By Mal Boright
A three-game home stand comes to an end Saturday when the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team plays host to Burlington High in a 1 p.m. contest.
The Redhawks, with two straight 1-0 victories following a 1-0 home loss last week to Mount Mansfield Union, had a Wednesday (Observer press time) session with visiting 3-2-1 Middlebury Union High.
Coach Kate McDonald’s 4-1-1 Redhawks are coming off a three-game week, having bowed to the Cougars last Tuesday before winning Thursday at Mount Abraham and then nipping South Burlington High on Spirit Day Saturday.
The lone score Saturday came with just under eight minutes remaining, as senior Lily Schmoker got loose in front of the Rebels’ cage to slap home the tally.
The Redhawks had been scrambling around the South Burlington goal for several minutes before Schmoker stroked the game winner.
South Burlington came back down the field to threaten, but the CVU defense was able to get the ball back and clear it back into Rebel territory in the final minute.
“When they (South Burlington) take the ball down the side it can be trouble,” said Redhawks’ defender Kathryn Asch, who took possession of the ball from the Rebel offense during one of their last sorties.
Asch recalled a playoff game last fall in which the Rebels scored the game winning goal after a penalty corner with just 20 seconds remaining.
This time, CVU generally controlled play, holding a 10-4 edge in shot on goal.
Redhawks’ netminder Tashia Pashby-Rockwood made four stops in chalking up her fifth shutout in six outings.
McDonald was away Saturday and jayvee mentor Enid Wonnacott was the head Redhawk. Her undefeated jayvees scored a late goal for a 2-2 deadlock with the little Rebs in the second contest.
It was a first half goal by Kate Burke on an assist from Kate Machavern that provided the lone tally in the victory at Mount Abraham.