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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The golf team came in fifth out of ten teams for the Class C team tournament at Natanis Golf Course. We had a team score of 376, five strokes behind the fourth-place team.
Sam Grindle led us with a 79, two strokes behind the best score of 77. Connor Morey had 89, Nick Eaton 104, Drew Siebert 105, and Alec Eaton 112. This is a much- improved finish from our only other team tournament two years ago, when we came in 10th out of 10.
After this solid team finish, all that is left in golf is the individual state tournament this Saturday with Sam Grindle and Connor Morey going back to compete at Natanis. They have played well all year and should do well this weekend, having played Natanis a few times recently.
The girls soccer team lost to a motivated Sumner team 2-1. We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game and we didn’t execute as well as we should have.
We got a couple of bad breaks as Shiann Closson was kicked in the head making a save and had to leave with a possible concussion.
This brought Chelsea Brown back from the midfield to stand in goal. Sumner scored first and Janelle Ciomei tied it up for us. Sumner scored about halfway through the second half. We had numerous opportunities, but we couldn’t mount a coordinated attack.
Chelsea Brown made an incredible stop on a penalty shot to keep us close, but we just couldn’t get the equalizer. We also lost Paige Rollins in the second half to injury (temporary, we are hoping) and this also took continuity away from the offense. Even with all this adversity, we bounced several shots off the crossbars. Shiann Closson and Chelsea Brown saved 13 of 19 shots and Sumner saved nine of our 16 shots.
The boys soccer team earned a hard-fought tie with Searsport, 2-2, on a sloppy field that made it hard to get around quickly.
After a scoreless first half, Ole Bartas got an unassisted goal. Searsport was awarded two penalty kicks, but Hayden Torrey was able to stop one of them to keep it close.
We caught a bad break when one of our defenders slipped and kicked a ball off our own player into the goal to give Searsport the lead. Hayden Ciomei was able to convert a penalty kick to tie it up and that was all we could do in the mud. Hayden Torrey made 10 saves on 22 shots and Searsport saved eight of our 10 shots.
The boys played a hard game at Jonesport, only to lose 2-0. We had a strong start in the first half, passing the ball well, but Jonesport scored to lead 1-0. Despite our good offensive pressure, Jonesport scored the only goal in the second half. We had many opportunities and we missed a penalty kick. We just couldn’t get any breaks. Because we only had 13 players for this game, we had many players in different positions.
Coach Bennett Morey felt we made a very good effort despite the loss. Hayden Torrey made 17 saves on 26 shots and Jonesport made 14 saves on 21 shots. It was a game that was played pretty even overall but we couldn’t get things going our way. This has been the story of the season for the boys.
The boys lost to a speedy Sumner team 6-1. This is a talented team and they passed around us very well. We played hard and held them off for a while, but they were not only fast but also accurate in their shots.
Our only shining moment came in the second half when Nathan Davis was able to dribble through the defense and drill one home for our goal. Hayden Torrey made 16 saves on 22 shots and Sumner saved three of our five shots.
The girls are 5-5 and in sixth place. We have a very busy week, with four games to play. Two games against Bangor Christian, one with Searsport, and a big game against Penobscot Valley, the number two team.
With the goal of a home playoff game in sight, we have to keep up our energy in these games, winning three of four, to have a chance. Otherwise it will be a long ride right from the start. How we play against Penobscot Valley will also show us how we stack up against a top team. We have to deal with injuries, so everyone has to pick up the slack and put forth an 80-minute effort. We have the talent, so we just have to do it!
The boys at 0-11-1 have two more games left. We play undefeated Bangor Christian and then go to Penobscot Valley with a chance for a win there.
It has been a rough season in this building year with the bulk of the squad sophomores and freshmen. Unfortunately, we have a relatively tough schedule in a year when we are trying to build team cohesion. It was a steep learning curve. We played better as the season went on, and I know that Coach Morey would love to squeeze out a victory before the end of the season. I for one am rooting that we make the effort and get that win this week. Go blue!