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October 2nd, 2014
NEWPORTâ€“It had been a long time in between home games for the North Country field hockey squad.
The last time the girls took the field at their home campus was on on the 11th of September against Lyndon, a game which they won.
After a tough 1-0 loss against Spaulding this past weekend, a little home cooking was just the tonic that the team needed to get back to their winning ways, as they rallied back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring five unanswered goals on their way to a 5-1 victory.
NEWPORTâ€“On Wednesday afternoon it was the North Country boys soccer team's turn to take on the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers, as they hosted the green and white in a matinee match-up.
The Falcons played an inspiring brand of soccer, but a couple of miscues that led to free kicks would be their undoing, as they fell by the score of 3-2.
"We had some lapses in our thinking and they made it count," said NC coach James McKenny. "They took advantage of the set plays and the free kicks, and it is a matter of minutes that make the difference in these games."
NEWPORTâ€“After a slow paced first half that saw little offensive action, the North Country Falcons popped in two goals in the second to pick up a 2-0 win over the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers under the lights on Veteran's Field.
"We knew that first goal was going to be it," said NC coach Jose Batista. "If they would have scored first who knows, it might have been two to nothing for them, but we got and we were able to score second goal by Devinnie. It was a good team effort and it was a good win."
For the Full story, see the Express on 10-2-14.
STOWE-What a day at the races for North Country cross country today.
The XC team was down at Stowe for a meet against Stowe, Lamoille, Lake Region, and Hazen.
The day prior to the meet, the race director/coach of Stowe sent an email and within the email she told me the course records for the boys and girls on this course.
They were both ironically set in 2010 (16:51 by Josef Bourgeois NCUHS and 20:21 by Jamie Thomas, Harwood) under similar conditions to todayâ€™s race â€“ high 50s/low 60s and overcast.
Would the 2014 Falcons be able to set new records?
There is no other way to describe the North Country boys soccer team.
On Monday afternoon the Falcons took on the Spaulding Crimson Tide for the second time in as many games, and despite putting thirteen shots on goal and having a penalty kick, the team could not find the back net as they fell to visiting squad 2-0.
ORLEANSâ€“A bright and beautiful Saturday morning that found the Northeast Kingdom awash in a sea of changing leaves served as the backdrop for a Division II-Division III soccer showdown between the Lake Region Lady Rangers and BFA Fairfax Bullets.
BFA would strike first, but a late surge by the Lady Rangers would see the blue and white tie the game in the final ten minutes of regulation and eventually win the contest in overtime, as Brooke Morley set up Tyrah Urie for the deciding goal in the extra session.
Burke 3, Craftsbury 0
EAST BURKEâ€“The Craftsbury girls soccer team was in action against the Burke Burkies on Saturday.
The Lady Chargers knew from the opening kickoff that this was going to be a very fast paced match. In the opening minutes, both Craftsbury players and fans were taken aback by a bullet of a shot that rattled off the near post off the foot of a Burke striker. Despite being targeted for 13 shots in the first half, Charger goalkeeper Paige Coolbeth kept her cool and defended her net, allowing the team to be knotted in a 0-0 draw at halftime.
BURKEâ€“After the first game of the girls/boys Alumni Day soccer doubleheader, fans, parents and alumni alike once again gathered on top of the hill to witness the Craftsbury Charger and the Burke Burkie boys do battle.
It would be a low scoring affair, as each team netted a goal in regulation, but in the extra session it would be the Burkies coming out on top, as they picked up the 2-1 victory.
For the full story see the Express on 9-29-14.
ORLEANS- In a bruising contest that saw both coaches get yellow cards, the Bullets defeated the Lake Region Rangers 3-1.
BFA went up two to nothing in the first half before Austin Roberge cut the deficit by one with a goal in the second.
But despite a ton of pressure and a lot of chances, the Rangers could not find the equalizer.
BFA would add another one late, as they picked up the win.
We will have the full story in the Express on 9-29-14.
NEWPORTâ€“If it seems like the North Country field hockey team has been strangely absent from these pages you would not be the only one.
It has been a long time since the Falcons have last played a game, and when they finally resume their schedule this Saturday against Spaulding it will be exactly two weeks to the day since their last game on September 13th when they defeated the Montpelier Solons 2-0 to get to 4-0 on the season.
What could be the reason for this?
Well technically it is a two-part answer
Did the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease play a roll in this situation?