Locals show off talents at Eastern Regionals

SPOTSLYVANIA, Va. — This past weekend, the Vermont Elite U16 girls soccer club team competed at the Region I Eastern Championships. The Vermont State Cup champions who have Burr and Burton's Sky Woodard and Mount Anthony's Alexa Gerow, Antonia Pellon and Haley and Madison Breese on their squad, had a tough go of it at regionals, going 0-3 in the tournament.

Injuries were a big factor in the team's play in the tournament, said coach Brett Woodard, with U16 having five starters out due to injury.

Even though U16 did not have much success in the tournament, Woodard said he was proud of the way his team competed and believes that it was a great learning experience for every girl on the squad.

"The girls did a great job competing against the best players and the best club teams in the eastern region," Woodard said. "We were in every game until the second half and the team never gave up. The team did a great job representing Southern Vermont. I think it was great experience overall for every girl on our team."

BBA's Sky Woodard had a solid tournament for U16.

The incoming junior had a goal scored for the club and didn't miss a minute of action on the field for U16 in the midfield.

"Sky played really well for us," Woodard said. "I thought she did a great job being a leader on the team and competing hard in every game. She was a rock for us in the midfield and that helped us compete in each game."

Woodard's play helped her attract a lot of college scouts who were recruiting at the tournament.

"Playing in this tournament is a great way to showcase your skills to college coaches and other clubs," Woodard said. "This will help Sky a lot going forward."

For MAU, both Pellon and Haley Bresse saw significant playing time for U16 in the tournament as each played well as starters for the team.

Pellon was a big offensive threat for the team, scoring two goals in the tournament.

"This was a great experience for both Antonia and Haley to go up against some of the best players in the northeast region," Woodard said. "I though both did a great job stepping into a starter roles for us and provided us great play at the forward position.

Gerow and Madison Breese both played well in the field for U16, impressing Woodard with their versatility from playing goalie to doing well as defenders too.

"Both girls did a great job providing us depth on the back end during the tournament," Woodard said. "There both athletic and are versatile players. That's something that coaches always want on their roster."

The record didn't show it as Woodard said but it was a great experience for U16 playing in the Region I Eastern Championships.

"I had a great time coaching this team in the tournament and I'm happy that all the girls got to experience playing in an elite competition like this," Woodard said.

Reach assistant sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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