SPORTS ROUNDUP: girls soccer; boys soccer; field hockey

CVU girls soccer team back on a winning roll 

With crucial games against talented foes on the immediate horizon, the Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team has responded to last Wednesday’s first loss of the season with two solid performances.

After being nipped 3-2 in overtime at home by Essex High, the Redhawks scored a 5-0 win at Mount Mansfield Union last Saturday and then bopped Colchester at home Tuesday to hike the season record to 6-1.

Haliana Burhans, Kate Razska. Megan Gannon and Emily Kinneston scored the goals in the Colchester contest as the Redhawks unleashed 19 shots on the Lakers’ cage.

In Saturday’s victory over the Cougars, Burhans tallied twice, while Audrey Morehouse, Bronwen Hopwood and Taylor Goldsborough added singletons.

On Friday, the Redhawks will play host to 5-1-1 South Burlington. CVU travels to 5-1-1 Burlington on Wednesday to meet the Seahorses under the lights at 7 p.m.


Home game Thursday for CVU boys soccer 

The Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team will perform in the friendly confines of its home field for only the second time this season on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), when Rutland High motors to Hinesburg to make up an Essex Tournament fixture that was postponed by weather.

The homefolks will get to see how well the Redhawks recover from a severe shock, Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Harwood Union in Duxbury, a team CVU zonked 8-1 at home on Sept. 12.

Coach T. J. Mead’s kicksters are 4-1-1 for the campaign, with some recent impressive victories. Last Wednesday, in a game moved to Essex High due to rain Tuesday, the Redhawks unloaded a 2-0 decision on the always-challenging Hornets.

Noah Lieberman and Max Brown found the scoring range in the second half, with assists going to Tucker Shelley and Joe Castano.

The Redhawks visited Mount Mansfield Union (5-1) Friday and handed the Cougars their first loss on a Shelley goal off a direct kick rebound in the second half. Goalie Brandon O’Connell made eight stops in administering the goose egg.

The goal-making machine misfired at Harwood, as the Highlanders registered their third win over CVU since 2010. O’Connell had seven saves, while CVU had eight shots at Harwood netminder Matt Fischer.


Scores tough to find for CVU field hockey team 

“We are having trouble scoring,” said Champlain Valley Union High Field Hockey Coach Kate McDonald Tuesday, after the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Burlington High on the CVU grass.

The defeat dropped the Redhawks to 3-3-1, with Colchester High coming to the Hawks’ nest on Friday at 4 p.m.

It was a befuddling loss as CVU generally outplayed the visiting Seahorses.

“We dominated,” said McDonald, pointing to a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners and a solid 7-2 edge in shots on goal.

The lone tally came on Burlington’s second shot on goal in the contest just 90 seconds into the overtime period.

It was the fourth blanking for CVU, which still hangs on to a 5-4 advantage over the combined opposition in scoring.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 decision at Mount Abraham Union, They went to Middlebury Union High on Saturday and came home with a 1-0 triumph, Molly Dunphy scoring the goal with an assist from Emily O’Brien.

— Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent