Editor's note: Due to space restrictions in last week's edition, we were unable to publish the following article.
In a tightly contested, Division I boys' soccer championship game at Burlington High School, the number-two seeded Burr & Burton Academy Bulldogs fought hard, but fell to number-one seeded Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU), 2-0.
With the win, CVU finishes their season with a 16-1-0 record and the state title, while the Bulldogs, after their first season in Division I, finish with an impressive 16-2 mark.
Despite CVA controlling most of the play throughout the match, the Bulldogs hung in there and made the Red Hawks work for any advantage.
They got the first goal at the thirteenth minute, when Tino Tomasi caught up to a through ball from Dylan Crow and found himself one-on-one with BBA keeper Matt Rosenthall, beating him just inside the far post for a 1-0 lead at the break.
Three minutes into the second half it was Crow again, who set up the second goal with a lofting corner kick that was headed in the net by Mike Clayton.
The insurance tally would turn out to be the last goal of the match.
However, despite the tight score, CVU had a 20-8 shots on goal advantage, while also producing eight corner kicks while BBA produced none.
Despite the Bulldog loss, the senior goal keeper Rosenthall had an outstanding game, with 11 saves on the day, several of which were one-on-one situations or from point-blank range. John Milbank made six saves for CVU to preserve the championship-clinching shut out.
Overall, it was an outstanding season for the Bulldogs in their first season in Division I, after moving up from Division II.