Grades 5 and 6 girls soccer
Defense was at a premium in the first half of the Mutiny vs. Crew match up last Tuesday afternoon as neither team could even sniff a goal opportunity. Neither the Mutiny’s Ashley Trask and Cameo Madore of the Crew faced a shot as both teams got superb defensive play.
Olivia Hudson and Katelyn Ford controlled the back line for the Mutiny, while the Crew’s defense was anchored by the threesome of Tori Harvath, Miranda Flannery and Rachel Maxwell. The two sides headed into the half in a scoreless deadlock as both sides looked for a way to break through the opposing team’s impenetrable defense.
The Crew was finally able to get on the board six minutes into the second half. A Taylor “Thorny” Williams throw-in found the feet of Madore at midfield. She dribbled the ball down the sideline, sucking the defenders out of the middle. A perfectly-crossed ball found Cassidy Soucier waiting at the top of the 18-yard line. After a couple quick touches, Cassidy rattled the back of the net with a powerful boot.
Back on the offensive moments later, the Crew quickly made the score 2-0 in its favor. A dangerous play resulted in a free kick 18 yards out on the left side. With Madore and Williams set up over the ball, the Mutiny quickly assembled everyone on the goal line. It was all for naught, as Madore tapped the ball and Williams blistered the ball off a defender and into the back of the net.
Shaye McHatten and Kerrigan LeBlanc worked the ball up the field looking to put the Mutiny on the board, but their repeated chances were turned away by Alyssa Sweeney and Renee Browning. The Crew withstood a flurry of Mutiny chances at the end of the game to hold on for the 2-0 victory.
The Clash picked up its first win of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 decision over the Rapids. The game started off as a battle of the midfield with neither team getting much play in the opponent’s defensive third.
The Clash finally broke through with five minutes left in the half as Amanda Palmer took the ball up the left side deep into the corner. The defenders flocked to her like bees to honey. Palmer slipped the ball to a wide-open Hilary Boucher camped out on the right wing. Boucher took the ball to the penalty line, then unleashed a rocket of a shot just out of the reach of net minder Jessica Cameron.
The Rapids knotted the game two minutes after intermission when Angela Hallowell intercepted a goal kick and crushed the ball into the goal. Alison Bell and Amy Trask both created multiple chances for the Rapids to take the lead, but the Clash got some outstanding back line play from Shantel Seeley, Alisa Brewer and goalie Miranda Jandreau.
The game was a back-and-forth affair until Palmer was able to gather a loose ball and explode past the Rapids’ defense with a burst of speed. Palmer got to the open field and snuck a shot just inside the post for the game-winning goal midway through the second half.
Pool classes offered
The Presque Isle Indoor Pool will offer a guard start, first aid and CPR class Oct. 3 and 4 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. both days.
Participants must be level IV or above. Call the indoor pool at 764-2564 to register.
“Little All-Stars” Sports Class
The Presque Isle Recreation and Parks Department is once again offering Little All-Stars, a sports class for boys and girls ages 4 and 5.
Participants will be introduced to five different sports, including basketball, soccer, floor hockey, football and T-ball.
Classes are held at the Presque Isle Recreation Center each Friday from 10:30 to 11:20 am. The program runs weekly from Oct. 3 through Oct. 31. The fee for the program is $15 and registration is currently under way.
Grades 3-4 basketball registration begins Monday
Registration for the Presque Isle Recreation and Parks Department’s grades 3-4 basketball program will begin Sept. 29, with schedules coming out Oct. 21. The registration fee is $15 and a $5 late fee will be added to all registrations taken after Oct. 20.
The program offers separate leagues for both boys and girls.
Contributed photo/Presque Isle Recreation and Parks Department
ON THE ATTACK — Keegan Ennis of the Express, left, makes a run at the goal while Joseph Boone of the Strikers defends the play during a recent recreation soccer match at the Riverside Park field.
Contributed photo/UM-Presque Isle
TEACHING MOMENT – Chad Parker of the University of Maine at Presque Isle soccer team demonstrates to Paige McHatten the proper technique for a throw-in during a session Sept. 15. Coach Alan Gordon and his Owls assisted the Presque Isle Recreation and Parks Department with its Little Wildcat (grades 1-2) soccer program. Team members and the coaching staffs of the Presque Isle varsity boys and girls soccer teams have also served as clinicians this fall.