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by Jack Scott
The golf team won the only match they played this week, beating Sumner 147-247. The first time we played Sumner, they didn’t have enough players to post the four scores necessary to compete. With the 147 score, we matched the previous low we had against Searsport. Once again, Sam Grindle was medalist with an even par 31, Connor Morey had 35, Drew Siebert 38, and Nick Eaton 43. The golf season is nearly over, as the PVC tournament will be next Thursday, September 30. Having a good record in the regular season helps because the highest teams in the standings get to have a fifth player in the tournament. The top four players count for your score.
The girls beat Searsport 6-2 in a well-played game. We really controlled the ball for most all the game. Britnie Jones and Esther Adams each scored two goals. Paige Rollins and Julie Hutchins scored a goal each. Chelsea Brown and Haley Brewer split the goalie duties in this game. We worked hard and took twice as many shots as Searsport.
The girls’ soccer team was able to get a come from behind win over George Stevens in double overtime. After giving up an own goal in the first half (that’s when a player accidentally puts it in their own goal) and a penalty kick in the second half, we trailed 2-0 with 23 minutes left. We weren’t playing with the energy we have been showing, so it didn’t look good. We were moving the ball, but weren’t attacking with the coordination we needed.
As we have done before, Esther Adams crossed to the side where Britnie Jones dribbled in and belted in a goal with 19 minutes left. Then Britnie Jones scored on a breakaway with 5 minutes left to tie it up. With the first overtime pretty even, Holly Brewer kicked in a rebound with three minutes left in the second overtime to stun GSA for the win. Goalie Chelsea Brown was big, saving six of 11 GSA shots, and GSA saved five of our 14 shots. We came to life when we needed to and showed a never give up attitude to pull out the win.
The girls beat Schenck 5-2 in a game much closer than the score would indicate. We scored three quick goals in the first 15 minutes, and Schenck, to their credit, hung tough and scored one right back and then got another on a penalty kick near the end of the first half, to bring it close at 3-2. Britnie Jones scored two of our goals, both assisted by Esther Adams, and Abby Grindle scored the other one assisted by Britnie Jones.
Schenck was very resilient, and we lost some of our fire, which made it a very even second half until Britnie Jones scored on a breakaway with 7 minutes left and Abby Grindle scored with a minute left assisted by Esther Adams. Chelsea Brown saved three of five shots in the first half and Haley Brewer saved four of four shots in the second half. Schenck saved six of our 14 shots.
The boys’ soccer team lost a tough game to George Stevens 2-0. We actually played a good game overall, but couldn’t mount enough coordinated attacks to get ahead. We gave up an early goal to GSA only 4 minutes into the game and that set us back on our heels. We played pretty even for the first half and the beginning of the second half, until GSA controlled the ball and put us on the defensive. Goalie Hayden Torrey and the defense did an excellent job keeping it close, but GSA scored again with about 4 minutes left. Hayden Torrey saved eight of 21 shots. Our offense is still figuring out how to work together, but we played a tough game overall.
The boys then lost a similar game to Schenck 3-0. We gave up a goal with 10 minutes gone but still managed to play an even half. We had a great chance to tie it up on a penalty kick, but Carlos Dugo’s boot hit the top crossbar, bounced down in front of the goalie who saved it. It was so close and yet so far. The second half was a very close battle, as we mounted many offensive rushes, but couldn’t punch one home. Schenck scored again early in the second half and added a late goal to seal our fate.
This team has not figured out how to overcome being down but we showed signs of good offensive pressure and good energy. The team is still on the learning curve but is looking good playing together. Hayden Torrey was strong in goal with 10 saves on 25 shots.
The boys lost to Sumner in similar fashion 2-1. We gave up a goal in the first 5 minutes of the game, and Sumner went into a defensive mode to protect that goal. Kevin Melanio had a great chance but was thwarted by a great diving save from the Sumner goalie. We scored early in the second half on a direct kick by Oliver Lawson. Sumner snuck a shot by Hayden Torrey near the end of the game and was able to withstand a good offensive pressure that we applied, but to no success. We did play aggressively and put over 20 shots on goal, which is a good sign that the offense is coming along. Hayden Torrey made 15 saves on 19 shots.
The girls are still undefeated at 6-0. We are in eighth place in the standings as the County teams still hold an edge with more games played. We face a big test against Bangor Christian this week. We have done well with two key players injured, Janelle Ciomei and Paige Rollins. We have had on and off spurts of energy in the last couple of games, but have had the right level of play when it counts. Britnie Jones has been a force on offense with eight goals in the last three games. We are doing well with ball control, which is the key to an organized offense.
The boys have a 2-4 record and are looking better as the mid season point approaches. The real key is to mount a more coordinated offense so we can keep our confidence up. The offense needs a couple of leaders to pull everyone together and rally the troops when we get down. We play much better when we score first, which is indicative of a young team. We have a tough test against a strong Bangor Christian team this Saturday.