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CVU finishes regular season with 12-1-1 mark

Oct, 27, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

For the Champlain Valley Union girls soccer team, the regular season’s final week featured a lopsided win and its first loss.

But that defeat (1-0 to Burlington, Oct. 21) did not keep the Redhawks from the top seed in the Division I playoffs that saw them in action Wednesday (after Observer press time) against Mount Mansfield Union (3-11).

Coach Brad Parker’s ladies finished with a 12-1-1-record, which included home-and-home 3-0 wins over the Cougars.

In preparing for the contest this week, the Redhawks were no doubt still smarting from Friday’s downer on the Seahorses’ turf, which has never been kind to the Hawks.

“We didn’t play well,” Parker said Saturday of the defeat in which Burlington held a narrow 5-4 edge in shots on goal.

The lone score came past the halfway mark in the second half when the Seahorses’ Gwen Buchanan unlimbered a long 30-yard free kick blast that found the net just under the cross bar.

This game was in stark contrast to last Wednesday’s (Oct. 19) explosive, 4-0 rumble over a strong 11-3 South Burlington contingent at the CVU booting place.

“We really played well today,” Parker said immediately after the season’s second victory over the veteran Rebels. “We were focused from the kickoff.”

Sophomore midfielder Audrey Morehouse was focused and then some. The quickster scored twice and assisted on two other goals — one of which was truly spectacular.

Poet John Keats once wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” There will be talk of this one for some time. Midway through the second half, with CVU holding a 2-0 lead, Morehouse got the ball in South Burlington territory. She took the ball quickly and — upon reaching the top of the box — slid a fast pass to a fast moving Shelby Hanlon on the right side. The co-captain, in one motion, knocked it into the South Burlington cage before goalie Sophie Barrett could react.

Commenting on the special play, Parker noted that it was Hanlon who originally got the ball to Morehouse at the other end of the field and then beat feet to get in position for the score.

Morehouse had the game’s first two goals. On the second, with about five minutes elapsed in the second half, she blazed close to the end line on the right side of the Rebels’ net and sent a quick shot that nudged the left post and fell into the cage.

“It was actually a cross,” Morehouse said after the game. “I’ll take it.”

MacKenzie Kingston had the other CVU score while Sophia Steinhoff and Haliana Burhans also garnered assists.

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