Rain makes for wet and wild soccer



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Senior Will Greene of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ soccer team dives for the ball last Thursday during a home game against Old Town. The teams battled through two overtimes to a 2-2 tie. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNA TRAVERS

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School freshman Jack Stroud scored on a Jake Ressel assist in the final minute of Tuesday’s rainy season finale for the varsity boys’ soccer team.

During the 3-1 loss, the pep band was not able to play due to rain, but fans bundled up, and the players didn’t miss a beat in the hard-fought game.

MDI keeper Simon Hulbert had his first saves in the first minute of the game as Ellsworth came out swinging. William Miller on defense and Zak Charette and Nick Ressel at midfield were persistent in keeping up with the powerhouse Eagles. Ellsworth scored 15 minutes into the game and again 30 minutes in. Even with MDI down 2-0, tireless defenders Ryan Bender, Tom Paola and Chase McKim made sure the ball stayed in play and pushed up toward Ellsworth territory.

The final Eagle goal came in the last seconds of the first half when Hulbert blocked a shot, the ball flew straight up above their heads, and Ellsworth’s Anthony Gardner scored on a second attempt. The score was 3-0.

Kendrew VanGorder came in as keeper for the second half and allowed no more Ellsworth goals. MDI got several looks on the goal in the half. Stroud’s goal for the Trojans in the final minute made the final score 3-1.

“I’m very glad they went out and scored the last goal in the last regular season game,” Coach Tyler Frank said. “When these guys play their game, it’s obvious. They’ve been doing the work.”

The team’s seniors, Will Greene, Jack Sasner, Simon Hulbert, Chase McKim, Thomas Paola, Aidan Robichaud-Ward, Bailey Moore and Jonathan Romero, were honored in a ceremony before the game.

MDI 2 – OT 2

The Trojans battled the Old Town Coyotes to a tie in double overtime last Thursday afternoon at home.

MDI is set to play a preliminary playoff game Friday, details to be announced.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com

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