CVU soccer girls open second season at home

Redhawks have top seed in Div. 1

Oct. 28, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

For the 13-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team, it was a lollapalooza regular campaign. Now the second season — the playoff chase for the Division 1 state crown — begins.

Thanks to their number one position, coach Brad Parker’s Redhawks were seeded directly into the quarterfinals. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Redhawks will host the winner of Wednesday’s opening round contest between defending champ and ninth-seeded Burlington High (6-5-3) and eighth-seeded Spaulding High of Barre (8-5-1).

It was about a year ago that Burlington captured the title with a 1-0 victory over the Redhawks at the BHS field.

That outcome still stings a little in the CVU craw.

“We have worked really hard to get where we are,” said veteran senior defense specialist Lindsay Hawley, also a significant player in 2009.

To crank up for the playoffs, the Redhawks dispatched visiting Burlington 4-0 on Friday at Hinesburg Heights. Shelby Hanlon knocked in two first half goals while Sophia Steinhoff and Molly Howard scored in the second half.

Steinhoff, who has had several big games of late, assisted on the two Hanlon goals. Kendall Berry and Devan Wilkins also had assists.

Net minder Emily Sackett did some effective work outside the goal mouth in her five saves. She also got her mitts on a BHS penalty kick to preserve the Redhawks’ 10th shutout of the season and fifth in a row.

Overall, CVU has outscored the opposition 58-3.

The victory over the Seahorses was CVU’s second in three days and ninth straight.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks motored to Essex High and dropped a 3-0 stinging on the 4-8-1 Hornets.

Hanlon, Berry and Emma Eddy popped white spheres into the Essex net while Steinhoff, Amanda Kinneston and Kate Raszka gathered assists. Sackett rounded up six stops in the CVU cage.