The varsity Lady Mariners wear their best pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month during their win against Calais on October 2. In front is eighth grader Kaylee Morey; middle row, from left, Ava Lowrey, Riley Getto, Addie MacDonald, Aja Quintal and Myra Hobbs; back, from left: Abby Stinson, eighth grader Jill MacDonald, Katie Hutchinson, Orly Vaughn, Lilly Gray, Jessalyn Gove, Sadie Rice, Amy Friedell, and eighth grader Rylee Eaton.
Deer Isle—The girls soccer team had a great week, starting out with a 2-2 tie against Sumner on September 27 after two overtimes. We had a rough start and with Mo Morey in goal, we gave up 2 goals to trail 2-0 at the half. Coach Elissa Haskell put Jesslyn Gove back in goal and Mo Morey energized us in the field. We took control of the game and Ava Lowrey scored both our second half goals with both assisted by Jill McDonald.
The second goal that gave us the tie was scored with just a minute left in the game. It was a tale of two halves and we played hard to come back and tie them. The addition of the three eighth-graders has energized us and also helped improve our mindset.
The girls played Narraguagus on September 29 to a 0-0 tie after two overtimes in a game where we controlled the ball for most of the time and had numerous opportunities in front of the goals. I felt we just needed to be more aggressive at the goal mouth. Our passing is much improved and it really showed as we brought the ball down field. Coach Haskell cited the control of mid field by Orly Vaughan and Mo Morey. This gained us control and turned the ball back to the offense when Narraguagis made a push. This game not only easily could have been ours, but should have been ours.
The girls finally broke through and beat Calais 2-1 in overtime on October 1, once again coming from behind. We played well in the first half, but couldn’t get one past the aggressive goalie for Calais. Calais drove a solid kick in for the 1-0 lead at the half.
Mo Morey curled a direct kick into the net in the opening minutes of the second half. Though we applied pressure, there were no more goals in regulation. In the first minutes of overtime, Lily Gray scored the winning goal unassisted. Once again, Jesslyn Gove did an excellent job in goal to preserve the win.
The girls are 1-6-2 are and are in 14th place, 2 spots from a playoff game. We are still out of the playoff picture but all of a sudden it is a very real possibility. We have games with Narraguagus, Bangor Christian, and Calais left, and they all are worth the points to get us up in the standings. The eighth-graders have brought the numbers we needed as well as talent to give us confidence in the second half of the season. We are passing well, being aggressive to the ball, and showing the attitude that we can win these games. If we can maintain this turn around, we will be in the playoffs.