Girls soccer opens playoffs at home10/23/08

Oct. 23, 2008

The Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team opened its bid for a Division 1 title on Wednesday with a home match against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.

It was the third meeting of the season between coach Brad Parker’s fourth-seeded Redhawks (10-4) and the 13th-seeded Comets (3-11). CVU nipped BFA 3-2 early in the season in St. Albans and then scored an 8-0 whitewashing on Sept. 30 at the home nest.

A victory Wednesday — the game was scheduled for after press deadline — means a home quarterfinal contest on Saturday against either fifth-seeded Spaulding High of Barre (9-3-2) or 12th-seeded Mount Mansfield Union High (3-10-1); the teams were scheduled to meet on Wednesday in Barre.

The potential Saturday quarterfinal was originally set for 3 p.m.

The Redhawks picked up their 10th victory and clinched the fourth seed on Saturday with their second overtime win over 2-11-1 Colchester High. Senior Amanda Blanchard cranked home a direct kick from, once again, captain Asia Sienko with 3:52 remaining in the first 10-minute overtime period to seal the victory.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent