CVU girls soccer one win away from title game (11/5/09)

UPDATE: The Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team won its semifinal matchup on Wednesday, 1-0 over Rice Memorial High. The Redhawks will face Burlington High at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at BHS.


Team in semis on Wednesday

Nov. 5, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Coach Brad Parker and his 12-1-3 Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team went into Wednesday’s home field, Division 1 semifinal contest against 14-2 Rice Memorial High just a victory away from returning to the championship test for the first time in three years.


    Observer photo by Pogo Senior
A wet field on Saturday didn’t stop Champlain Valley Union High soccer captain Addie Peterson (right) from keeping the ball just in front of Molly Moran and another St. Johnsbury Academy defender. With the 7-0 win, the Redhawks were set to play a semifinal game on Wednesday against Rice Memorial High. A win would send CVU to the Division 1 championship, scheduled for 2 p.m. at Burlington High School on Saturday.


    Observer photo by Pogo Senior
Lindsay Hawley (right) of CVU jostles for control of the ball with St. Johnsbury Academy’s Kristin Weaver.

Wednesday’s game was set to be played after press deadline.

The Redhawks hold an early season, 2-1 home triumph over the third-seeded Green Knights, who are led by Brittany Pfaff. The star has more than 100 goals in her career.

CVU’s road to the semifinal was paved by home victories over Essex High (1-0) last Wednesday and St. Johnsbury Academy (7-0) on Saturday.

Kylie deGroot was credited with her fifth goal of the season in the win over Essex, the 3-9-3 Hornets putting up a struggle before bowing. CVU goalie Emily Sackett was called on for five saves, while CVU kickers were stopped nine times by Essex net minder Laura Collins.

The explosion against visiting St. Johnsbury did not fire up in the early stages of the rainy and windy contest.

“It took us a while to get started,” coach Parker said.

The person who got the goal fest going was the daughter of coach, Katie Parker, who logged her first score of the season.

“I was running down the side and Hannah (Turnbaugh) got the ball to me,” a smiling Katie Parker said after the game.

Nicole Utter and Lindsey Hawley (direct kick) followed with first half goals while Molly Howard (season’s fifth), Emily Leffler, Sara Lewis and Shelby Hanlon found the range in the second half.

Turnbaugh had two assists, while Hanlon, Lewis and Amanda Kinneston had one each.