Thursday September 26, 2013
South Burlington remains undefeated on the season after defeating St. Albans 46-10 this past Friday night. The Rebels got another explosive performance from star running back Tanner Contois, who rushed for 233 yards on just eighteen carries and three touchdowns. Contois also hauled in two passes in the game, including a 28 yard scoring strike from quarterback Hunter Riehle, to bring his combined total offense on the day to 294! While no offensive performance could outshine Contois, Riehle balanced South Burlington’s attack through the air while challenging the Bobwhite’s secondary. The senior completed just six passes in the game, of seventeen attempts, but still contributed 129 yards through the air and three scoring strikes. Riehle’s first touchdown got South Burlington on the board early in the first quarter, when he found teammate Cam Nolting in the back of the end zone for a six yard score. On the defensive side of the ball, South Burlington looked as strong as it has all season. An early Bobwhites field goal put St. Albans on the board, but the Rebels kept them from scoring on five straight trips into South Burlington territory, including three within the twenty yard line. Two-way lineman and co-captain Paul Valgoi was instrumental in shutting down St. Alban’s rushing attack, forcing a fumble that South Burlington recovered. Four plays later, Contois took the handoff and raced 49 yards for a score, the shortest of his three touchdown runs. Contois would also score on runs of 53 and 60 yards. Jeremy Clements, a sophomore wide-receiver who has been a reliable target for Riehle throughout the season, caught a 38 yard touchdown pass in the game, while Adnane Adossama sealed the victory for his team with a 7 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
South Burlington ended their perfect run through the start of the 2013 season with a pair of losses this past week to Essex and Colchester. The Rebels fell 3-1 to the Hornets this past Wednesday. Essex took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but South Burlington’s Asa Worthly helped the Rebels battle back, scoring the Rebels lone goal of the contest. However, the Hornets netted two more in the second half, helping them to improve to 2-3 on the season. Kyle MacDonald made four saves in goal for South Burlington. South Burlington faced off against Colchester on Saturday and once again came up shorthanded, falling to the Lakers 2-1. The Rebels had trouble slowing down Colchester’s Matt Goudie, who scored both of the Laker’s goals within a six minute time frame. Liam Nerber scored South Burlington’s goal in the 25th minute of the contest, while goalie Kyle MacDonald made three saves. Colchester improved to 4-1 with the win, while South Burlington fell to 4-2.
The South Burlington girl’s team battled into overtime in their matchup against Colchester and walked away with a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Lakers. With a minute to go in the first overtime period, Chelsea Austin found teammate Melina Heroux with a pass, and Heroux fired it into the Laker’s net, breaking the tie and giving her team a badly needed victory and a big boost of confidence. Shannon Flaherty and Alyssa Tenney also scored for South Burlington, but Colchester battled back, scoring the game-tying goal with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Morgan Mahar continued her strong play in goal by making nine saves in the win.
South Burlington faced a challenging three-game schedule this week and walked away with a 2-1 record, dropping their first game of the week in a 2-1 loss to Colchester, before defeating CVU 3-2 and Middlebury 2-0.
The Rebels scored early in their contest with Colchester, with Courtney Barrett finding the Laker’s net for her team’s lone goal. Colchester tied the game before halftime, and scored in the second half with fourteen minutes remaining in regulation to give them the deciding edge. South Burlington outshot Colchester in the game and goalie Alex Warshaw was forced to make just one save, but a strong defensive effort on the part of the Lakers and two shots out of Warshaw’s reach wound up deciding the contest. For Colchester it was their first win of the season, as the Lakers improved to 1-3.
The Rebels had to put the Colchester loss behind them, with one day of practice before facing an undefeated CVU team. South Burlington came out refocused, “and with a tremendous amount of intensity and energy.” said South Burlington head coach Anjie Soucy. Courtney Barrett led her team in the game with two goals and an assist. South Burlington scored its first goal just two minutes into the contest, when Katerina Kacer recovered a deflected penalty-corner shot and fired it past the Redhawk’s goalie to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. After CVU evened the score, Barrett scored her first goal late in the first half to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead going into the locker room. Thirty seconds into the second half, Barret dribbled through the Redhawk’s defense and found the net again to put South Burlington up 3-1. CVU scored its final goal with twenty minutes remaining and continued to threaten the South Burlington net throughout the remainder of the contest. However, a strong defensive effort and four key saves by goalie Alex Warshaw were enough to hold onto the victory for South Burlington. With the win, the Rebels improved to 3-1-1. South Burlington capped off its week with another big win, shutting out Middlebury on Saturday 2-0. Courtney Barrett scored a first half goal for her team, assisted by teammate Casey Johnson on the play. Johnson tallied an unassisted score in the second half, and the defense and goalie Alex Warshaw shut down any attempts at a Tigers comeback. Warshaw made one save in the game. South Burlington prepares to face Mount Abraham on Wednesday, the only team that handed the Rebels a loss last season.
At the Burlington Invitational, Pat Hickey led South Burlington with a second place overall finish, crossing the line at 16:55.5. Joseph Staples also delivered a strong eleventh place finish, helping South Burlington edge out Harwood in the team standings.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent