DEER ISLE & STONINGTON — The girls soccer team lost a tough game to George Stevens Academy 5-0. I really thought that we played them pretty even in the first half. We gave up a couple of unfortunate goals and trailed 2-0 at the half. We had some good opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize. The second half was a different story. We lost our zip and Allison Cormier sustained an injury about halfway through the half and we were down to 10 players. Goalie Mallory Gommo saved 19 of GSA’s 28 shots and GSA saved 5 of our 5 shots.
The girls rallied and came back to beat Sumner 3-1 in our last home game where the seniors were honored at half time. It must have made them energized, as we were trailing 1-0 after a Sumner goal from a direct kick midway through the first half.
Less than a minute into the second half, Morgan Shepard scored a goal, and if she had been half a step faster, would have had another goal a minute later. Shortly after that, Ashley Haskell scored off a corner kick from Morgan Shepard to give us the lead. With about 10 minutes left, Allison Cormier broke down the side and gave us a little insurance with another goal. With 5 minutes left, Sumner made a push and would have scored when they got the ball past goalie Mallory Gommo, but Orly Vaughan came out of nowhere to clear it off the goal line. Gommo made 14 saves on 22 shots and Sumner made 16 saves on 23 shots.
The boys soccer team lost to George Stevens 7-0. We came out flat and GSA took advantage, scoring 6 goals in the first half. It was senior recognition day, but we couldn’t keep up with them. We made a few good runs in the second half, but GSA controlled the game. We had a trio of goalies, Ethan Shepard, Nathan Winchester and Tyson Rice, and they saved 25 of GSA’s 34 shots while GSA saved 6 of our 6 shots.
The boys redeemed themselves to win their last game 5-4, beating Jonesport at Jonesport. Jonesport scored twice in the first half, one from a well-placed shot and another off a questionable call where Ethan Shepard was pushed into the goal.
The second half was a different story. About a third of the way into the half, Krisford Melanio scored from a penalty kick. A couple minutes later, Stephen Cochrane scored off an assist from Melanio. Melanio scored again, followed by a penalty kick goal from Matt Duddy. Cochrane put in another goal with 10 minutes left to make our lead 5-2.
There was a little drama when Coach Bennett Morey put in everyone who hadn’t played at the end, and Jonesport scored 2 goals in the last minute of play. But this was a great win and a great way to end the season. Ethan Shepard saved 15 of Jonesport’s 20 shots and Jonesport saved 16 of our 23 shots.
The girls end the season at 4-8-2 and are in 11th place. We will travel to East Millinocket to play Schenck for our preliminary playoff game. The game beings at 3 p.m. We played a solid game with Sumner and we just need to carry that into the playoffs. We have small numbers but have been passing and communicating well. We have the potential to surprise any team if we stay healthy.
The boys end their season with a win and a 2-12 record. This year we had a rough schedule with more than half of the teams we play in the top 5 positions in their league. There was a lot of adversity which meant that many role players had to step up and take more responsibility. This made it hard for this year, but it will make for a stronger team next year. It was great to finish the season with a hard fought win, especially against Jonesport. We will miss the postseason by a small amount and one more win would have gotten us there.
Coach Morey saw a lot of positives when the younger players stepped up and looks forward to a solid core coming back next year. Preseason games would be the best way to be ready, but many of the younger players have gained experience this year that they can carry into next season. One of the key elements for next year will be to develop the offense. We have the talent, but we need to learn to work together.
The cross country team had six runners participating in the PVC Championship held at Bucksport last weekend. Because we started the program late and haven’t run enough races, we were not an official entry and we ran with the j.v. teams. However, we did well relative to what we have been doing.
For the boys, Brendan Penfold ran for the first meet this year and had a time of 20 minutes and 7 seconds that would have placed him third if we were an official entry. Brendan has been playing soccer, which had conflicts for the earlier meets, but he has been training, running two to three miles in the morning on his own to prepare for cross country. Zach Welch cut two minutes off the last time he had run, and Devon Hutchinson ran his first meet. For the girls, Savannah Lowrey ran in 31 minutes and that was 50 seconds less than her best meet. Jadyn Ladeau took 40 seconds off her last meet, and Andrea Kyzer ran for the first time this year.
So it has been a steady improvement through the season and that is encouraging to Coach Mary Penfold. We will have one more meet, which is the Eastern Regional Championship in Belfast next week.