BLUE HILL—Both George Stevens Academy varsity soccer teams easily advanced through their preliminary playoff games, the boys winning 2-0 over Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics on Friday, October 21, and the girls 3-2 over Washington Academy the next afternoon. The real challenge lies ahead, as both teams face top-ranked Orono Red Riots in the boys and girls quarterfinals.
The Eagle boys, ranked ninth, dismissed #8 LCS/MSSM in Limestone, with Tyler Snow scoring in the first period off an assist by Taylor Schildroth, who kicked in the final goal in the next period.
“We didn’t know a lot about the other team,” Coach Mark Ensworth said. But going into the game, “we liked our chances, for sure.”
The Eagles 8-6 record, compared to LCS/MSSM’s 6-8, may have helped their confidence going in. The Eagles have a winning record over all but the top five teams but, because of how the Heal Point Standings calculate points,ended up in ninth, with not only no home field tournament games but a match-up against the number-one team in the quarters. They face an uphill battle against the Red Riots (13-1). The Eagles are 0-2 against the Red Riots this season, losing 0-1 and 1-3 .
“We know the things we have to do well against them, and what they do well,” Ensworth said. “It’s just a matter of execution.”
The Eagles boys play at Orono tomorrow, October 25, at 3 p.m. A victory would mean a semifinal match-up against either #4 Houlton or #5 Fort Kent.
The eighth-ranked girls won their preliminary playoff game at home on Saturday, October 22, in rain and fog, 3-2 over #9 Washington Academy.
“It’s kind of hard to have a good game, when it’s raining,” Coach Steve Bemiss noted.
At half-time, the score was 1-1, with Nellie Haldane scoring 17 minutes in. Morgan Dauk scored twice in the second period to bring the score to 3-1.
“We kind of thought that was it,” Bemiss said, before Washington scored its second goal near the end of the game.
Like the boys quarterfinal match, the girls will be challenged against Orono, ranked #1 with a 10-3-1 record. The Eagles lost to them twice this season, 1-0 early in October, and, in a more competitive game, 3-2 one week later.
Bemiss said the girls definitely have a chance: “We know what they do. It’s a matter of playing up to our capabilities for 80 minutes.” In preparation for the Wednesday match-up, he joked, “We’re going to sacrifice a goat.”
Game time is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, in Orono. If the girls do win, they will likely face Bucksport in the semifinals.