Undefeated Milton blanks Middlebury in D-II boys soccer semifinals

MILTON – The Yellowjackets are a win away from completing their season-long mission.

The No. 1 Milton High School boys soccer team used a goal in each half to outlast an upset-minded Middlebury squad for a 2-0 victory in the Division II high school boys soccer semifinals on Wednesday night.

Caden Button tucked away a penalty kick late in the first half and Manolis Anemeikos put the contest away midway through the second stanza to power the Yellowjackets (10-0) into their first state final since 2016.

After losing in the semifinals a year ago, Milton is hunting its first crown since 1991. The Yellowjackets will play No. 6 Montpelier in Saturday’s championship at South Burlington High School. Game time will be announced Thursday.

“These kids are so focused and so driven. Their goal is to get to the state final and win it,” longtime Milton coach Glen Button Jr. said in a phone interview. “We are looking forward to playing Montpelier on Saturday.”

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Milton’s Kyle Brown (center) tries to elude Middlebury’s Andy Giorgio during a Division II high school boys soccer semifinal in Milton on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

The fourth-seeded Tigers (7-4-1), according to Button, played inspired and tough throughout Wednesday’s contest. Milton also won the regular-season meetings by decisions of 3-2 and 5-0. 

Middlebury goalie Owen Lawton led that effort for last year’s D-II finalist, compiling a 12-save performance.

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Milton broke through with 3:45 to play until halftime when Kyle Brown earned a PK, which Button buried.

Early in the second half, Middlebury had its own chance from the penalty spot, but the shot went over the bar.

Anemeikos then polished off the victory, taking a feed from Brown, beating a couple defenders and knocking in a shot into the right side of the goal.

Braeden Caragher made four saves for Milton, which outscored opponents 40-0 in seven homes this season counting Wednesday’s result.

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