Burlington field hockey team at CVU Friday
Its winning ways restored Saturday with a 1-0 home triumph over 4-2 Mount Abraham Union, the Champlain Valley Union field hockey team traveled to Middlebury Union Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline, for a session with the usually tough Tigers.
Coach Kate McDonald’s Redhawks return to the home grass Friday to meet Burlington High for the first time this season, an earlier scheduled contest at BHS having been postponed.
Saturday’s flapping of wings with the Eagles went scoreless until Katie Arms did the honors with an assist by Molly Dunphy with about 12 minutes remaining in regulation.
Arms’ tally came only on CVU’s second shot on Mount Abe’s goalie Danielle Morse. The Hawks’ cage minder Evangeline Dunphy had five stops.
Now 4-1, the victory gave CVU some mojo after it suffered a 3-2 loss to defending Division 1 champion South Burlington High on its turf Thursday.
Forward Courtney Barrett scored two goals for the Rebels and assisted on Katerina Kacer’s tally which opened the scoring with a little more than 12 minutes into the first half.
Amanda Whitbeck bagged both CVU tallies. The first came some four minutes after Kacer’s and tied the game at 1-all. The second was after the Rebels had pulled in front 3-1 and got CVU right back in contention with 20 minutes and 41 second left to play.
But then came a geographical problem. South Burlington launched an assault on the CVU end of the field and it was more than nine minutes before the Redhawks could move the ball past midfield. The Rebels did not get much in the way off scoring tries, but they buzzed around the CVU end in a seemingly endless flurry.
Emily O’Brien, Sami Harvey and Katherine King were among those with some solid defensive moments for CVU.
The Hawks did make a couple of late charges down the field but they were short lived and without clear scoring opportunities.
“We didn’t put it all together today,” said McDonald after the game. “But we will get them next time.”
Home games coming up for CVU girls soccer
Coach Stan Williams and his defending Division 1 girls soccer team took a nifty unblemished 6-0 mark into their Wednesday meeting with Spaulding High in Barre, which took place after the Observer’s press deadline.
The Redhawks return to the home kicking meadow Saturday morning (10 a.m.) to meet St. Johnsbury Academy. South Burlington High blows into Hinesburg Tuesday for a 4 p.m. tilt.
A 3-0 Spirit Day home victory over Burlington High last Saturday boosted CVU’s season goal output to 21, with nary a ball getting into the Redhawks’ cage.
Speedy Haliana Burhans popped a pair of scores for CVU, while Emma Davitt added the other. Chipping in with helpers were Annie Keen, Audrey Morehouse and Mackenzie Kingston.
CVU harriers go to regionals this weekend
Fresh from a double victory Saturday at the Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans-sponsored Hard’ack events, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will travel to Manchester, N.H. Saturday to test New England regional competition.
There is also the U-32 Invitational in East Montpelier on the schedule.
At the Hard’ack race, CVU’s Autumn Eastman once again smoked the girls competitors, winning with a time of 18 minutes and 17.4 seconds for a nearly two-minute margin over runner-up Robin Vincent of St. Johnsbury Academy.
“We ran well and Autumn was awesome once again,” said coach Scott Bliss via e-mail. He added that wind issues slowed times down some.
Eastman’s teammates Emma Putre, Sophia Gorman and Abby Keim captured the next three places while Carly Neeld took seventh.
Also in the top 20 were Haley Harder and Rachel Slimovitch.
The girls team total of 20 points easily outpaced second place St. Johnsbury in the 11-school meet.
The CVU boys edged Mount Mansfield Union 60 to 64, despite a victory by the Cougars’ Ben Hegman in 17:11.5.
Third place Zack Marshall led CVU with a time of 17:50.9. The Redhawks also got a sixth place finish from Tyler Marshall. Top 20 finishers included Calvin McClellen (14), Devon Cantor (18) and Harken Spillane (19).