Oct. 8: Rebel Recap

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Sunday October 11, 2015


South Burlington hosted its final home game of the season Saturday night, falling to visiting BFA 39-24. The Rebels are still looking to pick up their first win of the season as they fall to 0-6.

Girl’s Soccer

The Rebels got roughed up in a 2-0 loss last week, as host school Colchester improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season. The Lakers kept South Burlington Bailey Burt moving in all directions, forcing her to make sixteen saves in the game.

The Rebels got three first half goals from Cameron Peyko to help carry South Burlington past North Country 4-0 last Wednesday night. South Burlington struck early, netting their first two scores within the first seven minutes of competition, and moved the ball effectively as they cruised to a midseason victory. Sonya Hellman, Katie McLean and Bella Nevin each assisted on Peyko’s three scores, while teammate Annika Nielsen also scored a goal to wrap up South Burlington’s scoring. With the victory, the Rebels continue to bolster their win column, sitting at 4-5 on the season.
The Rebels battled to a 1-1 tie against host Spaulding in their third game from this past week. Posie Nash-Gibney directed a precision pass to teammate Cameron Peyko, who delivered the game tying score for South Burlington. Bailey Burt delivered another strong performance in goal for the Rebels, making seven saves to preserve the tie.

Boys Soccer

The Rebels picked up another victory this past week, handily defeating North Country 3-0 last Wednesday. Patrick O’Hara led his team with a goal and an assist in the contest, while teammate Amerlin Nemeye found the net with a penalty kick, and Lucas Shaw also scored to help the Rebels coast past the Thunderbirds. The South Burlington defense turned back anything North Country sent their way, with goal keeper Tyler Ayers being called upon to make just two saves in the game to preserve the shutout victory. South Burlington improves to 7-2 with the win.

South Burlington got another shutout win when they faced off against Spaulding, defeating the Crimson Tide 2-0. Lucas Shaw put the Rebels up by a score with a goal in the first half of play, while Patrick O’Hara added a goal in the second half to seal the victory. Tyler Ayers made two saves in South Burlington’s second consecutive shutout victory.

Field Hockey

The Rebels got an offensive spark from Kate Hall in last week’s matchup against Colchester, and the defense stifled any attempts at a comeback as the Rebels shutout the Lakers 4-0. It took South Burlington a half to get on track, as the game went into the locker room tied 0-0. The Lakers couldn’t contain Hall in the second half, as she netted three goals in the final two periods to help South Burlington build an insurmountable lead. Maggie Miller also scored in the game, to round out South Burlington’s scoring. Despite not surrendering a goal, Liz Sargent faced intense pressure throughout the game from Colchester’s offense and made eleven saves in the contest to preserve the shutout victory.

South Burlington suffered its first loss of the season last week, coming up just short against Essex in a 3-2 loss. Katie Young contributed a goal and an assist for the Rebels, while Kate Hall also contributed a goal. Liz Sargent made six saves for South Burlington, who falls to 7-1 with the loss.

Cross Country

The Rebels traveled to Thetford this past weekend for the Thetford Relays, an event that included nearly fifteen-hundred runners from high schools all across New England. Because of the size of the event, runners were seeded into five different competitive brackets. As teams, the South Burlington boys finished 10th overall, out of the 63 teams in competition, while the girls finished 20th out of 53 teams. In the first seeded race, South Burlington’s Trevor Houchens and Meghan Cook led the Rebels in their respective divisions; Houchens finished 30th (17:33.03) while Cook finished 81st (22:01.04) Luca Calcagni paced the Rebels in the second seeded race, finishing 18th (18:38.45), while the girl’s team didn’t have a competing runner. The third seed was led by Alex Gordon (25th, 19:50.93) for the boy’s team and Sierra Duffy (14th, 23:12.33) for the girls, while Eli Grossman (9th, 20:32.04) and Jessica Bealieu (22nd, 25:41.14) led South Burlington in the fourth seed. Rory McMackin and Laura Datillo wrapped up the fifth seeded race, finishing 57th (24:16.04) and 22nd (27:56.96) respectively. “We had 10 athletes improve by 30 seconds or more from the same meet last year, and 12 run a season PR on what is considered to be one of the toughest courses in Vermont.” said head coach Geoff Bennett. McMackin and Grossman were included on the PR list, a group that also included teammates Spencer McClary, Greg Desautels, Brandon Lee, Jack Main, Avery Barrino, Tristan McNight, Avi Cohen, Harry Quick, Andrew MacDonald, and Alec McCrae. The teams travel to Harwood next weekend, and prepare for the NVAC Championships the following weekend on 10/24.

SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent