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Raiders beat the unbeaten Bulldogs

RUTLAND When the Burr and Burton Bulldogs girls soccer team arrived in Rutland Oct. 2 to take on the Lady Raiders they were perfect on the season. When they boarded the bus to go home a few hours later, after suffering a 1-0 defeat, that was no longer the case. The Bulldogs knew they were in for a tough afternoon right from the opening kickoff. The hometown Raiders controlled the entire game, and didn't even allow Burr and Burton a shot on goal until minute 59 of the contest. If it wasn't for the effort of goalie Sarah Parker and the Bulldogs defense, which consistently turned Rutland away, the game would have been over early. Rutland did finally break through when Liz Douglass took a crossing pass from Morgan Gibeault and fed it to Megan Blongy who pushed it past Parker, for the game's loan goal. Rutland improved to 7-1-1 with the huge win and BBA fell to 8-1. The West Rutland Golden Horde hosted the Poultney Blue Devils the same afternoon, and West Side scored three times in the first eight minutes of the second half to turn a slim 2-1 halftime advantage into a convincing 5-1 win. Katie Lincoln led the Horde with a pair of first half goals. Emily Sumner, who started the game as a goalie, but went into the field after sitting out briefly with an injury, contributed an assist and a goal in the big second half. Sierra Pease and Tony Gitadi also scored in that second half explosion for West Side. Whitney VanBuren scored the lone Blue Devil's goal on a penalty kick in the first half of play. Poultney fell to 2-8 with the loss while West Rutland improved to 6-4. That same Thursday afternoon in Fair Haven Cassy Murphy and Cheyenne Sheldon scored single goals to lead their Slaters past the visiting Bellows Falls Terriers 2-0. Chelsea Murray contributed an assist for the Slaters, who dominated the contest, outshooting the Terriers 16-2 over the course of the game. Megan Wooster had to make just a pair of saves to preserve the shutout, while Bellows Falls goalie Tia Billado had to make 14 saves just to keep the game close. The Mill River Minutemen travelled to Woodstock where Rebecca Day scored twice to lead the Minutemen to a 3-1 win. Emily Osmer scored the game's first goal for the victorious Minutemen. Sophie Anderson scored the lone goal for Woodstock. In the net Mackenzie Mooney made nine saves for the 7-3-1 Minutemen while Abbie Emmons stopped six shots for the 5-5-1 Woodstock Wasps. The Proctor Phantoms and Long Trail School girl's teams were in action that same Thursday afternoon, but did not enjoy the same success. In Ludlow the winless Long Trail team fell to 0-8 after losing to the Black River Presidents 7-0. Courtney Rohrig led the attack for the 10-0 Presidents with four goals, while Hannah Josselyn scored twice and Sandy Roundy contributed a single goal to the win. The one bright spot for the 0-8 Long Trail team was the efforts of goalie Amber Mulhern, who made an amazing 21 saves. Meanwhile in Pittsford the Proctor Phantoms fell to the visiting Arlington Eagles 3-1. Jen Connell scored the lone goal for the Phantoms, who pulled even at 5-5 with the loss. In boys action Oct. 2 the Mill River Minutemen continued their dominance of Division II soccer by blasting the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties 9-0 in North Clarendon. In a game where Mill River played none of their starters Matt Dinnan and Ryan Hammond led the attack of their bench players with a pair of goals each. Josh Bankert, Tyler Kotrady, Eric Bassalin, Andy Imhoff and Matt Hal all added sngle goals, while Austin Bicskei, Luke Davis and Zach Fuller shared duties in the goal for the still perfect 11-0 Minutemen. Otters Nip Dogs In O.T. 3-2 In high school field hockey action Oct. 2 in Brandon it took just ninety seconds into overtime for the Otter Valley Otters Emily Waldrip to take a beautiful pass from Kristy Pinkham and drive the ball into the net, giving O.V. a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Burr and Burton Bulldogs. The Otters narrowly escaped defeat when Shayna McDonough (two goals)scored her second goal of the game with just 58 seconds left in regulation time, erasing a 2-1 Burr and Burton lead and sending the game into overtime. Sam Moore and Laura Donnelley scored for the visiting Dogs, while their goalie Tyler Johnson kept them in the game with 14 saves. Jordan Stage made three saves in the net for the 6-4-1 Otters. On the same afternoon in Brattleboro however the Fair Haven Slaters weren't so fortunate. Amanda Oles scored twice to lead her Colonels to a 3-0 win over the visiting Slaters. Kelsey Kinsman added a single goal for Brattleboro, who improved to 4-5-2 with the shutout win.

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