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CVU boys soccer perseveres

Injury-ridden club upends Essex, 1-0

Sept. 22, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

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.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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