With practices cancelled Monday and no school on Tuesday, the Champlain Valley Union High School girls soccer team gathered for a brief practice Tuesday before heading into Wednesday’s semifinal game against sixth-seeded Burlington High School.
Coach Brad Parker said on Tuesday that his goal for Wednesday’s game—scheduled for after the Observer’s press deadline—was to shut out Burlington.
“Burlington’s a good team,” he said. “We had a real close game with them the first time we played them.”
If the Redhawks pull off their coach’s goal, they’ll head to Burlington on Saturday to play the winner of Wednesday’s Essex High-Rice Memorial High game for the state championship, set for 10 a.m.
“We have the same plan every game, and that is to come focused,” Parker said. “If everyone takes care of their individual responsibilities, we’re pretty strong. It’s when we rely on a couple kids that we aren’t nearly as strong … when we’re all doing our job, we’re pretty tough.”
On Saturday, CVU steamrolled 10th-seeded South Burlington High School 4-0 in a quarterfinal match.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from the girls,” Parker said. “Everyone was extremely focused and the intensity was something we haven’t seen for a few games and it showed. We were pretty dominant.”
Haliana Burhans led the effort with a hat trick, nabbing the first three goals.
“They were all set up very nicely by teammates and a tremendous effort by her, and each one of the goals showed an awful lot of poise,” Parker said.
Megan Gannon scored the final goal, assisted by Mackenzie Buckman.
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