By Rob Potter
WEBUTUCK November 3, 2006 The Tri-Valley Lady Bears’ 2006 soccer season ended on a bitter note Tuesday afternoon.
The host Webutuck Lady Warriors scored a goal in each half and then withstood T-V’s efforts to even the score late in the game to record a 2-1 victory in a Section IX Class C semifinal match.
Webutuck (10-5) advanced to face top-seeded Tuxedo in the title match, which was slated to be played yesterday at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome in Milton.
T-V finished the season with a 13-6 record.
Midway through the first half, the Lady Warriors grabbed the lead. On a free kick, senior captain Hope Duval floated a shot toward the goal. The ball sailed just over the outstretched fingertips of Lady Bear goalie Bethany Huebsch and just under the crossbar.
Webutuck made it a 2-0 contest approximately 18 minutes into the second half when sophomore midfielder Lauren Trotter scored from close range. While she was amid a crowd of players near the goal, Trotter kicked the ball low and into the corner of the net.
Junior forward Colleen Trainor assisted on the play.
The Lady Bears cut that lead in half as junior striker/midfielder Samantha Adriaans scored on a shot from near the top of the goal box with just under 19 minutes remaining.
Jakki Pugh assisted Adriaans on the tally.
“It was a nice game,” Webutuck Coach Mark Moren said. “I thought we controlled the play for much of the game.”
Moren noted that this is the second straight year the Lady Warriors have reached the sectional final.
“Hopefully we will have a different result this year,” he commented. “We have eight seniors who have been on the team since eighth or ninth grade and they are shooting for the title.”
Webutuck held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
“Webutuck had a great passing game,” T-V Coach Mary Feusner said. “They had us back on our heels at times.
“But Samantha’s goal gave us some renewed energy there,” Feusner added.
Sophomore Bethany Huebsch, who was the Lady Bears’ goalkeeper during the first half, and junior Kaylie Ackerley, who was the team’s goalie in the second half, each recorded seven saves.
“We had great play at the goalkeeper position,” Feusner commented.
The veteran coach noted that the loss was tough for her players because they wanted another chance to compete against Tuxedo, which defeated them twice during the regular season.
Looking back at the overall season, Feusner noted that the Lady Bears lived up to the expression about there being no ‘I’ in ‘team.’
“These players got along as a team better than any team I’ve had,” Feusner said. “This group of girls really understood what the team concept was all about.
“We are certainly going to miss the five seniors we will be losing to graduation,” she added.