CVU edges out MMU to regain glory

NORTHFIELD — Zoe Klein scored the game’s only goal early in the second half and No. 1 Champlain Valley held off Mount Mansfield 1-0 to return to the top in the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship game Sunday at Sabine Field.

Klein found space on the right side of 18 with a brilliant cut before uncorking a high shot into the far corner in the 46th minute, just enough attack for the Redhawks (15-0-1) win their first title since 2019 in the program’s sixth straight championship appearance.

The crown, the Redhawks’ 20th overall, is the most in Vermont state history for football programs, breaking a tie with the Proctor boys and the CVU boys.

“This group had their chance and they ran with it. They worked so hard, on and off the pitch. It’s a tribute to all 25,” CVU coach Stan Williams said. “The group has been through so much and there’s a lot of pressure on them. Watching them fight was awesome.”

Emma Allaire had a two-save shutout for CVU, which conceded just eight goals this fall and none in its three-game tournament. Tonie Cardinal had five saves for the Cougars (11-4-1), who reached their first title game since 2004.

MMU’s best chance to level the deal came on a Finley Barker free kick that rattled the crossbar.

“We had some pressure, but the best team won. They are so good, so deep and so physically strong. They’re just a powerful, deep team,” said MMU coach Peter Albright. “I thought we did everything we could to win the game and it just wasn’t our day.

“I’m proud that it was a one-goal game and that we had several chances to tie the game. The youngsters never gave up.”

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