With six games remaining on the schedule, most teams have passed the official halfway point of the season. There are four teams left in the state that have yet to lose a game and the last two-and-a-half weeks of the season could be extra tense for those squads.
In Division II, Windsor (6-0) and U-32 (8-0) are both without losses and the two teams will not meet before the end of the regular season.
In Division III, Bellows Falls (5-0) and Rice (5-0-1) are both unbeaten so far and these two teams will also not meet before the playoffs start.
Middlebury gets first win
The defending Division I state champions Middlebury has struggled this year, having to cope with the loss of a large senior class.The adjustments took a bit time and included some tough losses early in the season, but the Tigers grabbed their first win of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 25, beating Colchester 4-0.
“I think that win is a reflection of our growing confidence, steady improvement, and positive mindset,” Middlebury coach Kelley Higgins said. “It was a stamp of approval that the hard work paid off.”
One of the benefits of a down year for the Tigers is the valuable experience the players are gaining, which the coach hopes will pay dividends next season.
No goals allowed
Bellows Falls is 6-0 so far this season, an impressive feat in itself. What is even more impressive is that the Terriers have yet to surrender a goal.
Shea Wilkinson and Quinn Lawrence split time in goal and share the responsibility for the shutout streak, according to coach Bethany Coursen.
“It’s been a team effort,” Coursen said. “It’s just working together and communication and trusting each other. They are confident in each other. They know if they miss, the next person will be there.”