BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ soccer squad pounded the Washington Academy Raiders 14-0 in a home game on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
With hat tricks from Opal Curless and Darcy Kanu, along with goals from six other Trojan girls, the Class B 5th-ranked team improved to 8-3 in the season.
“The girls started the game off strong and were ready to play,” said Coach May Dow. “Everyone contributed from all over the field, from every position.”
MDI began its run 1:19 into the first half of the game with Curless’ first goal. Just a minute and a half later, she sent a pass to Ally Bender, who followed in on her first attempt, finding the back of the net from 8 yards out in the middle.
Thirty seconds later, Curless chipped the ball over a Raiders defender to Ellie Bridgers, who raced on sending a low ball into the back of the net from 15 yards out.
Curless received her third assist of the game a minute later when she sent a through ball to Adriana Novella, who trapped it on the right and fired it in from 20 yards out.
According to Dow, the team’s passing combinations from the beginning of the game helped give Trojans the momentum for a strong start.
MDI had a 7-0 lead going into halftime with scores from six different players, including one from Paige Mason.
At halftime, Dow emphasized closing gaps within transition along with focusing on creating and continuing the team’s passing game, such as “supporting passes, overlapping runs, one-two combinations, possessing,” rather than “playing so direct.”
India Janes recorded her first career goal in the second half, with 10:51left in the game, when she sent a low ball far post.
Janes scored her second goal just seven minutes later, and Abbe Miller capped the game with her first career goal with a little over two minutes remaining.
“We did a better job communicating on the field with each other,” added Dow. “I was very pleased with our total team effort and the girls really trying to do what we talked about at halftime.”
The Trojan girls are set to take on Hermon High School on Thursday, Oct. 15, and Ellsworth High School on Monday, Oct. 19.