Thursday October 29, 2015
The top seeded Rebels advanced in the playoffs after knocking off Middlebury last week 4-1. Consistent offensive weapons Joan Vera and Kate Hall delivered two goals apiece in the game, including a pair of lightning-strikes in the second half that came one after the other to stymie any hopes of a Tigers comeback. Melissa Valgoi, Casey Johnson, and Katie Young contributed assists on the South Burlington scores. Liz Sargent made six saves in goal.
The Rebels advance to the state championship after a 2-1 win in Monday night’s semifinal matchup against 4th seeded Mount Mansfield.
The Rebels advanced in the playoff hunt last week after they knocked off Colchester 1-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup. Patrick O’Hara took a feed from teammate Ben Lambert and redirected it into the Lakers goal for the decisive score in the first half. The South Burlington defense weathered an aggressive offensive push from Colchester in the second half, and while the Rebels bent, the defense and goalie Tyler Ayers refused to break and held off the swarming Lakers to preserve the shutout and the playoff victory. Ayers made four saves in the victory. With the win, South Burlington is 14-2 on the season. The 2nd seeded Rebels advance to face 3rd seeded Rice in the semi-finals on Tuesday, after press time.
After orchestrating a dynamic comeback to knock off Mount Anthony 3-2 in last week’s playdown matchup, the South Burlington girls saw their own season come to an end in Saturday’s quarterfinal as the 11th seeded Rebels got bounced out of the playoffs in a 2-0 loss to 3rd seeded CVU. The Redhawks got a goal in each half while turning back South Burlington’s best scoring attempts. Redhawks goalie Michaela Flore was forced to make just two saves in the game to preserve the shutout win while South Burlington’s Bailey Burt made ten stops for her team. The Rebels wrap up their season with a 7-8-1 record, while the four-time defending champion Redhawks advance to face undefeated 2nd seed Colchester in the semi-final matchup.
The boys and girls teams gutted it out at the NVAC Championship meet Saturday afternoon, but were unable to overcome the dominant Redhawks of CVU. The Rebel boys were the second place finishing team in their race, finishing with a team score of 49. Three South Burlington runners cracked the top ten finishes in the boys race, including leader Trevor Houchens, who finished 6th overall with a time of 16:44.6, Kevin Le (7th, 16:52.2), and Ben Moran (10th, 16:59.3). In the girl’s race, South Burlington finished sixth out of the eight competing teams, with a total team score of 166, without a competing runner breaking into the top ten finishes. The teams advance to Thetford for next week’s State Championship meet held on Oct. 31st.
The Rebels wrapped up their season with a 45-22 loss to Rice in the Div. I consolation game this past weekend. Thomas Demag added a pair of touchdowns for the Rebels, but South Burlington couldn’t slow down the Green Knights Cam Cousino, who rushed for 211 yards and all six Rice touchdowns. Rice wraps up its season at 2-6 while South Burlington falls to 0-9.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent