CVU comes back to upend Bulldogs

MANCHESTER — Seven minutes into Tuesday's game at Taylor Field, the Burr and Burton girls soccer team made the most of an opportunity, scoring to take an early lead, the first goal that their opponents, Champlain Valley, had allowed all season.

Unfortunately for Burr and Burton, that was the only time they found the back of the net, falling to the Redhawks, 3-1.

"CVU has a great program and [when we play them], we know it's always going to be a great match," said BBA coach Suzanne Mears. "They bring it every single minute, but it's good for us to see that and to see what we have to work for."

BBA took an early lead on a corner kick. Emily Bleakie placed it perfectly in the middle of the 18-yard box and found Grace Pinkus' head, who knocked it past CVU goalie Maryn Askew.

"That was the first time we've stepped on the field this season with that type of intensity off the bat," Mears said. "It feels good to know it's there and they want it. It was a beautiful goal. We capitalized on an opportunity and that's exactly what you need to do when you have those moments."

"It was the first goal we've allowed this year, so I was anxious to see how we would respond," said CVU coach Stan Williams.

To their coach's delight, CVU tied it up five minutes later, when Charlotte Hill got a through ball and zoomed past the BBA defense before firing a shot past Bulldogs' goalie Sam Citron.

"Charlotte is a tremendous weapon, she has one of the quickest first steps," Williams said. "But she also has the speed to continue. Her constant pressure takes up so much attention it frees others up."

It stayed tied at 1-1 until the 32nd minute, when the Redhawks' Sara Kelly got a foot into a shot that Citron deflected but it found its way into the net anyway.

"I was proud of how they came back in the first half, and impressing with how our backs and holding midfielders were winning the ball and letting us play downfield."

Early in the second half, BBA nearly tied the game off a free kick that Askew scrambled to cover up, but after that it was CVU that had many of the chances, hitting one through the crease that no one could get a touch one and then another a few minutes later that sailed just wide of the frame.

At the same time, Citron was all over the place, making a bunch of saves to keep her team in the match.

"Sam has been a leader for is and her communication has been great for us. She's really stepped up in that capacity," Mears said. "She's got a lot more confidence and you need that to be a goalkeeper, she owns the box."

Pushing ahead at every turn, CVU sealed it when Sydney Jimmo got one past Citron on an odd-man rush to make it 3-1 with 3:09 to go.

"I'm really proud of my girls today," Mears said. "I think we came together and played well together. Even though we came out on the short end, we put one away early and we had them on their toes for a little bit. For the most part, it was an evenly-matched game."

The Bulldogs drop to 3-3, with their three losses to St. Johnsbury, South Burlington and CVU, teams that are the top three in the Division I standings and a combined 12-1 this season.

"Clearly our schedule is tough early on and this year, we've been on the short end, but I'm OK with that," Mears said. "We know what the competition is, especially after today. We gave everything we have and we know how we match up. We're 3-3, but it's early. It's not about where you start, it's where you finish."


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions