BAR HARBOR — The opening stretch of the 2020 soccer campaign saw a number of local teams notch key early-season victories
The Bucksport and Ellsworth girls’ teams got their first wins of the year last week with Bucksport topping Mount Desert Island on Thursday and the Eagles beating the Golden Bucks on Friday. On Tuesday, the MDI boys pulled out a 1-0 victory over Ellsworth for their second win in as many days.
On Thursday, the Bucksport girls’ team traveled to Bar Harbor and notched a 3-1 victory over MDI. The Golden Bucks fell behind in the first half after a goal from the Trojans’ Lelia Weir before scoring three goals in an eight-minute span in the second half to open the season with a win.
Bucksport’s tying goal came courtesy of Natasha Monreal, who bundled home a loose ball in the box with 24 minutes, 55 seconds left to play. Addie Morrison provided the Golden Bucks’ second goal with 22:31 remaining, and Johanna Stiles bagged the team’s third less than six minutes later.
The goals from Morrison and Stiles came after both players created one-on-ones with the goalkeeper by zipping past the MDI defense on the left flank. Given the duo’s past successes on the soccer field and on the track as two of Hancock County’s fastest runners, those runs on goal came as no surprise to head coach Mike Garcelon.
“Between Addie, Johanna and Britney Bussey, we have three girls who have really dominated track for the last few years,” Garcelon said. “That was obvious in the second half when we basically turned it into a track meet on both of those goals.”
On Friday, the Ellsworth girls hosted Bucksport on what was Senior Night for the Eagles’ 12-member Class of 2021. Scoring early and often, the home team cruised to a 7-1 win to post its first victory of the season.
Sierra Andrews had three goals for Ellsworth (1-1) in the win, and Abby Bland, Paige Sawyer, Addi Laslie and Lexi Rossi added individual tallies for the Eagles. Ella Hosford scored the lone goal for Bucksport on a penalty kick early in the second half.
“I think we controlled possession of the ball, had good movement and strung together a lot of good passes,” Ellsworth head coach Katye Lacasse said of the win. “Paige was really on it with assists, and we were hustling and had a variety of people who were scoring.”
Ellsworth’s win over Bucksport came three days after the Eagles opened the season with a 3-2 road loss to Hampden Academy. After that game, in which many Ellsworth players felt they came out flat, the Eagles wanted to make sure there were no such hiccups Friday.
“I think they were really anxious to get a win,” Lacasse said. “In that Hampden game, we played a part in two of their three goals with deflections off of us, so the girls wanted to redeem themselves, for sure. They did a great job.”
Bucksport got back on track Monday afternoon with a 3-1 win over visiting Washington Academy. Playing at home once again Tuesday, the Golden Bucks defeated Deer Isle-Stonington (2-1) 7-1 to improve to 3-1.
Elsewhere Tuesday, the MDI boys’ team improved to 2-0 on the season as a second-half goal from Zack Zaman delivered the Trojans a 1-0 victory over Ellsworth in Bar Harbor. The win came a day after first-half goals from Ieuan Howell, Cole Watson and Henry Lester propelled MDI to a 3-1 road triumph over Hampden.
Zaman’s strike came with 19 minutes, 43 seconds left to play as the junior met a cross in the middle of the box and rocketed a blistering shot off the underside of the crossbar. The goal was the first conceded by Ellsworth (2-1) this season and gave the Trojans their seventh win in 10 games against the Eagles dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
“We knew the [20-minute sanitation break] was coming up, so I was just trying to sprint as fast as I could to get there,” Zaman said. “Luckily, the pass from the outside was just good enough for me to sweep in there and finish it.”
Ellsworth had previously defeated Bucksport (0-2) 1-0 in Thursday’s game at Bucksport High School. Colin Lacasse scored with 10 minutes remaining in the contest to give the Eagles the win.
The Ellsworth boys will be back in action with road games at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, against George Stevens Academy and 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, against Hampden. MDI will look to improve to 3-0 when it hosts Bucksport at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
The Ellsworth girls’ team will face MDI (0-2) at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 7, in Bar Harbor before hosting Hampden at 6 p.m. Friday and facing GSA at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blue Hill. Bucksport will host MDI at 1 p.m. Saturday before playing on the road against Searsport at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.