Thursday October 02, 2014
The Rebels came up on the short end of a low scoring contest this past Friday night, falling to Mount Mansfield at home 7-0. South Burlington has gotten some terrific performances out of quarterback Thomas Demag throughout this season, but Friday night’s matchup against the Cougars wasn’t one of them. The Rebels crippled their own chances for victory by giving up a cringe-worthy six turnovers in the game, negating any positive performance the team could muster on offense against the determined Cougars.
Mount Mansfield broke the game open in the third quarter when a blown coverage left Cougar’s wide receiver Justin Fischer in the clear and quarterback Dominic Mosca connected with him on a forty-two yard touchdown pass. Mosca also snagged one of the five interceptions thrown by the Rebels, as well as using his skills as a punter to twice pin South Burlington within their own ten yard line. Jake LaBelle found limited success on the ground, picking up 69 yards on thirteen carries, while Cam Nolting proved to be DeMag’s most available target in the passing game, accounting for half of South Burlington’s receptions and 100 of the team’s 115 receiving yards. DeMag struggled in his decision making against an aggressive Mount Mansfield defense and a ball-hawking secondary, completing just 10-35 passes in the game for 115 yards and 5 interceptions. South Burlington is at a critical juncture in their season as they fall to 1-4 with the loss, and will have to put together a badly needed win on the road when they travel to CVU next Saturday, 10/4.
The Rebels took two difficult losses in the two games that they played this past week. South Burlington struggled in their first Metro League matchup of the season last Monday when they fell to the Lakers at Colchester 3-1. The team returned home on Friday where they once again fell to Essex 3-1, the second time that the Rebels have fallen to the Hornets this season. With the two losses, South Burlington’s record falls to 2-6 on the season. The Rebels will have hosted CVU on Tuesday (after press deadline) before travelling to face BFA on Friday.
The Rebels built upon the momentum of a big tournament win against Rutland and a 3-0 shutout of St. Johnsbury last week, taking it on the road to pick up two key wins against Colchester and Essex. South Burlington defeated Colchester 3-1 on Wednesday, before traveling to Essex on Friday to defeat the Hornets 5-1. For the Rebels, it was the first time they decisively defeated the Hornets in the last three years, recording six losses (including falling 2-1 on 9/17) and a tie against Essex since 2011. South Burlington’s Aiman Ginawi led the Rebels with a pair of goals and an assist in the game. Ginawi got a lot of help from his teammates, as Dinesh Khadka assisted both of his scores and Patrick O’Hara and Ismail Temirov also scored in the contest. South Burlington fired in three of its goals in the final thirteen minutes of play to seal the victory and improve to an impressive 7-1 record on the season.
After absorbing a tough 1-0 road loss last week against CVU, the Rebels bounced back with authority as they returned to South Burlington for the first two matchups of a three-game home stand. The Rebels shut-out Mount Abraham 1-0 on Wednesday, before defeating Mount Mansfield 2-1 on Saturday. Head coach Anjie Soucy, while optimistic about her team’s performance in the two games, continued to stress team chemistry and a focus on the fundamentals that have gotten South Burlington to this point in the season. “Wednesday’s game was our seventh game of the season, putting us at 4-3 and officially marking the midpoint of our regular season.” said Soucy “The team is working on increased intensity and focus for the second half of the season, and we, as a group, are increasing our expectations. We won Saturday 2-1 against MMU to get things rolling. The team is really starting to do the little things well, and the new comers are learning to adjust to the pace, skill level, and strategy of the varsity game.” This team expansion, development, and roster depth is built around a core of veteran players who, Soucy says, are handling the game as expected. “Liz Sargent has grown tremendously in goal, and her play is boosting the confidence of the entire team. Meanwhile, we’ve had a trio of exceptional mid-fielders step-up to the varsity level in sophomores Olivia Dickinson, Julia Finnegan, and Kimmy Norris. With this past week’s wins, South Burlington improves to 5-3 on the season. The team will have had one matchup this week, hosting Essex on Tuesday 9/30 (after press deadline) and hoping for a different result from their last meeting when the Hornets shut out the Rebels 4-0 on 9/9.
The Rebels crossed state lines this past week to compete in the Manchester Cross Country Invitational. Thirty-three teams were on hand and the South Burlington boys team finished an astounding third out of the competing schools. The Rebels had as close to a complete roster as they’ve had in several races, and the added depth showed up in the rankings. James Gregoire and Sean MacDonald, two of the veterans on South Burlington’s roster, led the way for the Rebels. Gregoire finished 8th out of a field of more than two-hundred and thirty competing runners, with MacDonald just a few spots behind him with a 15th place finish. Brandon Moran and Joey Staples continued to establish themselves as reliable and consistent competitors in the Rebel’s lineup, finishing 21st and 27th respectively.
The South Burlington girls turned in another positive showing at Manchester, finishing in the middle of the pack as a team with a 14th overall finish out of twenty-three competing schools. Megan Cook led the Rebel pack, finishing 8th out of the 156 girls in competition. A little under a minute separated Cook from her trailing teammates, as Eliza Thomas followed her and finished 47th. Nicole Turner, Kelsey Perrotte, Madison Duffy, Katie McLane, and Jessica Beaulieu rounded out the competing Rebel runners to cross the finish line at Manchester. Both the boys and girls teams travel to Thetford on 10/4 for the Thetford Invitational and will face one of the most challenging courses in their cross-country season.