Boys soccer advances to face South Burlington in playoffs10/23/08

Oct. 23, 2008

For the first time in years, the six-time defending state Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team is looking up at the top seeds in the playoff pairings.


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Champlain Valley Union High captain Matt Sulva looks up the field during Friday’s 1-1 tie against South Burlington High, the regular season finale. The Redhawks opened the playoffs on Tuesday with a win over Colchester High, and play South Burlington on Saturday.

The seventh-seeded Redhawks unloaded their frustrations with a 6-0 opening round victory over visiting Colchester High on Tuesday, and hope to keep the tempo going when they roll into South Burlington on Friday afternoon. The 3 p.m. quarterfinal match against the second-seeded (12-2) Rebels will be the third meeting between the teams this year.

South Burlington won both regular season contests by similar 2-1 scores.

The Redhawks, now 8-5-2, unleashed their biggest scoring output of the campaign in taking out the Lakers, a team they had defeated twice previously.

The goal getting was spread around, with Nick Hart the lone Redhawk to cage two scores. Henry Sengle, Jack Jesset, Tom Eddy and Zack Blanchard popped single tallies and defender-offense creator Chris Beaton notched a pair of assists.

CVU goalie Chris Howard made four stops to earn the shutout, the Redhawks’ seventh of the season.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent