Springfield Cosmos

Also, four of their first five games are on the road, which does not make things any easier.

In the season opener at Poultney, it took the Cosmos everything they had to pull out a 6-0, overtime win over the Blue Devils.

In the scoreless four quarters, the Springfield offense moved the ball up and down the field, but the Poultney defense would bend, but not break.

However, both teams were plagued by penalties and turnovers throughout the game. In all the Cosmos were flagged for 11 penalties and turned the ball over five times.

In the overtime, Poultney got the ball first (at the Springfield 10-yard line) but could not break the tie, giving the Cosmos a shot at the win.

After a first down holding penalty that negated a touchdown, Springfield ended up with a fourth down situation at the 2-yard line, when QB Billy Wheeler dropped back for a pass, then tucked the ball in and ran for the touchdown, untouched.

Boys' Soccer: Division II

Head coach - Paul Kendall, seventh season as varsity coach.

The Springfield High School boys' soccer team is coming off an excellent season that saw them go 11-3-1 before being upset in the first round of the playoffs by Randolph.

You might say that the Cosmos have some unfinished business to attend to this season and have 10 returning players from last year, so there is still plenty of experience and leadership from last years' squad.

However the Cosmos also face a tough schedule this season, including two matches with Hartford, (who dropped down from Division I) plus three Division I teams in Burr & Burton, Brattleboro and Rutland.

A few key, returning players for Springfield include John Kendall, Angelo Jardina, Brian Brady, Derek Graham, Cody Filkin and James Karkowski.

Watch for sophomore Colin Brady to make some noise as well, while Jordan Phenning looks to have a strong season as the starting goal keeper.

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