Kinneston sets up win over Essex
Oct. 7, 2010By Mal Boright Observer correspondent
Coach Brad Parker and his 7-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team opened a three-game set of road appearances Wednesday with an evening session against defending champion Burlington High. CVU likely entered the game with memories of last autumn’s 1-0 loss to the Seahorses in the Division 1 title game on the BHS carpet.
Wednesday’s game was scheduled for after press deadline.
Travels continue on Friday for a 4 p.m. match at Colchester High and Tuesday when the Redhawks cross the valley to Mount Mansfield Union to try and even matters with the Cougars. MMU scratched out a 1-0 overtime victory when the two met in Hinesburg on Sept. 22.
The last home game for almost two weeks resulted in a solid 4-0 triumph Monday over 4-4 Essex High, the game rescheduled from Saturday due to a field soaked by recent rain.
Attacker Amanda Kinneston proved to be aide-de-camping in the Essex zone as she assisted on all four CVU goals with some classic passing.
The Redhawks dominated play throughout, rolling up an 18-6 edge in shots on goal. Nevertheless, the game remained scoreless until 2:24 remained in the first half, when midfielder Kendall Berry headed in a pass from Kinneston to give the Hawks what proved to be a permanent lead.
“Actually the ball hit here,” Berry said with a grin, pointing to her forehead and top of her nose. “I was able to get behind the defense and Amanda got the ball to me.”
The other three scores came in the second half, starting early when Kinneston passed to Sophia Steinhoff, who advanced the ball some 40 yards toward the Essex goal and launched a hard shot into the left side of the net.
Moments later, Kinneston, on the baseline, found Sienna Searles in front of the Essex cage; Searles, all alone, launched the tally for a 3-0 lead.
The final score came when Kinneston, again near the baseline with the ball, passed to Taylor Goldsborough in front of the Essex cage.
It was the fifth shutout of the campaign for goalie Emily Sackett and the CVU deep defense. Sackett and late reliever junior Bryn Philibert combined for six stops.