DI-S Mariners Fall To Central Aroostook



MARS HILL — Hopes of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners for a second straight upset were denied on Saturday as the Central Aroostook Panthers eked out a 2-1 Class D boys’ semifinal win.

Three days earlier, the well-traveled Mariners — they logged more than 1,000 miles for their three playoff games — had knocked off top-seeded Calvary Chapel of Orrington 1-0 in a penalty kick shootout after playing through 110 scoreless minutes, including two 15-minute overtimes.

But on Saturday, after a scoreless first half, the Panthers took a two-goal lead during the first 20 minutes of the second half and went on to the win.

Both goals were by Logan Thomas on assists from Garrett Stiles, the first coming at the 29:10 mark and the game-winner with 21:24 to go.

Toby Schulze finally scored an unassisted goal for the ninth-ranked Mariners with 14:03 left to play.

“We had a lot of chances after that,” said Mariner coach Dennis Rollins, but the Panther defense was unyielding the rest of the way.

“The kids left everything on the field,” he said.

Goalkeeper Ross Grass made six saves on 14 shots for Central Aroostook, and Joe Carter and Hayden Ciomei combined for six saves on 15 shots for the Mariners, who ended their season with a record of 11-4-2.

In quarterfinal action at Orrington on Wednesday, Oct. 28, neither defense allowed a goal through nearly two hours of head-to-head play.

Rollins said the Mariners scored in the second half but the goal was nullified on an offsides call.

Jay Boyce also took a second-half penalty kick for the Mariners but Calvary Chapel goalkeeper Devon Warman made “an incredible save,” according to Rollins.

But the Mariners had the edge when it came to penalty kicks, besting the Sabers 3-1 in the best of five shootout.

The Mariners won the coin toss and opted to shoot last, said Rollins.

After Stephen Berenyi made the first shot for the Sabers, Boyce matched him for the Mariners.

Carter then made a diving save on the Sabers’ second shot.

“That fired him up and it fired the team up,” said Rollins. “It was something, after 110 minutes of soccer, that you could hold onto.”

After Schulze netted the second kick for the Mariners, the Sabers’ third attempt was off the mark and Gagne followed with “a beauty” for DI-Stonington, said Rollins.

The ball sailed just high on the Sabers’ fourth attempt and that gave the Mariners the win.

Carter finished with 10 saves on 15 shots for the game, while Warman made 11 saves on 12 shots for Calvary Chapel.

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