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Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 26, 2013
DISHS Soccer teams post victories

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DISHS soccer player Krisford Melanio

Krisford Melanio works to control the ball in a corner in a game against Searsport on September 19.

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by Jack Scott

The girls soccer team started off their grueling schedule with a loss to Penobscot Valley 6-0. Coach Sarah Ebel felt that PVHS was a much more developed and organized team than we were. We played hard to keep up with them and she felt that Logan Eaton did a very admirable job taking over the goalie position. She faced a lot of pressure, saving 24 of 41 shots. PVHS saved 4 of our 4 shots.

The girls lost a close-fought game to Searsport 5-3. Allyson Eaton scored first with 13 minutes gone. We held our own, but Searsport got a penalty kick with eight minutes left and then scored with two minutes left off a bouncing ball in traffic in front of the goal to lead 2-1 at the half.

Allyson Eaton scored with three minutes gone in the second half to tie it up, but Searsport scored in another crowd in front of the goal and then two minutes after that off a corner kick. We worked hard to get back in the game, but Searsport added an insurance goal with seven minutes left. Natalie Knowlton scored one more goal for us near the end of the game, but the damage was done.

I felt we were very even with Searsport, but we gave them too many opportunities to get hard shots on goal or allowed balls to stay in traffic in front of the goal. We were also without the strong foot of Allison Cormier. Goalie Logan Eaton did an excellent job, but no goalie can stop many hard kicked open shots.

The girls got their first victory by beating Narraguagus 3-0 in our third game in three days. Natalie Knowlton scored early in the game off an assist from Allison Cormier. Allison Cormier scored near the end of the half to give us a 2-0 lead. We battled hard all through the second half and were rewarded near the end of the game when Mathilde Iversen and Ashley Haskell charged the ball as it went towards the goalie. Mathilde Iversen fell over the goalie while Ashley Haskell booted it in.

The girls worked very well with their passing and played with tired legs, but they persevered and gave it all they could. Coach Sarah Ebel feels we have come a very long way from the first game. Logan Eaton had another strong game in goal to get the shut out.

The girls lost a heartbreaker to Sumner 2-1. We played so well all game and had a defensive breakdown right at the end of the game where Sumner had an open boot at the goal, and they scored with 42 seconds left. We deserved a much better fate, but it just didn’t work out that way.

We played Sumner to a scoreless first half. They scored with five minutes gone in the second half by collecting a bouncing ball in front of the net in traffic. After missing a couple good chances, Allison Cormier took a breakaway pass from Holli Boyce and kicked an equalizer. With 16 minutes left, Natalie Knowlton had a wide open goal, but her shot just missed to the side of the goal.

We played well to stay with Sumner and it is a shame that a defensive lapse so close to the end cost us so dearly. We gave a good effort and everyone was pretty worn down by the end of the game. It always hurts to come so close and come up short. Logan Eaton had a superb game in goal and kept us in the game all the way.

The boys lost a tough game to Penobscot Valley 3-1. We scored early again, with Pat Duddy scoring unassisted with 30 seconds gone in the game. We battled them evenly, but they got a penalty kick and then scored near the end of the half to lead 2-1. We kept it close, but PVHS scored the third goal halfway through the second half.

We were back to only two subs with Krisford Melanio sidelined with a sore ankle where he had been kicked near the end of the Jonesport game. This also allowed PVHS to focus a lot of attention on Pat Duddy. Hayden Torrey played in goal, saving 20 of 25 shots while PVHS saved 7 of our 8 shots.

The boys used an explosion of offense to beat Searsport 8-3. We scored a couple goals early in the first half before Searsport scored a goal on a breakaway. Then we scored four more goals to extend our lead to 6-1 at the end of the half. We scored two more goals in the first 10 minutes to lead 8-1. Everything was going right and it was like shooting fish in a barrel. We were aggressive on offense and our shots were well placed.

This was a first for Coach Bennett Morey, but he took out Pat Duddy and Krisford Melanio and gave the other players a chance to step up on their own. He did put Pat and Kris back in, but not in their usual offensive positions.

When it was all said and done, Pat Duddy had four goals with Krisford Melanio, Noah Davis, Matt Duddy, and Nick Dunham each with a goal. Matt Duddy and Krisford Melanio each had two assists and Liam Griffin, Noah Davis, and Hayden Torrey each had one. Ethan Shepard was in goal and made 15 saves on 24 shots while Searsport saved 19 of our 30 shots.

The boys lost to Sumner 4-1. We played a strong first half against them and trailed 1-0 at the half. We worked well together and had a few missed opportunities despite Sumner’s overall dominance.

We were unfortunate in the second half, where a couple of miscues and controversial calls cost us a couple goals. Pat Duddy kept his streak alive of a goal in every game with an unassisted goal in the second half to give us our only score. Ethan Shepard saved 25 of Sumner’s 32 shots and Sumner saved 12 of our 15 shots.

The boys fell in a hole against George Stevens and got buried, losing 11-0. GSA didn’t score until 15 minutes left in the first half and then led 3-0 at the half. Then it all went south for us and the flood gates opened. This is not indicative of this team, and we just have to have a short memory for this one. Coach Morey did not have the shot stats handy but said GSA had a ton of shots on our goal.

The girls were rewarded for all their hard work with our first victory. This has been a hard start with so many players new to the game and the system. Coach Ebel says this is a very hard working group and we are trying to improve at every position. We are getting more competitive every game and should look much better when we see these teams the second time around. Just for the record, Sumner is 5-1 and in fifth place in Class C. A win or a tie would have vaulted us up in the standings, so look out teams ahead! We are coming on!

The boys are looking much better this year, having a 2-4 record and actually in 12th place (in the playoff picture already) with the new players learning quickly and getting into soccer conditioning. We have been able to generate offense in every game (except the GSA game) and keep close to most teams. As the team chemistry develops, we will only get stronger so teams can’t only focus on Pat Duddy and Krisford Melanio with many other players contributing.

DISHS soccer player Julie Bentley

Julia Bentley turns the corner in a game against Searsport on September 20.

Photo by Jack Scott