CVU loses heartbreaker in finals to Hartford, 1-0

The Champlain Valley Union High School Redhawks field hockey team entered last Saturday's Division I State Championship a perfect 16-0-0, and were just one win away from the ultimate season, but it wasn't to be.

Hartford Hurricane's junior Ashley Brown scored at the 9:23 mark of the first half for the games only goal and Hartford held on to defeat CVU 1-0 and capture the 2009 Division I State Championship. Hartford goalie Sara Binshadler preserved the win and shutout by stopping three crucial shots. Hartford ends the season at 15-1-1, while CVU finishes at 16-1.

Yellow Jackets Eliminate Eagles

The soccer season for the Mount Abraham Eagles boys soccer season ended last Friday when they fell in overtime to the Milton Yellow Jackets 2-1, in a Division I high school boys soccer quarterfinal action.

With just 1:50 left in the first sudden death overtime period Alex Ortega jumped on a diresct kick and blasted it past Eagle goalie Sam Lowe, securing Milton a spot in the Division II semifinals. Milton took a 1-0 lead on a first half goal from Maxx Curtiss, which was answered by Mount Abe's Ryan Siegle in the second half, setting up the overtime. Lowe finished with 15 saves for Mount Abraham, who end their season at 9-6-1. Dylan Leggett made 4 saves for Milton, who entered the semifinals with a 12-3-1 record.

In Division I quarterfinal play last Saturday in Hinesburg Mike Clayton drove a penalty kick past Mount Mansfield goalie Conor Leland to give the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks a 1-0 win over the visiting Cougars. Leland did get a hand on the shot, but couldn't stop it. It was the kind of game soccer fans would love, hard fought and well played b both sides. The ninth seeded Cougars finished their season at 8-7-1. The top seeded Redhawks, who improved to 14-1 with the win had to play the no. 12 seeded BFA-St. Albans Terriers(7-8-1) in the semifinals this past Tuesday. If they managed to win that one then they will be playing for the Division I State Championship this Saturday.

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