Thursday April 17, 2014
After two postponed matches, the Rebels began the season to defend back to back championship titles. South Burlington was victorious in its first two matches of the season, defeating CVU at home on Thursday, April 10 5-2, before traveling the following day to beat St. Johnsbury 6-1. The Rebels travel to Essex on Wednesday, April 16, and have a short break in their regular season action before facing Colchester on April 28.
The girl’s tennis team also faced a pair of postponed regular season matches, but made up for it with two wins in their first two matches this past week. The Rebels traveled to CVU and dispatched the Redhawks 5-2 on Thursday, before hosting St. Johnsbury and defeating the Hilltoppers 6-1. South Burlington hosts Essex on April 16, before hosting Colchester on April 28.
The Rebels scored a second big win this past week, upending Burr & Burton 15-9 on Friday. Sarah Fisher and Ashley Norris led their team in scoring, with four goals apiece. Coach Anjie Soucy was impressed with the performance of her veteran starters, while emphasizing the importance of newer players stepping up to fill critical roles on the field. “The returning starters are really stepping up so far this season,” said Soucy. “Fisher, Norris, Shannon Flaherty, and Casey Johnson are some of the more experienced Rebels who are filling in the spaces left by departing seniors Allie Flaherty and Anne-Marie Farmer. This is giving our offense a very different look, but we are optimistic.”
Optimistic would be putting it mildly, if double-digit wins like the Friday victory over Burr & Burton weren’t business as usual for South Burlington. Johnson and Flaherty also stepped up to attack the net aggressively in the win; both players netted three goals in the game, while Flaherty added three assists to Johnson’s one. While South Burlington’s offense was providing the fireworks, it was the defense that sealed the win for the Rebels. Coach Soucy knows that it’s a solid and consistent defensive effort that will give the Rebels license to run their potent offense throughout the season. “Returning starting seniors Sage Barton and Haley Worgan have continued right where they left off last year and are taking charge. Goalie Courtney Barrett has started off the season wonderfully and is obviously a key component to our success. This core group of returning starters is going to be the driving force behind the team and hopefully allow us to make another long, post-season run.” Barrett finished with twelve saves in the game, as South Burlington improves to 2-0 on the season. The Rebels will try and build on their momentum when they travel to Spaulding on Friday, April 18.
The South Burlington boy’s team may have had to wait an extra week for the start of their regular season, but it worked to their advantage as the Rebels came out firing on all cylinders in Saturday’s 21-3 route of MMU. On offense, South Burlington’s attack unit worked in cohesion to dominate the action. Dylan Avery had a once-in-a-lifetime performance, taking advantage of every opportunity to drive on the Cougars goal while netting seven scores in the game and contributing an assist. Teammate Cam Nolting also delivered a force-of-nature performance for his team around the goal, transitioning the ball effectively to set up open looks before striking the net for five goals and an assist. Despite South Burlington’s offensive theatrics, head coach Gar Smith declared it a game dominated by the Rebel’s defense and stressed a focus on areas of improvement rather than highlight reel scoring. “It was a great first win, but we need to continue to focus and clean up our game.” said Smith “We had ten penalties in the game, which is unacceptable.” Other Rebels who scored in the game included Sam Desautels, who had two goals and a whopping six assists, Jackson Hall with two goals, and Will Champagne, who finished with a goal and three assists