The rosters arrived for the Twin State Lions Cup soccer games, to be held next Saturday, July 21, at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., pitting the very best Vermont seniors against their counterparts from New Hampshire.
Last year, the New Hampshire men won 2-1 while the Vermont women pulled a 2-0 shutout. Both games were played at Castleton State College. The Vermont men had were unbeaten in the previous three games 3-0, 3-1 and tied 3-3 while the women won in 2007 4-1, tied 1-1 in 2008, lost 4-2 in 2009 and won 3-2 in 2010. In all, the men are 12-17-8 while the women are 9-16-4.
The funds raised from this event go to support the Lions Club intiatives, which for Vermont means supprt for the Austine Green Mountain Lions Camp, a summer camp for hearing impaired children.
About the Vermont men:
The 2012 team will be coached by U-32's Joe Ferrada, assisted by Paul Larson of Stowe, Kevin Ratti of Rutland and Katie Mack of Winooski. Jordan Hepburn will serve as manager.
Local athletes playing for the Vermont men's team include Thomas Woolson of GMVS, Avery Cochran of PA, Guthrie Drake of Harwood, Jack Shea of U-32 and Billy Whaley of Northfield.
About the Vermont women:
Jim Eisenhardt, fresh off another Division III state championship with Peoples Academy, will coach the Vermont women. He will be assisted by Geri Witalec of BFA-Fairfax and fellow Wolves staff Carolyn Stames and Philip Kiely and Peoples Academy's Katie Stames and Hannah Merriam will serve as managers.
Local athletes on the Vermont women's team including Harwood's Liza Mackey, Oxbow's Willow Smith and Reilly Johnson, Peoples Academy's Stacy Tomlinson and Kaleigh Newton, Spaulding's Hayley Arnold, Stowe's Marley Hauser and St. Johnsbury's Caroline Klosowski.
Good luck, Vermonters!
- Anna Grearson