By Mal Boright
Riding fourth in Division 1 soccer rankings, the Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team defended the home pitch Wednesday (Observer press time) against a challenge from 7-4-1 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.
The 8-3-1 Redhawks needed a victory over the Bobwhites and another at Mount Mansfield Union Saturday morning to clinch at least fourth place in the seedings for postseason play. Mount Mansfield was 3-6-2 entering the week.
The Redhawks can use some scoring punch.
That was evident Saturday when Essex High, on a header off a second half corner kick, nipped CVU 1-0 at Essex, the Hornets’ first win over the Hawks since 2009.
The Blue and Gold dude with his head really into the game was Nate Miles, who knocked in the corner floater from teammate Liam Donahue.
CVU had its scoring chances but either had shots a tad wide or high, or Essex goalie Ben Wood got his mitts on them among his five saves. CVU’s Oscar Kelly also made five stops.
Coach Katie Mack this week continued to ponder her lineups with the postseason at hand with the possibility of meeting Essex (second or third seed at 9-2-1) again shortly.