Hawks feast on BFA, face Rebels Friday
Oct. 20, 2011
By Mal Boright
Not only was it senior day Tuesday for the Champlain Valley Union boys soccer team, but the co-captains went on a scoring binge in the final home contest of the season — an 8-0 romp over BFA-St. Albans.
It was the 10th straight game without a loss for the 11-1-1 Redhawks, who close out the regular season Friday afternoon on South Burlington High School’s artificial turf. A victory should give coach T. J. Mead’s unit the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs that begin next week.
Seven of Tuesday’s goals came from the CVU co-captains. Ben Comai and Sam Raszka. Comai unloaded a three-goal package and Raszka notched two. Parker Cornbrooks and Chad Bateman each fired in singletons. Bennett Hadley was the non-captain point maker.
Bateman, the Redhawks’ calm backfield organizer, started the scoring early in the first half with a long blast that rocketed into the high right side of the BFA cage. It was a settling of accounts for Bateman, who had a pair of shots hit a post in Friday’s 2-1 win against Essex.
The Redhawks chalked up a 20-4 advantage in shots. Netminder Anders Fasth Gillstedt, an exchange student from Sweden, made four saves in racking up the Hawks’ seventh goose egg of the campaign.
Bateman said the field conditions Tuesday were far better than Friday when standing water from rainfalls on the soggy surface made ball control an added adventure for both teams.
The 7-4-1 Hornets, scrambling to improve their position in the upcoming playoffs, took a 1-0 lead into the final three minutes when Shane Haley knocked in the tying tally after a struggle in front of the Essex net.
There were just three brief seconds left in regulation when Tucker Shelley notched the winner, with Raszka getting the assist.
Brandon O’Connell had three saves in the CVU cage.