CVU boys get their winning kicks

By Mal Boright 

Observer correspondent

September 26th, 2013

A windswept 3-0 win at home over a solid Burlington High team on Spirit Day Saturday followed by Tuesday’s 5-1 trouncing of Spaulding High in Barre have lifted the Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team mark to 7-0.

The Redhawks will get a severe test Friday (4:30 p.m.) when 6-0 St. Johnsbury Academy sets foot on the Hinesburg pitch.

Tuesday’s triumph was another example of balanced scoring, as the CVU goals came from Joe Castano, Chris Wright, Zack Evans, Richard Baccei and Nolan Jimmo.

Spaulding’s Jake Ranson scored on the Tide’s only shot on CVU’s goal as net minders Brandon O’Connell and Oscar Kelly shared the duties.

In the Burlington game, wind was a big factor, as was an early score out of a scrum in front of the Burlington cage by Jimmo.

“That was huge,” CVU coach T. J. Mead said of the goal that came when Burlington had a big advantage with the wind. “After that score, the play was something like 70-30 in their (Seahorses) favor.”

With his team holding a shaky 1-0 lead at intermission, Mead’s men would have the wind and the advantage in the second half.

Suddenly, as the teams lined up to start the final 40 minutes, the big gusts appeared to have stopped.

“Where is the wind?” bellowed a suddenly agitated Mead as he jumped out of his chair.

It quickly returned. CVU took charge on the field, with Patrick McCue and Castano launching goals and all was well.

“The wind made it rough in the first half,” said McCue, whose header on a beautiful upfield rocket pass from Evans made for a picture perfect score with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game.

McCue was solid all day in midfield organizing, which became easier with the wind at CVU’s backs in the second half.

It was the defending Division 1 champion Redhawks’ second victory of the season over BHS, their foe in the 2012 title event.

O’Connell had three saves in racking up the Redhawks’ fifth blanking of a foe this season, and second against the Seahorses.