BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY - With four shutouts and back-to-back victories on three different occasions, Newark Valley put together a solid season. It would add up to a 7-7 regular season record and a 6-4 mark in Section IV Division III play.
The Cardinals would qualify for the Section IV playoffs, only to be greeted with the unenviable task of facing Whitney Point in there first round. The Golden Eagles would go on to win a fifth consecutive state championship, making them the first team in Section IV history to win five straight state titles.
"We made it into the sectional tournament for the first time in several years," said head coach Jessica Doehring. "As the six seed we faced defending state champ Whitney Point in the first round of play. We lost, 6-0 - an improvement over our 7-0 loss earlier in the season, ending out the season with a 7-8 overall record. Overall, we had a great season, taking some big steps forward as a program.
NV also garnered runner-up honors at the Sidney tournament.
"Our first-round win vs. Sidney was a big win for us and a huge confidence boost for the team," Doehring said.
The Cardinals did have their struggles in close games, going 2-5 in contests decided by a single goal. However, their shutout victories were impressive. They downed Tioga (twice), SVEC (twice) and Marathon by a combined 12-0.
"We had a lot of players really step up this season," Doehring said. "I was extremely impressed with how well our goalie, Alison Wales, played. She had a phenomenal season. We had a young defense this year and they all did a great job this season and showed a lot of growth as the season progressed.
"We'll be returning 12 of our 14 players next year so I'm really excited to see what they can do."
IN PHOTO: Newark Valley's Marissa Berghorn.
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