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Late Goals Lifts Lady Crusaders Over Eagles

Hugh Bowden
Annika Firestone (13) of the Ellsworth Eagles eyes the ball as she looks to score off a corner kick.

ELLSWORTH — For more than 77 minutes on Tuesday, neither the Ellsworth Eagles nor the John Bapst Crusaders could gain an advantage on the other in girls’ soccer action at Del Luce Stadium.

Both teams had their scoring opportunities, but neither was able to put the ball into the net.

That all changed with two  minutes and 43 seconds left to play when sophomore Abby Pyne boomed a long kick downfield to her junior sister Sarah.

The older Pyne, unmarked by the Ellsworth defense, dribbled a few steps to the left of the goal and grounded a shot past Eagle goalkeeper Jessica Toothaker that found the net just inside the far post for a 1-0 Crusader lead.

Just 20 seconds later, in an almost identical play, the Pyne sisters combined efforts again, giving John Bapst a 2-0 lead and, moments later, the win.

It was the first loss of the season for the Eagles after four wins.

Toothaker finished with seven saves on 10 shots in goal for Ellsworth, and MacKenzie Hayman had four stops on 11 shots for the 3-1 Crusaders.

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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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