Thursday October 01, 2015
The South Burlington girl’s team got things moving in the right direction after a pair of hard fought victories this past week. The Rebels focused on shoring up their defense and didn’t give up a goal in the two contests, defeating Burlington in their homecoming matchup 1-0 and then stopping Essex 2-0 on Friday night. “Tonight’s game was definitely a highlight for the team, so far this season.” said team captain Ellie Riehle “We passed in the middle beautifully and were patient when we had possession, which were two things that we have been really trying to work on. We are looking forward to continuing our winning streak Monday (after press deadline) when we have a chance at redemption against Colchester.” The Rebels previously fell to the Lakers 2-1 on in a home game on 9/16. With the pair of wins, the Rebels improve to 3-4 on the season.
The Rebels struggled to get their offense going Friday, when visiting Essex was able to corral South Burlington 2-0. Essex managed a goal in each half and kept South Burlington off balance with aggressive defensive play to hold on for the shutout. Tyler Ayers made five saves in the loss. Essex improves to 6-2 with the win, while South Burlington falls to 6-2 with the loss.
The Rebels could make little headway against defending champion Middlebury this past Friday night. The Tigers handed the Rebels their fifth loss of the season, sinking South Burlington 41-0. For the Tigers, the shutout represents the team’s incredible 27th straight victory. Middlebury improves to 5-0 on the season, while South Burlington falls to 0-5. The Rebels will host BFA in their final home matchup of the season on Saturday, 10/3.
South Burlington bounced back in the second half of their Thursday night matchup against Middlebury to upend the Tigers 4-3. Katie Young led the Rebels with two goals in the contest, while Casey Johnson added a goal and an assist, and Kate Hall rounded out South Burlington’s scoring with a goal. Joan Vera also contributed a pair of assists in the game. Liz Sargent made six saves to preserve the win and help improve South Burlington’s record to 6-0 on the season. The Rebels return home to host Essex on Friday, 10/2.
South Burlington traveled to New Hampshire this past weekend to compete in the all-inclusive Manchester Invitational, which hosted boy’s and girl’s 5000m heats that included more than two-hundred competing runners each. Trevor Houchens led the boy’s team, finishing 48th, with a time of 17:05, out of a field of two-hundred and eighty-three! Teammates Kevin Le and Brandon Moran crossed a crowded finish line seconds after Houchens, for the 55th and 57th spots, respectively. In the girl’s race, Eliza Thomas led the way for the Rebels, finishing 76th out of a field of two-hundred and twenty-eight runners with a time of 21:14. Following Thomas were teammates Meghan Cook (86th) and Chloe Zinn (104th) The Rebels return to the Green Mountain state and Thetford for next Saturday’s Thetford Invitational.
SOURCE: Pete Caulkin, Correspondent