Cary’s first goal gets ‘Jackets to .500

Milton’s Nick Goodrich tries to get control of the ball during the Yellowjackets’ 3-2 victory at Lamoille on Friday. (Photo by Robert Whitcomb, vtoutdrsphotography.com)

Milton freshman Nate Cary made his first varsity goal a big one, scoring the winner with nine minutes remaining as Milton edged Lamoille in Friday’s Lake Division boys soccer game, 3-2.

Dominic Castine set up two goals for the Yellowjackets (5-5-1), whose win Friday was their third in four games while climbing into contention for a top-four seed in the Division II playoffs.

Jacob Stuart scored in the first half for Milton, and Nick Goodrich added a goal in the second. Goalkeeper Nate Dooley made four saves in goal.

Coach Glen Button said the Yellowjackets carried possession for most of the game and created numerous scoring opportunities.

Milton went into Wednesday night’s home game against Rice ranked fifth in Division II, a fraction of an index point behind Woodstock. Burr & Burton and Montpelier, both 9-0, are alone atop the division standings, and 8-2 Lake Region is in good shape to earn the third seed. With 10 days left in the regular season, Woodstock (6-3-1) had a 2.900 index score, and Milton was at 2.636. The top eight teams will open the playoffs at home, and the top four would be assured of home field in the second round if they advance.

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