By Mal Boright
The defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls’ soccer team is once again flying high.
Coach Stan Williams’ Redhawks unhinged the Rice Memorial High Green Knights 6-0 Monday at CVU to hike the season mark to 3-0. Rice left Hinesburg with a 1-2 record.
Next up was a road game at South Burlington High Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., after the Observer’s press deadline. A trip to a strong Essex High team comes Tuesday.
The Redhawks controlled play the entire contest, firing 16 shots on Rice goalies Macie Sicard and Haley Langan, who combined for 10 saves.
At the other end of the field, CVU netminder Maddie Turnau had two stops in notching her third shutout in three outings. Both saves, however, were exceptional.
In the first half. Turnau made a diving, rolling stop on a Rice shot heading for a corner. In the second half, she got a hand on a high, hard drive to deflect it over the cross bar.
A balanced scoring attack was led by speedy Haliana Burhans with two goals and sophomore Catherine Cazayoux, who notched a goal and drew helpers on two others.
Midfielder Paige DuBrul set up the game’s first tally early in the first half with a through pass that got Mackenzie Kingston loose to bury an open shot on the Rice cage.
Burhans, Mackenzie Buckman and Emma Davitt added first half scores.
Midway through the second half, Cazayoux knocked in a rebound after freshman Sierra Morton drilled a booming shot off a goal post. Burhans tallied the final goal a few minutes later.
Williams said he was pleased with the way his team set up scoring opportunities.
In their previous game, the Redhawks were held to a 2-0 win at Burlington High, a team Rice had nipped 3-2 earlier.
Kingston and DuBrul scored the goals while Turnau had four saves between the goal posts.