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TRI-VALLEY TEAMMATES GRETCHEN Hartman (25) and Miranda Benevides (11) try to keep the ball away from Monticello’s Ty’nessa Washington during Monday afternoon’s tournament championship game.

Lady Bears Cop
Own Tournament

By Lori Brown
GRAHAMSVILLE — September 15, 2006 — On Monday, Tri-Valley Central School hosted the championship and consolation matches of its 17th annual Girls’ Soccer Tournament.
The four teams that participated in the event were Eldred, Ellenville, Monticello and Tri-Valley. The tourney began with first round games on Tuesday, September 5.
In Monday afternoon’s consolation game, Ellenville defeated Eldred by a final score of 7-0. The win allowed the Lady Blue Devils to finish third in the tournament, while the Lady Yellowjackets placed fourth.
The championship match between Monticello and T-V immediately followed the consolation contest.
The T-V Lady Bears dominated the first 40 minutes of the title game.  T-V’s Samantha Adriaans scored the first goal about seven minutes into the contest. Karyn Sheeley scored a goal with three minutes left in the half to give the Lady Bears a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Monticello (2-1) came into the second half playing more aggressive, but T-V (4-0) did not let up with its offense. Casey Offringa scored a goal in the early part of the half to extend the Lady Bears’ lead to 3-0.
However, the Lady Panthers turned up their game in the last 10 minutes of play. Te’neshia Washington broke away and had to pass only one defender to score the goal that finally put Monticello on the scoreboard.
About five minutes later, Washington scored another goal to bring make it a 3-2 game.
Monticello then put a lot of pressure on the T-V defense in the remaining moments.
But the Lady Bears defenders and goalkeeper Kaylie Ackerley prevented Monticello from scoring any more goals.
“We came alive in the last 10 minutes of the game,” Monticello Coach Paul David said.
“We were not attacking the ball,” he added. “Tri-Valley put in 100 percent of continuous play for 80 minutes. Tri-Valley played a great game.”           
At the end of the tournament, T-V Coach Mary Feusner presented each team with trophies. The coaches voted on the all-tournament team which consisted of 11 girls. The players selected for the all-tournament squad were: Chelsea Brennan (Monticello), Megan Dembrosky (Eldred), Katy Gonzales (Monticello), Caitlin Logan (Ellenville), Amanda Martin (T-V), Skylar Musa (T-V), Jakki Pugh (T-V, Karyn Sheeley (T-V), Kayla Scannell (T-V), Jarelis Torres (Ellenville) and Te’neshia Washington (Monticello).
Trophies were also awarded for Most Valuable Player, Ms. Defense, and Ms. Sportsmanship. Eldred goalie Rachel Smith received the Ms. Sportsmanship trophy and T-V’s Kayla Scannell received both the MVP and Ms. Defense trophies.
Feusner said that Scannell, a senior who is known to her coaches and teammates as “Scannelli,” “was the heart of the defense in both games.”
Feusner also noted that this is the 11th time that the Lady Bears have won this annual season-opening tournament.
“The team gets better and better at finding teammates on the field to pass to; they are very unselfish,” Feusner said of the 2006 Lady Bears squad.  “We had a really good first half, defensively. I am pleased that our new players are doing wonderful as eight players graduated this past year.”
In closing, Feusner thanked the teams that were involved in the tournament and said that she is looking forward to seeing them again next year.

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