Tough foes await unbeaten soccer team (10/1/09)

CVU girls squad out to 7-0-1 record

Oct. 1, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

“We are playing well,” said Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer coach Brad Parker on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after his undefeated unit had dispatched visiting South Burlington High 4-0 at the Hinesburg confines.

Thus the 7-0-1 Redhawks go into the meaty part of their schedule, taking on last year’s Division 1 finalists in their next two outings.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m., they will visit 2-4 Essex High, last season’s runner-up. Then on Wednesday, defending champion Burlington High (3-1-3) motors into the CVU complex for a 4 p.m. clash.

Tuesday’s victory was the second in four days by a 4-0 count, the Redhawks having popped Colchester High by the same score Saturday in a Spirit Day session.

The two wins ended a brief scoring draught in which they were limited to three goals in three games, a 2-1 home win over Burr and Burton, followed by a scoreless tie under the lights at Colchester and a 1-0 triumph last Wednesday against Mount Mansfield Union High in Richmond.

The goal-hungry Hawks peppered South Burlington net minder Annellie Miller with 11 shots in the second half alone. Miller had a game total of more than 15 rejections.

Sophomore Shelby Hanlon started the scoring early in the first half with her second goal in the last three games. Nicole Utter assisted. Haleigh Smith then booted in a direct kick with 3:26 left in the half as a lurking Erika Gobeille got in front of the net for a potential rebound.

Kylie deGroot from Amanda Kinneston and Lily Whitaker from Emma Eddy notched second half scores.

Just missing or robbed at least twice each on solid scoring chances were Gobeille and Lindsay Kingston.

Just before halftime, Kingston launched a solid shot on which Miller got a hand at the last second to deflect the ball off an upright.

South Burlington was limited to just three shots at the CVU goaltending tandem of Emily Sackett and Sarah Monteith.

Gobeille netted two goals in the victory over Colchester (2-3-1), with Smith and Molly Howard adding singletons. Lindsay Hawley garnered two assists while Eddy had one.