Houlton girls knock off unbeaten Owls

9 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — If beating an undefeated opponent who has already played four games is a good way to determine future sporting success, then the Houlton girls soccer team should have no worries on the pitch this year.

The Shires (1-0) dominated previously unbeaten Madawaska (4-1) Friday evening picking up a 3-1 victory in the season-opener for Houlton.

“This is a good way to start the season,” Houlton coach Tim Tweedie said. “For being our first game, and this being the fifth game for Madawaska, I was pleased to see our conditioning was there. Our kids worked hard and that’s all that I can ask of them.”

For the Shires, Natalie Hill scored a pair of goals, while Katie Condon had a goal and an assist. Mia Hanning also tallied an assist.

Hannah Nadeau scored the lone goal for Madawaska.

Shire goalie Emma Hines had 12 saves on 14 shots, while Owl goalkeeper Alexis Levesque stopped 16 of 19 shots.

Houlton struck quickly as Condon blasted a shot past Madawaska’s keeper just 40 seconds into the game. That 1-0 lead held until halftime as neither squad was able to muster many scoring chances.

Hill scored her first of two goals with 34:54 remaining in the game on a through pass from Condon. She struck again 12 minutes later, this time on a pass from Hanning.

Madawaska finally scored with just under 5:00 to play on a direct kick by Nadeau when the Shires failed to establish their wall on the kick in time.

“Now we have some time to work on that situation,” coach Tweedie said. “But overall I am pleased. Madawaska came into this game averaging five or six goals a game, and we held them to just one.”