The boys and girls cross-country teams kicked their season off with the Class Races, held last Wednesday 9/2 at Red Rocks. This breaks the competition up by classes, with freshman and sophomore runners in one race, and juniors and seniors in another. The South Burlington freshman/sophomore boys took first place in their race, while the junior/senior team finished second overall. The Rebel girl’s freshman/sophomore team finished 5th overall, while the junior/senior team also finished 5th. Notable performances included sophomore runners Jackson Hauman and Ben Moran, who finished 1st and 2nd overall, as well as Finley Killeen who finished 9th out of a field of nearly one-hundred runners. Sophomore Chloe Zinn finished 9th out of seventy-four competitors to lead the way for the Rebels, while junior Eliza Thomas led South Burlington with an 8th place finish in her race. In the boy’s junior/senior race, three Rebels cracked the top ten, out of sixty-seven competitors. Junior Kevin Le finished 5th overall, while Trevor Houchens and Ethan Sheffield finished 6th and 8th, respectively. Senior Gabe Nelson finished just behind his teammates, crossing 12th overall.
The entire South Burlington team is preparing to travel to Burlington for the Burlington Invitation on Saturday, 9/12, with the girls team traveling earlier in the week to race at Spaulding Tuesday, 9/8.
The Rebels started out their season with a pair of solid victories last week, defeating Milton at home 4-2 in their first game before dispatching of Mississquoi on the road 4-0. It took South Burlington a full half to get things started against the Yellowjackets, as Milton took an early 1-0 lead on the Rebels on Tuesday, 9/1. David Larabee absorbed the rebound off a Patrick O’Hara shot and fired it past the Milton goalkeeper to tie the game 1-1. A minute later, South Burlington took the lead when Larabee found Amerlin Nemeye with a pass and Nemeye fired it home for the second South Burlington score. Milton’s Colby Gay would score his second goal of the game to knot up the contest once again, but the Yellowjackets couldn’t contain Amerlin Nemeye, who scored twice more to put together a second half hat trick and give his team the win! Tyler Ayers made a pair of saves in goal for the Rebels.
South Burlington once again got off to a slow start against Mississquoi, but in the fifteenth minute, Amerlin Nemeye found Patrick O’Hara with a crossing pass and O’Hara pulled off a nifty header to give South Burlington a 1-0 lead. Nemeye found O’Hara with a pass again in the 37th minute, with O’Hara finding the back of the net for his second straight goal. Max Capano launched a long pass over the head of the diving Thunderbird’s keeper and Nemeye was able to take it off the bounce and score to extend the lead to 3-0. The Rebels Ben Leber netted the final goal of the afternoon in the second half to give South Burlington a 4-0 win. Tyler Ayers and Josh Phillips combined to make two saves. The Rebels travel to the Harry Loyzelle Tournament in Rutland to play Woodstock on Tuesday, 9/8.
The Rebels have come up short in their first two games of the season, falling to Milton 6-1 in their season opener and 3-1 against North Country. Olivia Dion netted South Burlington’s lone goal in the Milton game, while teammate Cameron Peyko tallied against North Country. Despite this challenging start, senior co-captain Ellie Riehle is optimistic about her team’s work ethic, motivation, and direction under new head coach Rob Cole. “Our first game against Milton was a very good learning experience for the team, since it didn’t go as well as we would have hoped.” said Riehle “Early in the season, we have been trying to focus on defensive positioning and possession play, which we weren’t really able to highlight in that game. Our new head coach Rob Cole has been a phenomenal addition to our team and his coaching has already really boosted our program. He has introduced a new system of play, which looks promising with the group of girls that we have on the roster this season.” Additionally, Riehle notes that the Rebels are a relatively inexperienced program this season, with the co-captain being the only senior on the roster. No doubt, the entire team will continue to make strides forward given more opportunities for game experience. The Rebels will be looking to pick up their first win of the season when they host their first home game against Burr & Burton on Wednesday, 9/9.
The Rebels kicked off their season on the road defeating Colchester in a low scoring 1-0 contest. Katie Young fired a pass to teammate Kate Hall, which Hall threaded past the Laker’s goalie for the deciding score with under three minutes to play in the first half. Liz Sargent made two saves in goal for South Burlington to preserve the shutout victory. The Rebels face a series of road games this week, traveling to Rutland on Tuesday 9/8, before traveling to Mount Mansfield on Thursday, 9/10.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent