Garrettsville – The 8th Count Dance sponsored U-12 Girl’s soccer team completed another terrific season and winning the year end tournament held in Waterloo; compiling a total record of 10-2-1.

Front row, left to right: Alicia Emrick, Sarah Bittence, Cheyenne Cuprak. Standing; Cassie Finney, Kaitlynn Yukich, Anna Morrissey, Sydney Woolard, Megan Hale, Mackenzie Langford, Riley Spence. Third Row; Coach Bob Finney and Hannah Bittence Not pictured: Coaches Stacey Emrick and Darren Spence.

This years team was comprised of girls from Garrettsville and Mantua in grades 5th and 6th.   The most notable facet of the season is how well the girls played together as a team, unselfish, battling every minute of every game, never giving up.  They believed they could win every game and nearly did.  It was a real pleasure coaching such a fine group of young ladies, watching them grow as friends and soccer players.

We gained a reputation of being rough, even though we were a bit on the smaller side.  We knew we were in for a battle after we beat the undefeated Kent team in regular season 3-2 and just tied Southeast the week before 1-1.  On the Saturday morning of the tournament it was 40 degrees and about 20 mph wind.  The girls all showed up to play Kent beating them 1-0 and then playing Waterloo an hour and half later.  Waterloo did their best but could not stop us from scoring several goals.  On Sunday we faced Southeast… grunge match having beaten them, lost and tied in the regular season.  The tournament would settle the score.  With a couple goals early we were able to hold on to victory even though the referees seemed to swallow their whistles at the beginning of the game.  Capping off a terrific season and moving to indoor in January.

Keep an eye out for this group, they are impressive!