PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

Ellsworth rolls over top-ranked Presque Isle 3-0



PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN
Lukas Firestone of the Ellsworth Eagles beats diving Caribou goalkeeper Ethan Plourde for the shot that provided the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 Ellsworth win.

ELLSWORTH — In their first five games of the season, the Ellsworth Eagle boys struggled to find the kind of on-field chemistry they’d been expecting since their first practice sessions.

The Eagles put it all together Tuesday night as they dominated the Presque Isle Wildcats from start to finish in a 3-0 win at Del Luce Stadium.

“This was absolutely our best game of the year by far,” said veteran Ellsworth coach Brian Higgins. “I’m pleased. They just hadn’t jelled until tonight.”

The Eagles mounted a relentless attack against the Wildcat defense and goalkeeper Andrew Paterson.

Ellsworth flirted with numerous scoring opportunities in the first 12 minutes on corner kicks by Anthony Gardner and long flip throw-ins by Lukas Firestone.

The ice finally was broken when a Gardner corner kick bounced off Dagan Berenyi and was punched into the net by Jeff Weeks.

The Eagles added a second goal with less than eight minutes remaining in the first half.

Paterson came off his line after another corner kick by Gardner. But he was unable to control the ball and could not get back to the goal mouth in time to block the ensuing shot by Conor Maguire.

Ellsworth’s third goal came early in the second half when Brady White headed a throw-in by Firestone to Maguire near the far post, who redirected the ball into the net.

The Ellsworth defense kept the pressure almost entirely off the goalkeepers. Nick Bagley played the first half without a legitimate save and Bruce St. Peter made just one in the second half.

The win left 6-0-0 Ellsworth trailing the top-ranked 5-2-0 Wildcats by less than a point in the Maine Principals’ Association Eastern Maine Class B standings.

Sumner 3, GSA 1

On Tuesday in Sullivan, Baramee Janla had his second consecutive hat trick for the Sumner Tigers, scoring all three goals in a 3-1 win over the George Stevens Academy Eagles.

Finn Davis-Batt had the lone goal for GSA.

The 3-2-0 Tigers are now ranked ninth and the 2-2-1 Eagles are 10th in Class C.

In earlier action:

Ellsworth 7,

Washington Academy 2

Goals by seven different players lifted the Eagles to a 7-2 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in East Machias.

Valter Moeller struck first for the Eagles, scoring at the midway point of the first half, and Dagan Berenyi scored off a corner kick by Anthony Gardner about three minutes later.

The Eagles built a 4-0 first-half lead with two more goals just 90 seconds apart.

Conor Maguire scored on an assist from Alex Braley and Griffin Nightingale followed by sending a flip throw from Lukas Firestone into the net.

In the second half, Jack Weeks scored on an assist from Gardner, Jacob Jordan netted a penalty kick and Trent Goodman scored on an assist from Colby Clarke.

Jordan Lamb scored on a penalty kick and Rick Simmons scored with six seconds to go for the Raiders.

Nick Bagley and Bruce St. Peter combined for five saves on eight shots in goal for the Ealges, and Cameron Varney had five saves on 15 shots for the Raiders.

Searsport 12, DI-Stonington 1

The Mariners scored the first goal of the game, then watched the Searsport Viking reel off 12 unanswered goals, 10 in the second half, in Searsport Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Stephen Cochrane had the lone goal for the Mariners, whose record dipped to 0-3 with the loss.

Sumner 3, DI-Stonington 0

Patrick Pinkham and Tyler Bunker notched first-half goals for Sumner and Baramee Janla scored on a penalty kick as the Tigers rolled to a 3-0 shutout of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Saturday in Deer Isle.

Central 7, Bucksport 0

The Central Red Devils of East Corinth rolled to a 7-0 shutout over the Golden Bucks on Thursday in Bucksport.

Ellsworth 2, Caribou 1

The Eagles scored a pair of first-half goals, then held off the Caribou Vikings for a 2-1 win on Saturday in Ellsworth.

Conor Maguire struck first for Ellsworth, scoring on an assist from Dagan Berenyi with just over 12 minutes remaining in the period.

Lukas Firestone added what proved to be the game-winner six minutes later, trapping the ball after a cross eluded Caribou goalkeeper Ethan Plourde and punching it into the open net.

Caribou’s lone goal came midway through the second half when Michael Hunter scored from about 35 yards out off a direct kick.

Bruce St. Peter and Nick Bagley combined for five saves on nine shots for the Eagles, and Plourde finished with 13 saves on 19 shots for the Vikings.

GSA 1, Bucksport 0

Beowulf Urban scored on a penalty kick for the game’s only goal as the GSA Eagles edged the Bucksport Golden Bucks 1-0 in Blue Hill on Saturday.

Sumner 3, Narraguagus 0

Baramee Janla scored three second-half goals to lift the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Narraguagus Knights on Monday in Harrington.

Noah Goldfarb provided the assist on Janla’s first goal and Patrick Pinkham assisted on the third.

Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
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