Thursday October 16, 2014
There are few ways to sugar-coat South Burlington’s loss to Middlebury on Saturday. The Rebels fell to the Tigers in a 50-0 drubbing that saw South Burlington outplayed in nearly every facet of the game. Middlebury’s Bobby Ritter averaged ten yards a carry in the running game, while quarterback Austin Robinson scrambled for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns.
The Rebels trailed 22-0 at the half, as the Tigers unleashed every weapon in their arsenal and even pulled a few theatrics out of the back of their playbook to take advantage of the struggling South Burlington defense. While the Rebels held the Tigers in check through their first two offensive series, Cullen Hathaway took off for a 66 yard rushing score on Middlebury’s third series and, later in the half, took a trick handoff before launching a half-back pass to teammate Connor Quinn for a score. Justin Stone wrapped up Middlebury’s scoring with another rushing touchdown. South Burlington’s post season hopes are slipping out of grasp as the Rebels fall to 1-6 with the loss. South Burlington has one final game in the regular season, but will have to host a talented Essex program next Friday, 10/17.
The Rebels picked up two more wins this past week, to extend their latest winning streak to six games. The South Burlington defense, which has been outstanding to this point in the season, posted its third straight shutout (and seventh of the year!) when the Rebels traveled to Burlington and upended the Seahorses 2-0.
Mount Mansfield managed to at least put a score on the board against South Burlington, netting a goal off a first-half penalty kick to give the Cougars an early lead in Saturday’s matchup. However, the Rebels answered with three straight scores to lay claim to a 3-1 victory. Aiman Ginawi tied the game with a goal late in the first half, before teammates Ismail Temirov and Patrick O’Hara found the net to seal the victory for South Burlington. Kyle McDonald made two saves in goal for the Rebels, who improve to 11-1 with this past week’s victories. South Burlington hits the road for its final two games of the regular season, traveling to Spaulding and North Country this week.
The Rebels faced a three game stretch this past week and set a team goal to sweep their three matchups. South Burlington picked up the first win in a 2-1 victory over Colchester, with XiXi Halvorson-Phelan’s first career goal providing the difference-maker in the contest. The team returned home to face Burlington this past Wednesday, where the Rebels netted the only goal of the contest to come away with a 1-0 victory. The final matchup of the week was a Friday night contest against CVU. “Friday night’s matchup definitely had a playoff atmosphere to it.” said South Burlington head coach Anjie Soucy. The team played terrific. Casey Johnson converted a penalty stroke, and then Emma Liebegott tipped in Emma Sheffield’s shot to put us up 2-0” Liz Sargent came up with some big saves against heavy pressure from CVU in the second half to help the Rebels hang on to the victory and complete the sweep. “The team is currently tied for third in the state.” said Soucy “It’s very tight, so this week could really shake up the standings.” South Burlington faces Middlebury and Mount Abraham this coming week, in their final two regular season games. While the Rebels defeated both teams earlier in the season, both games came down to 1-0 over time South Burlington victories.
The boys and girls cross-country teams were split between two separate events this past week- the girls traveled to Mount Mansfield, while the boys crossed over into New York for the Eastern State Championships at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx.
Katie McLane led the Rebel girls, finishing 61st out of a field of 125 competing runners. Teammate Jessica Beaulieu followed closely behind her, finishing in the 63rd spot. The team finished seventh out of the eight teams in competition.
The boys team traveled to the Manhattan Cross-Country Invitational and was prepared for a challenge, facing unfamiliar opponents on a new course. James Gregoire and Sean MacDonald led the Rebels, finishing 64th and 65th respectively. Joey Staples crossed the finish-line shortly behind his teammates, finishing in the 76th spot, out of 180 competing runners. The South Burlington boys wrapped up a 19th place team finish out of the 25 schools in competition. Additionally, Ben Moran came in 1st for all freshmen in competition, while teammate Jackson Hauman finished 3rd in the same category.