BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ soccer team beat Ellsworth High School for the first time in over a decade last Friday night.
The Trojans won 2-1 over the Eagles in their final home game of the season.
The 80 minutes of play were fast, physical and, at times, tense. Both teams received multiple personal fouls throughout the game as passions ran high.
The defensive play was strong with the Trojans and Eagles, with each team holding the other scoreless in the first half.
MDI put up the first point of the game just three minutes into the second half.
Junior Jose Chumbe scrambled against several EHS defenders to knock in the ball at 36:59.
The Eagles answered at 30:04 with a goal by Jack McKechnie after he assisted with a penalty kick.
Fans of both teams remained equally vocal throughout the half with the teams tied at 1-1.
The players showed increased intensity as the game went on, with MDI wanting its first win over the Eagles in over a decade and the Eagles striving to preserve their winning streak.
Finally, with 2:45 left in the game, MDI senior Adam Bygdeson scored the winning goal.
The Trojans on the field couldn’t contain their excitement as they swarmed into a knot on the field, exchanging congratulatory hugs.
When the clock read 0:00, the MDI fans erupted in celebration as the rest of the squad rushed the field.
MDI vs. Hermon
On Monday night, MDI beat Hermon High School 6-1.
The Trojans started the scoring with a penalty kick by Joe Grubb at 25:54 of the first half, according to Assistant Coach Stephen Soper. Griffin Maristany would add one more for MDI at 12:32 to end scoring in the first half.
MDI came out strong in the second half. MDI’s Owen Mild scored at 37:21, assisted by Bygdeson. Just three minutes later, Grubb would get his second goal of the night. Shortly after, Eli McDonnell scored for MDI at 31:49, assisted by Grubb. Hermon would get on the board at 29:24 on a penalty kick by Matt Leach. Grubb completed a hat trick at 23:13, assisted by Maristany.