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Third-seeded CVU blanks Brattleboro, 4-0

Oct, 27, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union boys soccer co-captain Ben Comai (right) battles for possession during the Redhawks’ 3-2 loss to South Burlington on Oct. 21. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

On a home field showing the soggy effects of wet weather and frequent games, the Champlain Valley Union boys soccer team sent visiting Brattleboro out of the Division I playoffs Tuesday, and looked ahead to a quarterfinal match against Wednesday’s (after Observer press deadline) opening round winner between No. 9 Hartford and No. 8 Colchester.

As of Tuesday night there was some uncertainty as to where and when the quarterfinal contest will be played.

If Colchester won Wednesday, the Redhawks and Lakers will meet Friday (3 p.m.) at CVU, according to Redhawks athletic director Keven Riell. The game site could be switched to Colchester if field conditions are poor.

Possibly a tad cranky after suffering their second loss (3-2) of the season last Friday (Oct. 21) in the regular season finale at South Burlington, the now 12-2-1 and third-seeded Hawks scored early in putting a 4-0 licking on the 14th-seeded Colonels (5-9-1).

Co-captain Ben Comai scored the all-important first goal early in the contest after a set-up pass from speedster Shane Haley. Comai scored again later in the first half with a short blast from the front of Brattleboro’s cage (Roshi Brooklyn assist).

The final two goals came off the powerful foot of Todd (TNT Toes) Forrester on direct kicks — near the end of the first half and with just over five minutes gone in the second half.

“I look for the wall and the where the goalie is and try to get the ball through a gap,” Forrester said when asked his thinking when lining up the shots from 20-plus yards.

On the first score, aggressive and solid Colonels’ goalie Galen Finnerty could not reach the blistering shot into the high, right side of the net. On the second, he was unable to move as the blast rocketed into the cage’s right side.

Despite giving up four goals, Finnerty racked up serious robbery on shots by Haley, Forrester, Sam Raszka and Chad Bateman as the Redhawks outshot Brattleboro by w hopping margin, 19-2. CVU netminder Brandon O’Connell earned the Hawks eighth shutout of the campaign.

In the loss at South Burlington, Haley and Ezra Mount-Finette scored CVU’s goals.

CVU’s Chad Bateman (26) controls possession during the Redhawks’ 3-2 loss to South Burlington on Oct. 21. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

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