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Monday, August 15, 2005

(Left) Tylee Graverson (#8) chips the ball past West Vigo's goalkeeper for the Knights goal during Saturday's soccer jamboree.

(Right) Kelsey Haring dribbles past a West Vigo defender on Saturday.

TERRE HAUTE -- Mother Nature provided her own set of obstacles for the soccer jamboree that took place at West Vigo High School on Saturday afternoon between the three Vigo County schools and Northview.

After heavy rains the night before, players were faced with a rather soft playing surface that featured standing water along the east side of the field. With temperatures rising steadily and high humidity, athletes got their first shot at showing their stuff for their coaches.

In the girls jamboree, Terre Haute South showed off what might be the most athletically talented team they've had in recent years, balancing depth and quickness across the board.

The Braves scored three of the five goals in the girls jamboree, tallying a pair of goals in the first 20 minute period against West Vigo. Whitney Thomas got the Braves on the board first and Kelly Pohlen scored later.

Terre Haute North's Caitlin Wulf scored the only goal in the Patriot's period against the Knights as Northview coach Don Bryan got a chance to see his youthful squad perform in game action.

"We're very young and we have a lot of holes to fill," said Bryan. "But I was pleased. We have a lot of players, just not a lot of field experience."

The Knights did come back to get a score in their period versus West Vigo as freshman Tylee Graverson sent home a crossing shot with Jenny Woodcox getting a foot on the ball as well.

"We're still trying to figure out our strengths."

Featuring just three seniors, the Knights have a roster that includes 14 freshmen and sophomores.

In the boys jamboree, West Vigo gave Terre Haute South all it could handle, tallying a pretty goal.

Kyle Capicik sent a long pass forward that Francesco Tripo headed to another Viking exchange student, Gilberto Neto, who drilled the period's first score.

The Braves would come back to score two goals of their own as Zach Pigg and Zach Runyan scored for the Braves.

The Knights and Patriots each put their JV squads on the field to face each other since both varsity squads will open the season against each other on Tuesday.

Northview made a couple of forays into North territory but weren't able to finish. The lone goal of the period was an own goal as Northview deflected a shot into their own net.

Against West Vigo, the Knights played quite strong versus the Vikings, getting the best of much of the 20 minute period, but weren't able to finish off any of their scoring chances. However, their defense was able to hold off any scoring opportunities by the West Vigo offense.

The Northview boys will face off at home against the Patriots on Tuesday with the girls hosting North on Thursday. Both games will take place at 5 p.m.

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