Once again, the weather was not very user- friendly for golf in the Individual Golf Tournament at Natanis. At least the tournament wasn’t on Friday with heavy rains and high winds. It was, however, wet on Saturday and pretty windy also. Sam Grindle shot an 80, which gave him fifth place for Class C. Connor Morey ran into some trouble and shot a 94, which still was respectable for such harsh conditions. To give you some perspective, for all three classes, only 11 players shot under 80 in the whole tournament. I know both Sam and Connor will be ready next year, and should have better success.
The girls’ soccer team lost its first game to George Stevens 4-2. GSA came out fired up and despite the fact we held the lead twice, they outplayed us in the first half. We scored first on a breakaway by Britnie Jones with four minutes gone. GSA scored 8 minutes later to tie it up, but Britnie Jones scored on another breakaway halfway through the half to give us back the lead. However, that was short lived as GSA stormed back and blitzed us with two goals in the last 5 minutes to lead 3-2. We played better in the second half, but we couldn’t get a score. GSA added an insurance goal halfway through the second half to seal its win. Chelsea Brown and Haley Brewer saved 13 of 21 shots and GSA saved five of our seven shots.
The girls tied Bangor Christian again, this time 2-2. Sarah Boutilier scored the only goal of the first half, assisted by Esther Adams. We had several good opportunities but we just couldn’t get it into the net. BC scored early in the second half to tie it up. Britnie Jones put us back on top with a goal about 10 minutes into the half, but BC scored the equalizer about halfway through the half. We just couldn’t get another score to get a win. The result had no bearing on our position in the playoffs, as the number-four team had acquired a lot of points in the last week to pull out of reach. Chelsea Brown saved six of eight shots and BC saved eight of our 12 shots.
The boys’ soccer team lost a tough game to George Stevens 4-0. We still are not putting two good halves together, but now we seem to have our strong half first, which at least keeps us in the game. GSA controlled the ball more than we did in the first half, but we held them off until 2 minutes left when they scored by heading in a corner kick. Nathan Davis put several good corner kicks up for us, but with no success. Despite GSA’s control, we made several rushes with good chances. The second half, GSA was more dominant and scored two goals in the first 15 minutes. That pretty much put us on our heels and GSA took charge. Oliver Lawson saved 15 of 25 shots and GSA saved eight of our 12 shots.
The girls are 9-1-4 and still in fifth place. If this was the final standings, we would travel to Washburn for a quarterfinal game next week. We have a stellar record, but haven’t been playing with the fire we started off the season with. We started the season at 7-0 and finished 2-1-4. We will be traveling to the County for any games we play, so we have to be aggressive and win the battles for the ball to keep control of the game. We have shown that we have the players to do it on offense and defense. Several players have been scoring around Britnie Jones, so we have to go out and just do it. We need to regain our momentum, so come on girls; give us the effort that got us there!
The boys stay in 15th place with a 3-9-1 record. We still haven’t been putting two good halves together in a game, though we are playing far better than at the beginning of the season. We show moments of brilliance, and we just need to connect the dots all the way through the game. We have one last chance this week against number two Bangor Christian, but it really is a David and Goliath type of situation. Coach Bennett Morey says we are pumped up, but BC is a very fast and talented team.