Deer Isle—The boys soccer team lost to George Stevens Academy 5-1 on October 13. This was a game that was controlled mostly by GSA, and we only had a few shots on goal. Our only goal was a great shot by Kim Dong Yoeng that was assisted by Colby Haskell. By our book, Ethan Shepard made 13 saves on GSA’s 41 shots and GSA made 2 saves on our 3 shots.
The boys lost to Searsport 6-3 in our last home game on October 15. We trailed 3-0 after a frustrating first half where we didn’t play our best. Searsport was mostly in control of the ball. We gave up a couple in close goals and had several fast breaks that we just couldn’t connect on.
After the senior ceremony, we played a much more energized second half, and three goals by Krisford Melanio energized us. Though we still gave up three more goals, we controlled the ball much better and looked like the team we have become, rather than the team we had been. All of Krisford’s goals were unassisted, including a heads-up play when the goalie picked up the ball outside the box and was called for a hand ball. Krisford settled it quickly and took the shot while the goalie was arguing with the referee. Searsport made 2 saves on our 7 shots and we made 7 saves on Searsport’s 24 shots.
The boys, with a 6-7-1 record, dropped to 11th place after the team below us got a big win in the last day of the season. We will play Penobscot Valley in the playoff preliminary game on this Friday, October 23. The bad news is they are the number six team, but the good news is that we don’t have to travel way up into the County for this game as it is in Howland. We have to shake off the last two losses and just go back to the controlled team play that we did so well. We are a very dangerous number 11 team with nothing to lose. It would be easy to overlook us, and I believe we can pull off the big upset.