Oct. 6: Rebel Recap

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Thursday October 06, 2016

Girls Soccer

The Rebel girls soccer team went 1-1 last week. On September 27, South Burlington hosted 5-1 Colchester. After giving up goals in the 23rd and 68th minute, the Lakers pulled away with a 2-0 victory. Bailey Burt made 10 saves and the Rebel offense was unable to take advantage of their scoring opportunities. They are now 1-1 on the season versus Colchester.

Three days later, the Rebels hosted another division 1 opponent in Essex High School. They bounced back in a big way with a 2-0 win of their own against the Hornets. In the 42nd minute, Olivia Dion received a pass from Cameron Peyko and found the back of the net. Again, in the 64th minute, Maddie Liebegott dribbled around two defenders and found Cora Kakalec who was able to finish the scoring opportunity for her first varsity goal. Bailey Burt secured three saves in the win. Their next game is October 8 versus Spaulding.

Cross Country

The boys and girls cross country team traveled to Thetford on Saturday, October 1. The boys team finished 4th overall and 2nd in Vermont. Lucas Calcagni paced the Rebels with a 26th place finish and set a sophomore course record. Trevor Houchens (33rd), Kevin Le (34th), Ethan Sheffield (38th) and Jackson Hauman rounded (70th) out the top five for the Rebels.

The girls team participated in the same Woods Trail Run. The girls team finished in 29th place overall and 12th for Vermont. Both teams race again on October 7 at Mills Riverside Park.


The SB volleyball program had a full slate of matches last week. The varsity team had three away matches at Vermont Commons School on Monday, September 26, Rice Memorial on Tuesday, and Burlington on Thursday. The Rebels continue to show signs of improvement, winning a set versus Vermont Commons School and battling to some close finishes in the other sets from the week. The JV team also won its first match against Rice, a positive sign for what’s to come in the future. There is also a boys team competing in the new program. Next up is a match at the Edge versus Mid Vermont Christian Friday, October 7. This will be the Coaches vs. Cancer match as well as senior night.

Field Hockey

The field hockey team headed into a three game week looking to maintain its unblemished record. The team first faced Mt. Abe in Bristol on Tuesday. The game started off and the Rebels found the back of the net a mere 42-seconds into regulation. Despite controlling much of the play, the Rebels had to up the intensity when the Eagles tied the game with 9 minutes left in regulation. From that point on, the Rebels put things into high gear and Kate Hall was able to put in the game winner with 2:30 left. Then, 48 hours later, the Rebels hit the road again and headed to Middlebury. The Rebel offense was in full swing with Joan Vera leading the charge with 2 goals and 2 assists. Emma Liebegott and Kate Hall once again tallied for the Rebels. Liz Sargent made a dazzling post to post save on a high shot that kept Middlebury at bay until they scored on a penalty shot. It was a quick turnaround for the Rebels as they played host to Colchester on Saturday afternoon. The team once again found the back of the net multiple times and walked away with a 4-0 win. Maggie Miller opened the scoring for the Rebels before halftime and the Rebels then put things away quickly with a penalty stroke by Kate Hall and goals by Joan Vera and Emma Liebegott, all 3 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Other highlights from the week include the play of midfielders Julia Finnegan, Grace Hoehl, and  Madi Grabowski who are proving to be tough to penetrate, and solid play from senior forward Maddie Ireland and junior Willow Yager. The Rebels are at the midway point of the season with a 7-0 record; the second half will prove much more intense as all the teams will start vying for playoff positions.

The Rebel field hockey team was also recognized by MAXFieldHockey and garnered New England Region team of the week on September 28th and also earned a top 20 ranking sliding in at #20. According to the press release, “South Burlington has established themselves as the team to beat again in Vermont. The defending Division 1 State Champions are off to a perfect 4-0 start. Last week, Anjie Soucy’s squad beat then undefeated Essex High School 3-1 to claim sole passion of the #1 spot in the VPA Division 1 standings and to remain the only Division 1 undefeated team.”

Their next game is against rival Essex on October 7.


The football team lost last week’s game at home to Division 1 power Middlebury, 42-3. The offense had difficulty securing first downs and the defense struggled to contain Middlebury’s high-powered offense. South Burlington only trailed 14-0 at the half before Middlebury lengthened their lead. South Burlington’s points came from their field goal unit led by McKenna Cooper who kicked a 25 yard field goal in the final minute of regulation. Next week’s game is on October 7 at BFA St. Albans.

Boys Soccer

On Wednesday, September 28, South Burlington’s boys soccer team defeated Colchester 3-0. Amerlin Nemeye, Patrick O’Hara and Ben Lambert had the goals for the Rebels. Brendan Precourt made two saves in the win. On Saturday, the Rebels dropped a close game to Essex 2-3. Patrick O’Hara and Mike Flaherty helped the Rebels erase deficits in the second half. Amerlin Nemeye had both assists and Brendan Precourt secured four saves. The Rebels finished the week with a 6-2 record and play next on October 7 at home versus Spaulding.

SOURCE: Drew Gordon