CVU girls soccer team shoots to 4-0 start (9/17/09)

Redhawks play under the Colchester lights on Thursday

Sept. 17, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Having dispatched a southern visitor at the Hinesburg soccer foundry on Tuesday, coach Brad Parker and his 4-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team were looking forward to their first night game in a while when they visit Colchester High Thursday for a 7 p.m. clash.


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Emma Eddy (10), a Champlain Valley Union High junior, outpaces Burr and Burton’s Samantha Labate in the first half of Tuesday’s game.


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Champlain Valley Union High’s Nicole Utter sends a corner kick toward the Burr and Burton net.

The Redhawks, who traveled south for a 4-0 triumph at Rutland High on Friday, had a more difficult time Tuesday with southern representative Burr and Burton of Manchester. In the end, however, CVU emerged from overtime with a 2-1 win.

Tuesday’s win came from a foot and the head of Kylie deGroot. The senior forward knocked in a corner kick with 4:20 left in the first overtime to snap the 1-1 tie and seal the winning deal. The goal came after a corner kick from junior Lindsay Hawley.

“The ball came off the corner from Lindsay and bounced around and then came to me,” said a smiling deGroot, who now has three goals for the season.

The pair had previously hooked up with 23:14 left in the first half, when deGroot headed in another well-placed corner from Hawley.

At the time, it appeared that the Redhawks might get more. They had a big advantage in territorial play but continually just missed on shots, with deGroot, Aden Peterson and Kendall Berry among those coming up empty.

After intermission, Burr and Burton net minder Jillian Blaisdell stopped a point blank slam by Sara Lewis and deGroot lined a blast off an upright and back into Blaisdell’s hands.

In the last 15 minutes of regulation, Burr and Burton became more aggressive and contentious in those individual battles for ball control.

Junior forward Jenna Hoffman evened the score when she recovered a loose ball in CVU territory and raced in on goal, knocking a line shot into the high left corner of the yawning goalmouth. CVU net minder Emily Sackett had no chance on the play.

Sackett then made two later saves to preserve the deadlock, her third and fourth of the contest. Blaisdell had nine stops for the visitors.

Haleigh Smith was a major presence on defense for the Redhawks, as was Lindsay Kingston.

In Rutland on Friday, Molly Howard, Nicole Utter, Erika Gobeille and Amanda Kinneston contributed the scores for the Hawks.