Thursday October 09, 2014
South Burlington hosted Essex in their single matchup from this past week, falling to the Hornets 2-0. Despite the loss, coach Anjie Soucy was able to focus on the positive improvements that she’s seen in her team throughout the season, as well as how they’ve improved since their 4-0 loss to these same Hornets on 9/9. “The team has shown tremendous progress since the early season matchup with the Hornets.” said Soucy “Our team put tremendous pressure on the Essex defense early in the contest. The Hornets managed to score two goals, one in each half. Madi Grabowski did a fantastic job of containing Essex’s standout player, Kathleen Young. Melissa Valgoi showed poise throughout the game, shutting down several breakaway opportunities by the Hornets.” Liz Sargent anchored the game in goal for her team and, despite giving up the two deciding scores, Sargent made an impressive eighteen saves and executed some excellent clears. Soucy encourages her team to focus on the positive aspects of the performances, while continually working on areas of improvement. “We have a very busy week.” she said, “We’re traveling to Colchester on Tuesday, host Burlington on Wednesday, and host CVU in the big homecoming game on Friday night. These are three good matchups for the Rebels and the team is looking to sweep the week.” With the loss, South Burlington falls to 5-4 on the season.
South Burlington kept Saturday’s matchup against CVU close in the first half, going into halftime with the contest tied 14-14. A second half meltdown saw the Redhawks outscore the Rebels 21-0 in the final two quarters to defeat South Burlington by a score of 35-14. The Redhawks capitalized on their defense and special teams, and got an outstanding performance in both categories. Jake Labelle and Thomas Demag each rushed for a touchdown in the game, to account for South Burlington’s scoring. With the loss, the Rebels fall to 1-5 on the season.
South Burlington returned to the notoriously grueling Thetford course this past week to face some nasty hills and looked to defend their title as Woods Trail Champions. Once again, the Rebels dominated the 5k run, finishing with a first-place score of 115, ahead of second place East Greenwich and third place Essex. With a fully healthy and available roster, South Burlington’s veteran runners simply turned on their afterburners and did what they do best. Sean MacDonald led the way for the Rebels, finishing 9th out of a staggering field of more than eight-hundred runners! Joey Staples was right behind MacDonald, crossing the finish line in the 11th spot, while Brandon Moran, James Gregoire, and Andy Tuttle rounded out the Rebel’s scoring five with 20th, 36th, and 44th place finishes respectively. Additionally, Ben Moran set a new course record for competing freshman at Thetford, finishing 72nd overall with a time of 18:37.43.
In the girl’s race, Eliza Thomas led the pack for the Rebel runners. The senior cruised to a 47th place finish out of a field of more than six-hundred competing runners. Madison Duffy, Katie McLane, Jessica Beaulieu, and Stasia Tucker all ran hard for South Burlington. While the final scores didn’t fall in the Rebel’s favor, the team never gave up on the always-challenging Thetford Woods Trail and proved that they have the talent and determination to be competitive in any race they enter this season. Both teams travel to Mount Mansfield on 9/10 for one last race before they face the NVAC Championships in Swanton on 9/18.
South Burlington hosted CVU this past Wednesday, handily dispatching the Redhawks by a score of 1-0. The Rebels are riding a four game win streak, and improve to 8-1 on the season. With only five games remaining in the regular season (and only one at home), the Rebels hit the road this week to face St. Albans and Burlington.
It’s been a challenging season for the girl’s team, and this past week did little to change the situation. The Rebels struggled at home and on the road this week, failing to score a goal in a 4-0 loss to CVU and a 3-0 loss to St. Albans. South Burlington will try to light a fire under their offense on the road this week, as they travel to Burlington before returning home to host Mount Mansfield. South Burlington is 2-8 on the season.