Blue Hill—The Deer Isle-Stonington High School girls soccer team stunned the Eagles of George Stevens Academy in a 2-2 tie on October 10.
The game was the final home game of the season for George Stevens Academy, and the team came out firing in the first half. Less than eight minutes into the game, senior Lindsay Nevin sent a service ball into fellow senior Nellie Haldane, who capitalized on the scoring chance to put her team up 1-0.
“That first goal was picture perfect,” said GSA head coach Steve Bemiss.
Both defenses settled in after the goal, and despite scoring opportunities, neither team was able to find the back of the net for the next 20 minutes of the half. At the 9:19 mark, Deer Isle-Stonington’s Lily Gray fired a shot at Eagles’ keeper Sophia Steinbarger and scored the first Mariner goal of the game to even it up at 1-1 going into halftime.
Bemiss played several underclassmen who had not seen much playing time throughout the season during the first half, giving rest to some of his starters.
“I think by and large, those players looked really good,” said Bemiss. “We just didn’t learn from some of our mistakes.”
Deer Isle-Stonington Coach Jamie Sullivan said her team had an extra bit of motivation from the start, because of the rivalry that has developed between the two teams over the years.
“Going into the game, they were going to give it all they had,” she said.
At halftime, Sullivan said she and her team talked about taking advantage of every scoring opportunity they had, even if it meant giving up an open pass for a shot.
“If anybody had the chance to go for it they needed to,” she said. “Sometimes players need to be greedy, and take it upon themselves.”
The Eagles took the lead with just over 24 minutes left in the second half, off Haldane’s second goal of the game. Four minutes later, Gray scored her second goal of the game for DISHS to even the score, collecting and finishing the ball after it ping-ponged around the 18 for several seconds.
The game headed into overtime, the first of which was dominated by GSA, who possessed the ball for almost the entire five minutes. DISHS turned the pressure up in the second overtime, but was unable to capitalize on a couple key scoring chances.
Bemiss and his team now turn their attention to a matchup against Orono on October 12. Currently in 10th place, a win against the fourth place Red Riots could move them up in the final heal point standings heading into playoffs.
For Sullivan, the tie was a highlight of the season.
“These girls try their hardest every game, but this one has been by far the best game this season,” said Sullivan.