The defending Division IV girls' state champion Black River High school Lady Presidents soccer team continue their winning ways as they head into the upcoming state tournament.
The Lady Presidents faced off against Division II Otter Valley in the consolation game of the Black River Invitational Tournament.
BR took an early lead on an Angi Valente goal with an assist coming from Hannah Josselyn.
The Lady Presidents kept pressing and the hard work paid off with an unassisted goal for Josselyn.
Josselyn then finished off the scoring with her second goal of the night on an assist from Rachel Brozza.
Zoe Trimboli made six saves in the net to preserve the shut out win.
"The team is now playing better soccer. We're playing our game," commented Black River Coach Pat Pullinen.
The Lady Presidents played two more games during the week, first against the Big Green of Mount St. Joseph.
Angi Valente had a hat trick plus an assist, with Hannah Josselyn also getting a goal.
Emily Hammond, Sarah Hawkins and Josselyn each had assists in the win.
"Angi worked to get into position to score the goals and she was fed some great balls right in front of the goal," coach Coach Pullinen stated after the match.
The defense was anchored by Tina Valente, Kaitlynd Palmer and Sarah Hawkins along with goalie Zoe Trimboli, who only neededto make three saves in the win.
"It was great to get everyone some quality playing time," Pullinen also added.
Black River followed that up withan important MVL match up against proctor, to help give more clarity for theDivision IV title. BR came out strong and jumped out early on a four goal performance from Hannah Josselyn. "Hannah and the Seniors appreciated the importance of this game and got off the bus and were all business" coach Pullinen stated.
Emily Hammond added another goal as BR went on to win 5 - 1.
Pullinen also spoke of the solid play of Tina Valente and Gabe Macklin as well as Katie O'Neil on defense. Zoe Trimboli had four saves in another strong game in the net.
Black River improved their record to 9-1-2, with their only loss coming back in early September to the same Proctor team.
They finish the season next week with two home games vs West Rutland and Poultney.
Bruce Schmidt contributed information to this article