by Ken Brown
HANOVER, N.H. – Hazen Union’s Macy Molleur gave Vermont an early lead and the defense would hold off New Hampshire late in last weekend’s 46th annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cup.
The senior striker buried a feed from U-32’s Caroline Kirby to give Vermont an early 1-0 lead that would hold up until halftime. New Hampshire found the equalizer sixty seconds into the second half, but Burlington’s Payton Karson converted on a direct kick two minutes later to make it 2-1. Mount Mansfield’s (MMU) Willa Clark added an unassisted insurance goal midway through the half and Emma Ezzo (Fair Haven) and Olivia Moore (Colchester) combined for nine saves to preserve the 3-2 victory. CVU’s Olivia Zubarik was named MVP for team Vermont and Molleur was given the Twelfth Player Award.
It was a fitting end to a stellar career for Molleur, who led the Lady Cats to their first state title match in 33 years last fall. She had an outstanding senior campaign up front for head coach Harry Besett, finishing with 16 goals, including seven in the playoffs. Molleur led Hazen Union in scoring the past two seasons and found the back of the net 40 times during her high school career. She will be attending the University of Utah this coming fall and plans to continue to play soccer at the intramural or club level.
On the boys’ side, Colchester’s Adolphe Alfani and Will Hauf (MMU) scored two goals apiece to lead Vermont to a decisive 5-1 win over New Hampshire. Peoples Academy’s Dylan Haskins and Isaiah Schaefer-Geiger (Stowe) were outstanding in net for Team Vermont, combining for 12 saves in the win. Alfani took home MVP honors and Sam Hogg of Burlington received the Twelfth Man Award.
Proceeds from the match are divided evenly between the two states. The Vermont Lions donate their funds to the Green Mountain Lions Camp for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation receives the Granite State’s half, which supports hearing and vision projects throughout New Hampshire.