Dec. 3, 2009
By Mal Boright
Nine members of the Division 1 state champion Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team and seven players from the Division 1 runner-up girls squad have been named to all-state and all-league teams.
Champlain Valley Union High soccer coaches T.J. Mead (left) and Brad Parker led their boys and girls teams, respectively, to the Division 1 championship games. Each team had multiple players named to all-state and all-league teams, and Mead was named Metro Division coach of the year.
The Vermont Soccer Coaches Association named five Redhawks to its Boys All-State lineup. They are senior defenders Chris Beaton and Andrew Blake along with juniors Mike Clayton (forward), Kyle Logan (midfield) and Tino Tomasi (midfield, defense).
In addition, Beaton, Clayton and Logan were named to The Burlington Free Press’ All-State first team while Tomasi and Blake garnered second team selections.
All five also earned All-Metro first team honors along with senior midfielder Nick Hart.
Metro honorable mentions went to senior goalkeeper John Milbank and senior midfielder Dylan Crow and Elias Wiszereck.
Metro coaches named CVU’s head skipper T.J. Mead their coach of the year.
Clayton led CVU scorers with 20 goals including big game winners. Beaton was a defensive force on CVU’s backline who could also bring the team quickly into attack mode, while Logan was Mr. Control at midfield.
Tomasi played effective defense for part of the season and became an offensive force when moved up front, scoring the first goal in CVU’s title game victory over Burr and Burton.
Blake was a steady defender and vital participant in a back line that essentially shut down the opposition.
Girls VSCA All-State first team honors were won by seniors Kylie deGroot, Lindsay Kingston, Addie Peterson, Haleigh Smith and junior Lindsay Hawley.
Smith, also named to the Free Press’ All-State first team, became the Redhawks’ defender general after being moved to the back line at the start of the campaign.
Hawley was named to Free Press’ second team after a solid season at midfield, where her booming kicks provided a long distance scoring threat.
Honorable mentions went to deGroot and Kingston, both excellent in controlling play and leading transitions from defense to offense.
Peterson became an expert stopper during the playoffs, being called on by coach Brad Parker to put the clamps on the opposition’s leading goal getters, which she accomplished without fail.
Senior forward Erika Gobeille and junior goalie Emily Sackett also drew All-Metro selections.