- By Bob Fredette, Staff Writer for the Rutland Herald
- October 29, 2019
MORRISVILLE — The wild playoff ride of the Mill River boys soccer program continues.
The No. 7 Minutemen won on the road for the second straight game with a shootout victory over No. 6 Peoples on Tuesday and will meet Green Mountain on Saturday for the Division III state title.
Goalie Tyler Regula had nine saves and hit the winning kick for a 3-2 shootout victory.
The teams tied 1-1 after regulation play and two overtime sessions.
“I don’t know if I’m surprised,” said first-year Minuteman coach Peter Roach. “We knew the team we had … we knew the way the team was coming together.”
Mill River is now 8-9 in a season in which the Minutemen played mostly up to Division II and I opponents.
Tyler Corey had two goals, including a low blast on a free kick that forced the first of two overtime sessions. Cameron Smith and Corey had shootout goals and Regula hit the game-winner, then went back into net to stop the Wolves’ final chance.
“He’s got a strong leg and we know he can hit the ball cleanly,” Roach said of his keeper.
That Regula was around to play was perhaps surprising. The fourth-year starter broke his nose in a game recently and just had surgery.
Between the injury and surgery, Regula was in goal in a playoff win over Windsor, playing the game without any regard for his injury as he charged out of goal to challenge scoring threats.
“For his teammates to see him playing that way … it’s a big deal,” said Roach.
But not so big a deal as the Minutemen’s wild playoff ride.
Saturday’s title game will begin at 1 p.m.
No. 6 Peoples finished at 8-8.