The Mount Desert Island High School JV girls’ soccer team finished the season with an outstanding 11-1-1 record. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

JV girls enjoy 11-1-1 season

BAR HARBOR — Head Coach Autumn Jones knows exactly how the Mount Desert Island High School JV girls’ soccer team finished their season with an 11-1-1 record.

“[The team] took a stand for what they wanted for an identity this season, which was family,” said Jones.

By looking at each player as a family member rather than a teammate, the girls were able to find a rhythm that worked for them all season long.

“We set goals at the beginning of the season, like if you see a teammate sitting alone, go up to her and introduce her to your friends,” said Jones. “By the end of the season, they were getting ready for homecoming together, and having dinner and going out to movies.

“I think that influence helped the outcome of our season and how everyone got along so well.”

Jones, a first-time coach and former Maine Maritime Academy soccer player, was not sure how things would go during the first game against Hermon.

“It was my first soccer game coaching, and I didn’t really know what to expect,” she said. “I didn’t know if they were mentally prepared yet coming back from summer break and starting classes and meeting new friends.”

But the coach said the team exceeded her expectations from the first kick.

The Trojans tied Hermon 1-1 and would go on to have a long winning streak. Mid-season, the girls recorded their only loss, to Caribou.

“After the [Caribou] game, the girls said this wasn’t our best game, and every girl knew what she needed to change,” said Jones. “They took it upon themselves to change not only as individuals but as a team.”

Later in the season, the Trojans came back to beat the Vikings 4-1.

MDI also had the chance to face Hermon again in the final game of the season.

The game was 0-0 through the first period, but the girls turned the tide after halftime.

“We came together at halftime, and I said this is where we leave it on the field. This is where you leave all you have,” said Jones.

The Trojans were able to get by the Hawks for a victory and a winning season.

Hannah Goodwin had three shutouts and saved a penalty kick shot against Ellsworth, giving MDI the 2-1 win.

Mei Cook had 14 goals on the season. Sydney Kachmar, Maddie Neal, Sammy Jacobs and Rachelle Swanson were integral on defense.

Mid-wings Zoe Olson, Elise Craighead, Cadi Howell and Isabella Murphy worked hard all season.

Center midfielders Lindsey MacEachern and Alahna Mild worked extremely well. Forwards Rachel Leonard and Cook showed their speed every second.

“I couldn’t be happier about how the girls came together and played as one,” Jones said. “It truly makes a difference when you see a passion in each girl, and you get to share that moment with them.”

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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