April 24, 2018

CVU boys soccer team draws against Burlington

First Essex test at home Friday

Sept. 30, 2010

Tanner Tomasi (9) of Champlain Valley Union High controls the ball against Burlington High’s Ali Abdullahi. The two teams tied 0-0 in Saturday’s match in Burlington. (Observer photo by Greg Duggan)

The undefeated — though once tied — Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team took on 2-2-1 South Burlington High on Wednesday in the first of two important home contests this week at Hinesburg Heights.

The match against South Burlington was scheduled for after press deadline.

The second contest, at 4 p.m. on Friday, brings the always tough Essex High Hornets to the Redhawks’ nest for the first of two home-and-home contests. The second will be a week from Saturday at the Hornets’ Junction field at 1 p.m.

After opening the season with five straight victories, the Redhawks ran into a downdraft Saturday when a solid Burlington High team limited CVU to a 0-0 deadlock at the Seahorses’ turf.

Burlington, which took Essex into overtime before bowing 2-1 the previous week, got 13 shots on an unusually busy CVU goalie, Jeffrey Wettstein. The Hawks got turned back on 16 shots at BHS keeper Amir Pasic.

The draw followed a 3-0 home victory over 2-3 Mount Mansfield Union High last Thursday. In that game, Zach Blanchard, Nick Spencer and Tino Tomasi knocked in goals while Blanchard and Tanner Tomasi added assists.

Wettstein and Golden Golann shared time in the CVU cage and combined for five stops. MMU’s Dan Ebenstein kicked out 12 shots at the Cougars’ end.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

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