Ellie Bridgers of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team takes control of the ball in the game against the Ellsworth Eagles Monday night. The Trojans won the match 5-0. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Girls’ soccer shut out Eagles

BAR HARBOR — A hat trick and an assist from Opal Curless helped the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team defeat the Ellsworth Eagles 5-0 in their final regular season game on Monday.

Before the start of the game, Trojan seniors Curless, Julianna Cleaves and Keely McConomy were honored along with their parents for senior night.

Paige Mason opened the scoring for MDI nine minutes into the first half with a follow through on a rebound from 18 yards out.

Curless scored her first goal with 5:19 remaining in the first half. Her second goal came a little over two minutes later.

“We started off a little sluggish. Our touches were off, we weren’t challenging 50/50 balls, and our reaction time was slow,” said MDI Coach May Dow. “Once we settled in, we were able to make our combination passes and get things done.”

The Trojans extended their 3-0 lead with just four minutes into the second half when Adriana Novella sent in a low touch goal from eight yards out. Curless notched her third and the final goal of the match with a little under half an hour left in the game.

MDI goalkeeper McConomy made six saves on eight shots, and Ellsworth’s goalkeeper, Callie Hammer, made 12 saves on 19 shots.

“Our defense was solid all game and helped limit any offensive threats to help preserve the shut out,” said Dow.

Hermon 2 – MDI 0

The Hermon Hawks scored a goal in each half to defeat the Trojans 2-0 in Bar Harbor on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Although the team lost the game, Dow said it was evenly matched. “We fought and made some adjustments in the second half, but we just couldn’t connect.”

Hermon’s defense limited the Trojan’s chances offensively.

MDI finished the season 10-4. The Class B fifth-ranked team will host Gardiner Area High School on Friday, Oct. 23, in a preliminary playoff game.


Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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