Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00
At Mitchel Field in Uniondale on Oct. 9 and 10, the Jericho Avalanche girls U-12 travel soccer team took the annual Columbus Day tournament by surprise. Placed in a group two divisions ahead of their regular season town pairings, Jericho took on soccer powerhouses such as Manhassett, New Hyde Park, Wantagh and Massapequa.
In Game One against New Hyde Park, Jericho fell behind 1-0 but fought back with a goal by Brittney Fuchs on beautiful passes from Sabrina Milana and Armina Souroush. In the second half, Jericho held strong, stopping multiple onslaughts with the tremendous defensive play of Erica Setton, Lauren Orr and Emily Wexler. With just 7 minutes left in the game and the score tied, Jessica Busam, on long passes from Vicki Peykar and then Amanda Solomon, broke down the field, splitting the defenders to score the game-winning goal.
In Game Two, Jericho suffered their only defeat in the tournament by a 3-2 margin to a much bigger, stronger team in Wantagh. With goals by Raya Skopicki and Tylar Trichon, Jericho played to Wantagh’s tough aggressive style, never backing down. After going down 2-0, Jericho came back to tie the score but lost by a very questionable call in the defensive zone.
On Sunday, the girls came ready to play, and with outstanding performances by Lexie Smith, Lauren Marmann and Taylor Adamo the girls defeated Manahasset 2-0. Although the score was not indication enough of the outstanding play, Samantha Lustberg on a wonderful give and go from Marlee Lehrhoff started off the scoring as Jericho never looked back. The opposing goalie, who in the eyes of many onlookers deserved to be named the game MVP, stopped 15 would-be goals as Jericho came away with another win.
In the final game to determine the tournament’s victor, Jericho was led by their allstar goalie Emily Kanterman. Kanterman’s 7 saves and huge boots was the offensive addition the girls needed to take away a 3-0 win against a heavily favored Massapequa team. When asked about the win, Kanterman said, “This one is for Alana Adler, our friend and teammate who injured her neck and could not play in the tournament.”
Proving they can play with any town and at any level, the Jericho Avalanche girls U-12 will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Congratulations go out to the team on a hard-fought, well deserved first-place trophy.