by Ken Brown
HARDWICK – Hazen Union’s Macy Molleur, Alleigh Gabaree, and many of their teammates put a cherry on top of their Cinderella season last week by collecting several All-League and All-State honors, putting a bow on a great soccer season this past fall.
Madison Bartlett, Molleur, and Gabaree finished their senior campaigns off in style by earning First Team Mountain League selections. Molleur came in second in Player of the Year voting to Enosburg’s Sophie Burns after scoring 16 goals, giving her 40 in her career. Gabaree was voted Co-Keeper of the Year with Winooski’s Kiara Mack after recording 164 saves on the season and becoming a stone wall for Hazen down the stretch on numerous penalty kicks. Molleur and Gabaree were also selected to the All-State soccer team by the Vermont Soccer Coaches Association, joining Liza Morse, Zoe Crocker, and Ava Marshia of Danville. Natalie Geoffroy and Lily Castle earned Second Team Mountain League honors and Alexis Christensen, Beth Conway, Gabby Stanciu, Maverick Murphy, and Baylie Christensen were honorable mentions for the Lady Cats. Coach of the Year honors went to Enosburg’s Rodney Burns and Renee Pattee after leading the Lady Hornets to a 9-1 record and a trip to the Division III Final Four.
Second-year head coach Harry Besett was certainly in the Mountain League Coach-of-the-Year-running after leading the Lady Cats on a wild ride to the Division IV state title game three weeks ago. After losing their first five matches to start the season, Hazen reeled off six straight wins before ultimately falling to undefeated Proctor 4-2 in their first state title match in 33 years.
“It was an exciting ride and I just want to thank the community for all of their great support in what was a very special season,” said Besett.