ELLSWORTH — A set of early-season skirmishes between two sides of Eagles, those from Ellsworth High School and those visiting from George Stevens Academy, resulted in victories for both the girls’ and boys’ soccer squads from EHS.
The boys’ game, played on Wednesday, Sept. 7, was an incredibly close match throughout. On top of the existing rivalry, the stakes were heightened somewhat by the presence of head coach Mark Ensworth on the Ellsworth sideline. Ensworth and members of his staff coached at GSA for the past eight years and so were familiar with many of the players.
The opening half yielded scoring chances for both sides, but neither was able to capitalize as both defenses stiffened. Eventually, though, GSA was able to break through and take the early lead on an unassisted goal by senior Solomon Hagerty.
Ellsworth responded, however, with scores from Cruz Coffin and senior Eamon MacDonald, giving it the 2-1 lead and the come-from-behind victory. Coffin, a junior who also earned an assist on the goal by MacDonald, is off to a blistering start this season and has provided a huge spark for the Eagles’ attack.
“Anytime you get a close game like that early in the season it shows you a lot about your team,” said Ensworth after the game. “We look forward to working on the things that we struggled with and trying to get better.”
GSA coach Mark Hundhammer, while he would have liked to come out with a win on the road, was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Absolutely epic game,” Hundhammer said. “Both teams played great and contested everything in the match. There were heroic plays by several players on both teams. It was well officiated, a lively atmosphere and very evenly played. A showcase for local soccer.”
The girls’ match on Thursday, Sept. 8, was a little more lopsided with EHS earning a convincing 7-0 victory. Sophomore Lily Bean netted two of the seven goals in the game, finishing off a rebound from in close in the first half and heading one in off of a corner kick in the second. Five other Eagles scored on the night, including senior Morgan Clifford. Clifford assisted on four of the team’s goals as well in an impressive display of facilitation.
Both teams will meet again in early October as GSA looks to even up the season series and Ellsworth looks for the clean sweep.