The Yellowjacket girls ended Middlebury’s surprising playoff run in the semifinals Tuesday with a dominating 4-2 win.
Milton will play for the Division II title Saturday in Randolph.
It took Milton less than six minutes to open the scoring. Dallas Brodhead struck from 15 yards out with an assist from Caitlyn Dabagian at 5:36.
Exactly eight minutes later Dabagian doubled the lead when she bodied in a bouncing ball off a corner kick.
With 20:21 left in the half Brooke Phillips made it 3-0 with an easy tap-in of Erin Turner’s endline chip over the Middlebury keeper.
Middlebury cut the deficit to 3-1 with 5:34 remaining on a penalty kick — the Tigers’ first shot on goal.
Yellowjacket goalie Kayleigh Reid had to scramble to keep the lead at two with a minute left, coming out to stop a breakaway.
Milton regained control of play at the start of the second half. Phillips forced an aggressive play by the goalie with an early breakaway before Hailey Flynn scored 7:36 in for a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers finished the second half strongly also, scoring the final goal with 9:36 left in the game.
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Last Saturday morning, Brooke Phillips’ hat trick and a smothering defensive effort pushed Milton into the semifinals with a 4-0 victory over visiting Green Mountain Valley School .
Caitlyn Dabagian added a goal for the Yellowjackets, while goalkeeper Kayleigh Reid had to make just one save in the first 70 minutes of play, finishing with five stops as GMVS got four of its five shots on goal in the final nine minutes of the quarterfinal.
Milton coach Cory Payson was extremely pleased with his team’s effort.
“We played outstanding today. We moved the ball well and communicated,” he said. “They play their defense real high and we were able to get behind them and get our players in on their keeper.
“Defensively we played very strong and didn’t make any mistakes, and offensively we were able to finish well.”