Sullivan County Democrat
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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Fred Stabbert III | Democrat

Monticello goalie Jess Stant leaps high into the air to deflect a second half corner kick by Lindsey Bauer. Bauer would get another chance late in the game and Sullivan West would score to earn the victory.

SW hangs on to win homecoming thriller

By Fred Stabbert III
LAKE HUNTINGTON – At first glance, it looked like the Sullivan West Bulldogs could start celebrating their Homecoming win by halftime.
But a scrappy Monticello Panther squad kept chipping away and it took some tough play in the final minutes of the game for Sullivan West to pull out a 4-3 league victory on Friday night under the lights.
“The Battle of Route 17B” started with Sullivan West taking control of the game from the start, scoring a goal just two minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs added another goal at the six-minute mark and another at 20:36 of the first half to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
But Monticello was able to break the ice with just 21 seconds left in the first half as Kerissa Bennett snuck a shot past Sullivan West goalie Heather Puerschner.
The Panthers, which dropped to 2-8-1, seemed to use that momentum in the second half to score twice to knot the score at 3-3.
“Monticello always has a good program,” a relieved Sullivan West coach Mike Ellmauer said after the game. “We always have a barn burner with them with a lot of running.”
Sullivan West was able to set up its new corner kick offense to net a goal with just 4:41 left in the game to pull out a 4-3 win.
“We have four different plays off the corner kick,” Ellmauer said. “We played with a lot of emotion, which is good, but then they played with a lot of emotion.”
Monticello Coach Bill Stento agreed, “It was a game of cycles. We did everything we could.
“It was a physical game and our first night game,” Stento said. “The girls really got pumped up. They played well tonight, it was a team effort.”
Sullivan West, which is now 6-2-2, was led by Katrina Graby with two goals and Shelby Grishaber and Hannah Feinman with a goal apiece.
Sarah Shirdon and Angela DiSanto each had an assist.
For Monticello, Annie Purcell, Kerissa Bennett and Anastasia Bowden each had a goal.
But it may have been the play of the goalies which made this game so competitive.
Sullivan West’s Puerschner, who is a junior, posted eight saves, two of which were diving grabs late in the game which kept Monticello from taking the lead.
Monticello’s Jess Stant, who is also a junior, posted 14 saves on the night, several of which were acrobatic leaps at corner kick balls which she was able to deflect before any Sullivan West player could head them.