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Viking soccer rolling this season

CARIBOU, Maine — The Caribou boys varsity soccer team is enjoying great success this fall as evidenced by the team’s 6-0-1 record.

At Mount Desert Island Wednesday, Sept. 25, Caribou battled the Trojans to a 1-1 double overtime tie. Cullin Caverhill scored unassisted on a direct kick 15 minutes into the first half to give the Vikes a 1-0 lead. Caribou held that lead until 13 minutes remained in the game, when  MDI knocked one in off a rebound after an initial nice save by Cory Herbert. 

The teams battled through two overtimes before settling for the draw.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Vikings were home for a match against a young Hermon squad, notching a 7-2 victory. Ethan Holdsworth scored 36 seconds into the game and scored again three minutes later to get the Vikes off to a fast start.

Holdsworth tallied six goals and an assist in the victory.  Sawyer Deprey was credited for a goal deflected in by a Hermon defender.  Alex Bouchard and Cullin Caverhill had 2 assists each and Hayden Hunter also had an assist.

At Fort Kent Sept. 18, trailing 1-0, the Vikings exploded for six second-half goals for a 6-2 victory. Ethan Holdsworth scored 30 seconds into the half and Carter Belanger followed up with a goal 49 seconds later to give Caribou the lead for good.  Holdsworth scored three goals while Cullin Caverhill and Hayden Hunter cashed in for a goal each. Alex Bouchard had two assists and Holdsworth one. Cory Herbert made four saves on six shots in net.  

On Sept. 21, facing Class A Brewer, the Vikings got down by a goal early, but quickly tied it up as junior Logan Cheplic knocked in a rebound in front of the goal with 26 minutes to go in the first half. The game remained tied at 1-1 until Hayden Hunter put in the game winner with 20 minutes to play.

Caribou’s Parker Deprey and Jake Berkoski stood tall defensively while Cullin Caverhill and Hunter worked hard to control the midfield. Herbert made six saves on seven shots.

Girls Soccer

In girls soccer action, the Vikings faced the top two teams in the  Penobscot Valley Conference this week, traveling to Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor Tuesday, Sept. 24, and then hosting Hermon Saturday, Sept. 28.

Tuesday’s game in Bar Harbor was suspended due to weather with just over 27 minutes to play in the second half with the host Trojans leading by a score of 3-1. After waiting nearly an hour for the weather to improve, the game was eventually abandoned. Edie Shea scored the lone goal for the Vikings.

The top-ranked and undefeated Hermon Hawks came to town Saturday and easily outpaced the Vikings by a score of 3-0. The Vikings wore special gold-colored jerseys to help raise awareness about childhood cancer as well as to honor Zach Gagnon, a member of the class of 2021 who contracted a rare form of cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2013 and died from the disease in 2016.

On Sept. 17, the Vikings traveled to Fort Kent and came away with a 0-0 draw versus the defending Class C State Champs. Keeper Sage Dubay picked up her first shutout on the season, improving her goals against average to less than one goal per game, as the two teams batted through two overtimes. Dubay made 16 saves on 16 shots. 

The Vikes traveled to Class A Brewer on Saturday, Sept. 21, where the result was yet another double overtime tie. Each team could manage only one goal each, though Caribou held a 20-10 edge in shots on goal. Selena Savage tied the game in the second half with her second goal of the season, as she slammed home the rebound of a shot by Edie Shea. Sage Dubay made 9 saves in another commanding performance in goal.

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