By Mal Boright
October 17th, 2013
A-ha, lightning can strike twice.
It did Tuesday afternoon for the Champlain Valley Union High girls’ soccer team in the form of Haliana Burhans. The swift, hard working attacker—yes, there may be just a touch of grease added to the lightning—struck for two second half goals to lift the Redhawks to a 2-0 victory over visiting Essex High.
Now 13-0, coach Stan Williams crew, having secured the top Division 1 playdown seeding last week, will close out the regular season in St. Albans Friday (4 p.m.) against Bellows Free Academy. The Comets are 9-4.
Essex, 8-4-2, used strong goal tending by Essie Fiore-Young (14 saves) and scrambling defense by the back line to stay in a scoreless tie until Burhans pulled off a rare steal and score in front of the Hornets’ goalmouth.
The busy Burhans got her body in front of an Essex attempt to clear the ball, had the sphere bounce in front her so she simply launched a shot at point blank range into the net. The score came just over five minutes into the second half.
“The ball hit me in the chest and there it was in front of me,” the senior said.
Burhans scored her second tally some eight minutes later, knocking in a well-placed corner kick from Mackenzie Kingston. The two goals lifted her season total to 18.
CVU nearly scored again some five minutes later when Essex defender Victoria Bean, positioned in front of the cage, had Audrey Morehouse’s hard driving long shot slam off her shoulder.
The Redhawks controlled territorial play with the three backs. Kingston, Ellie Blake and Audrey Allegretta keeping order in front of netminder Maddie Turnau, who had four stops, one a leaper, in establishing her 10th nada job of the season.
Midfielder Bronwen Hopwood also had some key defensive moments.
Williams said the team actually clinched the number one seed last Wednesday with a 2-0 triumph at Colchester High. Emma Davitt and Emily Kingston scored the goals.
Last Saturday, the Redhawks bopped visiting Mount Mansfield Union 5-0 with Burhans scoring twice and adding an assist. Kingston, Mackenzie Buckman and Laura Jennings also put ball in net.
Michaela Flore had four saves in the CVU nets for her second shutout of the week.
Tuesday was senior day as the final regular season home contest. Honored were eight players to be graduated this coming spring. They were Kingston, Burhans, Kinneston, Davitt, Morehouse, Kaelyn Kohlasch (out with ankle injury), Jennings and Olivia Matthews.