2017 Division III Girls Soccer Champions!
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Soccer team on their 3-1 victory over Green Mountain last Saturday, Nov. 4, to bring home the 2017 Division III State Title, the first for the girls soccer program in 23 years!
The Panthers took control early on, with a goal from senior Brooke Horniak, assisted by Ellen Veracka, less than 2 minutes into the match. The scored remained 1-0 through the rest of the first half, despite strong pressure on the Green Mountain defense by TA, including a couple attempts that missed by only inches.
Sophomore Lily MacVeagh scored twice in the second half, both goals assisted by twin sister, Casey MacVeagh, to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. The Chieftains scored late (the only goal keeper Danielle Robinson gave up throughout the playoffs), but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers locked down on defense for the remainder of the game to secure the title.
The Panthers finished the season 16-2, losing only to U-32 and Montpelier, both top 5 Division II schools. Throughout the playoffs, Thetford outscored their opponents 12-1, beating #15 Otter Valley 5-0 in the playdowns, #7 Leland and Gray 3-0 in the quarterfinals, and #3 Peoples Academy 1-0 in the semifinals.
Congratulations again to freshmen Emma Berard, Geneva Horster, Emily Vaughan, Becca Wells; sophomores Arwen Clayton, Grace Davis, Georgia Flynn, Casey MacVeagh, Lily MacVeagh, Emma Thorburn, Ellen Veracka, Sophie Williams; juniors Abby Berard, Lily Brown, Alexis Gaetz, Rilee Wadsworth; and seniors Hannah Davis, Brooke Horniak, Jordan Mousley, Danielle Robinson, and Kate Vaughan.
The 2017 champions were coached by Dave Williams, assisted by Ted MacVeagh.