Field hockey squad opens playoffs with win (10/29/09)

Second game postponed to Thursday

Oct. 29, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

As the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team is finding out, southern cooking is more than black eye peas and hush puppies.


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Emmaleigh Loyer (center), who scored the only goal in Champlain Valley Union High’s quarterfinal win over Middlebury Union High, controls the ball during Friday’s game.

The 15-0 Redhawks had to handle 11-3-1 Mount Anthony Union High’s recipe of a combination of goals and defense Wednesday afternoon in Hinesburg in a semifinal playdown. CVU needed a win in the game, played after press deadline, to punch a return ticket to the Division 1 championship test at Castleton State College on Friday or Saturday. The date and time of the title game had not been announced before deadline.

The Patriots gained Wednesday’s test with CVU with a 1-0 victory over Rutland High on Monday, a contest postponed from Saturday. That delay caused the scheduling change of the semifinal game, originally scheduled for Tuesday.

As was the case Friday, second season victories do not come easy. The defending champion Redhawks had to bear down hard to nudge past Middlebury Union High, 1-0, in a home field quarterfinal match.

Emmaleigh Loyer stroked the game’s lone goal some 12 minutes into the first half, whacking in a rebound. It was her 11th score of the season.

Loyer, who leads the team in assists, sort of had another in that the goal came on a rebound of her own shot.

After that, the CVU defense played a big role in keeping the Tigers off the board, despite some serious snarling around the Redhawks’ cage.

Middlebury’s best chance may have been with just 30 seconds gone in the game, when the Black and Orange clads rolled down the field and cut loose a point blank shot at CVU net minder Elizabeth Goddette, who made a sharp and difficult save.

“I was able to reach out and stop it with my hand,” the goalie said later.

The Tigers had four more shots at Goddette plus several close-in opportunities that were repelled by the deep defenders led by Aubrey “The Terminator” Deavitt, who herself turned aside a labeled Middlebury shot late in the second half.

But CVU also kept Middlebury net minder Kayla Whittemore occupied. She came up with 14 stops, including nifty saves off Kelsey Jensen, Molly Burke, Loyer and Kelcey Lamphere while KK Logan consistently moved the ball into close attacking range.

It was CVU’s third victory over Middlebury, one in overtime, as the Tigers closed out their season at 6-7-3.