September 20, 2018

CVU boys soccer team at once-beaten St. J Friday

oe Parento boxes out his Spaulding opponent during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

oe Parento boxes out his Spaulding opponent during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With the schedule getting into mid-season tough, the Champlain Union High boys soccer team heads for St. Johnsbury Academy Friday and its only scheduled meeting with the usually stubborn Hilltoppers.
St. Johnsbury took a 5-1 record into this week, its lone loss a 3-0 blanking at South Burlington High Friday.
The 5-1-1 Redhawks were under the lights Tuesday at Buck Hard Field in Burlington to face the 1-2-1 Seahorses.
Since bowing 2-1 to Rice Memorial High’s veteran outfit at the Essex High tournament in the season-opener, coach Katie Mack’s Redhawks had put together five straight triumphs, outscoring foes 27-1, plus a 0-0 draw with Burlington High on Tuesday.
The latest win came on Spirit Day Saturday at Hinesburg, a 4-0 zip job over visiting Spaulding High.
Max Brown was the leading point popper, knocking in a pair of goals. Cooper O’Connell also scored, as did Elliott Mitchell late in the game on an assist from Jacob Russo.
CVU goalie Oscar Kelley had one save while CVU attackers forced Spaulding keeper to kick out 10 shots.
“It was the best we have moved the ball this year,” said Mack after the victory. “We had a lot of opportunities.”
O’Connell was the Big Scoring kahuna last Wednesday as the Redhawks routed Harwood Union’s often pesky Highlanders 8-0 in Duxbury.
O’Connell scored three times, while Ollie Choiniere and Richard Baccei each potted two goals and Russo nailed one.
CVU unlimbered 18 shots on goal to the Highlanders’ two.

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