One goal means difference between BHS and CVU (11/12/09)

Seahorses best Redhawks for girls soccer title

Nov. 12, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Goaltender Emily Sackett was disappointed after her Champlain Valley Union High team suffered a 1-0 loss to defending champion Burlington High on Saturday afternoon in the Division 1 title test, played on Burlington’s synthetic turf.


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Champlain Valley Union High’s Amanda Kinneston (21) carries the ball in the Division 1 title game against Burlington High on Saturday. The Seahorses scored with their only shot on net, winning the title 1-0.


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CVU co-captain Lindsay Kingston (7) keeps the ball away from BHS defender Annie Baker.


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Kendall Berry (16) of Champlain Valley Union High goes after the ball in the Redhawks’ 1-0 semifinal victory over Rice Memorial last Wednesday.

But the junior net minder was soon looking ahead to 2010.

“We have a lot of promise for next year,” Sackett opined. “I can’t wait to play them … hopefully next year will be the year.”

It was the third time in three seasons that Burlington has taken out the Redhawks in postseason play by a 1-0 score at the BHS field. And in three contests this season, the Seahorses held CVU off the scoreboard — first with a previous 0-0 deadlock in Hinesburg and then with a 1-0 win in the regular campaign closer at the Seahorses field.

Sackett’s optimism for next year may be well placed. The Redhawks lose eight solid contributors to graduation, but have 14 varsity players returning and some ambitious athletes from a successful junior varsity program.

Saturday’s defeat was additionally disappointing because the Redhawks played a solid defensive game and generally controlled midfield. They held Burlington to one lone shot on goal, but it went into the net with 17:17 left in the game.

The shot from the foot of BHS junior Liz Green, her first score of the season, came following a Burlington throw in from deep in CVU territory and a pass from Haley Smith. The ball ricocheted off the right post and into the net.

“It was a good shot,” Sackett said. “It hit the post and went in. There is nothing you can do about it.”

Throughout the defensive struggle, CVU held an edge in territorial play and outshot the Seahorses 6-1, but only 1-1 in the second half. The Redhawks commanded a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Red and White just missed taking the lead with 11:35 to go in the first half when veteran BHS goaltender Stephanie Jacques dived to her right to corral a hard shot from an open Amanda Kinneston. It was the most dramatic of six saves by Jacques.

Earlier, Redhawks Lindsay Kingston, Kendall Berry and Addie Peterson had all made threatening rushes on the BHS goal, only to be thwarted by the stifling Burlington deep defenders.

For the second game in a row, Peterson, a senior, was given the job of shutting down the opposition’s leading scorer; once again she got the job done, this time on BHS senior Tonya Conley.

“At least they (BHS) won on a good goal,” CVU coach Brad Parker said after the game.

Parker felt his team played well and pretty much controlled matters at midfield.

Fifth-seeded Burlington closed with a 10-2-6 mark after allowing only five goals all year.

The second-seeded Redhawks finish 13-2-3.


Defense wins semifinal match

CVU reached the title tilt with a thrilling, 1-0 semifinal victory over Rice Memorial last Wednesday on a muddy field at Hinesburg.

Defender and long shot artist Lindsay Hawley scored the lone tally with a remarkable 35-yard blast with 31:40 left in the game.

Hawley, with a pair of defenders on her, made a couple of stutter steps, turned and launched a high shot that found the net, just under the crossbar and beyond the reach of Rice goalie Alayna Hauke. Emma Eddy got the assist.

The CVU midfielders and defenders were at their best, helping the Redhawks rack up a 16-2 advantage in shots on goal. Berry had a great game as her long, loping strides played a big role in constantly getting the ball up the field into Rice territory.

Peterson, charged with keeping Rice star Brittany Pfaff from scoring, got the job done. Pfaff, the state’s Division 1 second all-time scorer with 107 career goals, got only one shot, a direct kick that sailed high over the CVU net.

“This was perhaps our best game of the season,” Parker said afterward.

The Redhawks also played very well Saturday.

It was the final appearance in the CVU soccer flannels for seniors Kylie deGroot, Hannah Turnbaugh, Erika Gobeille, Rachel Lesperance, Haleigh Smith, Nicole Utter, Kingston and Peterson.