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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, October 10, 2013
DISHS Boys win twice

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Freshman Liam Griffith stays in control of the ball

Freshman Liam Griffith stays in control of the ball against Sumner on October 10.

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by Jack Scott

The girls soccer team lost to Searsport 5-0. This was another game where we came out flat, and Searsport took advantage of that. Searsport led only 2-0 at the half, so the game was in reach, but they scored within the first minute of the second half and that seemed to take the wind out of our sails.

Though we kept at it, we couldn’t score and Searsport played better than us that day. We are a much more competitive team than this and just need to come ready to play from the beginning. Goalie Logan Eaton made 17 saves on 22 shots while Searsport made 9 saves on 9 shots.

The girls lost another heartbreaker to Schenck 2-1. With Goalie Logan Eaton hurt early in the game, Coach Sarah Ebel had to shuffle some players around. Morgan Eaton was shuffled from defense to the forward position, and she rewarded Coach Ebel for her choice by scoring the first goal. Schenck scored a goal with 10 minutes left in the half to tie the game up.

We played with a lot of energy throughout the second half and were just not able to finish, despite controlling the ball more than Schenck. We battled down to the end, but Schenck scored with less than two minutes left on a direct kick that was the result of a controversial call. A tough way to lose but it is symbolic of the way our season has gone. We just can’t catch a break despite our continuing to improve and pass well.

We combined for 16 saves on 18 Schenck shots and Schenck made 16 saves on our 17 shots. We played our hearts out in this game and deserve a better result, but sometimes fate can be cruel even when you do everything the right way.

The boys soccer team beat Searsport 2-0. Searsport played tougher than when we beat them easily at home. We battled to a 0-0 tie at the half. We came out focused in the second half. Searsport missed a penalty kick and we seemed to build our energy on that.

Krisford Melanio scored with a nice kick from a pass from Pat Duddy. Searsport fought hard and Doug Heanssler made a great stop of a Searsport breakaway when a forward got past the goalie. Pat Duddy scored an insurance goal late in the half from a pass from Krisford Melanio. Ethan Shepard was stellar in goal, especially late in the game when Searsport made a push. Ethan Shepard saved 10 of their 10 shots and Searsport saved 28 of our 31 shots.

The boys won a big game by beating Schenck 2-1. This avenged an earlier 6-1 loss and it was a true team effort to get the win. We scored first on a breakaway by Pat Duddy from a boot ahead from Krisford Melanio. Near the end of the half we made an errant clear near our goal and it went into our own net, so the half ended in a 1-1 tie.

In the second half it was a back-and-forth battle, with Pat Duddy bouncing a shot off the post. With about four minutes to go, Paul Zoephal made a perfect cross to Pat Duddy who booted it home for the game winner. Schenck applied pressure after that, but the defense held up and preserved the win.

Coach Bennett Morey praised not only Ethan Shepard for a superb game in goal, but all of the defensive players for their inspired play to give us the win. We made 17 saves on Schenck’s 18 shots and Schenck made 10 saves on our 13 shots.

The girls are stuck at 1-9 but have played some great games only to lose near the end. We have come a long way and hopefully can pull a few games out as the season winds down. We are passing much better and playing the way we should. We just need to find a way to finish the runs and score some more goals.

The boys at 4-6 are in a very tight 11th place (we trail #10 Shead by less than .1 Heal Points).The two wins this week should solidify a playoff position for us. We have four big games in the next week which will show how we look going into the playoffs. We are playing better and coming together at just the right time. A win or two will pull us up to a better place in the standings.

Hayden Torrey charges down the field

Hayden Torrey charges down the field.

Photo by Jack Scott
Freshman Liam Griffith stays in control of the ball

Freshman Liam Griffith stays in control of the ball against Sumner on October 10.

Photo by Jack Scott