HANOVER, N.H. – Vermont left New Hampshire with some well-earned bragging rights on Saturday night.
The Green Mountain State swept the boys and girls games during the annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cup held at Hanover High School.
The Vermont girls scored twice in the second half in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire. Meanwhile, the Vermont boys struck for a 5-1 triumph over the Granite State.
New Hampshire remains in front in the all-time series — 19-14-5 on the girls side and 19-18-9 in the boys matchups.
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Details from Saturday’s two games:
Hazen’s Macy Moeller converted U-32’s Caroline Kirby feed into a 1-0 halftime lead for the Vermont seniors.
After New Hampshire’s Rachel Gizzonio leveled the game at 1 five minutes into the second half, Burlington’s Payton Karson and Willa Clark notched unassisted goals as Vermont regained control.
Mikayla Milford cut the New Hampshire deficit to 3-2 in the game’s final five minutes.
Fair Haven’s Emma Ezzo (three saves) and Colchester’s Olivia Moore (six saves) split time in the Vermont net.
Olivia Zubarik of Champlain Valley was awarded team MVP for Vermont. Moeller (12th man) and Ezzo (sportsmanship) were also honored.
After New Hampshire tied it up early in the second half, Vermont put on a finishing clinic to pull away for the wide-margin victory.
Colchester’s Adolphe Alfani led the way with two goals and an assist while Mount Mansfield’s Will Hauf also tucked away a pair of tallies for Vermont. Chance Rose of Milton, Will Paulson of BFA-St. Albans and Duncan Chamberlain of Burr and Burton each had assists.
The fifth goal came via an New Hampshire own goal.
In net, Isaiah Schaefer-Geiger stopped seven shots and Peoples’ Dylan Haskins made five saves
Alfani picked up MVP honors for Vermont. Sam Hogg of Burlington received the 12th man award and Twin Valley’s Izaak Park earned the sportsmanship honor.
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