On Sunday morning, Hebron's girls' soccer team competed in the NEPSAC Clas D Final as they were pitted against Vermont Academy. After coming from behind in both the quarterfinals and the semis, Hebron could not take advantage of their opportunities, and Vermont came away with a 1-0 victory to claim the title.
For the Lumberjacks, this was the longest run they had made since the program begain at Hebon in 1981. Hebron earned a berth to the New England tournament for just the second time, with the last one being earned in 2002. In the quartefinals against Brimmer and May, Hebron went down 1-0 after just three minutes, but a goal in each half secured the Lumberjacks' first-ever NEPSAC tournament victory. Sophie List '19 and Eliza Beaudin combined for a goal and an assist each, and Hebron was ready for an historic run.
In the semifinals, Hebron once again went down 1-0 as Christian Heritage took a lead into halftime. The Lumberjacks stormed back and Beaudin scored with 15 minutes left in regulation to force overtime. She would score again with three minutes left in the second extra period to put Hebron into the Final.
On Sunday, Hebron and Vermont played a hard-fought match right up until the final whistle. Vermont had the majority of the chances throughout the game, but the Lumberjacks created problems for the Wildcats' forwards and the score remained 0-0 at the half. Taylor Leech '17 made five saves in the Hebron net in the first half while Hebron forced Vermont's goalkeeper into three saves.
In the second half, the teams continued to battle in the middle of the field, but the ball would not go in the back of the net for the Lumberjacks. With 12 minutes remaining on the clock, Vermont powered their way into the lead on a tough effort from the left side of the goal.
It was all they would need, and the Lumberjacks' dream run from as the #6 seed came to an end. This was the second year in a row that the Wildcats' had made the tournament, but last year they fell 1-0 to the eventual champions in the semifinals.
For Hebron, they will graduate seven seniors from their roster of 18. Four juniors will return for their senior year, and they will be joined by seven current sophomores as they will look to get back to the New England tournament again.
Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.