Redhawks earn top seed in boys soccer

CVU opens postseason at home Friday

Oct. 28, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
Champlain Valley Union High defender C. Todd Forrester (14) contains Essex High’s Devin Renca during last Thursday’s soccer game. CVU improved to 11-0-1 with a 1-0 victory. (Observer photo by Greg Duggan)

As some soccer aficionado might have said, “Home is where the goals are.”

The Division 1 top-seeded Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team earned the friendly confines designation by sweeping through the regular season schedule with a 12-0-1 record while scoring 43 goals and allowing only one. Thus its first two playoff contests — assuming a win in the first — will be on the Hinesburg Heights home grass.

The postseason trek toward a possible second straight crown starts at 3 p.m. on Friday with a quarterfinal contest eighth-seeded Harwood Union (9-6), which beat Spaulding High of Barre (6-9) by a 4-1 score in the opening round on Tuesday.

CVU’s Ryan Boland controls the ball last Thursday. (Observer photo by Greg Duggan)

Last Saturday, the Redhawks laid a 7-0 licking on visiting North Country Union High (6-6-2) in the regular season finale.

The man from Norway, forward Hans Fredrik Fahle, had a momentous game by launching three goals.

Also scoring were Tino and Tanner Tomasi, Shane Haley and Ben Comai. Nick Spencer helped out on three scores and Parker Cornbrooks also had an assist.

CVU out shot the Falcons, 25-4.

Senior Mike Clayton, last year’s top goal scorer who has been forced to the sidelines due to a knee injury this past spring, said he has been impressed with this year’s team.

“We have so many guys who can score,” Clayton said after the win over North Country. “If we were not winning as we are I would really feel bad, but the team is playing well.”

Coach T.J. Mead was of two minds about a six-day layoff before the quarterfinal contest.

“We can use the time to let some injuries heal, but on the other hand the layoff interrupts the flow of action,” he said.

That flow got tested somewhat last Thursday when the Redhawks, on a Tanner Tomasi second half score, nipped invading Essex High 1-0 on a muddy and slippery field.

“We made the most of our opportunity and generally controlled the game,” Mead said.

Saturday’s game was the regular season farewell for a large group of talented and veteran seniors including Kyle Logan, Fahle, Mac Edgerton, Jamie Thayer, Tino Tomasi, Luke Dorfman, Chris Sulva, Ryan Boland, Henry Sengle, Spencer, Erick MacLean, Zach Blanchard and goalkeepers Jeffrey Wettstein and Golden Golann.