Hampden—The George Stevens Academy girls varsity soccer team ended its playoff bid with a 4-0 semifinal loss on October 30 to Orono. Under windy conditions at the Hampden Academy field, the team gave up two goals in each half and was unable to penetrate the Red Riot defense.
Goalkeeper Bess MacArthur made six saves on 17 shots, with Nellie Haldane, Alyssa Chesney and Morgan Dauk working to push back the Red Riot offense.
Orono was the one team the Eagles couldn’t beat, or at least tie, this season. GSA ended with a 9-3-4 record.
But that semifinal loss doesn’t define the season, Coach Steve Bemiss said, while pointing out the team had some trouble mid-season: “[GSA] was dominating teams but not finishing,” he said in a recent interview.
And, the fact that their first game of the season was against Orono, where they lost 3-0, carried some weight going into the semifinal, Bemiss continued.
“When you play a team that’s very good your first game…it kind of sticks in your mind,” he said.
Also, missing was starting senior Rory Bradford, out with a concussion (not soccer-related), while starting senior Brier Rose Werner was playing on a taped ankle.
Bemiss praised his seniors, Bradford, Werner, Chesney and Maegan Tobey, singling out Chesney’s performance, and her willingness to play where the team needed her most—not where she could shine as an individual player. That willingness, Bemiss said, cost her a spot on the Northern Maine Class C All Star team.
“She’s like the heart of the team,” Bemiss said. “She does things for the team other people wouldn’t think about it. She’s come a long way.”