Oct. 9, 2008
By Mal Boright
Hoping for at least the second seed in the Division I postseason playoffs, the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team will put a lid on the regular season Thursday afternoon. The Redhawks have a 3:45 p.m. match at Mount Mansfield Union in Jericho Center.
The contest had originally been scheduled for Wednesday.
Coach Kate McDonald’s 9-2-2 Redhawks are not only seeking the number two seed in the playoffs, but could put away their first Division I 10-victory regular season with a win.
The Redhawks defeated what McDonald called “a young but improving” Cougar team 2-0 at home in early September. But she expects a stern test in the second meeting.
And for only the second time this season, the Redhawks will be trying to bounce back from a defeat, as their 12-game streak without a loss ended on Monday with a 3-1 loss at South Burlington High.
If the defeat was a downer, the game itself was controlled by CVU some 85 percent of the time. But despite a geographical conquest, the Redhawks’ lone goal came with just 4:12 left in the game on Emmaleigh Loyer’s conversion of an assist from Louise Gibbs.
“We had a million shots,” McDonald said after the team’s frustrating afternoon.
South Burlington made only rare forays into CVU country while the Redhawks were constantly at the front door of Rebel net minder Becca Bowser, who had eight stops.
Elizabeth Godette had four saves for CVU.
South Burlington scored twice in the first half, and then, in the second half, after CVU had almost total control for some 20 minutes, went up 3-0 with 5:42 to go on a laser shot from in front of the net by Natalie Wimett.
Gibbs and Katie Longshore were among the Redhawks who just missed connecting on several solid shot opportunities.
In addition, long poke specialist Kelsey Jensen had a slam into the net called back because it came from outside the shooting area.
Last Friday, CVU paid a visit to Bristol and came away with a 1-1 deadlock with the Mount Abraham Union team that scored a 3-0 victory over the Redhawks in the season opener in Hinesburg. Longshore scored the CVU tally with 10 minutes left in regulation. It was the sharpshooter’s 10th goal of the season.