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2021/22 1st Winter Indoor Tournament Recap

By B. Peters, 12/14/21, 6:15PM EST


Hello Venom Family!


This year marks another development in our club structure. We have divided our Travel tournaments between Saturday & Sunday with the NITQ teams playing on Sunday.


Saturday -

The day Started early in the morning with our U14 teams. For most this was their first experience at Spooky Nook and Tournament play. With such young teams the Venom U14’s were in the thick of it. The U14 Blue team, who had more tournament experience, managed to keep the games close but unfortunately they dropped the first game 0-2 and then dropped the 2nd & 3rd games 0-1. After rallying for the last game they managed to keep a clean sheet, credit Ava-Grace Churches and tied 0-0 the game to end the tournament on a positive note. Our U14 White team had much less Indoor Tournament experience and it showed in the results. After each game the team got stronger and managed to end the tournament in our most positive game. The results didn’t go our way in the U14 division but for our first tournament and lots of experience at Spooky Nook will slingshot us to our next tournament in January!

U16 Black took to the court in the late morning. The first game against RAM White took us a couple of minutes to get warmed up and they let a few goals in but once they got into their stride the structure was solid. The first game was dropped 0-4. The second game was against eventual pool winners, formidable Alley Cats. The U16 Black teak broke through their tough defense once. The goal was scored by Ava Perischetti who tipped a brilliant ball in the back of the goal. The game was ultimately a loss with an end score of 1-6. The third game of the day was a much closer game against RAM White only letting two goals and Ava P getting her second of the tournament, the final horn blew and the game ended 1-2. Headed into the last game of the day it was the 3/4th place playoff against RAM White. After the last close match the team went in determined. A fast and furious game went back and forth with Collette Walter scoring 2 goals but the RAM team put two in of their own and the tournament ended with a 2-2 tie. A great performance growing in each game finishing with a 0W-3L-1T record.

The U19 Black & Gold teams ended the tournament day. U19 Black started their day with a bump in the road going up against the dominant PA Revolution team going to NITQ’s. After dropping the first game 0-7 they rallied to play MC Huskies and put in a dominant performance. The game was tough but the counter attack was powerful with Izzy Davanti putting the ball in the back of the net. The game was capped off by two more goals coming from Emily Bloom. The defense stood strong with GK Elizabeth Long earning the shutout. The third game was against host Nook Forrest. A close game ensued and a close battle for goals with Morgan Smith scoring but Nook put two past the Venom defense and the games ended 1-2 to Nook. The last game for U19 Black was against the Other PA Revs team, after a much closer game than the first. The score line read 0-3. A great first tournament with a clear path forward ending with a 1W-3L-0T record.

U19 Gold started their tournament with a 1-1 tie with PAAC with Annalese Bartolacci getting the Venom goal. After a tight first game the goals started flowing in the second game. Two more goals for Annalese and Anna Drum getting in on the action. With 3 goals for Venom, MC huskies played really well and also put in 3 goals to end the second game in a 3-3 tie. MC Huskies were Gold’s next opponents. A great close game which saw Anna Drum put in her second of the tournament then the Huskies scored to keep it level. A great passing play up the right side of the court led to a great tip from Eden Brush. The Huskies then went on the offensive and put in three straight to hand Gold their first loss of the tournament 2-4. The final game of the day was against PA revs Diamond and it was another hard fought game but with the Venom shots missing just wide or deflected by their GK, the REV’s put in 2 against the Venom Defense ending the tournament on a 0-2 loss. A very positive tournament standing up to tough opponents and getting a record of 0W-2L-2T.


Sunday -


    On Sunday the NITQ teams took to the court to prep for the upcoming National Indoor Qualifiers. U16 Blue pushed back first against PA Power. With the Blue team asserting themselves on the court, some clever play from our Penalty Corner’s Sofia Boyle got a PC goal and a field goal while the defense stood strong to give GK Kayla Joyce her first shutout. In the second game HUSEL went to battle on court. A game where we were up against it by going down 0-2. After getting our heads back in order we came back with goals from Sofia Boyle and Mia Brinkley to come back and tie the second game 2-2. H2O Blue was the third matchup and with varying changes in presses and formations from the well coached H2O squad our only goal came from Sofia Boyle on a Penalty Stroke. The game ended 1-1 when they got a lucky goal past the defense. After tying two games the Blue team decided to ramp up and give Kayla and the defense a second shut out. Goals coming from Sofia, Mia, Isabella Elm and Anna Zimmer but shoutout to Ava Williams with a hat-trick! Ending the tournament on a 7-0 victory but losing the championship by 1 point to take second place with a record of 2W-0L-2T.

    At the same time U19 White was playing on court 2. Their first game was against PA Power and although we had the PC advantage the game ended scoreless with the defense standing strong with GK Jordan Ashbaugh for the Shutout. The second game had many more goals with a fierce battle with Hymax Sabers. With a dominating 8 penalty corners for and 0 scoring 3 of 8 with goals from Lauren Ghil, Callie Rautenbach & Bell Arnold. With another from Bella Arnold in field play the U19 White only let in 2 to secure a 4-2 victory. The last two games were both tense affairs with Norlanco Stix being first up and some frustrating play in the middle. The two teams were deadlocked with both defenses playing brilliantly and when the final horn blew the score line remained tied at 0-0 giving Goalkeeper Joyce and defense the shutout. The last game was with High Voltage and wound up being the tournament final. A great game ensued with Bella Arnold getting a great goal in but with minutes left in the game High Voltage put one in and ended the game at 1-1 ultimately taking the championship by 1 point from U19 White. The team ended in 2nd place with a record of 1W-0L-3T.

    In the early afternoon the U19 Blue & U16 White teams got into the action. U19 Blue started their campaign with a couple of speed bumps. Dropping the first game to PA Power 0-5 the team rallied to play their style of hockey and with a goal from Lauren Kampi from a Penalty corner it broke the scoring drought. With an unlucky series of plays allowing them to go ahead and take the game 1-2. The U19 Blue’s third game against High Voltage was another better performance overall but no goals came from the many Venom attacks and the horn blew and ended the game 0-2. The final game showed much more promise with the U19 Blue attacks finally connecting, putting in 5 goals against the strong H2O team. With goals coming from Kampi (2), Sofia Boyle (2) and Fiona Kortyna securing a 5-1 win to finish the tournament at 1W- 3L-1T.

    U16 White ended our first tournament with style! The team came out of the gates with a bang against H2O with goals from Anvi Chopra, Bailey Yatchko & Ava Kessler the U16 White team took the game 3-0. The second game against Hymax proved to be a bit more difficult allowing a goal in but with great passing play Anvi, Bailey & Anvi twice found the backboard of the goal  to give them 2 straight victories. The third game of the day was for seeding to see who would be placed top of the pool going to the playoffs. High Voltage was their opponent and a fast paced back and forth game ended with a 3-1 victory for Venom getting goals from Eliana Jones, Ava Kessler & Maddie Zeunert. The final game was against High Voltage again and the game started right where the previous has left off. After quickly asserting the dominant pace the goals started to go in. The first Venom goal in the final went in from Ava Kessler from a nifty offensive steal to deke the goalkeeper and put the team up 1-0. The second goal was also unassisted as Bailey Yatcko also took the ball from a well placed press to put the side up 2-0 in the final. One last nail in the High Voltage coffin was from Captain Caroline Miller as another unassisted goal flew past the goalkeeper. Once the final horn blew the U16 White team looked at another shutout for GK Erin Barlett and the tournament championship medals! Congratulations on your undefeated tournament win! 4W-0L-0T