Girls soccer wins in overtime; Essex up next

Champlain Valley Union High School player Emily Kinneston (left) controls the ball as teammates Kate Raszka and Bronwen Hopwood stay in the action during Friday’s game. The Redhawks defeated South Burlington 1-0 in overtime. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

The Champlain Valley Union High School girls soccer team will head to Essex on Friday, after a 1-0 overtime win against South Burlington on Sept. 28.

Friday’s game was scoreless at the end of regular 80-minute match, with the Redhawks unable to get any of their 14 shots into the net, said Coach Brad Parker. The Rebels had just two shots on goal, both stopped by CVU keeper Lily Harris.

The game was a “well played match with CVU having the territorial advantage throughout,” Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Observer.

Six minutes into the first overtime half, Bronwen Hopwood took control of the ball near midfield, Parker wrote, and dribbled forward.

“She threaded a pass to Haliana Burhans who got behind the last defender before cutting the ball back to find an open teammate,” Parker wrote. “She passed the ball to Audrey Allegretta who fired a shot from just near the 18 yard line. The shot was hard and direct to end up in the upper left corner of the net beyond the outstretched arms of the South Burlington keeper.”

The goal gave CVU the win, moving the team up to 7-1 for the season, while bumping South Burlington to 5-2-1.

The team traveled to Burlington on Wednesday, after the Observer’s press time.

When they face Essex on Friday, the Redhawks will be looking to make up for the 3-2 overtime loss in its last game against the Hornets on Sept. 19.