BLUE HILL — Two local high school soccer teams bounced back from tough losses last week while another continued an impressive run of form into the second half of these season.
The Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ teams rebounded from losses earlier in the week to Mount Desert Island and Hampden Academy, respectively, with wins over George Stevens Academy. The Bucksport girls’ team, meanwhile, posted a pair of comfortable wins to pull within one victory of a winning season.
On Thursday, the Ellsworth boys’ team made the short trip to Blue Hill to take on GSA. Pascal Poirier scored the lone goal for the Eagles, who recovered from a 1-0 loss at Mount Desert Island two days earlier to earn their first victory over GSA in three years.
Ellsworth returned to action the following night with a road contest against Hampden. Senior Colin Lacasse scored two goals on the evening for the Eagles (3-1-1) as the visitors fought the Broncos to a 2-2 draw.
On the girls’ side, Ellsworth fell to its second loss of the season Friday with a 3-1 home defeat against Hampden. Yet the Eagles (2-2) got back in the win column the next day as four goals from Sierra Andrews and one apiece from Addi Laslie, Julie Mattson, Sara Shea and Abby Bland powered the team to an 8-0 win over GSA (1-1) in Blue Hill.
Andrews, who also provided Ellsworth’s sole tally in the team’s home defeat to Hampden, has now scored nine goals in just four games this season. Andrews scored that many over the Eagles’ final nine games a year ago despite battling a hip-flexor injury throughout the campaign, and now that the senior is back at full strength, her head coach says she’s found an extra gear.
“She has a high pain tolerance and sucks it up, but it’s hard to play with an injury all season long like that,” Katye Lacasse said. “She just has a way of finding the goal, and now that she isn’t injured, she’s motivated to make up for lost time last year.”
In other local girls’ soccer action, Bucksport stretched its winning streak to four games with victories over MDI and Searsport. The Golden Bucks (5-1) earned a season sweep of the Trojans with a home win Saturday before topping the Vikings on Monday in Waldo County.
Bucksport opened Saturday’s game against MDI with a goal from Ella Hosford, who scored from long range less than eight minutes after kickoff to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Golden Bucks led 2-0 at halftime after an MDI own goal before a Hosford penalty with 24 minutes, 55 seconds remaining put the finishing touches on a 3-0 win.
Bucksport began the second half of its 10-game season Monday with a 3-0 road victory over Searsport. The Golden Bucks will be back on the road tomorrow for a 4 p.m. game against Deer Isle-Stonington (3-1), which got goals from Kaylee Morey and Jill McDonald in Thursday’s 2-0 Senior Day win over the MDI junior varsity team.
The next home game for Bucksport will be against Ellsworth at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Ellsworth girls’ team, which had Tuesday’s home rematch with GSA postponed because of inclement weather, will take on MDI at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 14, in Bar Harbor before hosting Brewer at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.
The Ellsworth boys have upcoming home games tomorrow against GSA, Thursday, Oct. 15, against Brewer and Monday, Oct. 19, against Bucksport. All three games are scheduled for 6 p.m. kickoffs.