Second straight win puts boys soccer back on track 9/25/08

Sept. 25, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After losing two games in a row for the first time in years, the Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team seems to have its groove back.

Courtesy photo by Sara Blake
Andrew Blake (15), a junior on the Champlain Valley Union High soccer team, goes up for a header in a game against South Burlington earlier this month.

Coach T.J. Mead’s young players open the second half of their schedule Friday night against North Country Union in Newport. They’ll have a two-game win streak in tow and an overall 4-2-1 record.

The latest victory came Monday in Hartford, where the six-time defending Division I champs nipped the Hurricanes 1-0 on a goal by forward Matt Sulva, who was assisted by midfielder Chris Beaton. The game was a makeup of a Sept. 3 contest halted by thunder and lightning.

The Redhawks’ had suffered defeats at the feet of South Burlington High on Sept. 13 and Mount Mansfield Union on Sept. 17, but began their recovery last Friday on the home grass with a 3-0 booting of visiting Colchester High.

Tino Tomasi, Henry Sengle and Beaton produced the scores, while Sulva was an offensive dervish all afternoon deep in the Lakers’ defensive zone.

CVU had 11 shots on the Colchester net with Lakers’ net minder Lucas Pelcher robbing Tomasi and Brayden McKenna.

The loss at the Jericho Center lair of the Mount Mansfield Union High Cougars was CVU’s second dip in three years in those hills.

The last time the Redhawks got nailed twice in a row was likely back in the last century—1998, according to veteran observers.

As sports wisdom has it, if you are going to defeat a young but talented team, best chance to do it is early in the season.