Lily Platt scored two goals leading Hall-Dale to a 5-0 soccer win over the Wolverines at Wiscasset Middle High School Thursday night, Sept. 5 in the Mountain Valley Conference season opener for both teams.
Wolverine goalie Lily Souza finished the game with 24 saves. She gave up just one goal in the first half, with the Bulldogs holding an 18-1 shot edge. About three minutes before halftime, Hall-Dale’s Iris Ireland’s shot from the left careened off the near goal post. Before the Wolverines could clear the ball away, Sarah Benner got to it, fired from outside the 18 and scored.
The Wolverines made two nice runs earlier in the half. The first came at the 23:00 mark. Brianna Orr carried the ball down the right side but lost possession just outside the 18-yard line.
With 8:56 left, Kylie Peoples got off a nice shot from the left side, but Hall-Dale’s goalie Bethany Ives was there for the stop.
Souza’s best save came in the first 10 minutes of action when she charged from the net blocking Madisyn Smith’s shot. Wolverine Paige Davenport make a super defensive play late in the first half, running down Ireland, who broke free with the ball inside the penalty area.
Hall-Dale’s second goal, Smith unassisted, came 90 seconds into the second half. Platt scored the next two at 29:47 and 8:28. Isabelle Bourque got the final goal with about five minutes left in the game.
Gwen Webber did a good job in the Wolverine backfield filling in for Ellie Pratt, who was sidelined with an ankle injury following the scrimmage game with Richmond. The Wolverines were also minus starter Cara Viele.
A large crowd was on hand for the start of the game which began with WMHS Principal Chuck Lomonte singing the national anthem. There were no player introductions.
The Wolverines take the field again on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Lisbon High School and host Monmouth at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.
Fourteen upperclassmen are on this season’s Wolverine team. Seniors are Souza, Viele, Pratt, Natalie Potter, Kateleen Trask, Kaitlyn Main and Jade Rego. Juniors include Davenport, Eliza Paradis, Webber, Kayla Cossette, Peoples, Riley Trask and Zoe Waltz.
Sophomores are Orr, Latisha Wright, D’Nisha Dawkins, Jasmine Rego and Naomi Wood. Freshmen are Carolyn Potter, Kaylee Colby, Antonina Parsons and Angelina Haggett.