Girls soccer team in late bid for high playoff seed10/16/08

Oct. 16, 2008

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Nothing comes easy in the high school girls soccer Metro Division.


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Champlain Valley Union High co-captain Jahala Dudley (6) makes a run against Burlington High on Friday. CVU lost the game, 2-1.

Hoping to claim fourth seed in the upcoming Division 1 state tournament, the 9-4 Champlain Valley Union High girls will close out the regular season on Saturday with a key, 10 a.m. contest at Colchester High.

Back on Sept. 24, the Redhawks scored a 1-0 overtime victory over the Lakers in Hinesburg.

Coach Brad Parker’s red and white clad players found rough going on Tuesday against 3-9-1 Mount Mansfield Union in Jericho Center before prevailing 2-1 in double overtime.

Just one minute into the second extra session, captain Asia Sienko, the master of the long kick, booted a corner kick toward the Cougars’ goal, where an alert Kylie Degroot headed the ball into the net for the winner.

Amanda Blanchard had tied the game for CVU in the second half after Mount Mansfield, a 3-0 victim of the Redhawks earlier in the season, had taken a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Redhawks held an 11-9 edge in shots on goal.

It was an important triumph that erased back-to-back losses against Essex High and Burlington High, two of the division powers. Both defeats were by 2-1 scores.

In Friday’s Burlington game, the Redhawks carried a 1-0 lead into the second half after scoring on a picture-perfect goal by Jahala Dudley, with a slick setup from Haleigh Smith. But the 10-2 Seahorses struck back to tie at 27:56 after a direct kick made its way into a gang in front of the CVU cage. Anna Kikut was credited with the tally.

CVU then played ferocious defense against the charged up Seahorses, with Degroot, Addie Peterson, Emma Eddy and Rachel Lesperance among the leaders in the effort.

But the decider this day was BHS net minder Stephanie Jacques. With 10:57 to go in the game, Jacques was beckoned to the offensive end of the field for a penalty kick. She rocketed a shot into the upper right corner of the net, and CVU goalie Emily Sackett had absolutely no chance for a stop.

Sackett stopped seven shots in the contest in which CVU held territorial advantage in the first half while BHS had the edge after the break.