STRATTON, VT- After months of anticipation, Stratton Mountain School’s soccer teams are back in action. Each Varsity squad has secured one win since the season started on Wednesday, September 30th, and both teams look forward to a busy game schedule in the weeks ahead.
The SMS Girls Soccer team landed their first win on Wednesday, September 30th, against Twin Valley. Victoria Powers ‘21 scored the game’s first goal thanks to a great pass from Merritt Loring ’25. Next to score was Eliza Sullivan ’22, who drained a penalty kick into the net following a defensive foul in the penalty area. Twin Valley managed to squeak one past goalie Pip Greenberg ’22 before the half, bringing the score to 2-1.
Twin Valley tied up the score early in the second half, but SMS quickly took back the lead thanks to two goals from midfielder Chloe Lathrop ’21, closing the game with a final score of 4-2. The girls met their match the following Monday, October 5th, with a 4-0 loss against Burr and Burton Varsity’s team. According to Head Coach Jesse Mallis, the team put up a good fight throughout the game, but could not overcome BBA’s skilled opposition.
The Varsity Boys Soccer team kicked off their season on Thursday, October 1st, against Burr and Burton’s JV Gold team. While both teams came out strong, SMS’ speed and long-ball skills were on display throughout the first half. Twenty-two minutes into the first half, Pedro Holscher ’22 drilled the ball toward the net, and his fellow striker, Elliot Deleger ’22, re-directed the shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 SMS lead. The defense, led by Jake Jacobi ’22 in goal, made some excellent saves and controlled the penalty box.
Following the break, SMS transitioned to a possession-oriented game, allowing the SMS boys to control the match. When BBA’s goalie lost control of a shot by Loca Boyle ’22, Elliot Deleger’ 22 wrestled for the rebound and popped a shot into the back of the net for a 2-0 SMS lead. Less than fifteen minutes later, outside midfielder, Logan Kidd ’22, hustled down the right side of the field and netted a shot from the corner of the 18-yard box for a 3-0 lead. The referee later awarded SMS with a penalty kick, where Cole Paraiso ’21 drilled a perfect penalty shot into the upper right-hand corner for a 4-0 SMS lead, which the boys maintained until the final horn.
This weekend is a busy one for the SMS Boys Soccer squad, with the JV team playing Mount Anthony Union High School at home on Friday, October 9th. Both Boys and Girls Varsity Teams play their arch-rivals, Twin Valley, on Saturday, October 10th. SMS will host the doubleheader, with the Girls Soccer Team playing at 1 p.m., followed by the Boys game at 4 p.m. Please visit gosms.org to learn more about the upcoming SMS soccer games and spectator rules.
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.