A roller coaster soccer playoff week saw the Eagles win a quarterfinal thriller against Orono only to fall scoreless to Washington Academy in the semifinal.
“Our team worked hard and gave it all we had against them,” Coach Mark Ensworth said of the 6-0 loss. “It’s all that you can ask for as a coach.”
At Orono on October 28, #5 GSA scrambled to defend its goal in the first half, only to let #4 Orono score with 6:50 left on the clock. The Eagles went on the offensive in the second half, with John Larson scoring two goals early, off a corner kick by Taylor Schildroth and then on a breakaway off a through ball, assisted by Beowulf Urban.
In the second, both teams had chances with open kicks to the goal that went wide. Goalkeeper Julian Lindholm Fiske stayed strong at the net, saving a penalty kick that would have tied the game with 13 minutes left in the game.
“[We] were able to make one more play than Orono to push us through to the next round,” Ensworth said.
The win was the Eagles’ first over Orono this season.
But it was an uphill battle on October 30 against Washington Academy, the top-ranked team that has yet to lose a match.
The boys finish the season ranked fifth with a 10-4-1 record. “We were a deep team this year,” Ensworth said. “We believe in our minds that every game we play we are better than we were before.”
Seniors Nick Bianco, Dana Prescott, Matt Stephens, Lucas Theoharidis and Beowulf Urban—who was named to the Northern Class C All Star first team—“are not only great soccer players but great individuals,” Ensworth said. “It is always difficult to replace seniors, but JV coach Mike Astbury and goalkeeper coach James Friend have done a great job getting the younger players ready for the next level. The competition [next year] should be a good one.”