Ellsworth’s Silas Montigny rips a shot on goal between three defenders during the Eagles’ 4-3 victory over the visiting MDI Trojans. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY ZACH LANNING

Ellsworth boys’ soccer tops MDI 4-3

ELLSWORTH — Another chapter has been written in this storied rivalry as Ellsworth held on to a 4-3 lead at the end of a back-and-forth boys’ soccer affair against visiting MDI Tuesday evening.

“This is my first taste of the MDI/Ellsworth rivalry and I think we got what we hoped for,” said Ellsworth’s head coach, Mark Ensworth. “The environment was great, the players for both teams were great and I think it was just a fun competition.”

It was certainly a competitive match, as both teams vied for control of the game and capitalized on a number of opportunities.

It was the Eagles who would land the first blow, however, after a nice through ball put the Trojan defense under pressure in the box and they were whistled for a foul. Owen Frank buried the ensuing penalty kick and gave Ellsworth the lead about 10 minutes into the match.

Cruz Coffin, who continued his impressive season with another two goals and an assist in this match, netted his first moments later to put the Eagles up two.

“I thought we were shooting well,” Coffin said after the game. “And our conditioning, we ran them through the wall. We’re putting the work in in practice and doing those runs and we definitely outworked them in that sense.”

MDI got right back in the game, however, tying it up at two apiece after a beautiful free kick from Corin Baker bent into the net and Cole Watson finished off a rebound three minutes later.

Neither side was able to pull away before the half as goalies Cooper Mitchell and Aiden Fisichella made some excellent saves on what were pretty promising chances for both teams.

Despite the score being tied, Ellsworth had the upper hand in the first half, possessing the ball longer and generating more scoring chances. That edge began to widen in the second half, and the Eagles reclaimed the lead after about seven minutes of play.

The third goal came off a long throw-in from Frank into the box that was in essence a corner kick. It was a strategy Ellsworth had employed throughout the match, utilizing Frank’s ability to get some serious distance on his throws, and it finally paid off when Coffin was able to get his head on the ball and put it in the back of the net.

“Anytime that you have a player that has that kind of weapon we try to utilize it as much as you can,” Ensworth said. “We try to take any way that we can to score goals.”

A give-and-go between Coffin and teammate Eamon MacDonald that MacDonald finished off nicely gave Ellsworth its second two-goal lead of the game with 22 minutes left to play.

After MDI earned a penalty and Baker cut the lead in half with his second goal of the night for the Trojans, Ellsworth was able to hold on for the rest of the match and come away with the victory.

“There’s always a little bit extra in these games,” Coffin said of the rivalry. “The fans are jawing at each other, tensions are tight. It’s a dogfight for sure.”

The two teams will meet again in the final match of the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 18, when Ellsworth will be on the road.

Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].

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