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by Jack Scott
The golf team went to the Penobscot Valley Conference Tournament and missed the team cutoff for the state tournament by seven strokes. Only the top three teams go to the state tournament and we came in fourth. So close and yet so far. The good news is all these players will be back to play next year with a hopefully improved golf game.
The weather was not ideal with some rain, but still better than the rainy day that had been forecast. Connor Morey led us with a 75, tying for the second best score in the tournament. Sam Grindle had an 82, a decent score under the conditions but frustrating for him. Drew Siebert had 102, Nick Trundy 109, and Nick Eaton 112.
Both Connor Morey and Sam Grindle are eligible to compete in the Individual State Tournament at Natanis Golf Course next week. Last year Sam Grindle played well enough to qualify for the New England Tournament. Coach Terry Siebert feels both these players are capable of making it there this year.
With the rain and rescheduling wreaking havoc with the schedule, the girls soccer team beat Narraguagus 3-1 in the only game they played last week. Between injuries and sickness, the team was down to 13 players, putting a lot of stress on the players remaining. Although we controlled the ball most all of the first half, Narraguagus got the only score to lead 1-0. I think we were a bit stunned as we were so dominant in this half without scoring.
Feeling a bit desperate, we got more aggressive in the second half and it finally paid off. Abigail Grindle evened the score about 10 minutes into the second half. Heidi Brewer gave us an insurance goal 10 minutes later, and Britnie Jones iced it with a goal with about a minute left in the game. Goalie Chelsea Brown saved zero of two shots while Narraguagus saved five of our 15 shots.
The boys soccer team lost a tough game to Piscataquis 3-0. Despite the one-sided score, we played a very good first half, withstanding the pressure and not allowing a goal. This had been our nemesis all year and we played hard. Coach Bennett Morey was encouraged by our communication and energy. Unfortunately we faltered in the beginning of the second half, and PCHS was able to score. They got two more goals for the win, but Coach Morey did say the goals were very strong shots by PCHS.
We were able to mount several offensive rushes, but the PCHS goalie made some good moves to make the saves. Lucas Trundy was in goal for us in the first half and he and Hayden Torrey combined to play the second half. Overall, we made 12 saves on 25 shots while PCHS saved seven of our 12 shots.
The boys lost a similar game to Sumner 3-1. Once again, we played a strong first half, allowing no goals. Both Jake Starkey and Oliver Lawson had good shots that just missed the net. We started off strong in the second half, but Sumner was able to get two breakaways and score. Hayden Ciomei got one back on a direct kick to give us some life, but Sumner scored on a direct kick with about 10 minutes left for an insurance goal.
We played with good energy, winning many of the midfield battles, but a couple of defensive breakdowns proved to be costly in this evenly played game. Hayden Torrey made nine saves on 15 shots while Sumner made seven saves on our 12 shots. We are just lacking the offensive catalyst to give us some momentum to win these close games.
The girls have climbed into fifth place with an 8-0-1 record. The Narraguagus game exposed our growing problem of shrinking numbers due to injuries and, as of late, sickness. The challenge we face is to maintain our pressure with many players getting little rest. So far, we have come through when we have needed to. Coach Kristin Eberdt does not think the injured players will be able to recover in time, so the players who are left will need to step up and continue our inspired play.