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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The golf team beat Sumner 178-228 at Blink Bonnie Course which is a par 36. Connor Morey was medalist with a 39, Sam Grindle 40, Nathan Davis 48, and Alec Eaton 51.
The golf team beat Searsport on our home course 158-205. Sam Grindle was medalist with a one under par 33, Connor Morey an even par 34, Nick Eaton 45, and Drew Siebert 46.
The girls’ soccer team beat Narraguagus 2-1. Despite our dominating the play in the first half, Narraguagus scored first about midway through the half. Thirty seconds later, Paige Rollins drilled a shot that bounced off the cross bars, but we didn’t score until shortly after that when Allyson Eaton headed in a corner kick by Chelsea Brown.
Paige Rollins drilled in a shot on an unassisted goal for our other score. Julie Hutchins hit the cross bar on a penalty kick, but we couldn’t get that shot in either. All the scoring was in the first half and we lost our steam in the second half to limit the scoring. Goalie Shiann Closson made 4 saves on 7 shots and Narraguagus saved 8 of our 14 shots.
The girls tied a previously undefeated Penobscot Valley team 1-1. Paige Rollins tapped in a pass from Natalie Knowlton for the only score of the first half. We were able to hold that lead until 10 minutes left in the game when Penobscot Valley scored the equalizer. Both teams battled for the winning goal, but it was 1-1 after two overtimes.
We made 15 saves on their 18 shots and PVHS made 9 saves on our 13 shots. Each goalie made big saves in the overtime periods.
The boys’ soccer team rallied from a deficit to tie Penobscot Valley 4-4. After Penobscot Valley scored, Krisford Melanio scored a goal from Pat Duddy to tie it up. We trailed 2-1 at the half, and then PVHS came out and scored 2 more goals to lead 4-1 with 25 minutes left.
Credit the boys for not giving up and we managed to keep pressure on the goal. Krisford Melanio scored on a breakaway and shortly after that, Pat Duddy scored on a rebound in front of the net. We then got an “own” goal where a PVHS player kicked it into their own net.
The rest of the game and the two overtimes were a battle, but we gave it everything we had and hung on for the tie. Coach Bennett Morey felt the addition of Tyler Robbins in goal gave us a larger presence there. It also helped to have an extra player as we had two players running on sore ankles, with only three subs total.
The boys lost to George Stevens 6-1. We played a much better game than the score would indicate, though GSA is a good-passing, disciplined team and has several skilled strikers. After GSA scored, Krisford Melanio broke down the left side and put a good shot on goal, which was saved but Pat Duddy put home the rebound to tie it up. Not long after that, Krisford Melanio bounced a shot off the cross bar. We had a couple breakdowns which allowed GSA to score twice and we trailed 3-1 at the half.
The second half was very similar, with GSA more in control than us, but we had several good rushes and hit two more cross bars, though no goals. GSA put three more goals in, but this easily could have been a closer game. Goalie Tyler Robbins made 22 saves on 30 shots and GSA made 15 saves on 18 shots.
The wrap up
The golf team at 4-2 is playing well and as mentioned before, their success as a team will hinge on the #3 and #4 players getting consistent. We have a rematch with George Stevens at home which is important to get first in our league so we can have an extra player for the team tournament. We play a league match with all the teams for bragging rights, and then the Regional Qualifier at JATO course on September 27.
The girls continue to play well and with a 2-2-1 record are already in ninth place despite the County disparity of playing more games early in the season. We have had to deal with a couple of injuries and at times have let down in the second part of the game somewhat. One of the big reasons for our success is the impact that several freshmen have made right from the start and have meshed well with the experienced players.
The boys are playing well together and earned a tough tie with a good Penobscot Valley team. What is encouraging about our play is that despite small numbers and injuries, we give maximum effort for the entire match and have developed a steady offense. Everyone is contributing, but what stands out early is the blistering speed of freshman Krisford Melanio and the strong presence of Tyler Robbins in goal, which he hadn’t played at all until two games ago. This team is developing quickly and should see much more success in the second half of the season.