SMS Boys' Soccer Loses Tight Game to GMVS
STRATTON—The Stratton Mountain School Boys’ varsity team hosted Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) at Luckenbill Field on October 8 for a close game that pitted the two rival ski academies against each other. At the end of the exciting game, GMVS emerged with a 2-1 victory following a second round of sudden-death overtime.
At the outset, the overall energy on the field was somewhat low but a great save by SMS goalkeeper Jake Jacobi `22 at the 20-minute mark sparked the SMS squad. They soon picked up their passing game and began to control play. Despite creating a couple of good opportunities, SMS was unable to tally a score and the teams entered halftime at a 0-0 tie.
In the second half SMS came out of the gate with a flurry of offense, and 5 minutes into the half Brett Haber `21 made a nice cross from the left to Harrison Digangi `21 who hit a one time ball for the score giving SMS a 1-0 lead. SMS continued to play well and Charlie Gnoza `21—hustling in from the left side—broke through and drove a shot that hit the right post and was cleared by GMVS. The urgency of both sides increased, and Jacobi helped SMS maintain its lead with some fine saves. With 7 minutes remaining, GMVS scored on a corner kick to tie the match 1-1 which was the score at the end of regulation.
The teams battled evenly in the first sudden-death overtime, but neither was able to score. The stalemate continued in the second overtime but, with 2 minutes remaining, GMVS caught the SMS defense flat and scored on a break away goal for the 2-1 win.
“It was an exciting game and an unfortunate loss, but the boys will move on and continue to compete hard against a difficult Brattleboro team on Thursday and Burr and Burton JV gold on Saturday,” said SMS Boys’ Soccer Head Coach Jim Sullivan.
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.