Author: Ben Kaufmann

Defense, dynamic duo take Milton to 13th title

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Milton coach Cory Payson and his team knew from day one they were plenty capable of continuing Milton’s dominant girls soccer run. In the sunshine last Saturday morning at South Burlington High School, a 3-1 win over top-seed U-32 was the last step in fulfilling the Yellowjackets’ potential, giving the program a fifth title in eight seasons. Senior Caitlyn Dabagian scored the second and third goals for No. 2 Milton, which earned the program’s 13th championship. Freshman Tatum Shappy’s phenomenal postseason wrapped with a goal and assists on both Dabagian goals. Milton (14-4) thrived as usual...

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Milton girls win championship, 3-1

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Freshman Tatum Shappy put Milton ahead nine minutes into Saturday’s Division II girls soccer state championship game against No. 1 seed U-32, and senior Cait Dabagian added a pair in the second half for a 3-1 victory. The title is Milton’s fifth in the past eight seasons. Taylor Quintin set up Shappy’s early goal with a corner kick, giving the No. 2 seed Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead in a half that was evenly played. Shappy turned playmaker in the second half, setting up both of Dabagian’s goals. Dabagian pushed Milton’s advantage to 2-0 when she scored...

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Milton defeats Montpelier for try at championship

  Freshman Tatum Shappy scored three goals, and senior Caitlin Dabagian added one as second-ranked Milton earned its sixth championship game appearance in the past eight years with a 4-2 win over No. 3 Montpelier. In the cold, dark and rain on Wednesday, Shappy, Dabagian and the Yellowjackets took advantage of what the weather and the muddy, worn-out field would provide. “It’s a good day to retire this field for the season,” Milton coach Cory Payson said. Phil Hughes Memorial Field, though, has been good for the Milton girls come playoff time. The Yellowjackets have won 18 straight tournament...

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Milton rolls into another semifinal

MILTON — With a strong wind at its back, Milton sailed out to a 3-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 4-1 quarterfinal win over visiting Mill River last Saturday. Strong gusts were in the hosts’ favor for the first 40 minutes, but second-seeded Milton (11-4) was dominant enough to make the conditions irrelevant in earning its sixth trip to the final four in seven years. “We wanted to take the wind in the first half and just kind of set the tone,” Milton coach Cory Payson said. “Even if we didn’t have the wind,...

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Boys soccer takes D-I power to overtime

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Inspiring effort was agonizingly close enough for Milton last Friday afternoon against a Rice team among the best in the state, but the Green Knights kept the visitors from a result with a goal midway through the final overtime period to secure a 2-1 win. The winning header came on Rice’s 15th corner kick of a game in which the hosts outshot Milton 18-4. Milton’s one true threat on goal was converted: a penalty kick earned and taken by Colby Gay in the second half. But despite Rice’s dominance in all aspects of the game Friday,...

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