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Girls travel soccer team makes history

November 8, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

In their inaugural year in the Youngstown Area Youth Soccer League as an official Poland Youth Soccer Association 10-and-under travel team, the Lady Dogs made history going an unprecedented 13-0. Their undefeated record gave them top honors as the 2012 YAYSL League Champs, as well as naming them the 2012 YAYSL Fall Classic Tournament champs. The 12-member team faced tough competition from Boardman, Springfield, Canfield, Hubbard, Beaver Local, Austintown, West Branch and Niles. Behind a relentless offense that posted 73 goals for the season, and a defense that only gave up 19 total goals, the girls fought their way to victory week after week.

During the tournament, West Branch and Canfield brought their A games and fought hard eventually losing to the Lady Dogs 3-1 and 3-2 respectively. The championship provided an exciting match against a very well coached and disciplined Boardman team. The Dogs quickly found themselves down 1-0, but battled back to take a 3-1 lead. Boardman continued to play hard and got a late second-half goal making it 3-2 with under two minutes remaining in the game. The girls were able to hold Boardman's final attack off with a speedy and smart playing defense. In the end, the Poland girls became the undefeated YAYSL champions of 2012 and cemented their first year accomplishments into the history books.

Head coach Mike Sebest was assisted by his wife Heather Sebest, and Pete Graff.

"We are all so proud of each and everyone of you the season," coach Sebest told the girls at the conclusion of the tournament. He also thanked the parents and fans throughout the season for their support and commitment to the team.

Team members included Gia Diorio, Haley Trolio, Teegan Graff, Halle Sebest, Emily Franco, Jackie Grisdale, Jillian Phillips, Anna Wollet, Addison Kaschak, Gabbie Seifert, and Lucy Graziano.



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