Redhawks dominant in field hockey win (9/3/09)

CVU takes on Essex High on Friday

Sept. 3, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

It took less than a minute for the defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team to take control of Burlington High and eventually register a 5-0 victory in Tuesday’s season opener at the BHS field.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Champlain Valley Union High’s KK Logan (19) unleashes a shot during Tuesday’s field hockey game against Burlington High School. CVU took the win, 5-0, in the season opener. Logan scored a goal and had two assists.

After a few postgame celebratory minutes, coach Kate McDonald and her Redhawks turned their attention to Friday’s 4 p.m. visit to 0-1 Essex High, always a challenging foe.

If Essex had scouts at Tuesday’s blastoff, they saw CVU totally dominate the contest in BHS territory and at midfield.

The Redhawks led 4-0 by halftime, had two goals called back by officials and held Burlington without a shot on goalies Elizabeth Godette and, for the final nine minutes, Sami Kassel.

In the meantime, hardworking BHS net minder Eileen Gomez made 18 stops.

CVU’s scoring came from its core veterans. Emmaleigh Loyer notched three goals and added an assist. KK Logan, who missed the last half of the title season with a knee injury, added a goal and two assists while Louise Gibbs flipped in a nifty pass from Loyer with just 55 seconds gone in the game to launch the Redhawks’ domination.

At 17:32, Loyer tipped in a Logan shot/pass and at 12:36, Logan unleashed a goal from the right side. Loyer scored again on a pass from Kelsey Jensen just before halftime.

In the meantime, Jensen, Loyer and others kept Burlington from mounting any kind of offensive threat. In fact, the Seahorses did not get seriously past midfield until there were just under seven minutes to go in the first half.

Loyer got the final score at 23:03 of the second half, snapping in a shot after a Logan charge through the BHS defense.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Emmaleigh Loyer of CVU controls the ball during Tuesday’s game. Loyer scored three times and added an assist.

This came after Jensen had a score nullified after being judged out of the circle when she cut loose a long blast into the cage.

Even in the second half, Burlington was unable to invade CVU defensive territory for a sustained threat of a decent shot on goal.

“That was awesome,” McDonald told her team of its efforts after the contest.

Loyer agreed that the team wanted to get off to a fast start and that early, “we got our rhythm going.”

Godette, the veteran goalkeeper, grinned when asked about “a tough day at the office.”

“I am always nervous when a game begins until I get to touch the ball,” she replied. “Today, I never got to touch the ball.”