CASTLETON, Vt. – For the sixth time within the past nine years, Castleton University will host the Lions Twin State Soccer Cup, featuring girls' and boys' all-star teams from New Hampshire and Vermont, this year taking place Saturday, July 21, at Spartan Stadium.
The competition, organized by the Lions Twin State Soccer Association, will start with the 36th annual girls' match at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the 44th annual boys' match between the all-star teams from the bordering states is scheduled to begin.
Funds raised from the charity event are divided evenly between the states. The Vermont Lions donate their funds to operate the Green Mountain Lions Camp for deaf and hard of hearing children. The New Hampshire funds go to the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, which supports vision and hearing projects throughout New Hampshire.
Both games will feature players on the Vermont all-star team who will be returning to Spartan Stadium in just over a month, as they will be attending Castleton University and playing on their respective Spartan soccer team. Goalkeeper Allison Chadwick of Montpelier High School and defender Sydney Shappy of Milton High School will be joining the Castleton women's soccer program led by head coach Chris Chapdelaine.
In addition, there is a Castleton alumnus on the coaching staff for the New Hampshire girls' all-star team, as Jay Vogt '84, the head coach at Bow High School and an assistant coach for New Hampshire, played on the Spartan men's soccer team from 1980 to 1983 under head coach Jim Thieser.
The Vermont boys' all-star team will include Castleton men's soccer newcomers Ryan McKay, a goalkeeper from Rutland High School, Noah Swainback, a defender from Enosburg Falls High School, and Benjamin Stewart, a midfielder from Burr and Burton Academy. All three will join the Spartan program headed by John O'Connor, who like Chapdelaine is preparing for the team's entry into the Little East Conference.
New Hampshire leads the series in both matchups, winning the boys' matchup 18-17-8 as well as the girls' matchup 17-13-5. In the girls' game, Vermont extended its unbeaten streak to four last year with a 5-0 win over New Hampshire and is 4-0-1 at Castleton, while the Vermont boys' team also won last year's contest, 5-2, and is 2-2-1 in the previous games played at Castleton.
This will be the second of three high school all-star events hosted by Castleton University this summer. In late June, the North-South Softball Classic took place on the Spartan Softball Field, while the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.