Home playoff game for CVU boys soccer team (10/29/09)

Oct. 29, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Thanks to a stronger schedule, the Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team earned the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs. The Redhawks will open pursuit of their sixth crown in the last seven years at home on Saturday.

The playoff game begins at 10:30 a.m., with the boys facing off against either eighth-seeded Harwood Union (8-6) or ninth-seeded Mount Mansfield Union (7-6-1).

The two teams met Wednesday at Harwood Union in Duxbury.

Neither potential foe would be a total stranger to the Redhawks. CVU trimmed Harwood 2-0 early in the season and captured two wins from the Cougars, the latest a 3-0 victory in Hinesburg a week ago Tuesday.

Burr and Burton of Manchester, boasting a 13-1 record along with CVU, drew the number two seed. The Redhawks were considered to have had the stronger fall schedule.

Coach T.J. Mead and his Hawks put the lid on the regular season Saturday with a 4-0 victory at North Country Union High’s pad in Newport.

Mike Clayton tallied his 17th goal while Kyle Logan logged his fourth and Nick Spencer his third. Nick Hart chipped in with two assists, giving him seven helpers for the campaign. Henry Sengle also passed off for an assist.

The Redhawks had help from the Falcons, who knocked the ball into their own net.

CVU net minder John Milbank made 10 stops while the Hawks unloaded 16 shots at NCU goalie Chad Letourneau.