Oct. 2, 2008
By Mal Boright
“Is the team ready for Essex?” Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer coach Brad Parker was asked moments after his team laid an 8-0 licking on visiting Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.
“Yes,” Parker replied emphatically on Tuesday afternoon. “It was good to get some goals today.”
The blowout of the 1-8 Comets was also a bit surprising, given the Redhawks’ narrow 3-2 win in St. Albans early in September. Also, BFA had played 7-1 Burlington High tough before falling 2-1 to the mighty Seahorses on Saturday in St. Albans.
CVU goes to Essex High on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game — the second meeting of the season with the Hornets (7-1 entering the week). Essex captured a 1-0 victory over the 8-2 Redhawks at the birds’ nest Sept. 10.
(The girls jayvee game with Essex on Saturday has been switched to the Essex Tree Farm and will begin at 10 a.m., school officials have announced.)
Tuesday’s triumph, the Redhawks’ third straight, took some time to develop. CVU took over the territorial imperatives a third of the way into the first half, but despite an early 5-0 edge in shots on goal, did not find offensive success until 14:09 left in the half. Then, junior Haleigh Smith worked the ball to within 20 yards and knocked a beautiful shot high into the center of the BFA cage.
Less than 10 minutes later, senior Becca Donaldson nailed the rebound of an Emma Eddy shot and CVU was suddenly on a roll. Molly Hebert on a solo sortie and Rachel Lesperance on a Donaldson cross scored in the next 2.5 minutes for a 4-0 edge at the break.
The surge continued early in the second half. Eddy on a pass from Lindsay Kingston, Erika Gobeille from Kendall Berry, and Amanda Blanchard booted home goals in the first four minutes.
With 16:39 remaining, Donaldson set up Emily Shaw for the final tally.
Emily Sackett minded the CVU net in the first half and had two saves. Ashley Trayah took over in the second half and had nary a stop. CVU out-shot the Comets 17-2.
Last Friday, the Redhawks went into South Burlington and nudged the Rebels 2-1 on goals by Blanchard and Jahala Dudley. Sackett had three saves.