The girls soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Bangor Christian. I’m beginning to think that this team is snake-bit. Right from the get-go, we outplayed BC and had numerous shots in close that just missed from one side to the other. We did everything right but couldn’t connect. With 14 minutes left in the first half, Baileigh Johnson scored by kicking in a bouncing ball in front of the goal for her first goal this year.
In the second half, we continued to push and had many good shots, but with no results. With 10 minutes left, BC was awarded a direct kick from about 20 yards out and the player made a great shot to get her score. We pushed even harder to get the tie breaker, but it didn’t happen. Goalie Logan Eaton saved 15 of BC’s 16 shots and BC saved 23 of our 24 shots.
The girls lost to Sumner 6-3. We came out flat and Sumner scored two goals in the first five minutes. We recovered with a goal by Ashley Haskell assisted by Holli Boyce. Unfortunately, we lost our intensity instead of gaining it and Sumner scored three more goals before the half.
We played a much improved second half, controlling the ball, with a goal from Allison Cormier and a penalty kick by Morgan Shepard, but we were in too big a hole. Coach Sarah Ebel told her girls that we have to play all games like that, not just for 30 minutes or so. Goalie Logan Eaton saved 13 of 19 shots and Sumner saved 19 of our 22 shots.
The boys lost to state champion Bangor Christian 6-0. We played a good effort for quite a while before we had a relapse and BC scored three goals in a five-minute period. Watching BC play, you get the idea of how a team should play together. They are constantly passing to open players, making it hard to defend. With many players who can finish with a hard shot, they are a hard team to keep up with.
To put it in perspective, BC has played 12 games and given up one goal, and that in an 11-1 rout of Searsport. We did manage some good shots on goal, much better than our first match with them. Ethan Shepard saved 22 of 30 BC shots, and BC saved nine of our nine shots.
The boys lost a hard played match to Sumner 1-0. More damaging than the loss of the game was the loss of defense player Hayden Torrey, who went down on a toe-to-toe kick with only 15 seconds left in the game. He broke a couple of bones in his foot and will be lost for the season. This was at the end of an outstanding performance on defense. Coach Bennett Morey said it was his best game ever and helped defuse the Sumner offense.
The game was delayed early on when Pat Duddy came on the Sumner goalie unmarked and got off a good shot that barely missed the net. Pat jumped over the goalie who was then run into by his own defender. He was hurt badly enough to warrant the ambulance, so the game was delayed by 30 minutes or more.
The game was a very well played back-and-forth battle marked by good chances from each team. As our luck would have it, Sumner was able to sneak a shot by Ethan Shepard with 10 minutes to go in the game. Because of the delay, it was getting pretty dim by the game’s end. We made a big push to get the equalizer, but Sumner was able to hold us off.
It was a game marked by very intense play along with good sportsmanship from both sides. Ethan Shepard saved 18 of 21 Sumner shots and Sumner saved 13 of our 18 shots.
The boys suffered another tough loss to Jonesport 3-2 where Jonesport scored with less than two minutes left in the game for the win. Jonesport scored first on a throw in with substitute goalie Justin Eaton in goal because Ethan Shepard was hurt on a collision. Back up goalie Hayden Torrey is out for the season, so Justin has not seen much time in goal. Ethan Shepard was able to return to the game.
Pat Duddy scored on an assist from Krisford Melanio to tie the score at the half. We came out strong in the second half and scored first, another goal by Pat Duddy from Krisford Melanio to take a 2-1 lead. Jonesport was able to score on us halfway through the second half to tie it up, and each team played back and forth until Jonesport’s late score that won the game.
Coach Morey was extremely proud of our team and felt that we played as hard and well as we could, with every player giving their maximum effort. Ethan Shepard and Justin Eaton combined to save 19 of Jonesport’s 24 shots and Jonesport saved 15 of our 18 shots. Though we came up short, we played a superb game and know we can play right with Jonesport if we see them again.
The boys lost their last regular season game to George Stevens Academy 3-0. We played much better than we did at our first meeting with them, and held them scoreless until a defensive breakdown allowed GSA to score with only 31 seconds left in the first half.
GSA scored two more goals in the second half but we were able to make several good rushes and get off good shots on goal. Ethan Shepard was strong in goal and saved 28 of their 34 shots while GSA saved eight of our nine shots.
For the first time in soccer, being the last home game, the seniors were honored with a rose to give to their parents, just as they do at the end of the basketball season. It was done in a timely manner because of the approaching sunset, but it was well-received by the crowd. Maybe the start of a new tradition?
The girls are 1-10-1 but only a couple of places out of the playoff picture. This has been a hard-luck season where we have pulled together very well from the inexperienced start of the season, but have lost some close games. If we can win the last two games against George Stevens and Narraguagus, we could sneak into a preliminary playoff game. This is very doable, but we have to put in 80 minutes of inspired play. Girls, you can do it!
The boys are 4-10 and in 11th place, solidly entrenched in the playoff picture. We have played some real solid games against good teams in the last half of the season and are playing our best soccer now. Our confidence has been bolstered by our strong play and with some time to rest and heal up, we can be a dangerous team in the playoffs. If we can maintain the energy we have shown lately when we go on the road, we should be able to pull off an upset.