April 21, 2018

Soccer girls to take booming offense on the road

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After a two-game home stand that saw 15 goals in a pair of shutout victories, the 9-0 defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team goes on the road for its next two games: Friday at North Country Union High in Newport and Tuesday at Colchester High. Starting times for both is 4 p.m.

The Redhawks closed out the two-game blast fest Tuesday with an 8-0 shelling of 3-6 South Burlington High. Last Saturday, coach Stan Williams’ Redhawks zapped St. Johnsbury Academy 7-0.

Leading the Tuesday outburst against the Rebels was attacker and speedster Haliana Burhans with three goals, two on blazing breakaways.

Audrey Morehouse and freshman Sierra Morton each tallied twice and Emma Davitt potted a singleton. In all, the Hawks cut loose with 21 shots on the South Burlington cage with eight getting through.

At the other end of the field, CVU goalie Maddie Turnau had one save on a high bouncing attempt from 30 yards away. It was her lone stop opportunity in two games. The ball came as close as within 10 feet of the net only one other time.

A smiling Turnau noted that there might not have been much action in front her the last two games, but she stays ready.

In their nine triumphs, CVU holds a 39-0 advantage in goals.

St. Johnsbury never got more than 10 feet beyond midfield Saturday morning as the dominant Hawks commanded the midfield activity and got goals from six players.

Mackenzie Kingston fired two scores while Morton, Paige DuBrul, Morehouse, Catherine Cazayoux and Mackenzie Buckman launched single strikes. Burhans assisted on two tallies.

Hilltoppers netminder Jenni Laferriere made 26 saves, some of them spectaculars.

A growing injury list got the addition of co-captain and defense stalwart Kaelyn Kohlash, who injured an ankle in the South Burlington match.

DuBrul, co-captain Emily Kingston and Annie Keen were already sidelined with various injuries. Williams was hoping to have DuBrul and possibly Kinneston back for Friday’s contest with the Kohlash downtime to be determined.

In the meantime, co-captain Kingston is having a blast playing in several positions, including defense.

“She has played in several positions in just the last two games,” said Williams who also acknowledged that, with the injuries, “depth is a beautiful thing.”

“I will play where they need me,” said Kingston, one of the team’s leading scorers.

She has the chops on defense too, breaking up a potential South Burlington breakaway and the Rebels’ best scoring opportunity by getting a foot on the ball and booting it to the sideline late in the second half.

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