Oct. 29, 2009
By Mal Boright
Its lone loss of the season, a 1-0 nipping Saturday at Burlington High, likely cost the Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team a number one seeding in the Vermont Division 1 Tournament.
The position at the mountaintop and first round bye went to 12-2 Burr and Burton, even though CVU bumped off the Bulldogs 2-1 in overtime at Hinesburg early in the season. The second-seeded, 10-1-3 Redhawks drew a first-round home contest on Wednesday against 3-6-3 Essex High. The game was set to be played after press deadline.
A victory would vault CVU into a 3 p.m. quarterfinal at home on Saturday against 10th-seeded South Burlington (7-7) or seventh-seeded St. Johnsbury Academy (8-4-2).
The Essex pairing put the Redhawks against the Hornets for the second time in a week. Last Wednesday, Amanda Kinneston popped her second game winner in two outings for a 1-0 victory in which CVU outshot the visitors 15-8.
On Friday, the Redhawks came up short once again on the BHS turf, losing on a goal by the Seahorses’ Emma Feeney with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
Goalie Emily Sackett had eight saves for CVU while Stephanie Jaques rejected seven shots for BHS.
The last two tournament bids by the Redhawks have been ended by Burlington High at the Seahorses’ house. Last fall BHS moved on to take the championship.