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TRI-VALLEY’S JEREMIAH Solomon looks to pass the ball to teammate Joe Carraccia (3) in an October match versus Livingston Manor. Also pictured are Manor’s Yasir Iqbal (24) and Evan Bowers (23).

A Year of Hard
Work, Team Effort

By Rob Potter
November 23, 2001:
Editor’s Note: This continues our look at how the boys’ soccer teams at county high schools fared over the past season. Look for more reviews in future issues of the Democrat.


Overall Record: 1-15

League Record: 0-12 OCIAA Division III

Top Goal Scorers: Senior striker Gary Bertholf, who was one of the team captains, led the Indians with nine goals this past season.

Other Stats: Junior center-midfielder Mike Salvia, who was the other team captain, led the Indians with six assists.
Freshman goalie Kumar Laidley made 36 saves on the season.

Comment: “It was a building year for us,” coach John Law said.


Overall Record: 4-12

League Record: 1-7 OCIAA Division IV

Top Goal Scorers: Senior Joe Carraccia led the Bears in scoring this past season.

Other Stats: Coach Chuck Barnard noted that goalkeeper Ryan Briggs “made more saves this year than some goalies do in a career.”
“He did really well,” Bernard said of Briggs, who is a sophomore.

Season Highlight: “We worked hard and got better as the season moved along,” Barnard said. “The guys gave 110 percent all the time. That says a lot when you’re down two or three goals in a match and you keep trying and never give up.”

Other: The Bear coaches and players selected a Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Most Improved Player (MIP) for the season.
Junior midfielder Dan Weisburg was chosen as the team’s MVP and senior fullback Sam Larison was named the squad’s MIP.
“We had a good season,” Barnard said. “A four-and-12 record may not sound like a good season to some people, but we made a lot of good plays this year. We also surprised some of the better teams this year, holding them to either one goal or no goals in the first half of the match.”

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