Field hockey team moves to 2-0 record (9/10/09)

Redhawks to play home opener Saturday

Sept. 10, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After nearly a week off from competition, the 2-0 Champlain Valley Union High field Hockey team returns to action Thursday with a trip to Colchester High. Game time is 4 p.m.

The defending Division 1 champions will then get in front of the home folks for the first time this season at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Mount Mansfield Union High providing the opposition.

Before the start of the campaign, CVU coach Kate McDonald predicted the Redhawks, as defending titleholders, would be wearing a target on their backs as foes would bring their number one game to the fields.

Last Friday, Essex High, which had lost its season opener 3-1 to South Burlington while the Redhawks were bouncing Burlington 5-0 in their kickoff, gave CVU a mighty tussle before bowing 2-1 in overtime.

“They (Essex) were ready for us,” a relieved McDonald said after the contest. “They came to play.”

In a game that saw most of the activity stay at midfield, CVU trailed 1-0 with time running down before Emmaleigh Loyer scored on a setup pass from Kathryn Powell with just 3:29 left in regulation.

It was Loyer’s fourth score in two games.

In the 10-minute, seven-on-seven extra period, Powell knocked the ball in front of the Essex cage and KK Logan got credit for getting it into the net past Essex goalie Anne Levy. Just under three minutes had gone past in the extra period.

Logan, who was cited for the winning goal by the officials, was not sure she was the scorer. Loyer was also in the crowd in front of the cage.

“It was a team effort,” summed up veteran midfielder Kelsey Jensen, whose long blasts kept the Hornets out of CVU’s end of the field for much of the game.

Essex’s lone tally had come with 18:33 remaining in regulation, when senior Abbey Johnson, out of a crowd, knocked the ball past a fallen CVU goalie Elizabeth Goddette. The goalie had just made three quick stops in the lone Essex offensive flurry of the day.

Goddette had one other save, that in the first half. Levy had three rejections.

Maggie Ryan, at midfield, was an effective force for the Redhawks, personally turning several Essex offensive attempts into CVU possessions.

Deep defender Aubrey Deavitt had some important plays, including during Essex’s one deep move on the CVU goal in overtime when, alone in front of Goddette, she stopped and then cleared the ball from the stick of a speedy, onrushing Hornet.

For CVU, it was a different type of contest than in the win at Burlington, in which it peppered the BHS net with 23 shots.

“They did not give us much,” Logan said of the Essex defense.

But the Redhawks took just enough for the victory.