CVU soccer teams strong playoff contenders

The Champlain Valley Union High School soccer teams each nabbed the number two seed in playoff rankings after strong performances all season.

Playoff games began on Tuesday, and each team is slated to play again this weekend.

On the boys side, a 12-1-1 record brought them just under Middlebury Union High School’s 12-1-0 season. The Redhawks’ only loss was a surprise defeat by Harwood Union High School on Sept. 21, and the lone tie came early in the season against Burlington. The Redhawks have beaten both teams in other matches.

In its last regular season game, the CVU boys team beat South Burlington 7-0—its ninth shutout of the season.

On Tuesday, the Redhawks played 15th-seeded North Country on the home CVU field, and earned another shutout with a 6-0 victory.  On Friday at 3 p.m. the team is set to play seventh-seeded Mount Mansfield Union High School. If the Redhawks win that game, the will play in the semi-final round on Tuesday (3 p.m.) against the winner of the Colchester High (third seed) and Essex High (11th seed) game.

The CVU girls also earned the second seed with their 12-1-1 record. The Redhawks were edged out by Essex High School for the top slot, which holds a 13-0-1 record. CVU’s loss and tie both came against Essex, the first in overtime on Sept. 19 and the second on Oct. 5.

On Oct. 17, the Redhawks defeated South Burlington 1-0. In their last regular season game, they beat Burlington High School 3-1.

The CVU girls team played its first playoff game against 15th-seeded Brattleboro Union High School on Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline. Barring a major upset, the girls team will play again on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s Burr & Burton Academy (seventh seed) vs. South Burlington High School (10th seed) game. The semi-final match is set for Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.

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—Stephanie Choate,
Observer staff