Abbe Miller (11) and Natalie Klaver (2) of MDI go up against Presque Isle’s Libby Moreau (7) at Saturday’s matchup. The Wildcats shut out the Trojans 2-0. ISLANDER PHOTO BY TAYLOR BIGLER

Girls beat W.A., fall to P.I. squad

BAR HARBOR — After a slow start to the season, the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ varsity soccer team celebrated its first win last week.

The Trojans were 0-4 ahead of their matchup against Washington Academy last Wednesday and came into the game ready to conquer the Raiders.

And conquer they did, displaying consistent teamwork that led to a 6-1 victory.

The Raiders scored the first goal of the game with 23:40 left in the first half.

Ally Bender answered with a goal assisted by Cadi Howell just two minutes later.

Paige Mason scored with 8:22 left in the half. At 4:10, Adriana Novella followed with a goal assisted by Daisy Granholm, giving the Trojans a 3-1 lead at halftime.

Just seconds into the second half, Novella intercepted a Washington Academy pass and sent the ball to Bender who would score for the second time.

Bender scored one more goal to record a hat trick, with an assist by Mei Cook from the 18-yard line.

The Trojans’ final goal was kicked in by Natalie Klaver off an assist from Abbe Miller.

MDI goalie Cassia Barnes kept the Raiders out of the running with three saves on four shots.

Despite some momentum from their big win against Washington Academy earlier in the week, the Trojans struggled at Presque Isle High School Saturday, falling 2-0.

The game was scoreless in the first half, but the Wildcats came back following halftime and scored two unassisted goals in the second half.

Head Coach May Dow said the Trojans possessed the ball for the majority of the first half but weren’t able to connect for any points.

“We had some good opportunities to goal but couldn’t connect,” she said. “Our passing game looked pretty good in the first half, and we were winning and contesting all of the 50-50 balls in the air.”

The team is using each game as an opportunity to improve.

“With each game, we take what we can and learn from them and make adjustments to help better ourselves moving forward,” said Dow.

The girls were set to play at Old Town on Wednesday and will take on Ellsworth High School Saturday, Sept. 24, at noon in Ellsworth.



Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]
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