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Big win over Essex for CVU boys soccer

Oct. 14, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

They got past one major obstacle on Saturday, and faced a second one Wednesday at their Hinesburg heights home field.

They are the CVU boys soccer Redhawks, who rolled past strong (now 7-2) Essex High 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Junction before taking on tough Burlington High Wednesday afternoon in a game scheduled for after press deadline. The Seahorses earlier played CVU to a scoreless tie on the BHS synthetic grass, the lone non-win on the Redhawks’ 8-0-1 season mark.

A second straight home match is set for Spirit Day on Saturday, when coach T.J. Mead’s combine entertains 1-9 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans in a 10 a.m. clash.

The victory over Essex was spearheaded by sophomore Tanner Tomasi and senior Kyle Logan, both midfielders.

Tomasi scored twice in the first half. Logan assisted on Tomasi’s second tally and then laid a left-footed bomb from the top of the box into the Essex net less than three minutes into the second half, crushing the Hornets’ hopes of a post intermission resurgence.

Essex was fired up at the game’s start and ruled the first eight minutes, getting two sharp shots on CVU goalkeeper Jeff Wettstein, who was in position to block the hard blasts from top Essex gun Paul Bianchi.

“We were nervous at the beginning and they (Essex) came out ready to play,” Tomasi said.

Tomasi’s first score, with 27:52 left in the half on an assist by Zach Blanchard, helped the Redhawks get back into their normal game pattern and establish control.

“Tanner got us started today,” Mead said, noting that Tomasi’s brother, veteran senior midfielder Tino Tomasi, the usual get-‘em-started guy, was missing due to a medical procedure.

Logan, the man with the educated left foot, nailed a long direct kick toward the Essex goal that Tomasi headed into the cage for the second score with 21:09 left in the half.

Early in the second half, Logan took a pass from Henry Sengle and nailed a blast from the top of the box.

“That was big,” Mead said. “When a game is 2-0 at halftime, it is usually the team that scores first in the second half that goes on to win.”

CVU’s final score came with 9:15 remaining when defender Ryan Boland unleashed a devastating bazooka-like direct kick from the top of the box that blew through everybody and into the cage.

Boland had been part of a deep defensive trio with Erick MacLean and Chris Sulva that maintained order in front of Wettstein who, with five saves, posted the Hawks’ eighth shutout in their nine outings.

Also part of the defense was senior Luke Dorfman, who suffered an injury in the first half.

The Red and White, in their black jerseys, slammed 12 shots on the Essex cage.