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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The golf team had a great day at the Penobscot Valley Conference Tournament at Jato Highlands Golf Course. Sam Grindle was the medalist of the entire tournament with an even par 72, with the next highest score a 78. Connor Morey shot a very respectable 83, Drew Siebert a 103, and Alec Eaton a 105, for a team score of 363, which was the second best for the Class C level, 7 strokes behind Houlton.
This means that Sam Grindle and Connor Morey will compete in the Individual State Tournament at Natanis Golf Course on October 15, and the team will compete in the State Team Tournament at Natanis on October 10.
Previously, the golf team finished their regular season by beating Sumner 182-276 on their home course, Bonnie Blink Golf Links. Connor Morey finally got to share the medalist score with Sam Grindle with 38. Nick Eaton had 49, Alec Eaton 55, and Nick Trundy 57.
The girls soccer team shut out George Stevens 2-0 to avenge an earlier 4-1 loss. We controlled the game by winning the mid-field battles and keeping the ball near their goal for most of the game. Coach Dennis Rollins felt we played an inspired game by passing the ball well and giving maximum effort. We showed that we really wanted that game and it showed, frustrating the GSA team to no end.
Paige Rollins scored the first goal by dribbling down between defenders and punching home a goal. Esther Adams scored our second goal with a perfect shot from 24 yards out, curling it into the corner. Goalie Shiann Closson saved five of their five shots while GSA saved nine of our eleven shots.
The girls caught a break and beat Narraguagus 2-1 in overtime. We played well enough to control the game and keep the ball in the Narraguagus end for most of the game. Janelle Ciomei scored an unassisted goal in the first half to give us a 1-0 lead. That was the score until, with three minutes left in the game, a bouncing ball eluded our defense and was somehow squibbled by Shiann Closson and the Narraguagus forward chased it in at the front of an empty goal mouth, tying the score.
We were stunned by this, and the last few minutes ended regulation play in a tie. We got the tip off, and Esther Adams took it up on the wing and swept a shot to the goal mouth where it bounced off a Narraguagus defender into the goal. Esther gets credit for the goal, 16 seconds into overtime. Sometimes you just get lucky and catch a break when you need it.
The boys soccer team lost a tough game to Searsport 2-1. We played well and hustled all through the game. We made a lot of offensive runs and got off shots, but couldn’t get one through. Searsport managed to put in a couple goals in the confusion around the goal mouth. We caught a break when there was a handball in the goal area and Nathan Davis punched home a penalty kick. We gave it all we had in the last 20 minutes, but just couldn’t make it happen.
The boys lost an inspired game to George Stevens 2-0. The first game we played against them, we trailed 8-1 at the half. Coach Bennett Morey changed up the defense to slow GSA down, and we were tied 0-0 at the half. We missed a great opportunity just before the half. GSA scored early in the second half, but we held them at bay until they got another goal on a penalty kick. Our play shows our improvement, albeit late in the season, but we have come a long way from the beginning of the season.
Coach Morey felt we played with all the energy we had and also played better together as a team. If we can maintain this kind of intensity through the rest of the season, we can get a couple of wins and sneak into the playoff.
The girls’ win over Narraguagus put us at 5-4 and vaulted us into seventh place as we are catching up to the county teams in games played. We are playing well at the right time, with two more games this week. We can’t play complacent with a lead, as this almost cost us in the Narraguagus game. We are doing everything right, but need to finish our shots so we don’t let teams stay too close, as anything can happen in soccer.
The boys are still without a win despite their very improved play and just need to catch a break to get that first win. We are starting to work together better, which is the key to success. Our schedule doesn’t give us easy games so we can’t let up. Coach Morey felt that the George Stevens game was the first time we played the entire 80 minutes with good energy, trying hard to win all the balls. We get offensive chances, but we need to figure out how to finish these chances so we are confident about our play. We have a busy week with three away games. This is our chance to redeem our season, so guys, JUST DO IT!