May 28, 2018

Boys soccer really on the ball

The Champlain Valley Union High School boys soccer team is set to go into its last regular season game with one of the best records in Division 1. After recent a spate of wins, the boys team is at 11-1-1.

On Friday afternoon, the Redhawks will welcome South Burlington High School to their home field.

As of Oct. 16, the Redhawks held the top ranking, according to the Vermont Principals Association. The team is fighting for the number one seed, and if it wins against South Burlington, it will have at least the second seed, Coach TJ Mead wrote in an email to the Observer.

“Our goal going into the play-offs is to be healthy and playing well in order to have momentum,” Mead wrote. “We know it will be a tough road no matter who we draw for an opponent though.”

Among CVU’s 11 wins this season, eight have been shutouts, including the last three games played.

Last Wednesday, they defeated Burlington 2-0. Captain Shane Haley scored both goals in the first half—the first on a penalty kick and the second with an assist from Noah Lieberman. Goalkeeper Brandon O’Connell had five saves.

On Saturday—Senior Day—the Redhawks squashed North Country High School 3-0, with all the goals in the first half. Haley scored the first, assisted by Sam Rose. Rose claimed the second goal, assisted by Kidder Spillane. Haley scored again for the final tally, with an assist going to Joe Castano. O’Connell and Oscar Kelly shared net duties, with a total of three saves.

CVU racked up a mass of goals during its game against Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans on Tuesday, winning 8-0. Roshi Brooklyn scored first, assisted by Joe Castano. Noah Lieberman scored the next two, followed by a goal from Haley, assisted by Castano. Lieberman then assisted the fifth and sixth goals, both scored by Tucker Shelley. Castano shot in the seventh, and the final point came from Tucker Mathieson, with an assist from Kidder Spillane. Goalkeepers O’Connell and Kelly had a total of three saves.


—Stephanie Choate,
Observer staff 

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