HERMON — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys soccer team fell to Hermon Tuesday evening 3-1, bringing the team to a 1-3 record on the scene. The Trojans’ one goal came from Joe Grubb.
“The score didn’t reflect the composure and effort the boys put forth on the field,” coach Tyler Frank said. “I certainly am not discouraged.”
MDI 4 – John Bapst 3
Sophomore forward Joe Grubb scored three goals in the first half of the game when the Trojans hosted John Bapst Thursday, Sept. 18. On defense, William Miller had several important interceptions, and Ryan Bender, Thomas Paola and Nick Ressel turned around every Crusader attack.
Forward Jack Sasner had a header to bring the ball down to the ground after a long pass. Will Greene pushed up toward the Bapst goal, and their keeper ran out to kick the ball before a shot was attempted. Grubb broke free of his defender and made his second goal with a shot that was low to the ground. Greene made another shot that went just barely wide. Grubb scored again with eleven minutes left in the first half.
Strong passing gave MDI the upper hand for the rest of the half, but the score stayed at 3-0.
Junior midfielder Zak Charette scored at the top of the second half to bring the score to 4-0. Grubb made two shot attempts, one of them on a Kendrew VanGorder assist. One bounced off the crossbar, and the Bapst keeper saved the other. A shot by Sasner also hit the top of the crossbar.
The Crusaders made their first goal with 26 minutes left in the game. The score was 4-1. MDI goalkeeper Simon Hulbert had several blocks and saves as Bapst stepped up their offense. MDI defenders Miller and Chase McKim hustled to stay ahead of them.
Bailey Moore made several shot attempts. Bapst scored again to narrow their deficit to 4-2. In the final five minutes, VanGorder and Sasner each fought through tough defense to make shots on goal.
With two minutes left to play, Bapst made one more goal. The score was 4-4. Hulbert blocked a shot, but the whole team was clustered at the MDI goal, including the Bapst goalie. Charette made the kick to send the ball back to midfield and keep the Crusaders from scoring and sending the game into overtime.
Coach Tyler Frank said while it was not the best kind of win, it was a good game to learn from. “We still need to work on those balls in front. When we go off our game, we tend to migrate toward the middle. We keep looking for those combinations of people and plays that bring opportunities for goals.”
The team is set to host Foxcroft Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. and head to Ellsworth Tuesday, Sept. 30, for a 6 p.m. game.