BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team beat the Ellsworth Eagles 3-0 last Thursday night at home.
It was one of those games where the balance of play was much closer than the score indicates.
Both sides had high-energy defense and forwards who could push ahead of the pack to charge the goal.
The game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes, with several saves from both keepers. Moments after a save from Ellsworth, with 19 minutes left in the first half, a second shot by MDI freshman Zoe Olson made its way into the Eagles’ net.
With 12 minutes to go in the first half, Ellsworth keeper Callie Hammer dove for a successful save, but MDI senior Ally Bender scored on a second shot before the keeper could recover. Ellsworth pushed forward for several attacks in the last few minutes of the first half, and MDI keeper Cassia Barnes leapt straight up for an overhead save.
The score at halftime was 2-0 MDI.
The only goal in the second half was from MDI junior Adrianna Novella, who mounted a slow and steady attack and shot into the corner in the first five minutes of the half. MDI freshmen Mei Cook and Daisy Granholm got looks at the goal, but the Ellsworth keeper didn’t let anything else past her for the rest of the match.
Prior to the game, seniors Natalie Klaver, Maya Watras, Julia Hendricks, Ally Bender, Abbe Miller, Sarah Soucek, Paige Mason and Rachel Jacobs were recognized on Senior Night.
“This game was a nice game for the seniors to end their last regulation season home game protecting their home field,” said Head Coach May Dow. “It’s always nice to be able to compete and play well on Senior Night. It was a battle, and it was fun to watch. It was a great team effort.”
MDI at Hermon
An undefeated Hermon team kept up its winning streak to beat MDI Tuesday in its last game of the regular season 0-4.
Barnes had 23 saves for MDI.
“We knew tonight’s game was going to be a tough game against a really good team,” said Dow. “Hermon is a talented team who passes the ball better than anyone we’ve faced … . Hermon is ranked No. 1 and undefeated for a reason.”