CVU boys soccer team opens with victory (9/10/09)

Sept. 10, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

It is a quiet week for the 1-0 Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team, which is off until Wednesday when the athletes greet Harwood Union High for a 4:30 p.m. home opener.

The Redhawks hope to keep the sizzle they exhibited Tuesday when they cruised to Mount Abraham Union in Bristol and then past the Eagles 6-0 in a match of Route 116 neighbors.

“I am really happy with this team,” said CVU coach T.J. Mead after the victory. “We have a great mix of young players and veterans.”

One of those younger players — well, sort of — is junior Mike Clayton, who returned to the lineup after missing last season with a leg fracture. Clayton celebrated by scoring three goals and adding an assist.

Overall, the Redhawks’ offense dominated the Eagles, out shooting them 23-4. Mount Abe goalies made 17 stops, some of them incredible.

Kyle Logan, Jonathan Slimovitch and Nick Spencer also scored for CVU, which bolted to a 4-0 lead by halftime.

Senior defender and field leader Chris Beaton just missed a pair of goals by inches. In the first half, his header off a corner kick sailed just over the cross bar. Moments later, he deked and faked his way in front of the net, got the ball back from a give and go and just missed an open corner of the cage.

Nick Hart, Zach Blanchard, Chris Sulva and Clayton also went high or wide by inches on solid scoring opportunities.

Mount Abraham’s only serious scoring threat came in the second half, when senior goalie Jeffrey Wettstein caught a direct kick in the left corner. Wettstein had a total of two saves in the second half while John Milbank had a pair in the first half.

Beaton, Elias Wiszereck, Luke Dorfman and Ryan Boland were among standouts in a swarming CVU defense that totally disrupted the Eagles’ offensive tries.