DEER ISLE—The boys soccer team lost to George Stevens on October 11, 4-0. We played well in the first half and trailed only 1-0. Though GSA was more in control, we did move the ball down the field and had some shots on the goal.
The boys lost a hard played game with Jonesport 2-1 in double overtime on October 15. I felt that Jonesport came with a lot of energy and had a big supportive crowd, as they needed a win to make the playoffs. If I didn’t know better, it felt like a Jonesport home game. Jonesport was more aggressive to the ball and their goalie played a superb game.
Both teams scored on penalty kicks early in the game, ours punched in by Steven Cochrane. Though we controlled the ball more than they did, it took some great saves by Ethan Shepard to keep us in the game. On our offense, we bounced a shot off the cross bar and a couple of hard shots missed by inches. When we got a hard shot on goal, their goalie was there for the save
In the second overtime, despite several surges that we made down by their goal, Jonesport put up a hard shot that was initially saved by Ethan Shepard, but we couldn’t clear the rebound and it found a Jonesport foot with an open net. A costly and disappointing loss for us, but Jonesport played an inspired game and prevailed in the end.
The boys end up with a 3-11 record and are in the last playoff spot behind Jonesport and Machias. A win or a tie with Jonesport would have lifted is up a couple places, but we will be traveling for our playoff game. We have played much better in the second half of the season, and we just need to give it all we have for the game with whoever we meet. We can be a dangerous team if we stay focused and play our team-oriented game that we have developed. Our record is deceiving so we can hope to take a team by surprise.