By Jack Scott
Deer Isle—The girls soccer team has good numbers for the first time in a while and many returning players who have lots of experience. After a couple years with barely enough to field a team and players needing to be on the field most of the game, we should do well with adequate substitutions.
They will be led by first-year coach Jamie Sullivan, who does not have a lot of experience and had anticipated being the assistant coach. When no one else came forward for the job, she took it on. She is also being helped by boys’ coach Joe Stinson.
In their September 2 opening game, the team tied Calais 1-1 in double overtime in dramatic fashion. It was a very evenly played game, with Calais playing a bit more aggressive in the first half. We held them off until they were awarded a penalty kick with 30 seconds left in the first half. Kaylee Morey played a strong game in goal to keep them out of the net until the penalty kick.
To give us a bit more offense, Coach Jamie Sullivan put Kaylee Morey in the field and Amy Friedell in the goal. This energized us enough to put more pressure on the Calais goal. Amy Friedell was up to the task and stopped all the Calais shots. With 40 seconds left in regulation, Kaylee Morey hit a perfect direct kick over the goalie to give us the equalizer. How close can you get?
We controlled the overtime periods, as Calais appeared tired. We came close with several opportunities, but weren’t able to get the win. I feel we need to be more aggressive to the ball overall, as we waited to see what happened too many times, but nonetheless this was a great first effort.
We have good spirit and team chemistry, so I expect good things as the season progresses. As always, developing the offense will be another challenge we will have to meet. We have good forwards but we need to attack the goal to pressure the opponent’s defense.
The seniors are Ava Lowery, Amy Friedell, Aja Quintal, Orly Vaughn, and Danielle Montoya. All except Danielle Montoya have played a lot of soccer.
The juniors are Lily Gray, Abby Stinson, Kristin Thompson, Kaley Eaton, Adeline McDonald, and Gabrielle Gray. Most of these players have good experience on the team.
The sophomores are Katie Hutchinson, Deja Benner, and Myra Hobbs. Katie Hutchinson played a lot of time last year as a freshman.
The freshmen are Kaylee “Mo” Morey, Rylee Eaton, Jill McDonald, Peyton Rice, and Grace Morey. Kaylee, Rylee, and Jill played half the season last year and are showing that the experience gained has made them very valuable already.