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by Jack Scott
The girls soccer team beat Sumner 3-1 in a controlled game where we worked well together. Coach Kristin Eberdt was able to play many players in different positions to help contend with the injuries. Esther Adams scored two goals in the first half, the second assisted by Chelsea Brown. Chelsea Brown scored in the second half and Sumner scored later on a penalty kick. Haley Brewer was goalie for all but the last 15 minutes of the game, when Julie Hutchins stepped in. We saved six of seven shots and Sumner saved eight of our 13 shots.
The girls tied a resilient Searsport team 1-1. We pressured the Searsport goal almost the entire game, but could only get one score. Chelsea Brown scored that goal early in the first half, assisted by Britnie Jones. We had good hard shots that went wide, bouncing balls across the goal mouth that no one could put a foot on, and when we did put it on the goal mouth, the Searsport goalie made some great saves.
We even had a goal kicked in on what we thought was a direct kick, but because the referee had called an indirect kick, it didn’t count. We dominated the play, but sometimes in soccer that isn’t enough. The Searsport goal was a nice chip shot that arced over goalie Haley Brewer’s outstretched arms. Haley Brewer saved three of four shots and Searsport saved 13 of our 21 shots.
The girls then traveled to Piscataquis and battled to a 3-3 tie. PCHS came out fired up at the start and set us back on our heels by scoring twice in the first 20 minutes. Esther Adams scored a goal with six minutes left to have us trailing 2-1 at the half.
We got fired up in the second half, controlling the play and winning the ball like we have been doing all season. Paige Rollins, back from injury, scored after 10 minutes and Heidi Brewer scored on a penalty kick with 14 minutes left to give us the lead. Unfortunately PCHS was able to get a breakaway and score with six minutes left to even it up. We mounted plenty of pressure in regulation and the two overtimes, but PCHS was able to hang on for the tie. Once again we played a good controlling game but had to settle for the tie. PCHS saved seven of our 16 shots and Chelsea Brown and Haley Brewer combined to save nine of their 12 shots.
The boys’ soccer team tied Jonesport 1-1 to avenge an earlier loss. We came out strong and did not give up any goals in the first half. We dodged a bullet when Jonesport kicked a penalty kick over the goal. Coach Bennett Morey mentioned that Nathan Davis, Noah Leighton, and Hayden Ciomei all had quality shots on goal, but there was no score in the first half.
Jonesport scored on a nice shot to take the lead, we finally scored on a nice cross from Nathan Davis to Oliver Lawson, who passed to Patrick Duddy who put it in the goal. We made several good rushes, but neither team could score. Jonesport saved 15 of our 22 shots and Hayden Torrey saved 10 of 15 shots. This was one of our better efforts this season as Jonesport is a team like us that has lost a lot of close games.
The boys beat Searsport in a close game 2-0. We controlled play most of the time, though Searsport was able to make some quick rushes down to our end. We scored early as Patrick Duddy kicked in a goal in the first minute assisted by Noah Leighton. Even though we were down towards the Searsport goal most of the time, it was a close game all the way until the end when Oliver Lawson headed in a corner kick made by Nathan Davis with two minutes to go. We played well and deserved the victory. Hayden Torrey earned the shutout with nine saves on 13 shots while Searsport saved five of our 18 shots.
The girls are 9-0-3 and are still in fifth place. Unfortunately, most of our opponents are not worth many Heal Points. We have two games left, George Stevens and Bangor Christian, and they are worth the points we need to climb in the standings. Only the top eight teams make the playoffs, so we need to win these important games to host a playoff game. All the teams ahead of us are County teams, which means we would be traveling if we don’t win. We have been putting a lot of good shots on goal that haven’t gone in so we are still playing well and just need to make the effort to get these wins to be in good position for the playoffs.
The boys are in 15th place with a 3-8-1 record. We have two tough games left, George Stevens and Bangor Christian. Only the top 10 teams make the playoffs, so we have to play outstanding to get there. It is possible, as only 8 Heal Points separate us and the ninth-place team, but we will need a big win. This team has done well at pulling together and has overcome many of its earlier shortcomings. I have seen a lot of improvement since the beginning of the season. We have lost some close games and the young players who return will only get better.