Democrat Photos by Fred Stabbert III
KATRINA GRABY OF Sullivan West gets her foot on the ball, above left, kicks it upfield, center, and sends it toward the Fallsburg goal cage, above right, during Wednesday’s OCIAA Division IV game. Graby’s shot went in and she had another goal as the Lady Bulldogs won, 3-1.
Lady Bulldogs Win, Focus On Sectionals
By Ted Waddell
JEFFERSONVILLE The Sullivan West Lady Bulldogs have to win their final game of the regular soccer season which is an away game next Tuesday afternoon against the Liberty Lady Indians in order to secure a berth in the upcoming sectionals.
With Wednesday’s 3-1 win over fellow Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division IV team Fallsburg Lady Comets, a team that is markedly improved since they were defeated 9-0 by SW the last time they met, the Lady Bulldogs edged one step closer to the sectionals as they had to win their last two matches to for a .500 record within the division.
SW (4-13, 3-4 Division IV) started all of its seniors for their final home match of the season. And the Lady Bulldogs scored all of their goals within a minute and 33 seconds during the first half.
Katrina Graby scored at 17:28 on a breakaway to give SW a 1-0 advantage.
Graby scored again at 18:00 on an assist by Melanie Kleiner.
Fifty-one seconds later, Donna Kelly passed the ball to Lauren Ellison, who scored to make it a 3-0 contest at the half.
At halftime, the underclassmen presented the eight senior girls with framed mementos of their senior season (see page 6A for photo).
In the second half, Ashley Hunter of Fallsburg (1-14, 0-4 Division IV) scored at 29:21 in a melee in front of the net to cut the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1.
SW enjoyed an advantage in shots on goal (25-6) and corner kicks (9-0).
Lady Comet goalkeeper Ashley Hong made 15 saves. Lady Bulldog goalie Kristen Niemann, who played goalie the first 36 minutes of the match, had three saves. Teammate Stephanie Meyer finished up the contest and recorded one save.
“It was a huge improvement over the first time we played them,” Fallsburg Coach Mandy Biccum said.
“In the first game, they completely dominated us, but this time I thought we gave them a little more of a run for the money.”
What was Sullivan West Coach Mike Ellmauer’s take on the key divisional game, which was slowed down by muddy field conditions.?
“Fallsburg’s come a long way since we last played them, and we didn’t cash in on some of the miscues they had, but they didn’t make many,” he said.
“Hopefully, this will build us some confidence because Liberty’s going to be a challenge,” Ellmauer added.
If the Sullivan West Bulldogs do make the sectionals, they will be without one of their top defenders, Sarah Lander.
Lander was diagnosed with mononucleosis earlier this week and will be unable to participate on the athletic field for the next month.
A junior, Lander has played varsity since her freshman year and is a standout on the soccer field, hardwood and diamond.