Senior CVU forward Sam Johnson

Senior CVU forward Sam Johnson (#18) battles a double-team of defenders from South Burlington to keep control of the ball. The Redhawks are now in first place in Div. 1 after beating the rival Wolves 4-1 and handing them their first loss of the season on Sept. 21.

Before the start of the Sept. 21 Division I boys soccer game, CVU and South Burlington were the last two undefeated teams standing.

After the game, the Redhawks stood alone.

CVU beat the Wolves 4-1 on goals from four different players and moved to 7-0 on the season.

Jami Lashua opened the scoring for CVU, cleaning up the mess after a misfired penalty kick. The penalty shot hit the post and bounced around before coming to Lashua, who fired it home for a 1-0 lead.

South Burlington answered with an offensive push that resulted in the tying goal. The Wolves scored on a free kick, with Samy Slamani netting the cross from Cody Bellinghri for a 1-1 score

But CVU found an answer to the Wolves push and took the lead for good with just under eight minutes to play in the first half.

The Redhawks took a 2-1 lead off the foot of Cullen Swett, who knocked in a beautiful cross from Erik Stolen.

CVU added to their lead in the second half with 27 minutes to play. Sam Johnson cleaned up his own rebound to give the Redhawks a 3-1 lead.

Four minutes later, CVU added another goal with Holden Batchelder finishing off a pretty passing play from Ben Sampson for a 4-1 deficit.

And that was all CVU needed to set themselves firmly atop the standings in D-I as they look to defend their state title.

The Redhawks took their unbeaten record on the road to Burlington High School on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Seahorses.

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