Shires split with GSA in home opening soccer contests
HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton boys and girls varsity soccer teams split their home openers with George Stevens Academy Saturday, with the Shire girls victorious 6-0, while the Houlton boys fell 6-3.
Brian Barton was pressed into double-duty, coaching both the varsity boys and girls teams, as the Shires girls soccer coach Marinna Cameron was unable to attend Saturday’s game. According to Houlton Principal Tim Tweedie, Cameron was deemed a close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating from her job at the school and coaching duties.
The Houlton girls rose to the occasion, scoring early and often en route to the shutout victory. The Shires struck just over one minute into the game as Gabby Gentle booted in a goal off a pass from Maddie Marino.
Bre Barton followed suit with a solo goal one minute later giving Houlton a quick 2-0 lead.
The Shires received additional first-half goals from Marino (off a pass from Olivia Henderson), Mia Henderson and Samantha Johnson (off a pass from Barton) to give Houlton a commanding 5-0 lead at the halftime break.
Johnson struck again in the second half, scoring on a pass from Marino with 19:12 remaining for the final tally of the game.
In the boys contest, Houlton again was the first to break through as Shire Isiah Gentle scored just a few minutes into the game.
That lead was short lived however, as GSA rallied to take a 6-3 victory over Houlton.
Anden Weaver scored two goals to lead the Eagles, while David Gadsby had a goal and three assists; Monte Weaver had a goal and an assist; Fred Coit and Cyrus Blake each had one goal and Cameron Walden and Oliver Lardner each had an assist.
Jay Tweedie two goals and Brandon Barton tallied two assists.