Mariner girls soccer ends on high note despite playoffs miss Scott’s Sports Spot

sports; DIS; girls; soccer; searsport; lilly; Gray; 102016; Deer IsleStonington High School; Mariners; dishs; game; high school; school; team Mariner Lilly Gray maintains control. against Searsport. Photo by Jack Scott

Mariner Lilly Gray maintains control. against Searsport. Photo by Jack Scott

Deer Isle—The girls soccer team played an inspired game against Searsport on October 13 only to lose 1-0. This is a testament to the progress we have made and the impact of the eighth graders. Searsport handed us a 9-0 drubbing earlier in the season. Our overall play and passing was evident, and though Searsport took many more shots than we did, we had some opportunities to score. Our defense was up to the task and Mo Morey was stellar in goal.

The girls ended the season on a positive note by beating Calais 3-1 on October 15. Calais scored first, but then Orly Vaughan scored on a breakaway where she beat the goalie for the score. In the second half, Ava Lowrey gave us the lead early with a goal. With 5 minutes left, we added an insurance goal by Sadie Rice on a corner kick by Lily Gray.

Jesslyn Gove was in goal until halfway into the second half when Mo Morey took over. Calais made a big push and Mo Morey had to make several great saves to preserve our win. It was a solid defensive game all the way around.

The girls ended up 2-10-2 and though we didn’t climb up in the standings to make the playoffs, we proved to ourselves that we were competitive with our competition in the second half of the season. We just needed a few more games to make it. We are playing as a team and our passing has improved considerably. We are much more aggressive to the ball and with a couple substitutes, we have more energy.

Our big challenge next year will be to develop the offense around the goal and be more aggressive there. We bring the ball down the field well enough and just have to get more hard shots on goal. Things look good for next year with only one senior graduating. With summer conditioning, we should start off in good shape as the eighth graders have already proven themselves at the varsity level.

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