Spirit Day downer for CVU boys soccer (Sept. 18, 2008)

Sept. 18, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

No doubt smarting from their first loss to South Burlington High since 1990, the Champlain Valley Union High boys’ soccer team hoped to get back on the winning side of things on Wednesday at Mount Mansfield Union.

Observer photo by Pogo Senior
Champlain Valley Union High fans cheer on the men’s varsity soccer team and Harrison Gatos waves the school colors during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest against South Burlington High. South Burlington’s Rebels won 2-1, handing the Redhawks their first loss in nearly two years.

The Redhawks will then play host to Colchester High at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in Hinesburg. The Lakers entered the week with a 4-2 season mark.

Coach T.J. Mead’s youthful Redhawks (2-1-1) got some pointers from the veteran 4-1 South Burlington team. The Rebels shook off a 1-0 halftime deficit with two second half goals for its historic 2-1 victory. In the process, they gave CVU its first loss in nearly two years.

Tom Eddy’s third goal in two games got CVU the first half advantage, with Jack Jesset assisting.

The Rebels, however, grabbed geographical advantage in the second half and potted scores by Noah Johnson and Ethan Martin in the first 12 minutes of the closing 40.

Two days prior to the Spirit Day rumble with the Rebs, CVU bopped visiting Route 116 neighbor Mount Abraham Union of Bristol. The Redhawks won 5-0 and didn’t allow a shot on net.

Tino Tomasi and Eddy each slammed home a pair of tallies for the Redhawks, while Jesset nailed a goal. Kyle Logan had two assists.

In chalking up their second shutout of the campaign, the Redhawks outshot Mount Abe 18-0.