Thursday September 15, 2016
On Tuesday, September 6, the Rebels traveled to Milton to play the Yellow Jackets. Milton struck early, but South Burlington was able to rebound when Patrick O’Hara tied it up with 1:37 left in the first half. A goal with 13 minutes left made the difference in the game, but Amerlin Nemeye’s strike provided extra cushion as South Burlington held off Milton for a 3-1 win.
On Friday, September 9, South Burlington went to 2-0 on the season after defeating Missisquoi 5-0. Amerlin Nemeye scored twice while teammates Patrick O’Hara, Ben Lambert, and Josh Phillips also had goals for the Rebels. Brendan Cricrout had two saves in the win.
The defending state champion South Burlington field hockey team returns almost the entire squad this year. They have depth, versatility, and experience at every position, leading to pretty high expectations for the 2016 team.
In a rematch of last year’s semi-finals match up, the Rebels opened the season with a 5-0 victory over Mount Mansfield. It didn’t take long to change the scoreboard as Emma Liebegott scored 1:18 into the game. She would add one more later in the game while teammates Willow Yager, Kate Hall, and Maggie Miller also scored for the Rebels. Joan Vera, Grace Hoehl, and Julia Finnegan played well throughout the game, slowing down MMU’s offense.
In their second game, the Rebels traveled to Colchester High School on September 10. Once again their offense struck early when Willow Yager’s strike found the back of the net just two minutes into the game. In the second half, the Rebels scored on a corner from Madi Grabowski. Goal Keeper Liz Sargent didn’t have to fend off any shots in the entire contest as the defense played solid all game long. Their next game isn’t until September 23.
On Wednesday, September 7, the Rebels hosted Milton under the lights. Tatum Shappy of Milton broke open a scoreless tie in the 66th minute for the only score of the game. It was a well played game, but South Burlington was never able to capitalize on their chances. Cameron Peyko had a great shot from 25 yards out that deflected off the cross bar. Freshman Maddie Liebegott got her first start as a varsity soccer player. Bailey Burt had eight saves in the game.
The Rebels rebounded on Saturday, September 10, as they defeated North Country 3-1. The Rebels overcome a 1-0 deficit when Cameron Peyko scored her first goal after a pass from Megan Harton in the 54th minute. Bella Nevin assisted the next goal, again by Peyko. The final goal was scored by Megan Harton, assisted by Olivia Dion. Bailey Burt tallied one save and has yielded on two goals in the first two games.
On Saturday, September 10, the Rebels traveled to Hinesburg to take on the CVU Redhawks. It was a defensive battle, and when the last whistle blew, the Rebels had lost 20-9. Their first points came on a safety with 1:20 left in the game. With 40 seconds remaining, quarterback Nick Liscinsky found Paul O’Neil with a 12 yard touchdown strike. Liscinsky finished with 79 yards and a touchdown pass and O’Neil racked up 56 yards on 18 carries. The 0-2 Rebels travel to Rutland on September 16 to take on the Raiders.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent