Playoff run ends for Lady Eagles

Hattie Slayton sends the ball up the right wing to the flag. Photo by Monique Labbe

Hattie Slayton sends the ball up the right wing to the flag. Photo by Monique Labbe

ORONO—The playoff run for the George Stevens Academy girls soccer team ended Wednesday, October 26 in a 5-1 loss against the Orono Lady Red Riots in Orono.

The Class C North eight seed was looking for redemption against first-place Orono, as the team had lost that match up in all six of its last contests entering Wednesday’s game.

Orono got on the board just seven minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead, but George Stevens was able to gain its composure as Hattie Slayton found the back of the net after an initial shot from senior Morgan Dauk ricocheted off the Orono keeper to tie the game up.

Elinor Haldane beats out an Orono midfielder for the ball. Photo by Monique Labbe

Elinor Haldane beats out an Orono midfielder for the ball. Photo by Monique Labbe

Both offenses kept their respective opponent’s goalkeeper busy handling the pressure, but Orono found its footing with back-to-back goals two minutes apart to take a 3-1 lead into the half.

Despite several shots that missed the net by a matter of feet during the first 20 minutes of the second half, neither team was able to record a goal as George Stevens battled to make the comeback. Orono managed to extend its lead to 4-1 at the 18:04 mark before tacking on one more goal to close out the game.

“We played a good team that was on top of its game today,” said Eagles head coach Steve Bemiss after the game. “The girls didn’t give up until the end, that was a good thing.”

George Stevens finished the season with an 11-4-1 record. Bemiss said that he is looking forward to next season and that he is confident his team will compete in the playoffs once again.

“[Dauk] is my only true senior,” he said of his standout striker. “I have five seniors on the team, but she’s the only one who has been here all four years. We’re losing a good group of girls but our younger group and the group coming in from middle school is still strong. I like our chances.”

GSA defender Mallory Charette clears the ball out of the backfield. Photo by Monique Labbe

GSA defender Mallory Charette clears the ball out of the backfield. Photo by Monique Labbe

Yulia Heggestad gets physical to get the ball away from an Orono offender. Photo by Monique Labbe

Yulia Heggestad gets physical to get the ball away from an Orono offender. Photo by Monique Labbe

Seniors and underclassmen give one more cheer after the game. Photo by Monique Labbe

Seniors and underclassmen give one more cheer after the game. Photo by Monique Labbe

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