Deer Isle—The girls soccer team tied Sumner 1-1 in two overtimes on September 15. We scored first when Ava Lowery kicked in a ball assisted by Lily Gray. About ten minutes later, Sumner was able to penetrate the defense and score the equalizer. Despite the lack of scoring, there was plenty of action up and down the field.
Sumner had a player who had a strong flip throw on the inbounds and along with many corner kicks made for many dangerous situations in front of our goal. Grace Morey is also working on a flip throw for our inbounds plays. A flip throw in is when a player can do a front hand spring with the ball and release the ball at the end of the move with extra force.
In the second overtime, Sumner pressed us hard to no avail, but we managed a run down to their end and put a hard pass across the goal mouth in the final seconds. It was a wide-open goal, but it was a hard kick and would have been the goal of the year if we had been able to convert it. That would have been the best ending of a game as well.
The next day, the girls lost a rough game to Searsport 5-0. Coach Jamie Sullivan felt the referees let the rough play go too far as we got kicked and pushed around pretty hard. Several players were banged up pretty bad. The good news is that we have the week to recover from injuries before our next game.
It wasn’t as bad a game as it seemed since we only trailed 1-0 after the half. I think we got discouraged by all the extra roughness and we gave up three goals in four minutes near the end of the game. The referees don’t seem to let the games get so rough when we play at home. Orly Vaughn did a good job in goal under the circumstances.
The girls are 0-4-2. We are playing better as we move forward. We are passing better but suffer from the lack of patience and being aggressive in front of the goal. I feel we need to get to the ball quicker. Also challenging the goalie after it is kicked. We have all the pieces and just need to get them working together.