Injury-ridden club upends Essex, 1-0
Sept. 22, 2011
By Mal Boright
With four starters out of action and other players with assorted bumps and bruises, the Champlain Valley Union boys soccer coach T.J. Mead declared Wednesday “regeneration day” in the wake of Tuesday’s thrilling 1-0 overtime road victory over rival Essex.
The 4-1 Redhawks had three days for some healing before their clash on Saturday’s “Spirit Day” at home against Mount Mansfield Union.
“The effort was there today,” Mead said of his team, which handed the 4-1-1 Hornets their first loss of the season on a goal with less than two minutes to go in overtime.
Todd Forrester set up the game winner with a well-placed corner kick after the CVU defense thwarted Essex’s offensive flurry.
“I wanted to get the ball into the area in the middle of the goal so someone big could hit it,” said Forrester.
That someone big was lean Roshi Brooklyn, who got his foot on the ball after a couple of bounces through a crowd of players and got it into the cage.
Until that point, Essex netminder Dan Palker was impregnable with nine earlier saves; including a diving, slap away deflection of a Forrester short-range blast with 18:05 left in regulation.
CVU had a solid edge in territorial play and some offensive frustration that included forward Shane Haley’s first-half shot clanking off an upright.
Brandon O’Connell was steady in the CVU cage with seven stops. Mead praised the work of midfielder-forward Bennett Hadley, who is usually a reserve but played all Parker Cornbrooks and Zackery Evans keyed a spirited CVU defense.