BLUE HILL—In a thrilling display of prowess and execution, the George Stevens Academy varsity boys soccer team dug deep to upset the Orono Red Riots 3-0 in the Class C playoff quarterfinals on October 25.
The Eagles were 0-2 against the Red Riots heading into the match.
“We knew we were close the first two times but we couldn’t finish,” Coach Mark Ensworth said after the win. “Finally everything came together for us.”
Junior Taylor Schildroth’s “hat trick” lead the Eagles to the win on the Orono field in chill and blustery conditions, helped by a strong offense.
‘Our infielders did a real good job of setting up our counter attack,” Ensworth said.
The Eagles came into the playoffs ranked ninth, lower than their 8-6 record indicated, and dismissed #8 LCS/MSSM 2-0, off goals by Tyler Snow in the first period, off an assist by Taylor Schildroth, who then kicked in the final goal in the next period.
“We didn’t know a lot about the [LCS/MSSM] team,” Coach Mark Ensworth said, “But we liked our chances, for sure.”
The same is true for their semifinal match up against #4 Houlton (10-4-1), whom the Eagles face on October 28.
Because of their lower ranking, they will again fight to advance without home field advantage.
“We know that in order for us to be successful, we have to do what we do well,” Ensworth said. “We’ll just try and learn as much as we can about them and then play our style.”
“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.”