HINESBURG-With a little less then a minute left to play on the first quarter Champlain Valley Union High School running back J.P. Benoit ran into the end zone from four yards out to give his Redhawks a 7-0 lead over the visiting Middlebury Tigers. That would be the last time either team would see the end zone, as defense ran the show the rest of the way.
Konnor Fleming had two interceptions for CVU, who improved to 4-0 with the win. His second interception came in the final moments of the game when Middlebury was driving and threatening to tie the game. Flemming also lead CVU's rushing attack, gaining 64 yards from his quarterback position.
Tiger defensive back Devin Bradford picked off a pass inside Middlebury's 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, keeping Middlebury's hopes alive. The Tigers fell to 2-2 with the loss.
Meanwhile in Bristol the winless Eagle's struggles continued. Brandon Bates and Andrew Barden scored two touchdowns apiece to lead BFA-Fairfax to a crushing 44-0 defeat over Mount Abraham.
BFA improved to 2-2 with the win, while the Eagles remained winless at 0-4.
Redhawks Still Undefeated
Ericka Gobe scored a pair of goals last Saturday in Hinesburg to lead her Champlain Valley Union Redhawks to a 4-0 win over the Colchester Lakers in high school girls soccer action. Haleigh Smith and Molly Howard rounded out CVU's scoring with single goals, while Lindsay Hawley contributed a pair of assists to the shutout win. Emily Sackett and Sarah Monteith shared net duty for the Redhawks and posted four saves between them. Amber Guyette made four saves fior the Lakers, who dropped to 2-3-1 with the loss. CVU remained unbeaten at 6-0-1 with the win.
The Middlebury Tigers traveled to Swanton the same day where they battled the Missisquoi Valley Thunderbirds to a scoreless tie. G.G. Bonnette-Lykens posted 11 saves for MVU who stood at 1-4-2 following the draw. Sara Bouvah and Sydney Reigle shared the net for Middlebury and preserved the tie by making nine saves between them. The Tigers remained winless after this one at 0-4-2.
Meanwhile in Milton Gina Abbiati scored a pair of goals and goalie Hillary Turner made a dozen saves to lead the Milton Yellowjackets to a 3-0 shutout win over the visiting Vergennes Commodores. Samantha Rock scored Miltons other goal. Christina Stinchfield made 14 saves for Vergennes who fell to 3-3 with the loss. Milton improved to 5-2 with the win.
CVU Blank Burlington 5-0
Last weekend was a good one for Champlain Valley Union sports and the field hockey team followed the football team and girls soccer team by pulling off a huge win of their own. KK Logan scored two goals while goalies Elizabeth Goddette and Sami Kassel combined for three saves to lead CVU to a 5-0 shutout of Burlington last Saturday in Hinesburg.
Molly Burke and Kelsey Jensen contributed single goals to the rout while Emmaleigh Loyer matched their goals and added a pair of assists. Eileen Gomez made 13 saves fo Burlington, who fell to 2-6. The Redhawks remained perfect at 8-0 with the win.
The same afternoon in Jericho saw Kaleigh Heath give a perfect feed to Miranda Tromblay who blasted it past Middlebury goalie Angelica Swinhart with 4:46 left in the game to push the Mount Mansfield Cougars past the visiting Tigers 2-1.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead behind the efforts of the Ritter sister. Chrissy Ritter fed Katie Ritter who converted the pass into the games first goal. The Cougars tied the game with a goal from Liz Znamierowski. Heath provided the assist on this one too.
Jen Haley made a half dozen saves for MMU, who improved to 2-6 with the win. Swinhart made four saves for Middlebury who stood at 2-4-2 following the loss.
Tigers Blank T-Birds 2-0
In Swanton last Saturday Seddrick Weekes and Graham Barlow scored single goals while Middlebury goalie Ben Marshall made seven saves as the visiting Tigers shutout the hometown Missisquoi Thunderbirds 2-0 in boys high school soccer action. Bart Benckert had four saves for Missisquoi, who fell even to 3-3 after the defeat. The win elevated Middlebury to 4-3 on the year.
On the same afternoon in Hinesburg Mike Clayton scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the undefeated Champlain Valley Redhawks past visiting Burlington 4-0. Nick Hart and Zack Blanchard scored the remaining two goals while John Milbank made a half dozen saves to earn the shutout for the 6-0 Redhawks. Burlington goalie Amir Pasic stopped seven shots.
The Vergennes Commodores didn't fare so well in their game in South Burlington against the Rice Green Knights. Gavin Millay scored twice while Rice goalies Mack Yandow and Fred Torde combined for three saves as the Green Knights shut out the visiting Commodores 2-0. Brooks stopped nine shots for Vergennes who fell to 2-5 with the loss. Rice improved to 4-4.
The Mount Abraham Eagles were also shutout 2-0 on the road, losing to the Milton Yellowjackets. Drew Marquis and Maxx Curtiss scored for the victorious Jackets, while their goalie Dylan Leggett posted 4 saves to earn the shutout. Mouny Abraham goalie Sam Low kept his Eagles in the game with a 14 save performance. Missisquoi improved to 3-3 with win, while the Eagles dropped to 2-2 on the year.