Presque Isle Upsets Ellsworth with Overtime Goal

ELLSWORTH — An overtime goal by senior Jacob Player lifted the Presque Isle Wildcats to an upset 1-0 win on Saturday, ending the Ellsworth Eagles’ bid for a second consecutive Eastern Maine Class B title.

The second-seeded Eagles got off to a slow start and the third-seeded Wildcats, who had lost 4-1 in Ellsworth earlier in the season, dominated play in the first half.

But scoring opportunities were few for either team in the first 40 minutes of play.

The Eagles’ best chance came about 15 minutes into the period when junior midfielder Josh Bean drilled a corner kick to the far post. Presque Isle goalkeeper Andrew Kofstad finally came up with the ball right at the base of the post just before it rolled into the net.

Moments later, Presque Isle’s Jake Williams had a great opportunity on a throw-in to the penalty box, but mistimed his header attempt.

The Eagles picked up their tempo in the second half, and with less than two minutes off the clock, senior Kyle Haslam missed wide on a header off a corner kick by senior Nick Holt.

Two minutes later, another Holt corner kick found its way to junior Maks Grover right in front of the net, but Grover’s attempt for the goal sailed over the crossbar.

With time running down in the second half, senior David Barnard barely missed a goal on a shot that slammed off the crossbar.

Early in overtime, Ellsworth goalkeeper Thomas Sawyer came up with a big play, tipping a direct kick by Presque Isle’s Player over the bar to save a goal.

But with 3:22 remaining in the period, Player came up with the ball in a scramble in front of the goal after a corner kick and Sawyer had no chance as his shot found the net.

“You play for breaks, and whatever way the break goes, that’s the way it goes,” said Ellsworth coach Brian Higgins.

“We both had opportunities,” said the coach, “They go our way sometimes and their way sometimes. I thought our kids played much better in the second half.”

Sawyer finished with eight saves on 14 shots in his final game for 15-1 Ellsworth, and Kofstad had nine saves on 15 shots for the 14-1-1 Wildcats, whose only loss came at the hands of the Eagles.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

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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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