defenders and I felt that if we had them, they might have made the difference as the game was played in the rain,quot; said Oxbow coach Mike Calanan. quot;After they went ahead, we still almost scored.quot;

The Olympians are back in acton on Wednesday when they host Lyndon Institute at 4 p.rn.

Gorham 3, Lisbon 1

GORHAM, N.H. - Gorham was able to capitalize on Lisbon's mistakes twice, while Lisbon was only able to capitalize on one Huskies mistake.

Todd Davis (20:15) and Hakan Brosnan (84:00) gave the Huskies a twogoal lead at the break.

Billy Smith got Lisbon back to within one goal, when he scored an unassisted goal with 9:25 gone in the second halt

Shawn Williams picked up an insurance goal for Gorham with 21:57 gone in the second stanza.

G.P. Houston had 10 saves for the Panthers, while Josh Sjostron was called on to make eight saves for the Huskies.

quot;We played the best soccer we've played all season in the second half,quot; said LHS coach Les Poore. quot;Under tough conditions, we played the No.1 or 2 team in our division even for a good portion of the game.quot;

The Panthers (4-7) host Groveton on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lin-Wood 2, Groveton 1

LINCOLN, N.H. - Lin-Wood's Katie Sokoiski tallied two first-half goals to lead the Lumberjacks over Groveton, 2-1.

Sokoiski's first goal came with 5:27 gone in the first half, when Anna Blodgett crossed the ball to her from the right wing. Sokolski's second tally came with four minutes left in the half, when she came out of a scramble in front of the net and rolled the ball in.

The Eagles' lone goal came with 11:26 gone in the second stanza. Tricia Perras from the right wing crossed the ball over to Aaryn Bennett, who put it into the net.

quot;We had our chances to score,quot; said GHS coach Tim Haskins. quot;With a little over a minute gone in the second half, we missed a penalty kick that just went wide of the post. We really stepped up our game in the second half, putting a lot of pressure on them.

quot;Jen Paquette did a nice job at fullback, as did Sharon Dunham, who filled in for an injured Kate Daley in goal.

Both Durham and Lin-Wood's Allison Havelock had four saves. The Eagles (1-8-1) host Sunapee on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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