Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 22, 2011
DIS golf still undefeated and girls win again
by Jack Scott
The golf team got an important win by beating George Stevens Academy on its home course in Castine 181-188.
Once again, Sam Grindle was medalist with an even par 35; Connor Morey was close behind with 37, Nick Eaton 51, Drew Siebert 58, and Alec Eaton 60.
The best four scores are used for the team score. By winning our division by beating George Stevens, we should get the right to bring five players to the Penobscot Valley Conference Championship. We will play a division tournament this Tuesday in Bucksport that becomes another chance for us to compete on a longer course, but doesn’t affect our standings.
The girls soccer team beat Searsport 3-0. This could have been a much higher score as we missed several open nets and good opportunities. We played well, passed well and definitely controlled the game.
In the first half, Janelle Ciomei scored from an assist by Alorah Gellison, and Paige Rollins scored on an assist from Julie Hutchins. Julie Hutchins converted a penalty kick in the second half to complete the scoring. We had opportunities that we didn’t finish, perhaps being a bit overanxious, but we need to focus on finishing so we can compete in the close games.
The girls lost a close game to an undefeated Penobscot Valley High School team, 2-1. This was a well-played game by both sides, resulting in very few shots by either team.
Coach Dennis Rollins felt we picked up on their style of kick and chase, rather than our usual ball control passing. All the scoring was in the first half, with PVHS scoring first and then Paige Rollins scored, assisted by Janelle Ciomei, with PVHS scoring again before the half.
Goalie Shiann Closson saved two of their four shots and PVHS saved two of our three shots. With a lot of the action taking place in the midfield, neither team had a lot of opportunities. Coach Rollins felt that the goals that were scored were quality, well-placed goals that didn’t allow the defense to prevent them.
The boys soccer team lost its only game 4-0 to Penobscot Valley. Coach Bennett Morey felt that we played our best game this season despite the one-sided score. We came out with a lot of energy and actually put PVHS on its heels, making some good offensive charges. We suffered a letdown when the same PVHS player was able to score three goals in a ten-minute period and we trailed 3-0 at the half. The only goal scored in the second half was a penalty kick by PVHS. Again we came out and generated more shots on goal, holding them to only the penalty kick.
We played well as a team, passing better and working hard. Coach Morey was happy with the progress shown by the good teamwork and hustle after the ball. He feels we have turned the corner and only need to get that first win to bolster our confidence.
The girls are 2-3, with two games this week. We are doing things well and the offense is coming together. Goalie Shiann Closson is getting stronger in goal and the defense is pulling together after the loss of Sarah Burgess. Coach Rollins feels his depth allows him to rest legs and hopes to avenge our first loss in the game at home against Schenck this Saturday.
The boys are still without a win and play a tough Bangor Christian this week and have a rematch with Schenck on Saturday. We are coming together and playing better, but this will be a tough challenge this week against those teams. If we can keep up with our hustle, anything can happen as we have nothing to lose. A boost in confidence will make a big difference in our approach and attitude.