GSA boys battle rain, cold in regional title loss

The George Stevens Academy 2017 boys varsity soccer team: front row, from left, Jed Sawyer, Ethan Vinall, Memphis Parker, Chris Bennett, Franklin Sealander, Owen Vinall, Grayson Eaton, Ben Cole, Austin Snow. Back row, Alec Witham, Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, Tobin McMahon-Allwine, Jeremiah Scheff, Michael Moon, Eric Mote, Taylor Schildroth, Payson Allen, Ian Ramsey, Parker Allen. Not pictured: Andrew Szwez, Tie Brooks.

Blue Hill—The George Stevens Academy boys soccer team’s season was brought to an end in Fort Kent in a 0-4 Class C North finals loss on November 2.

The Eagles took the field in rainy, 41-degree weather at the time of kick-off at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Top-ranked Fort Kent got on the board with 25 minutes left in the first half, getting the ball past GSA goalkeeper Alec Witham for the first score of the game. Another goal in the first half left the Eagles with a 0-2 deficit at halftime.

The Eagles offense was blanked in the second half, as the Fort Kent defense was able to hold off any scoring opportunities. The Warriors tacked on two more goals for the team’s first regional championship title since 2010, which had led to the team’s first State Championship title in school history.

George Stevens Academy was in familiar territory in the regional final, as the team lost a hard-fought 3-7 game to Washington Academy during last year’s Class C North final.

The Eagles finished the season with a 9-1-4 regular season record, good for third in the Class C North standings. After a decided 4-0 victory over Bucksport in the quarterfinals, the team picked up arguably its biggest win of the season with a 1-0 overtime victory over the second-ranked Orono Red Riots. The two teams tied twice during the season.

George Stevens Academy will graduate six seniors; Ian Ramsey and starters Witham, Taylor Schildroth, Ben Cole, Payson Allen and Elias Reyes Fox.

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