Liam Bell (4 goals) leads Wells past Lake Region 6-1 in WMC Class B boys’ soccer

Liam Bell gets a clean look for his first of four goals for Wells

Liam Bell gets a clean look for his first of four goals for Wells

Freshman Liam Bell

Freshman Liam Bell

(Naples ME) The Wells Warriors finished the regular season with four straight wins after defeating Lake Region, 6-1, on a cool Monday night of WMC boys soccer.

Freshman Liam Bell lit up the Lakers for four goals despite being on the Wells bench for nearly half of the game.  Liam had three goals in the Warriors 4-1 win over LR earlier in the season.

Wells (6-6-2) tallied three goals in each half.

Lake Region (1-13) clicked on a penalty kick in the first half and carried a 2-1 deficit down to the last two minutes of the half.  However, Liam Bell finished his first-half hat-trick to boost the Wells margin to 3-1 at the half.

The Warriors added three more goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half and never looked back.

Lake Region honored its seniors before the game.

No question that Liam Bell can finish but in this game his teammates put him into a position to finish all night long.

Lakers GK Michael Rust saw plenty of shots.

Lakers GK Michael Rust saw plenty of shots.

Liam’s first goal was nicely assisted by Hatim Sharaf.  His second goal was a header off of TJ Wright’s corner kick.  The third goal was set up by Alec Pinette who dribbled down the right side and could have taken a shot.  Lakers GK Michael Rust moved his way expecting a shot but instead Alec centered the ball into the middle to an uncovered Liam Bell.  The net was wide open.

LR picked up it goal after Magnus Holm was tripped in the box.  Michael Rust took the kick and put it into the upper left corner.

In the second half, Liam Bell was quick to cash in a rebound (33:42) of Hatim Sharaf’s point-blank shot.

The Warriors would convert two more rebounds in the second half.  Both shots were taken by senior Daniel Quint.  Peter Valentino put in one rebound while Alex Pinette put in the other.

Chandler Bridge

Chandler Bridge

The aggressive Warriors won most of the one-on-one battles.  I thought the big difference between the two teams was Wells ability to be able to face the goal in scoring position over-and-over.  Lake Region had very few good looks at Wells GK Chandler Bridge.

I was impressed with LR’s exchange student Magnus Holm.  He was very skilled.

Wells coach Sean Bishop was not sure when the last time was that the Warriors made the playoffs.

Lake Region didn’t win a game last year and ended up with one win (Poland) this year.  But there was significant improvement statistically.  In 2013 the Lakers tallied only 2 goals and gave up 129.  This year LR scored 13 goals and gave up 62.

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loose ball in a crowd

loose ball in a crowd

GK Michael Rust celebrates scoring a penalty kick

GK Michael Rust celebrates scoring a penalty kick

Matt Stenger makes a save for Lake Region

Matt Stenger makes a save for Lake Region

Hatim Sharaf had two assists

Hatim Sharaf had two assists

Kolin Wyman (12) clears the ball away for Lake Region

Kolin Wyman (12) clears the ball away for Lake Region

GK Michael Rust

GK Michael Rust

Alec Pinette (on the right) sets up Liam Bell

Alec Pinette (on the right) sets up Liam Bell

Magnus Holm

Lake Region seniors recognized

Lake Region seniors recognized

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Undefeated Newtown ends Ansonia’s streak 14-8 in Connecticut showdown

Jared Pearson finds a huge hole in the Ansonia defense for an easy touchdown.

Jared Pearson finds a huge hole in the Ansonia defense for an easy touchdown.

Tim Krapf tries to wrap up Tyler Bailey

Tim Krapf tries to wrap up Tyler Bailey

(Newtown CT) No doubt Ansonia’s 48-game win streak was a motivator as Newtown prepped for the game.

That “motivation” ended after the Nighthawks dropped the Chargers, 14-8, on a mild Friday night before a cast of thousands (three at least).

Asked about the significance of the victory afterwards, NHS coach Steve George dropped, “We won,” and, “We’re 6-0,” on the gathered media.

The week of media attention repeated the size of Ansonia’s streak and how one more win would enable the Chargers to tie Cheshire for the state record.  Lost in that concentration was the fact that Newtown (6-0) had won 27 of their last 29 games including 26 straight regular season games.

The point?  These were TWO good teams both used to winning whether a streak was involved or not.

Julian Dunn (15) signals the end as the clock winds down

Julian Dunn (15) signals the end as the clock winds down

When the game ended Newtown celebrated as if they had won something more than a regular season game while Ansonia fans/players wept in disappointment.

Newtown moved to a 14-0 lead late in the third quarter and you wondered if they might double that score in the final frame against the tiring Chargers.

But Ansonia (5-1) quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight tossed a terrific TD spot-pass to Tyler Bailey with ten minutes left.  When Jai’Quan squirmed in for two extra points the Chargers were in position to make things interesting the rest of the way.

But the Newtown defense, despite (“way too many mistakes/penalties” – Coach George) prevailed in Ansonia’s final two possessions to get the win.

JaiQuan McKnight

JaiQuan McKnight

For certain, the Nighthawks defense kept the visitors from running organized offense most of the evening.  Ansonia QB Jai’Quan McKnight, however, seemed at times to be more comfortable improvising than running set offense.

Jai’Quan paid a heavy price several times dropping back to pass getting nailed by Ben Mason and Nick Samuelson on separate occasions.  Nick’s hit ended the first half.

Two keys to the Newtown win: (1) depth, and (2) team speed.  Most of the Chargers played both ways including all their playmakers.  There was no rest for them.  The media during the week attempted to describe the matchup as Newtown’s size versus Ansonia’s speed.  Chargers coach Tom Brockett wasn’t buying it, “I thought coming in that man-for-man they might be faster than us.  They never let us break anything big.”

To back up Coach Brockett’s point, I had several pictures of Chargers breaking down sidelines with no Newtown defenders in front of them.  Each time Newtown players closed fast from the middle to angle the Ansonia players out-of-bounds before there was a breakaway.

No question Ansonia missed having Arkeel Newsome in their backfield.  Arkeel ended his Chargers career with the Connecticut state record in rushing yards.  He is now at UConn.

Nick Samuelson ends the first half with a hard hit on JaiQuan McKnight

Nick Samuelson ends the first half with a hard hit on JaiQuan McKnight

Those planning to attend this game were warned to get there early and many bought into it.  I was there an hour early and ended up parking behind the high school.  Leaving afterwards?  I was on the field afterward recording interviews for at least a half hour.  When I returned to my car none of the cars around me had yet moved.

The Chargers didn’t arrive until 35 minutes before game time………at least I thought it was all of them.  I was talking to an Ansonia fan and he asked me where the rest of the team was.  The second bus didn’t arrive until about 20 minutes before game time.  The “arrive early” word didn’t reach Ansonia?

The Nighthawks scored in the first quarter.  Jared Pearson caught a pass to get Newtown to the Ansonia 20.  Several plays later Jared took a direct snap and, instead of following the flow to the right, shot straight up the middle.  The Ansonia defense bit for the flow and Jared ran nearly unnoticed into the end zone at 1:13.  Bryce Mather’s kick was good.

Nick Rubino put together two straight solid runs deep in Ansonia territory in the third quarter to notch Newtown’s second score.  Nick, who was in the game in place of starter Jaret DeVellis, carried a defender into the end zone.  Bryce Mather had his second PAT.

Nick Rubino scores in the third quarter for Newtown

Nick Rubino scores in the third quarter for Newtown

The Chargers cut into the 14-point deficit early in the final quarter.  In pregame I watched quarterback Jai’Quan McKnight throw pass after pass to a spot near the corner of the goal-line.  No question in my mind that he had the arm and accuracy.  The trouble during the game was lack of time to even look to throw most of the time.  Somehow, early in the 4th quarter Jai’Quan found the time and sure enough passed to the spot near the goal line.  Teammate Tyler Bailey ran under the ball closely defended by Joe Santella.  The ball arrived as Tyler and Joe collided.  Down went Joe as Tyler caught the ball and finished the yard or so into the end zone.anne A8 QB JaiQuan pass on the wayanne A10 ball about to be caughtanne A11 Joe Santella bounces offanne A12 Tyler Bailey heads to end zone

Jai’Quan improvised his way into the end zone over the right side to get Ansonia within six points with plenty of time (ten minutes) remaining.  But on this day the Newtown defense took charge the rest of the way and ran their regular season streak to 27.

Newtown nearly scored a razzle-dazzle TD in the second quarter.  QB Jacob Burden rolled left and handed off to Jared Pearson running to the right.  Jacob kept on running around the left end while Jared suddenly stopped and tossed a pass in Jacob’s direction.  Jacob was as wide open as you’ll ever get in a football game but Jared’s throw was high.

anne A18 flags flyWhat a show at halftime!  It was twenty minutes of wonderfully choreographed and executed performance that you should have to pay extra for……..it’s that well done.

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JaiQuan McKnight converts 2-point conversion

JaiQuan McKnight converts 2-point conversion

Ben Mason wrapped up by Larry Cafaro

Ben Mason wrapped up by Larry Cafaro

Jaret DeVillis

Jaret DeVillis

battle in the trenches

battle in the trenches

JaiQuan McKnight down the sidelines

JaiQuan McKnight down the sidelines

Joe Santella

Joe Santella

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Undefeated Windham routs Marshwood 7-0 in Western Maine Class A girls’ soccer

Ciera Berthiaume slides by the Marshwood goal after scoring in the first twenty seconds.

Ciera Berthiaume slides by the Marshwood goal after scoring in the first twenty seconds.

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) congratulates Caitlyn Winn after she scored the 7th Windham goal

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) congratulates Caitlyn Winn after she scored the 7th Windham goal

(Windham ME)  That was way easier than expected.

The undefeated Windham girls’ soccer team routed Marshwood, 7-0, on Friday night in a Class A Western Maine matchup.

Marshwood (7-2-1) was touted pre-game as a team that could give the defending Class A champions trouble.  However, twenty seconds into this game it was the visiting Hawks in trouble, quickly down by a goal.

The Eagles (11-0) displayed a terrific short-passing game on all parts of the field.  That passing accuracy kept threatening shots away from GK Liz Mycock and set up scoring chances down the other end all night long.

Senior Jenna Soucy had the hat trick for Windham.  Teammate Ciera Berthiaume added two scores while Melissa Morton and Caitlyn Winn registered one each.

Those seven Windham goals had to be a shock to MHS coach Luke Edgar since in the first nine games the Hawks had only allowed seven goals.

The long night started early for the visitors from South Berwick.  Senior Melissa Morton broke down the right side into the open and sent a terrific pass across the goal to a breaking Ciera Berthiaume on the left.  GK Emily Robida never had a chance and Marshwood quickly trailed, 1-0.

Jenna Soucy shot goes through Marshwood GK Emily Robida

Jenna Soucy shot goes through Marshwood GK Emily Robida

On the second goal (29:00), Jenna Soucy made a long run down the middle getting past several defenders.  Jenna’s shot was a hard grounder that went through Emily Robida’s hands.

Senior Melissa Morton found space in the middle at 18:01 for the third Windham tally of the first half.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Ciera Berthiaume dribbled free down the right side and took a hard shot on goal.  The save was made but the rebound was picked up by Jenna Soucy.  She took a shot from in close and put in her own rebound.

Ciera Berthiaume made it 5-0 at 34:19 as the WHS junior broke free for an open shot on the right that went in.

Madison Mauro (2 assists)

Madison Mauro (2 assists)

Junior Madison Mauro set up the last two Eagles’ goals.  First it was Jenna Soucy (22nd goal of the season) and then sophomore Caitlyn Winn with 7:49 left.

Tough loss for Marshwood in the first of five straight road games.  The Hawks struggled to put passes together in the offensive end while being victimized by Windham’s ability to do that when they had the ball.

One thing I noticed was that there wasn’t any negative body language among the Marshwood team despite the way the game went.  I would expect them to recover nicely over the final four games.

Who can stop the Eagles?  They have now won twenty-nine straight games with on-paper mismatches ahead.  They face Scarborough next Wednesday.  Despite a loss to Marshwood, Scarborough will be a challenge.

Melissa Morton (15 goals)

Melissa Morton (15 goals)

I saw Windham’s final three games last season and couldn’t recall Melissa Morton.  I have since learned that the talented senior was injured.  Melissa’s goal tonight gives her 15 for the season.

Windham has netted 84 goals in eleven games.

Marshwood has now lost four straight to Windham and have been outscored, 17-0, by the Eagles.  The Hawks did defeat Windham, 1-0, in the playoffs in 2009.

Even GK Liz Mycock was part of the short-passing approach for Windham.  Rather than punting the ball, she would instead roll it to an open teammate.

Liz (Babson), Cassie Symonds (Holy Cross), and Shannon Valente (Southern New Hampshire) already have college plans.  They shouldn’t be the last of the Eagles to have a collegiate soccer future.

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Shannon Valente and Marin Smith

Shannon Valente and Marin Smith

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Jenna Soucy (3 goals) with space

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) with space

National Anthem singer

National Anthem singer

Caitlyn Winn shoots the 7th Windham goal

Caitlyn Winn shoots the 7th Windham goal

Jenna Soucy fires a shot in the second half

Jenna Soucy fires a shot in the second half

Maggie Symonds on the move

Maggie Symonds on the move

Reagan Nichols

Reagan Nichols

Emily Robida leaves a rebound

Emily Robida leaves a rebound

Melissa Morton about to drive home the third Windham goal of the first half

Melissa Morton about to drive home the third Windham goal of the first half

Windham coach Deb Lebel

Windham coach Deb Lebel

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Late goal gets Gray-New Gloucester past Fryeburg Academy 3-2 in girls’ soccer

Emma Woods (#8) redirects the game-winner for Gray-New Gloucester with 3.5 seconds left

Emma Woods (#8) redirects the game-winner for Gray-New Gloucester with 3.5 seconds left

Maria Valente set up a goal and scored one

Maria Valente set up a goal and scored one

(Fryeburg ME) In the midst of the Fryeburg Fair and some fine foliage a pretty good girls’ soccer game broke out.

Visiting Gray-New Gloucester took the lead for the third and final time with 3.5 seconds left to defeat Fryeburg Academy, 3-2, on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon of Western Maine Conference Class B soccer.

Freshman Emma Woods headed in the game-winner off of a throw-in by senior Maria Valente in the closing seconds.

It was a tough loss for the (2-4-2) Raiders.  The home team was scored on early in each half but recovered each time.  Kaylin Delaney’s penalty kick produced the final tie with less than five minutes left in the game.

With no overtime period played during the regular season, both teams pressed for the win in the final minutes.  In the closing minute, GNG’s Kaelyn Woods kept the ball in play down the right sidelines before the Raiders kicked the ball out-of-bounds with under fifteen seconds remaining.  Maria Valente had to really hustle to get from her defensive spot to the throw-in attempt.  She did and had the ball  in the air with few seconds left.  The ball came into the near-side of the box area with plenty of steam on it.  Emma Woods leaped high and redirected Maria’s throw-in to the far corner of the goal.

Sarah Giggey had two assists on corner kicks

Sarah Giggey had two assists on corner kicks

This was Emma’s second goal of the game and 8th of the 2014 season.  Maria’s assist was her 5th of the season and her 5th assist against FA over the past three seasons.

Gray-New Gloucester (4-4) had two of their goals set up by junior Sarah Giggey’s corner kicks.

Both goalies (GNG-Zoe Adams, FA-Makayla Cooper) faced numerous dangerous shots.  The most dangerous, of the dangerous, were long rips by the Raiders’ Esme Hernendez.

Esme did get a goal (14:15) in the first half.  A throw-in by Lexi L’Heureux-Carland from the left was headed by Kaylin Delaney and the ball reached Esme alone in front.  Esme applied the finishing touch.

Emma Woods headed in the opening goal of the game (33:07).  The freshman was parked in the middle and GK Makayla Cooper was centered in the net.  Emma was able to head the ball down and past Makayla to the FA goalie’s left.

The Patriots clicked early (36:22) in the second half.  Sarah Giggey sent a corner kick in from the left that found Maria Valente in traffic near the far post for yet another headed goal.

Julia Quinn dribbles ahead

Julia Quinn dribbles ahead

As the minutes wound down in the second half the Raiders turned up the pressure, especially Julia Quinn and Anna Manahor, and got what they needed at 4:52………….a penalty shot.

From where I was standing it looked as if defender Caitlin Holmquist got a hand on the ball in the box.

Kaylin Delaney took the PK and scored with a shot that went in on the left after caroming off the goal post.

Later Emma Woods, from Maria Valente, would collect the game-winner giving GNG their sixth straight victory over Fryeburg Academy.

Both teams resume play on Thursday at 6PM.  FA will be at Wells while GNG will host Poland.

Emily Hotham and Julia Quinn

Emily Hotham and Julia Quinn

A key to the victory for GNG was the return of senior Emily Hotham to the Patriots defense.  I am not certain when the injured defender returned but I saw the Patriots without her in their loss to Lake Region.  Her presence this afternoon made a difference.

I like to arrive at games at least a half-hour early.  Good thing this afternoon since the scheduled 3:30PM start turned out to be a 3PM start.

If you’re a defender and the pressure is on, it is usually a good idea to kick the ball out of bounds.  This gives the defense a chance to set up in front of the goalie.  That strategy can backfire, however, when a team plays Gray-New Gloucester.  Why?  Because Maria Valente takes the sideline throw-ins for GNG and is strong enough to throw the ball into the box almost every time.  Granted the defense is organized but so also is the Patriots offense.  With plenty of bodies in the area and the ball in the air, bad things can happen, and they did today for FA in the closing seconds.

Erasme Herendez (22) alone in front

Erasme Herendez (22) alone in front

The speed and hustle of Ori Inirio was noticeable.  Some forwards run hard when the ball in near them and then trot or walk.  Not Ori, she seemed to run from end to end.  She had a couple of pretty good chances as a result.

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loose ball

loose ball

Emma Woods (8) nods in the first Patriots goal

Emma Woods (8) nods in the first Patriots goal

Ashley Moreau and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

Ashley Moreau and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

victory celebrating begins

victory celebrating begins

Kaylin Delaney takes a penalty shot

Kaylin Delaney takes a penalty shot

Erasme Hernendez and Kiersten Stritch

Erasme Hernendez and Kiersten Stritch

GNG goalie Zoe Adams jumps for a save

GNG goalie Zoe Adams jumps for a save

Izzy Detroy, Maria Valente, and Emma Woods celebrate a goal

Izzy Detroy, Maria Valente, and Emma Woods celebrate a goal

Maria Valente (18) in position to head in a goal

Maria Valente (18) in position to head in a goal

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loose ball

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Julia Quinn (4 goals) leads Fryeburg Academy past North Yarmouth 5-2 in girls soccer

Junior Julia Quinn netted four goals in the Raiders win

Junior Julia Quinn netted four goals in the Raiders win

NYA goalie Scout Fischman tries to stop Anna Manahor

NYA goalie Scout Fischman tries to stop Anna Manahor

(Fryeburg ME)  The drought is officially over……the goal-scoring drought, that is.

The Fryeburg Academy girl’s soccer team displayed plenty of scoring ability as they defeated North Yarmouth Academy, 5-2, on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

Junior Julia Quinn had a career game with four goals, pacing the Raiders (1-2-1) to their first win of the season.

North Yarmouth (0-5) may still be winless but they were able to walk away with their first two goals (Emily Baker & Isabelle See) of the season.

FA had the wind and the sun in their favor in the first half and relentlessly attacked the Panthers side of the field.

Julia Quinn drives home her first goal despite close guarding by Emily Baker

Julia Quinn drives home her first goal despite close guarding by Emily Baker

Julia Quinn notched a goal early despite heavy defense by Emily Baker as she dribbled down the middle.  Somehow Julia found space for a shot that beat NYA goalie Scout Fischman to her left at 32:46.

Eleven-plus minutes later Julia broke in from the right under less pressure, took a hard shot, got the rebound and had Goal #2.

Julia’s other two goals, one in the first half and the other in the second half, were off of terrific setups by teammates Mackenzie Buzzell and Esme Hernendez.

Julia was in perfect position (to the goalie’s right) both times to head in the high crosses of Mackenzie and Esme.

Emily Baker (#29) drives home a penalty kick

Emily Baker (#29) drives home a penalty kick

After three straight Raiders’ goals the Panthers were awarded a penalty kick.  Emily Baker took the PK and fired a low shot past FA goalie Makayla Cooper.

The 4th Fryeburg goal of the first half went to junior Anna Manahor.  Katherine Parker set up Anna in very close to goal.  Anna shot, got her own rebound, and scored.

Ori Inirio heads wide

Ori Inirio heads wide

It was 4-1 after a half.

Two minutes into the second half Julia Quinn built the lead to 5-1.

With twelve minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Isabelle See intercepted a Raiders’ clearout and put a low shot past GK Makayla Cooper.

Snake-bitten throughout this game was Raiders junior Ori Inirio.  If she wasn’t being robbed by goalie Scout Fischman, her shots were going just wide.  Ori had a header that just missed.

The next game for both teams will be on Saturday.  FA visits Poland (11AM) while NYA hosts Old Orchard (10AM)

Isabelle See and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

Isabelle See and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

The Raiders had beaten North Yarmouth only once in the previous five years.

The Panthers were 7-5-2 in 2013.  The loss of Alex Wahlstrom (transferred) has hurt the 2014 squad.  The team dressed only thirteen players for the FA game.

The Raiders were 3-7-4 in 2013.  Only three players graduated off of that team and there are no seniors on the 2014 squad.

Junior Emily Baker made the Western Maine Conference first team in 2013.  She has a powerful left foot and handles the ball with confidence.

FA scored ten goals in all of 2013 getting five of them against Old Orchard.

Fryeburg is Class B while NYA is Class C.

captains meet

captains meet

The Panthers were Class C state champions for five straight seasons (2002-2007).

Ali Fraize and Lexi L’Heureux-Carland were impressive defenders.

The Raiders forwards led by Julia Quinn were aggressive to the ball and passed well.

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Julia Quinn (#5) heads in a second-half goal

Julia Quinn (#5) heads in a second-half goal

FA goalie Makayla Cooper

FA goalie Makayla Cooper

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Nora Laprise and Charlotte Collins

Nora Laprise and Charlotte Collins

Isabelle See shoots

Isabelle See shoots

Emily Baker

Emily Baker

Sage Boivin in position for a header

Sage Boivin in position for a header

Mackenzie Buzzell

Mackenzie Buzzell

Esme Hernendez

Esme Hernendez

NYA goalie Scout Fischman

NYA goalie Scout Fischman

Julia Quinn heads home a first-half goal

Julia Quinn heads home a first-half goal

Adrienne Tracy

Adrienne Tracy

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Bethel takes girls soccer opener 3-2 over Newtown

Bethel goalkeeper Sophia Corbo shut out Newtown in a very busy first half

Bethel goalkeeper Sophia Corbo shut out Newtown in a very busy first half

Annie Bedore (2 goals) and Jess Keller (1 goal)

Annie Bedore (2 goals) and Jess Keller (1 goal)

(Newtown CT) The Bethel girls soccer team opened their season with a 3-2 win over Newtown on Tuesday afternoon in South-West Conference action.

Newtown (0-1-2) fell behind 2-0 in the first half before tying the score midway through the second half.  The Nighthawks looked to be heading for their third tie of the season before a dreaded “own” goal gave the visitors the lead late for good.

Sophomore Annie Bedore netted two goals for the Wildcats.  Jess Keller (penalty kick) and Makenna Cerney cashed in for Newtown.

The key to the Bethel win was the amazing first-half goaltending of junior Sophia Corbo.  The Nighthawks were held scoreless but believe me it wasn’t for lack of chances.  Let the pictures tell the story:

Julie Shugrue in close

Julie Shugrue in close

Makenna Cerney in close

Makenna Cerney in close

Julia Schoeni shoots

Julia Schoeni shoots

Julia Schoeni collides with Sophia Corbo

Julia Schoeni collides with Sophia Corbo

GK Sophia Corbo robs Julia Schoeni

GK Sophia Corbo robs Julia Schoeni

The Wildcats (1-0) had few chances in the first half but made the most of them.  Annie Bedore was able to get in very close on both her scores.  One of them came off a rebound of Alex DeLuca’s shot from the right.

Jess Keller fires a penalty kick in the second half

Jess Keller fires a penalty kick in the second half

Newtown dominated most of the second half.  Their chances weren’t as golden as in the first half but they tied the score.  Senior Jess Keller drove a penalty kick to Sophia Corbo’s left for the first goal.  On the second Nighthawks tally, Makenna Cerney dribbled in close and then finished off her own rebound.

Makenna’s goal made it 2-2 with plenty of the second half left.  The Bethel defense began to limit Newtown’s opportunities.  Most of the play was in the middle half of the field for quite a while.

A deflection off a Newtown defender gives Bethel the eventual game winner

A deflection off a Newtown defender gives Bethel the eventual game winner

Eventually Bethel earned a corner kick from the left.  Alex DeLuca took the shot and got it into the middle in front of the net.  The ball hit a Newtown defender and suddenly changed direction whizzing past Newtown GK Megan Doyle.  That “own” goal ended up the game winner.

Nice setup at Treadwell Park for soccer and soccer viewing.

Both teams return to action on Thursday.  Newtown visits New Fairfield while Bethel hosts Pomperaug.

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Hannah Booth looks to shoot as the Newtown bench watches

Hannah Booth looks to shoot as the Newtown bench watches

Renata Navarro and Julia Shugrue

Renata Navarro and Julia Shugrue

Lauren Bradshaw

Lauren Bradshaw

Sofia Orrico

Sofia Orrico

Alex DeLuca

Alex DeLuca

Makenna Cerney gets into position to score the first Newtown goal

Makenna Cerney gets into position to score the first Newtown goal

Annie Bedore (#2) gets a great look

Annie Bedore (#2) gets a great look

Alex DeLuca (#7) shoots from the right.  Annie Bedore (#2) will get a tasty rebound off the shot

Alex DeLuca (#7) shoots from the right. Annie Bedore (#2) will get a tasty rebound off the shot

chasing a loose ball

chasing a loose ball

Marissa Thill

Marissa Thill

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Late goal gets Lake Region past Gray-New Gloucester 4-3 in Western Maine Conference Class B girls soccer

Sophomore Kristen Huntress sets to rip home the game-winner with 23 seconds left.

Sophomore Kristen Huntress sets to rip home the game-winner with 23 seconds left.

Junior Maddie Simms had the hat trick for Lake Region

Junior Maddie Simms had the hat trick for Lake Region

(Naples ME) The Lake Region Lakers girls soccer team defeated the Gray-New Gloucester Patriots, 4-3, on a controversial goal with 23 seconds left on Friday night in Western Maine Conference action.

Sophomore Kristen Huntress ripped home the game-winner after a collision and a turnover gave her a wide-open, close-in, look.

GNG coach Kiaran McCormack protested the goal vehemently enough to draw a yellow card.  He could have been complaining about the collision between the Lakers’ Melody Millett and the Patriots’ Izzy Detroy that put Kristen Huntress into glorious scoring position or the apparent off-sides by at least two Lakers.  Take your pick.  They both appeared to have credence but on this night play continued and the excited Lakers had a very happy ending.

The wind was a factor in this game.  GNG (2 goals) had it in the first half and the Lakers (3 goals) in the second.

Junior Maddie Simms registered a hat trick for LR.  Her third goal put the home team ahead 3-2 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game.  That lead looked like it might hold up but with 1:25 to go, freshman Emma Woods beat Lakers GK Isabel Scribner to the ball and tied the score.  It was Emma’s second goal of the game and 5th of the season.

The Patriots celebrate the tying goal with 1:25 left in the game.

The Patriots celebrate the tying goal with 1:25 left in the game.

And again that goal looked like it would hold up but the Lakers pressure produced the game-winner by Kristen Huntress just over a minute later.

The Patriots (1-2) had a bunch of chances in the first half led by sophomore Kaelyn Woods.

The most dangerous player for the Patriots, in my opinion, was senior Maria Valente.  It was her throw-ins that were so amazing.  She put several long-distance tosses into the box setting up scoring chances.  Sarah Giggey capitalized on one of Maria’s throw-ins in the first half to give GNG a 2-1 lead.

Maria Valente had an assist on a throw-in

Maria Valente had an assist on a throw-in

The Patriots hit the crossbar in each half.

Kristen Huntress had a great look at a straightaway shot that sailed just over the crossbar in the second half.

The Lakers (2-1) are off to a surprising start.  Last season LR won only two games all season.  Last season LR scored a total of eleven goals.  Already they have six.  It certainly has helped the Lakers to start the season with three straight home games.  Can they do as well away from home?

Sophomore Melody Millett had assists on the first and fourth Lakers’ goals.

A big part of the Lakers’ early success has been the quality defensive play of Devynn Turner and Katie Throgmorton.  Their decision making has been solid.

Lakers’ GK Isabel Scribner continued with her very aggressive style.  Despite being burned twice taking chances, she robbed the visitors several times using the same approach.  Fun to watch but I’m not sure what it does for the LR coaching staffs’ heart rate!

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Emma Dyer closes in on Lakers GK Isabel Scribner

Emma Dyer closes in on Lakers GK Isabel Scribner

Maddie Simms puts her foot into her third goal

Maddie Simms puts her foot into her third goal

loose ball

loose ball

Patriots goalie Zoe Adams tips a shot over the net

Patriots goalie Zoe Adams tips a shot over the net

Kaelyn Woods

Kaelyn Woods

CeCe Hancock splits Emily Hotham (#12) and Izzy Detroy (#11)

CeCe Hancock splits Emily Hotham (#12) and Izzy Detroy (#11)

Maddie Simms gets an open look and fires her third goal

Maddie Simms gets an open look and fires her third goal

Emma Woods (2 goals) and Hannah Dixon

Emma Woods (2 goals) and Hannah Dixon

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