Photo submitted The boys’ varsity soccer team won the West Canada Valley Kick Off Soccer Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 10.

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The boys’ varsity soccer team won the West Canada Valley Kick Off Soccer Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 10.

by Dave Clark
Boys varsity soccer

Off to a good start
The boys varsity soccer team finally got their season under way as they played a league game at Poland this past Friday, Sept. 8.
Coming into the season, most people felt that Poland would be the team to beat in the league and the battle for second place would be between Remsen, Hamilton and Old Forge.
Poland, with home field advantage, won this key league match by a slim 1-0 score. No stats were available for the game except the number of saves by each goalie. Based on the fact that the Poland goalie only had to make two saves and Dave Ehrensbeck had to make eight saves, one would suspect that Poland had the better of the game. I also suspect that Poland had to have the ball at their offensive end more that the Eskimos did and that the defense had to have played a good game.
Team wins West Canada Tournament
With a mixture of good defense and offense, the Town of Webb boys varsity soccer team took home first place in the West Canada Valley Soccer Kickoff Tournament held this past Saturday and Sunday Sept. 9 and 10.
In the first game, played on Saturday, they took on the host West Canada team and had little trouble defeating them with a final score of 5-0. Noah Lamphear led the offense with two goals and one assist. Charlie Uzdavinis, Josh Kelly and Tyler Kearns each had one goal and Ben Evans had one assist.
Dave Ehrensbeck and Jimmy Connell combined in goal for the shutout, but they did not have it too hard. With the offense controlling the play and the defense playing a solid game, Ehrensbeck only had to make three saves and Connell had to make two saves.
With the victory, they moved on to the championship game against Notre Dame Utica, who had won a 5-4 victor over Canastota.
After a fairly even first half, the score was tied at one. In the second half, Old Forge began to take better control of the game and ended the game with a 3-1 victory.
Kearns, Uzdavinis and Kelly each had one goal and Kelly, Thailer Ehrensbeck and Sully Ulrich each had an assist. David Ehrensbeck played all the way in goal and had four saves.
That game ended three straight days of games played, all away, and a very tired and happy team arrived back in Old Forge looking for some rest. They will get Monday off and then back to games on Tuesday and Thursday against Adirondack and Remsen. It won’t be an easy week.

Girls varsity soccer

Season begins with a victory

Photo submitted The Town of Webb Union Free School District’s girls varsity soccer team gets ready to hit the field.

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The Town of Webb Union Free School District’s girls varsity soccer team gets ready to hit the field.

The girls varsity soccer team got the season off with a good effort against Remsen last Tuesday, Sept. 5, on our home field. In a very closely played game, Remsen scored the winning goal with about 10 minutes left in the game to take a 3-2 victory.
The Rams scored the first two goals of the game in the first half, but Laura Levi made it 2-1 as she followed through on a missed penalty kick to slam home the follow-up shot.
Midway through the second half, Alexis Hollister scored the tying goal. It stayed that way until Remsen got the winning goal.
It was a tough loss for the Eskimos, but, it should give them confidence that they can be competitive with most of the league. Poland has another great team and are the odds on favorite to win the league again and it will be a battle as to who takes second place in the league. For their first game, I was impressed with their play and hope that they can continue to be this competitive throughout the year. Like a baseball team hopes to be, they seem to be quite strong up the middle. From Hollister in the front line to Dayna DeAngelo at midfield, Alex Sutherland at the defensive end and last the goalie, Mackenzie LaPorte. The only weakness that I could see was a lack of team speed that is so important in most sports.
These girls had lots of support from Caitlin Russell on defense and the midfield was strong with Laura Levi and Rachel Smith supporting DeAngelo on the wings. LaPorte had 10 saves with three outstanding saves among those saves.
The team then had to play their second league game at ODY on Thursday, Sept. 7 and this game turned out to be all Old Forge. With the first team playing most of the first half, Old Forge jumped out to a 5-0 first half advantage. They coasted to a final score of 7-0.
When a team wins a game by seven goals, it means that the offense is dominating the game and it makes it easy on the defense. But, whenever they had to, the defense played well and LaPorte had nine saves to earn her shutout. Hollister led the offense with a “hat trick” of three goals scored. However, I believe she should be credited with a fourth goal as she was the one who kicked the ball that deflected off an ODY defensive player and into their goal. Other goals were scored by Laura Levi, Britney Levi and Paige Schweinsberg. Assists were credited to DeAngelo with three and one each for Laura Levi and Schweinsberg.

Tough draw in tournament
The girls varsity soccer team also played in the West Canada Tournament and had a much tougher draw than the boys.
Saturday, they had to play VVS and it was a hard undertaking. Old Forge played hard in the first half and with a goal by Alexis Hollister assisted by Dayna DeAngelo, they were only down 2-1 at the half.
The strength and depth of the VVS team took over in the second half as they built up a 7-1 lead before Abby Kelly, assisted by Laura Levi, made the final score read, 7-2. Kelly’s goal came with only 30 seconds left to play. Mackenzie LaPorte had 17 saves in the goal.
Sunday, they had to play league rival, Oriskany, who lost to West Canada. It was a game that they could have won. They played hard but could not finish any of their chances to score. As a result, Oriskany had a 2-0 lead at the half. The defense continued to play a fine second half to keep the final score at 2-0. The defense was led by Alex Sutherland, Abby Kelly, Caitlin Russell, Paige Schweinsberg and Katie Ludwig. The offense continued to have trouble finishing any of its scoring chances.
LaPorte had eight saves to help keep Oriskany from scoring in the second half.
The team has an away game at Adirondack on Monday, Sept. 11 and a home game against Johnsburg this Friday, Sept. 15.
Cross country running
Tim Leach, coach of the cross country running teams, has confirmed who he has on his teams this fall. On Leach’s girls varsity team are the following girls: Laura Levi, Rachel Smith, Emily Greene, Brittany Johnston, Emily Rudolph, Renee Smith and Rachelle Manzi. Eighth graders, Natalie Herron and Chloe Clark, are on the modified girls team.
The following boys are on the varsity squad: Tyler Rudolph, Macgregor Ritz-Kenny, Ryan Johnston, Nick Olsen, Jack Rivet and Sterling Brownell. Thomas Levi is the only boy on his modified team.
Both varsity teams are complete and both have experienced runners. They should have a very competitive season.

Girls modified soccer
Jennifer Dunn will have her first coaching experience this fall as she takes over the girls modified soccer team.
Dunn has the following girls on her team: Macy Capron, Chelsea Clark, Mia DiOrio, Kerissa Dunn, Macie Eisenhart, Rachael Kelley, Katie Kelly, Raigan LaPorte, Jennifer Rundell and Raffaella Vellone.
For those who already counted the members of the team and came up with only ten, you are right. They can play shorthanded, but certainly they hope no injuries or code violations hit this team.