Scoring touch comes back to Redhawks (10/15/09)

Girls soccer knocks off MMU

Oct. 15, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

“Get in there!” veteran Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer coach Brad Parker yelled at the ball as it was parked directly in front of a partially empty Mount Mansfield Union High net in the early moments of Tuesday’s game on a wet Hinesburg field.


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Erika Gobeille (6), a senior on the Champlain Valley Union High soccer team, makes a pass during Tuesday's 4-1 win over Mount Mansfield Union High. Gobeille scored one of the Redhawks' goals. For more photos, visit

The ball was not listening to the coach. It was finally cleared out of the zone by Mount Mansfield players.

But the sphere did find the payoff area several times later in the game as CVU put together a 4-1 victory and boosted its record to 8-0-3. The Cougars fell to 6-4-1.

“We are playing well,” Parker said after the game, which set up Thursday’s contest at 6-5 South Burlington High. The Redhawks are back home Tuesday to take on 3-6-1 Essex. CVU and the Hornets played to a scoreless draw in Essex 12 days ago.

That began a two-game set of deadlocks in which the Hawks scored only once, that in a 1-all tie at home with Burlington. Thus the four goals Tuesday were very welcome.

The first two tallies came midway in the first half. Shelby Hanlon fired a shot from the left side at 23:41 and just two minutes later, Lindsay Hawley, getting a rebound from her corner kick, unleashed a 25-footer past MMU net minder Bea Hassler.

The goals were Hanlon’s third and Hawley’s first.

Early in the second half, with rain pelting down, Erika Gobeille took a pass from Emma Eddy, maneuvered in front of the cage and lifted a neatly placed 20-yard shot just under the cross bar and beyond the reach of Hassler. It was her fourth score.

Molly Howard fired her fourth goal of the season moments later, with the assist going to Hannah Turnbaugh.

Halley Fisher got MMU on the board later in the half.

The wet field, with a fair amount of standing water, made the game a splatter fest. Still, CVU defender general Haleigh Smith, who had some stellar defensive moments, said playing in the slippery conditions was fun.

For most of the game, CVU with solid midfield play dominated the all-important geographical imperative and might have had even more scores but for deep defensive play of Cougars Lindsay Kilday and Abby Cole, plus Hassler’s work in the cage.

The Redhawks lost senior midfielder Lindsay Kingston in the first half with a knee injury.

Goalies Emily Sackett and Sarah Monteith had four saves for CVU while Hassler turned away nine shots.