Big home games on horizon for CVU boys soccer team (Sept., 11, 2008)

Sept. 11, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The 1-0-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys’ soccer team, a bit perplexed after a 2-2 tie Friday against visiting 0-0-2 Missisquoi Valley Union High, had what coach T.J. Mead called “our best practice of the season” on Monday afternoon.

The Redhawks are facing a challenging week. Route 116 neighbor Mount Abraham Union High of Bristol comes to Hinesburg on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. game and a veteran South Burlington High outfit shows up for a 12:30 p.m. fixture on Saturday, Spirit Day. The Rebels, victims last fall of CVU’s sixth straight title game victory, took a 2-1 record into the week.

The deadlock with the Thunderbirds was an exercise in frustration for the Redhawks, who out shot Missisquoi Valley by an overwhelming 17-4 count and, according to Mead, had ball possession, “90 percent of the time.”

At that, the first of the Redhawks’ scores came when a Thunderbird player launched a ball into his own goal. The second, which gave CVU a 2-1 second half lead, was produced by midfielder Matt Sulva on a set-up by defender Chris Beaton.

Overall, “we just did not put the ball in the net,” said Mead. “We had a difficult time with the wind plus the guys might have been a little flustered because it was our first home game.”

Perhaps adding to the frustration was a futile long trip to Hartford High last Wednesday. The game got underway and the Redhawks rolled up a 2-0 lead when thunder and a grim weather outlook for the remainder of the afternoon forced the game to be suspended with 18 minutes remaining before halftime.

Mead said the game has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 and will be restarted.