Lady Eagles off to hot season start

The 2016 George Stevens Academy varsity girls soccer team

Front row, from left: Vanessa Sherwood, Silas Murnik, Libby Weed, Hattie Slayton, Mariah Reinke, Lindsay Nevin, Courtney Bianco, Katie Forrest, Danielle Bianco, Back row, from left: Tatiana Heggestad, Hannah Sherwood, Julianna Allen, Chloe Politte, Mazie Smallidge, Morgan Dauk, Elinor Haldane, Isla Brownlow, Mallory Charette, Yulia Heggestad, Bess MacArthur. Not pictured: Sarah Mullen, Sophia Steinbarger, Naydia Stanhope, Hannah Peasley. Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

BLUE HILL—With a 3-0 start to the 2016 season, including their most recent 5-0 win over Ellsworth Wednesday, September 13, the George Stevens Academy Lady Eagles soccer team has not lost any steam from the 2015 season, which saw them finish in fifth place overall in Class C North with an 8-2-4 regular season record.

“I have a great group of girls this year,” said head coach Steve Bemiss, before the Ellsworth game. “I would say that this is one of the better teams I’ve ever had in terms of cohesiveness.”

“The girls work so hard in the games and practices,” he added. “There are some practices where we’ll run a good four miles [during drills], and they don’t complain. They’re really dedicated to working on their conditioning.”

That conditioning paid off in a game against Washington Academy Saturday, September 10, when the team shifted from its usual formation of 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 to accommodate the absence of one of the starters. The midfield-centered formation allowed the team to keep the score 0-0 after the first half before going on to score three goals in the second, one of which came just 34 seconds into the half.

“It was one of those goals that took three passes and into the net. It was beautiful,” said Bemiss.

Bemiss said that after 20 years of coaching, he has learned not to have any expectations at the beginning of each season.

“I don’t have any expectations, but I do have desires,” he said. “I always hope to have a team that works hard and works together. This year I desire to beat Orono, because they gave us our only losses last year, and that gets to a coach.”

George Stevens Academy is slated to play its first game against Orono Saturday, October 1, on home turf.

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GSA Player Nellie Haldane celebrates with player Isla Brownlow as Brownlow scores the third goal for GSA. Photo by Franklin Brown

Katie Forrest, left, and Naydia Stanhope try to beat the Washington Academy Raiders goalie to the ball.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Katie Forrest, left, and Naydia Stanhope try to beat the Washington Academy Raiders goalie to the ball. Photo by Franklin Brown

Junior Nellie Haldane rushes in against the Washington Academy Raiders interception.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Junior Nellie Haldane rushes in against the Washington Academy Raiders interception. Photo by Franklin Brown

Mazie Smallidge tries to maintain control of the ball.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Mazie Smallidge tries to maintain control of the ball. Photo by Franklin Brown

Hattie Slayton makes a move to break through WA in the last few minutes of the game.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Hattie Slayton makes a move to break through WA in the last few minutes of the game. Photo by Franklin Brown

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