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Oct. 20, 2011

CVU SOCCER GIRLS HAVE SHOT AT DIVISION’S TOP PLAYOFF SEED

The Champlain Valley Union girls soccer team went into Wednesday’s home contest (after Observer press deadline) with 10-2 South Burlington hoping to put the clincher on a No. 1 seed and home field advantage for the upcoming Division I playoffs.

Coach Brad Parker’s Redhawks close out the regular campaign Friday (4 p.m.) at Burlington.

The 11-0-1 Hawks entered the week in first place in the division’s standings.

However, CVU will carry on without junior Taylor Goldsborough. The sheriff of the midfield injured her knee last week in a victory at Mount Mansfield, and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

“It’s a crushing blow,” said Parker, citing Goldsborough’s field leadership and athletic ability. He said some of the team’s platoon of freshmen and sophomores will have to pick up the slack.

Last Thursday (Oct. 13), the Redhawks rolled past Colchester, 4-1. Sara Lewis, Emily Kinneston, Shelby Hanlon and Audrey Morehouse notched the goals. Sophia Steinhoff helped on two of the scores, and Morehouse assisted one.

Netminder Bryn Philibert had two saves in the win.

 

PLAYOFFS NEXT ON CVU FIELD HOCKEY’S AGENDA

Hoping to enhance their position in the Division I field hockey standings, the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks closed out the regular season Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) by playing host to Burlington (0-10-3).

Winning and rising in the Vermont Principals’ Association standings were very much on the Redhawks minds after they snapped a five-game winless string Monday with a stunning 1-0 victory over mighty Middlebury.

Kathryn Loucks scored the game’s lone goal with just over 19 minutes remaining in the second half to hike CVU’s record to 3-6-4.

In gaining CVU’s fourth shutout, goalie Evangeline Dunphy had six saves. Heather Ploof made two stops in the Tigers’ cage.

On Oct. 14 at Essex, the Hornets (6-2-3) unleashed 11 shots on Dunphy with three getting through for a 3-1 triumph. Jessica Asch scored for CVU, which had five shots on the Essex goal.

 

DISTRICTS NEXT STOP FOR CVU HARRIERS

The second season for the Champlain Valley Union cross country team begins when it heads to Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton on Saturday for the Northern Vermont Athletic Council District Meet.

For coach Scott Bliss’ defending district, Vermont and New England champion girls, the meet marks the first step toward another run at multiple crowns. For the boys, it’s an opportunity to continue a climb into the top tier.

The girls warmed up for the event last Friday (Oct. 14) with a scorching victory at Mills River Park in Jericho, placing five runners in the first seven to swamp second place host Mount Mansfield in team totals (19-67).

CVU’s Taylor Spillane was first across the finish line in 18 minutes and 57 seconds. Teammates Adrienne DeVita and Autumn Eastman were the next to finish, coming in together at 19:43.

The Redhawks’ Aleksey Jordick took sixth, followed by Sophie Hess (seventh).

It was a third-place finish for the CVU boys behind winning Mount Mansfield and runner-up Essex. Nick Bouton paced the Redhawks with a sixth-place finish.

—Mal Boright

 

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