Soccer teams begin pre-season play

MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ soccer squad was victorious in the team’s first preseason match against George Stevens Academy last Tuesday, Aug. 25.

“It was a beautiful day for soccer, and both teams were eager to begin preseason,” said Coach Tyler Frank.

The MDI boys scored the first goal quickly on a through ball to a forward player leading to a “one-on-one with GSA’s goalie.”

GSA was awarded a penalty kick, and their shooter struck the ball low and hard just inside the left post. Trojan boys’ goalkeeper Kendrew VanGorder, anticipating the correct side, stretched to the post and got a touch on it, “but the power of the shot made it through his fingers,” the coach said.

Both teams played hard throughout with MDI winning the game 5-1.

Frank is pleased with the performance and said the team is in pre-season shape. His focus for future matches will be on continuing to build from each game and to “bring the best of MDI soccer on any given day.”

MDI Girls Varsity

The Trojan girls played George Stevens Academy last week, winning their first pre-season game 4-2.

“They’re a tough group of girls,” Coach May Dow said. “They’re aggressive, and they don’t back down.” The MDI girls lost their second match against Orono, and Dow said the team still has to work on maintaining possession of the ball, transition, rotations on and off the ball and “getting to know and adapt to a new system of play.”

Both MDI soccer teams open regular season play with matches against Caribou High School at home on Saturday, Sept. 5.

“They seem to … enjoy a challenge,” added Dow, of the girls’ varsity team. “I’m very excited for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to see what this group of girls is capable of doing.”

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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