Sunday, October 5, 2008

SATURDAY AT THE MARION COUNTY SOCCER TOURNEY
Yielded an "Indy's Best" Championship for Molly and Runner-up for Sam

WEEK-LONG TOURNEY. The week-long Marion County High School Soccer Tournament came to a rousing conclusion on Saturday, yielding an "Indy's best" championship for Molly and runner-up for Sam (#16 in the center of the photo).

ROAD TO THE FINALS. We attended Monday and Wednesday games for Molly and the Ben Davis Lady Giants and Tuesday and Thursday games for Sam and the Pike Red Devils. Molly and Sam's teams made it to the semi-final games at North Central High School on Saturday morning. There, Molly's team beat Brebeuf Jesuit girls, 1-0, and Sam's team defeated Brebeuf's boys, 1-0, to advance to the championship games Saturday evening.

CONCUSSION, COMING UP SHORT. The boys' championship game pitted Pike against top-five state-ranked North Central. The Panthers took advantage of a few Red Devils mistakes and won the game handily, 4-1. Sam didn't get to play because he suffered a concussion in an earlier game. We'll see if he can pass the next impact test on Monday or Tuesday. He's hoping to be ready for first game of the Sectionals of the Indiana High School Athletic Association's State Soccer Tournament that begins for the boys on Thursday. Best wishes!

COUNTY CHAMPS...AGAIN! The girls' championship game put Ben Davis against North Central. The teams had tied in an earlier regular-season game. Molly, a captain, played as spirited as ever in the match. The Lady Giants scored midway through the first half and held the Lady Panthers without a goal (overcoming 9 corner kicks) the rest of the match, thanks to great goalkeeping by Danielle Bennet. Ben Davis girls are county champs for the second year in a row! Unprecedented for BD, it's a feat they were unable to accomplish during the four years Olympian Lauren Cheney played for the Lady Giants. Congratulations!