Brianne Barnes kicked the ball forward and a Bolton player stuck a leg on it. The ball took a bounce in front of Anna Beach.
Beach needed no time to react, timing the bouncer perfectly to send the ball up and over the Bolton goalie midway through the first half of the championship round of the Old Forge Tournament. The Indians dominated the remainder of the game for a 4-0 win that gave them another title in the Columbus weekend event up north.
The win also put the tally at 11 in that column for the Waterville girls varsity soccer team, keeping them undefeated with two ties and no losses playing in the last week of regulation. The state-ranked Indians have two games this week.
Bolton, near Lake George, dispatched the host Eskimos 11-1, while Waterville advanced with a 3-0 win over Remsen. Bolton started the title game trying to keep up with the fast Indians, but by 14 minutes into the game struggled to get ball control.
Barnes, who had set up all three goals in the opening round win, took the first shot on goal for Waterville, with the ball blocked. Megan Wittenbeck’s shot went over the net and Julia Carter ripped off two shots that were stopped and caught.
Barnes almost scored when she sent the ball behind the goalie out of the net, but it rolled right past the open net. A minute later Beach put the Indians on the board with a goal that helped her earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
Despite the uneven natural grass field, the Indians…