Shires, Hawks open soccer season with flurry of goals

9 years ago


The regular season for boys soccer is now in full swing and a number of squads are experiencing early success. The Houlton and Hodgdon squads opened their respective seasons with multi-goal efforts.

Southern Aroostook (1-2) took top-ranked Fort Fairfield to the brink Friday, but came up just short in its effort to knock off the unbeaten Tigers. East Grand also opened its season with a road loss to Shead.

The following is a recap of games played through Monday, Sept. 7.

Hodgdon 6, Van Buren 5 — At Van Buren Sept. 1, Jimmy Buzzell scored three goals to pace Hodgdon to victory. Wyatt Foster recorded two goals and one assist, while Daden Palmer added one goal for the Hawks.

For the Crusaders, Noah Lajoie scored three goals while Matthew Burgess and Dominic Belanger each chipped in one goal.

Houlton 5, Madawaska 0 — At Houlton Friday, the Shires struck early and played stout defense en route to a season-opening shutout victory over Madawaska. Connor Grant broke the scoring ice in the game’s opening minutes as he converted a corner kick from Pat Howe in the first two minutes of action. Grant tallied three goals to pace the Shires.

Howe and Timothy Youngfellow each added solo goals for Houlton.

Shire goalie A.J. Henderson recorded the shutout, with five saves on five shots. He also successfully defended nine corner kicks, with the help of strong defensive performances by Dillon Johnston, Sam Astle and Alex Wilde.

“Conditioning and depth of substitutions helped contribute to the Shires’ victory as four of our goals came in the second half,” coach Caleb Byron said. “Two of those goals came in the final five minutes.”

Fort Fairfield 4, Southern Aroostook 3 — At Dyer Brook Friday, the host Warriors were unable to maintain a 3-1 halftime lead as Fort Fairfield (4-0) scored three unanswered goals in the second half for the come-from-behind win. All three goals came within a three-minute timeframe.

Ryan Player scored back-to-back unassisted goals at the 12:19 and 10:17 marks and Yoni Majia scored the go-ahead goal off an assist from Player. Chris Gill scored a first-half goal for the Tigers.

Jackson Mathers scored two goals to spark the Warriors, including a goal off a direct kick from 35 yards out. Tyler Batchelder chipped in with a goal when he converted a throw-in from Mathers.

SACS’ Nolan Altvater finished with 13 saves on 23 shots, while Fort Fairfield’s Dalton Cassidy made six saves on nine shots.

Shead 4, East Grand 2 — At Eastport Friday, the Vikings received goals from Trevor Fonzak and a penalty kick from Thomas Gilman in the second half but it was not enough against the host Tigers.

Drew Greenlaw recorded two goals for Shead, while Ian Sullivan and Ryan Eylar each added solo goals.

Shead’s Philip Farrell made three saves on three shots and Ryan Eylar had one save on three shots. For the Vikings, Philip Farley made three saves on 27 shots.