Scott's Sports Spot

The Island
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 15, 2011
DIS Golf team still undefeated; girls get first win

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by Jack Scott

The golf team easily beat an inexperienced Sumner team, 167-289. Sam Grindle was medalist with a one-over-par 35, Connor Morey, 38, Nick Eaton, 43, and Alec Eaton, 51. We play George Stevens Academy on their course this week to determine who will win our bracket.

The girls soccer team lost a tough game to George Stevens, 4-1. Once again, the score does not do our effort justice. Paige Rollins scored an unassisted goal early on, and we were tied 1-1 at the half, and missed a golden opportunity at the close of the half, just going wide of an open net. We played even through most of the second half, but GSA chipped a good shot over the head of goalie Shiann Closson with about 12 minutes left. We were out of gas and GSA scored two quick goals, taking advantage of a couple of defensive breakdowns. We played well enough to win, and as we get in better shape and gain experience, we should take the game at their house.

The girls notched their first win, beating Sumner, 6-2. We scored three goals in the first half to lead 3-0, but Sumner came back and scored two quick goals at the end of the half while we had our younger players out in the field. That was enough to put us on our toes and we scored three more goals in the second half as we took control of the game. Julie Hutchins converted two penalty kicks, Janelle Ciomei booted in two goals, and Paige Rollins and Sarah Boutilier each scored once. Julie Hutchins, Janelle Ciomei, and Paige Rollins also each had an assist. Shiann Closson did a good job in goal, making six saves, while the Sumner goalies saved four of our shots.

There was an unfortunate event with less than a minute left, as Sarah Burgess broke her leg just above the ankle kicking a ball out of the defensive zone. She was one of the anchors of the defense and will be missed.

The boys lost in a rout to George Stevens, 9-1. Nathan Davis scored off an assist from Patrick Duddy to bring us back to trail 2-1 in the first, but GSA slammed in six more goals to lead 8-1 at the half. We allowed them to control the ball and also suffered from some defensive confusion in this half. Hayden Ciomei took charge as goalie in the second half, as Kevin Melanio scored a goal assisted by Nathan Davis. We stepped up our defensive pressure and only allowed one goal in the second half. We saved 20 of their 32 shots and GSA saved three of our six shots.

The boys lost to a quick Sumner team, 5-0. They got by us too many times, and we trailed 4-0 at the half. Again, we played a much better second half, but couldn’t manage to score. We managed a few runs, and were more aggressive to the ball, but they took advantage of their speed and gave our defense fits at times. Goalie Hayden Ciomei saved 13 of their 23 shots and they saved all six of our shots.

The boys came out hard against Jonesport, but still lost a close game, 2-1. We scored the only goal in the first half, kicked in by Kevin Melanio and assisted by Willi Thomas. Jonesport put the pressure back on us in the second half, scoring about 10 minutes into the second half and finally getting the wining goal with 12 minutes left. We came back with a lot of pressure and good shots, but it wasn’t meant to be. Goalie Hayden Ciomei stopped 17 of their 20 shots and Jonesport stopped 10 of our 11 shots. This was an improved effort and, unfortunately, we just fell short.

The girls are looking confident and starting to work well together. We pass well and are using our spacing. We are getting offense from many different players. We will have to bolster our defense to make up for the loss of Sarah Burgess, but Shiann Closson is looking better at goalie as she learns that position. We can play with any team and we have that mindset already.

The boys had a hard start, playing so many games early before we could get ourselves thinking alike. We have this week to practice, with the Penobscot Valley game on Saturday. We are getting more aggressive to the ball and improving. We play some tough teams, so we have to keep working to see the results. It will take time, but as our youth gains experience, we will look much better. Unlike the girls, the boys didn’t have as much experience to start with, so the learning curve is steeper.