Thursday September 11, 2014
The Rebels were involved in another battle this past Friday night when they took on Colchester. For the second week in a row, South Burlington came up short as the Rebels fell to the Lakers 22-13. The Lakers did nearly all their damage through their rampaging ground attack, racking 246 yards on the ground. South Burlington had little answer for the Colchester rushers, as the Laker’s Kyle Walker crossed the goal line for the decisive touchdown with just a minute and a half remaining in the contest.
Walker set the tempo early for his team as well, scoring Colchester’s first touchdown on a seven yard dash with 1:06 remaining in the first quarter. South Burlington’s Thomas DeMag took over at quarterback for the Rebels and evened the game after connecting on an 89 yard pass to teammate Cam Nolting. South Burlington nearly got a critical break on the ensuing drive; the Lakers drove deep into Rebel territory until Colchester coughed up the football at the one yard line. Officials determined that the ball deflected off the endzone pylon before spinning out of bounds, returning the football to Colchester on the one yard line as opposed to returning the ball to South Burlington with a touchback. A quarterback sneak on the next play gave Colchester a 13-6 and the Lakers extended their lead to 16-6 with a field goal on the following possession.
DeMag kept his team in the fight, hooking up with Nolting once again for a 59-yard bubble screen. However, the Lakers shored up their defense and shut down three potential scoring opportunities for the Rebels, all of which ended within the Colchester twenty-yard line. Nolting finished with three receptions for 169 yards, while Colby Barrett rushed for 57 yards on the ground. South Burlington had 286 yards of offense compared to Colchester’s 258, with the Lakers passing for just 12 yards in the game. With the loss, South Burlington falls to 0-2 on the season. The Rebels will look for their first win of the season when they host Brattleboro on Friday, September 12th.
The Rebels fell to the Essex Hornets in their second contest of the regular season by a score of 5-1. The Hornets rode a four goal onslaught to victory in the second half, and the Rebels were unable to answer the feverish scoring output. Annika Nielsen attacked the net aggressively for South Burlington, converting a feed from teammate Kayla Gilding into South Burlington’s lone score of the game. Morgan Mahar withstood intense pressure from Essex, and made fifteen saves for South Burlington. With the loss, the Rebels fall to 0-2.
The Rebels split their first two games of the regular season, falling 1-0 to Rutland in their season opener before shutting down MMU 4-2 for their first win in the season. Despite the split, head coach Anjie Soucy was optimistic about what she saw from her team in the first week of action. “Even in the loss to Rutland, the team played great,” said Soucy. The Rebels have brought some new offensive weapons to the field this season, with Joan Vera, Casey Johnson, Emma Sheffield, and Olivia Dickinson netting South Burlington’s goals against MMU. In addition, Soucy is optimistic about the core of upperclassmen who are leading this year’s roster. “Johnson, Sheffield, Xixi Halvorson-Phelan, and Conner Shea are really stepping up and leading the team by example,” said Soucy. “They are all contributing in numerous ways. On defense, returning sophomores Melissa Valgoi and Madi Grabowski are handling the pressure for the other teams with a lot of poise. Their experience last season as freshman is really paying off. Sophomore Liz Sargent is stepping in as our goalie and is making strides daily.” Soucy was also impressed with newcomer Vera, who has quickly established herself as a critical component of South Burlington’s game plan. “She is contributing in a large capacity as a center forward and plays a huge role in all aspects of the game,” said Soucy. “The entire group of underclassmen are showing a lot of promise and are contributing to our overall play.”
The Rebel’s boys and girls cross-country teams kicked off their regular season this past week at Red Rocks, hosting the Rebel Class races for their first home meet of the season. The boys team blew away the competition, finishing first out of the eight competing schools. The girls team had some great individual performances, but finished fifth out of the five competing schools.
Four South Burlington runners placed in top ten spots in the boys race, with Sean MacDonald dominating the field and breaking the tape for a first place finish. James Gregoire and Joey Staples were hot on his heels, finishing fourth and fifth respectively, while Brandon Moran rounded out the top ten’s with an eighth place finish. The team’s underclassmen ran just as aggressively, with Kevin Le and Trevor Houchens finishing third and fourth out of all competing freshman/sophomore runners. Teammates Jackson Hauman and Ben Moran also finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in this categorization.
Megan Cook led the way for the South Burlington girls team, finishing fifth overall, while teammate Eliza Thomas finished fifth for South Burlington out of all competing freshman and sophomore runners. The teams will be on the road this coming week, travelling to Burlington for the Burlington Invitation on September 13th.