Sept. 24, 2009
By Mal Boright
Thus far the big boppers against all comers, the defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team will travel to Bristol on Thursday for a 4 p.m. meeting with 0-6-1 Mount Abraham Union. The game will conclude the first half of the season.
Coach Kate McDonald and her high-flying, 6-0 Redhawks hope to avoid any letdown from their thrilling, 2-1, overtime victory over previously unbeaten South Burlington High under the lights Tuesday on the Rebels’ turf.
Overtime once against proved profitable for CVU, now 2-0 in additional periods.
The game itself was a classic, with both teams producing solid scoring opportunities and well-organized defenses before the Redhawks’ KK Logan ended the contest with 3:51 left in the first seven-on-seven overtime. Logan finished with a well-placed shot from a rebound of a Kelsey Jensen blast following a penalty corner.
“Kelsey took a great shot and the rebound was wide open,” a joyous Logan said.
It was the senior forward’s sixth goal of the campaign and her second overtime game-winner.
Logan had almost scored in the final two minutes of regulation when she made a ball-handling, sideline-avoiding dash from the midfield to within 10 feet of the Rebel goal before being crowded out by frantic South Burlington defenders.
CVU had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half, Kelsey Barrett poking home the goal from a mob scene in front of South Burlington goalie Becca Bowser (seven saves). Emmaleigh Loyer got the assist.
“It was a jumble in there,” Barrett said of the situation leading to the score.
South Burlington, which picked up its offense after intermission, scored less than four minutes into the second half. Brittany Leclair sent a brilliant cross from right to left in front of the goalmouth and Rachel Crews knocked the ball into an open corner past CVU net minder Elizabeth Goddette.
“Usually I am not nervous after I touch the ball early,” Goddette said later. “This time I was nervous the entire game. I knew I would be busy.”
And she was, making five saves, some with well-executed footwork, as the Rebels launched some 11 shots at the cage. CVU fired 17 toward Bowser.
CVU co-captain Kathryn Powell played an effective game on offense and defense, while Lauren King and Aubrey Deavitt had several impressive defensive stops.
“Both teams played great games,” McDonald said. “Playing on the (synthetic) turf really helps ramp up the skill level.”
The Redhawks will be back before the home folks at 10 a.m. on Saturday for a Spirit Day encounter with visiting Burlington High (2-4).