BAR HARBOR – The quarterfinal playoff varsity girls soccer game between Mount Desert Island High School and Camden Hills Wednesday was a fierce defensive battle.
In the end, the Trojans fell to the Windjammers 1-0.
The loss ends a strong season for MDI, who were fourth seed in Eastern Maine Class B with an 11-3-2 record.
Camden Hills got their first look at the goal two minutes into the match. MDI keeper Keely McConomy saved the first shot and blocked another. Opal Curless led a charge into Windjammer territory for the first Trojan shot attempts.
MDI played tough at midfield and on defense with some important interceptions and blocks. Juliana Cleaves and Rachel Jacobs marked the Windjammers’ offensive leaders and kept them in check. Darcy Kanu and Katie Guarino fought through long battles for possession of the ball.
At the midpoint of the first half, one Camden Hills striker got behind MDI sweeper Molly Carroll, but Abbe Miller swooped in and kept the defensive pressure up. Maeve Geary took a long shot on goal.
McConomy had three more saves in the last ten minutes of the first half while Miller, Mason and Kanu also blocked passes and shot attempts.
The Windjammers scored five minutes into the second half, and that proved to be enough for the win. In the final seconds of the game, Mason had an opportunity to score off a corner kick from Curless, but ran out of time.
“I thought we played well and it was a good matchup,” coach Tom Savage said. “They were very similar to us. We had some good shots. They had Opal marked up pretty well, but we’re used to that.”
While disappointed with the loss, he said he was happy with the season. The program has improved over time, he said. “The seniors should be really proud. Five or six years ago this team didn’t have seasons like this.”
MDI 4 – OT 2
The No. 4 Trojans hosted No. 13 Old Town last Saturday for the preliminary playoff game and came away with a 4-2 win. Curless recorded two goals in the game. Katie Guarino and Mason each scored once. McConomy made 6 saves on 8 shots.
The varsity team for 2014 included seniors Hannah Carroll, Molly Carroll, Emma Fernald, Ivy Wallace and Maeve Geary; juniors Katie Guarino, Jennifer Clemens, Julianna Cleaves, Keely McConomy and Opal Curless; sophomores Darcy Kanu, Natalie Klaver, Ally Bender, Rachel Jacobs, Paige Mason and Abby Miller.