Undefeated girls soccer defends home turf (Sept., 11, 2008)

Sept. 11, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Three straight home games were on the docket for the 3-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team, starting with Wednesday’s contest against highly regarded, 2-0 Essex High.

Next up is a 10 a.m. Spirit Day contest with Stowe High on Saturday. Mount Mansfield Union High will come in for a 4:30 p.m. match on Tuesday to close out the brief home stand.

The Redhawks’ last two victories came on late winning scores by sophomores Emma Eddy and Kendall Berry.


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Hannah Turnbough (left), a Champlain Valley Union High junior, battles South Burlington’s Anna Young for control of the ball in Thursday’s overtime win.

Eddy popped home a deciding tally on Saturday in St. Albans to give coach Brad Parker’s charges a 3-2 triumph over Bellows Free Academy. Eddy’s goal snapped a 2-2 tie with six minutes remaining in the second half.

Juniors Haleigh Smith and Hannah Turnbough scored first half pointers for the Redhawks, who held a 12-10 advantage in shots on goal.

Berry’s game-winner came Thursday afternoon, the lone score in a 1-0 overtime victory over visiting South Burlington at the CVU soccer pitch.

With just over four minutes gone in the first 10-minute overtime period and a crowd of players scrambling in front of the South Burlington net, Berry got her foot on a loose ball and sent it into the right corner of the cage.

The play began with a direct kick by CVU senior captain Asia Sienko from about 25 yards out.

“I try to get the shot right on the goal,” said Sienko, who scored on a similar play in the season-opening, 3-1 victory at Rice Memorial High.

This time the ball deflected off bodies until Berry knocked it into the net.

It was a significant win for the young team — 13 players gone from 2007 — which is still finding its way, thus far with success.

“We have been working hard,” said Sienko, adding that good conditioning has helped in the late summer heat.

Sophomore goalie Emily Sackett made seven stops to earn her first career shutout.

CVU had nine shots at South Burlington net minder Sydney Stevens.

Lindsay Kingston was among CVU’s defensive standouts, while Jahala Dudley was a rampaging threat on offense.