Class B boys’ soccer Strong second half lifts Ellsworth over Foxcroft 5-2 in quarterfinal

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Senior Jack Weeks (8) watches as Ellsworth Eagle teammate Conor Maguire punches the ball into the net during Ellsworth’s 5-2 Class B quarterfinal win over the Foxcroft Academy Ponies on Tuesday night in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — After dominating play with little to show for it in the first half, the Ellsworth Eagles scored four times in the second half to down the Foxcroft Academy Ponies 5-2 in an Eastern Maine Class B boys’ soccer quarterfinal Tuesday.Ellsworth had numerous corner kick opportunities in the first eight minutes of the game, but came up empty on each try.It was the Ponies who struck first, with Antonio Ayala scoring on the only Foxcroft shot of the first half after Ellsworth goalkeeper Bruce St. Peter slipped while trying to make play.Foxcroft goalkeeper Logan Butera came up with five big saves in the first half, two of them preventing what appeared to be certain goals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth finally tied the score at the 10:58 mark of the first half as senior Jack Weeks headed in a corner kick from Anthony Gardner.The Eagle offense finally got on track in the second half.About 11 minutes into the period, senior Conor Maguire lined a free kick from about 20 yards out that went off the hands of Butera and into the net.That goal put the Eagles in front to stay.Three minutes later, Maguire struck again, this time off a long throw-in from junior Lukas Firestone, putting the Eagles up 3-1.Weeks got his second goal of the game with about 15 minutes remaining.Foxcroft added a second goal with less than nine minutes to go when Eagle goalkeeper Nick Bagley slipped while trying to grab a free kick by Nick Boyd.Junior Matt Curtis capped the scoring for Ellsworth two minutes later for the Eagles.“The balls found their way through in the second half,” said Ellsworth coach Brian Higgins. “That happens when they’re packed in so tight.“I think they came to play,” said Higgins of the Ponies, who put the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record for the Eagles with a 1-1 double overtime tie in Dover Foxcroft.Top-seeded Ellsworth, now 14-0-1, outshot the Ponies 26-4 for the game.The Eagles now will host 12th-seeded Medomak Valley, which upset number four Erskine Academy 3-1, later this week in semifinal action. The game is Friday at 5:00 in Ellsworth.It was a day for upsets in Class B.MDI 3, Presque Isle 2The 11th-ranked Mount Desert Island Trojans knocked off the third-seeded Presque Isle Wildcats 3-2 in Presque Isle.MDI had goals from Ryan Murray, Chase McKim and Joe Grubb, and goalkeeper Kendrew Van Gorder made nine saves on 11 shots.For the 11-2-2 Wildcats, Chase Norton and Griffin Guerrette scored, and Andrew Patterson made eight saves on 12 shots in goal.The 7-7-2 Trojans now will face number 10 Oceanside, which ousted the second-seeded Camden Hills Windjammers 1-0 in Camden on Tuesday.Central 5, Sumner 1The first home playoff in 25 years was a disappointing one for the Sumner Tigers, who fell to the Central Red Devils 5-1 in Class C quarterfinal action in Sullivan Tuesday.The Red Devils scored the only goals they needed in the first three minutes of the game.Andrew Prescott found the net with just 55 seconds off the clock, and Matt Hewitt followed 89 seconds later to make it 2-0.Baramee Janla scored the lone goal for the four-seeded Tigers at the 12:57 mark of the first half.Jacob St. Peter added a goal with 7:08 remaining before halftime, and Prescott and Kristian Lasavant padded the lead for the fifth-seeded Red Devils in the second half.Sam Smith and Issiac Christiansen combined for 10 saves on 15 shots in goal for the 10-4-1 Tigers, and Quanah Harrod had four stops on five shots for the 12-3-0 Red Devils.In earlier playoff action:MDI 3, Winslow 0Jack Sasner scored what proved to be the only goal needed by the Trojans with 26 minutes remaining in the first half as MDI went on to down the Black Raiders 3-0 on Saturday in Winslow.Sasner struck again midway through the second half with a shot past Winslow goalie Alex Berard and into the corner of the net.Joe Grubb capped the scoring for MDI, heading in a corner kick with just a minute remaining in the game.The Black Raiders had their chances but couldn’t convert. An early shot hit the crossbar, and Winslow missed an opportunity when MDI goalkeeper Kendrew Van Gorder slipped and fell, leaving an empty net in the first half. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]center_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Biolast_img

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