PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

MDI soccer teams hit the ground running



PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

Mount Desert Island High School senior Will Greene of the varsity boys soccer team battles for control of the ball with a Nokomis player. The MDI boys played three preseason games in Hampden Saturday.

ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer team went undefeated in three preseason matches here Saturday. The MDI boys played three games in Hampden.

Tryouts ended Wednesday, and the new varsity teams had only two days to practice together before preseason competitions began.

In Hampden, the Trojan boys took on Nokomis, Skowhegan and Oceanside. “It is rewarding to see what we have worked on in practice make a difference on the field,” varsity boys’ Coach Tyler Frank said. “We will use preseason contests to continue to work on skills and strategy in preparation for the regular season.”

The MDI girls played Lee Academy, Bucksport and Penobscot Valley High School in Orono

“We have a very long preseason,” girls’ coach Tom Savage said. “It’s a week longer than we’ve had before.”

“We’re fortunate to get to play some very strong Class C and Class A teams in this preseason,” Savage said. The Lady Trojan offense was very strong against all three teams Saturday. In one challenging game, he said, “we had to adjust how we played, that gave me a chance to really see where people fit in.”

Savage said his focus for practice will be on defense. “We have a lot of new players that haven’t played on the varsity level before. All but one player in our defense is new to the team, where last year’s seniors had a lot of experience.”

Still, he said, “I don’t feel apprehensive that we had to replace them.” Many of his new players come from last year’s undefeated JV team, and some have gained varsity experience in other sports since last year’s soccer season.

“Both JV and varsity look strong,” Savage said. “I think they’re going to have a very good year.”

Both MDI soccer teams take on Orono Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m., the girls at home and the boys on the road. “Orono has one of the strongest programs in Class C,” Savage said. “It should be fun.”

Next week, the girls travel to Bucksport on Tuesday, Sept. 2, then host Hamden on Thursday, Sept. 4. The boys host Bucksport on Tuesday, then travel to Hampden on Thursday. All four games start at 5 p.m.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.