ELLSWORTH — Seven games remain in the Ellsworth High School soccer season after the boys’ and girls’ teams completed their latest slates over the past week.
The Eagles claimed mixed results last week with the boys earning draws against George Stevens Academy and Brewer and the girls trouncing Mount Desert Island before falling to the Witches. The boys team then got back in the win column Monday with a decisive home victory over Bucksport.
The Ellsworth boys claimed a 3-3 draw against GSA in Wednesday’s clash at Del Luce Stadium. The home team fought back from a 3-1 halftime deficit with two tallies in the second half to stave off defeat and keep the visitors from avenging an Oct. 8 loss in the matchup in Blue Hill.
“You can’t be anything but proud when the guys are down 3-1 like that but keep their heads up and get back in it,” Ellsworth head coach Paul Lock said. “We played really flat in the first half, but they refused to quit and found a way back.”
Ellsworth got on the board inside two minutes as Colin Lacasse strolled unmarked through the GSA penalty area and flicked the ball past goalkeeper Jed Sawyer for the opening score. Yet GSA would respond with goals from Oliver Lardner, Franklin Sealander and Jonah Reah to take a two-goal advantage into the break.
Sawyer made a diving save 10 minutes into the second half to maintain GSA’s two-goal lead, but Lacasse added a second goal just four minutes later to cut the deficit to 3-2. After Ellsworth’s Silas Montigny was brought down in the penalty area with 11 minutes, 29 seconds to play, Pascal Poirier converted the resulting penalty kick for the final goal of the evening.
“We had a good talking to at halftime, and that got our team all pumped up,” Lacasse said. “Like Coach said, we were kind of out of it for the first half, but we came out in the second half much more aggressive and started winning those 50-50 balls.”
Ellsworth got goals from Poirier and freshman Cruz Coffin the following night in a 2-2 home draw against Brewer. Returning to action Monday for yet another home game, the Eagles (4-1-3) got two goals each from Lacasse and Pedro Little-Siebold and one each from Poirier and Matt Reid in a 6-0 victory over Bucksport (0-6).
Lacasse’s braces against GSA and Bucksport brought his 2020 scoring tally to seven goals. The senior was a defender for Ellsworth just two years ago, but after gradually moving into an attacking role, he has now emerged as the Eagles’ leading scorer on the season.
“I started at midfield the first few games this year, and that was working a little bit, but we had a hole in our offense,” Lacasse said. “I just said, ‘If I need to step up and fill that role for the team, I will,’ and it seems to be working out. I’m having a lot of fun.”
The Ellsworth girls’ team earned a decisive victory last Wednesday with a 6-0 win over Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor. The Eagles got four goals from Sierra Andrews and one apiece from Morgan Clifford and Addi Laslie to cruise to victory over the Trojans.
Ellsworth fell to a tough defeat the following evening as Brewer scored twice in the first half to claim a 2-0 win over the Eagles (3-3) at Del Luce Stadium. Ellsworth’s road game against Bucksport (6-1) scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was postponed.
On Monday, the MDI girls’ team claimed its first victory of the season with a 5-0 home win over GSA (1-2). The Trojans (1-4) got two goals each from Lelia Weir and Emma Freudig and one from Sabine Costello-Sanders to snap a three-game scoreless streak.
“We’ve been working on our movements and combinations and taking some chances on longer shots,” MDI head coach May Chan said. “We’ve also been working on crashing the goalie. I think we saw all of that pay off.”
The Ellsworth girls have two home games upcoming with showdowns against MDI at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and GSA at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The Eagles will close out the season when they play on the road against Brewer at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.
MDI’s game against Searsport, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed after Waldo County schools paused athletics for a week following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. After facing Ellsworth on Friday, the Trojans will play on the road against Hampden Academy at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The Ellsworth boys will look to avenge their only loss of the year when they play on the road against MDI (5-0), which defeated GSA (1-2-1) 4-1 on Tuesday in Bar Harbor, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The Eagles will then conclude their 2020 season next Tuesday with a 5 p.m. road contest against Brewer.