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The GMVS soccer teams opened the season Saturday, September 4, with contests in Stowe and Vergennes, and returned with mixed results. The girls' varsity fared best, notching a 2-0 win against the Stowe Raiders. Sara Kikut, class of 2011, provided the offensive punch, scoring just three minutes into the game on a breakaway. She then took a pass from Storey Dyer-Kloman, class of 2013, early in the second half and converted for the second goal. In net, Susan Campbell, class of 2012, turned away nine shots for the shutout.
The JV squad had a rough time with the Raiders, dropping a 3-0 decision. The game was not that lopsided, though, as the score was 0-0 until late in the second half. Goalie Natalie Wetmore, class of 2014, was a stalwart in net, making 25 saves on the day.
For the boys' varsity, a solid early goal by the host Commodores of Vergennes proved enough to send GMVS home with the loss. Despite dominating play for 90 percent of the game, GMVS could not find the net. Forwards Nick Cosentino, class of 2014, and Thomas Woolson, class of 2012, had several opportunities in the first half, but to no avail.
Goalkeeper Michael Zucco, class of 2014, made six saves and numerous defensive clearances to thwart the few Vergennes offensive rushes during the rest of the game. The second half featured more of the same: GMVS chances by Jack Schibli, class of 2013, and others but no goals. In all, the team had a solid performance, and the players will dust themselves off and prepare for next week's Middlebury Tournament.
The JV team had a tough fight as well, but they punched a couple of balls across the line to notch a 2-2 tie. Kyle Penny and Max Stamler split time in goal, with Stamler covering the line for the overtime. Despite going down 1-0 in the first half, the team stormed back with unassisted goals by Theo Morton, class of 2014, and Graham Quisenberry, class of 2012, to knot the score in regulation.