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Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, October 31, 2013
DISHS Girls lose last game to Narraguagus

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by Jack Scott

The girls soccer team lost their final game to Narraguagus 3-1. Narraguagus was just a step quicker to the ball and they scored first despite several close shots that we had. We seem to have suffered from that all year and this game was no exception. Alison Eaton scored our only goal from a corner kick by Holli Boyce to tie the score.

Unfortunately Narraguagus was awarded a penalty kick, which they converted to get the lead back. We kept pushing the ball up, but Narraguagus got past us for one more goal which set us on our heels.

Allyson Eaton played goal for us in the first half and Logan Eaton played goal in the second half. We stopped 12 of their 17 shots and they stopped 14 of our 16 shots.

The girls’ season was similar to the boys’ season, though not quite as successful. We started the year with a lot of inexperienced players and relatively small numbers. Our improvement was steady and noticeable as the season went on. The girls worked hard and learned to work together.

Because we graduated so many strong offensive players last year, the key was to develop our offense with the returning players. We worked on passing rather than booting and by mid season, had sound fundamentals. So many times we had rushes on goal with shots that were so very close but didn’t find the net.

Coach Sarah Ebel felt we came to understand the passing game and learned to play as a team. We needed to play a little more aggressive overall and this shouldn’t be a problem next year with the experience gained this season.

The good news is that we return most of the offense and a strong core of experienced players. By building skills and stamina, we should be able to rid ourselves of this year’s frustrations with the “so close” games we suffered losses in and have much more success.