ELLSWORTH — In soccer, if your defense plays well enough, it only takes one goal to win.
So it was on Thursday night as Ellsworth scored late in the first half and held off the Mount Desert Island Trojans the rest of the way in a 1-0 win for the Eagles.
Callie Hammer, Ellsworth’s freshman goalkeeper, notched her fifth shutout in seven games.
Hammer came up with several big stops after the Eagles took the lead on a flip-throw-in by junior Emily Berry that was redirected into the net by senior Katey Curtis with 8:28 remaining in the first half.
Both teams had their scoring chances in the fast-paced game.
With about 14 minutes off the clock, Ellsworth senior Morgan Card got free for a shot inside the 18-yard line but the ball sailed wide of the goal.
Three minutes later, MDI sophomore Opal Curless evaded a pair of Ellsworth defenders for an open shot from about 12 years out but her shot was just outside the far post.
Card had another good look after taking a perfect crossing pass from sophomore Kira Kennedy but the shot was high over the crossbar.
In the second period, Hammer twice came off her line to challenge a Trojan shooter who got behind the Eagle defense.
On both occasions, she managed to block point-blank shots, deflecting the ball away from the net and out of bounds.
With about 14 minutes to go, MDI goalkeeper Hannah Shaw made a diving save on a net-bound shot by Card.
The win bumped the 5-1-1 Eagle girls to fourth place in the Eastern Maine Class B standings, while the 3-2-1 Trojans are ranked seventh.
“That was a huge win for us,” said Ellsworth coach Katye Lacasse. “They’re a strong team with a great coach.
“We had a few players who were down for injuries and had to make adjustments,” continued Lacasse. “Callie has been improving every single game and that’s been a real benefit to us, and our defense is strong and we do a good job covering for her.”
Hammer finished with 12 saves for the Eagles, who have allowed just threee goals so far this season, and Shaw made nine stops for the Trojans.