Blue Hill—In a match-up across divisions with rival Ellsworth, George Stevens Academy hosted the Class B soccer teams back to back, with the varsity boys playing on Monday, September 11, and the varsity girls the next afternoon.
George Stevens plays in Class C but faces Ellsworth in every sport, and the teams seem to bring out the best in one another.
Case in point was the varsity boys match-up, a hard-fought, physical battle that ended in a 1-1 tie. Ellsworth scored early in the first half after pushing back the GSA offense and continued to fight to the net which goalkeeper Alec Witham successfully defended throughout the match, including a second half penalty kick that he rejected with a dive to the left corner. Ellsworth kicked again off the rebound but the ball bounced off the goalpost.
George Stevens scored within the first 30 seconds of the second half off a kick by sophomore Owen Vinall but a penalty kick drifted wide shortly after. Neither team was able to score through the two sudden-death overtime periods.
The GSA boys are 1-0-2 and host Bucksport Thursday, September 14, at 4 p.m.
The GSA girls scored at 24:40 in the first half towards a 2-0 win over the Ellsworth girls team. Junior Gabriyah Gadsby scored off an assist by senior Nellie Haldane. Eleven minutes later, Gadsby kicked in a solo.
“We’re coming along,” Coach Steve Bemiss said. “We had a far better-than-average job done by our defenders—Julianna Allen and goalkeeper Bess MacArthur were really on their games, and my wing defenders Yulia Heggestad and Mallory Charette did a really good job.”
The girls team is 2-2, and plays Mount Desert Island Thursday, September 14.
Young GSA boys varsity soccer team faces learning curve
Blue Hill—Losing 11 seniors, including eight starters, can be daunting but this is where the George Stevens Academy boys varsity soccer team stands, after graduating enough players to form a team—players who brought the Eagles to the Class C Northern regional championships in 2016.
“We’re a young team this year so it’s going to take some time,” Coach Mark Ensworth said. “[The players] are being forced to learn at a faster pace than they’re used to.”
While four returning seniors will fill big roles—goalkeeper Alec Witham, striker Taylor Schildroth, center half Ben Cole, and Payson Allen—the wide open roster allowed in four freshmen to round out the roster. Ethan Vinall, Owen Vinall, Grayson Eaton, Parker Allen, Ian Ramsey, Chris Bennett, Memphis Parker, Jeremiah Scheff, Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, Tobin McMahon-Allwine, Tie Brooks, Eric Mote, and Austin Snow all all returning or have moved up from junior varsity.
The Eagles opened their season at Dexter on Tuesday, September 5, battling to a 3-3 tie, and tied Ellsworth 1-1 September 11. They face Bucksport Thursday, September 14 at home.
“We’re in no place to take any [team] lightly,” Ensworth said ahead of the opening season games. “We’ve got high expectations but we know we’ve got to get through the learning curve. We’ve got a lot of potential.”