November 21st, 2013
Coach Katherine Riley and the Champlain Valley Union High junior varsity girls soccer team did not stray far from the 18-0 championship season of the varsity unit.
The juniors went 13-1, losing only to Essex High. The Little Redhawks and Junior Hornets traded 1-0 contests.
Overall, CVU scored 51 goals while allowing but nine.
“We had a very athletic group,” said Riley this week. “Some girls got moved around (different positions) a lot but always responded well.”
One of those was Marlee Gunn. Late in the season when regular goalkeeper Michaela Flore was called to the varsity for three games, Gunn started a game in the nets, was moved to defense and then to attacker, where she scored a goal.
Top scorers for the team were freshmen Naomi Burhans and Signy Shumway.
Burhans, whose senior sister Haliana led varsity goal-getters, scored 18 times and added three assists.
“She is very skilled and very quick,” Riley said.
Shumway was the helper extraordinaire, compiling 10 assists to go with four goals.
At midfield, the action was often determined by Amanda Daniels and Lia Gagliuso.
“They had strong and continuous play at the middle of the field on both offense and defense,” Riley said.
No doubt several of these athletes will be seen this coming autumn at the varsity level where eight seniors are set to graduate.