Lakers by one over Wolverines

Posted:  Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 7:00am

The Wolverines’ soccer season ended with a 1-0 loss to Greenville Middle High School Friday afternoon in a Class D South semi-final tournament game at Greenville.

The defensive-minded Lakers held the Wolverines to just two shots on goal through the first 40 minutes of play and finished with a 13-5 shot edge. The Lakers’ goal came just past the midway point of the first half at 18:21. Aleya Pelletier passed off to Shelby Cowin who slipped behind a Wolverine defender and scored from inside the 18-yard line.

Just two minutes before Greenville scored, Wiscasset took its first shot of the game. Grace Webber passed off to Vanessa Dunn on the wing and Dunn centered a pass to Lily Souza in front of the net but her shot was caught by Laker goalie Halle Pelletier and punted away. Pelletier finished the game with three saves.

Wolverine keeper Lindsey Gordon made a nice stop at 15:25 charging from the net and blocking Maddie Lane’s shot on goal. With just 3:17 until halftime, Gwen Webber shook off two defenders and fired a shot from  35 yards away. Unfortunately for Wiscasset, Pelletier shifted quickly to her right and was there for the stop.

Eight minutes into the second half, the Lakers’ Jess Pomerleau broke free with the ball but Cara Viele ran her down from behind and deflected her shot wide of the net. On the Laker corner kick that followed, Wolverine Arie Mills got to the ball first and cleared it safely out of the penalty area.

With 25:44 left, Sarah Foley took a nice shot from the left side but Pelletier caught the ball on the run and punted it to midfield. The Lakers regained possession and drove deep but the drive ended when Wiscasset’s Maeve Blodgett stole the ball away from Emma Bilodeau.

Gordon made another nice save in the game’s final minutes, leaping, slapping down and grabbing Jess Pomerleau’s shot on goal. Gordon finished with 10 saves and, like Pelletier, had some long punts downfield.

It was a well-played soccer game from start to finish and a large crowd was on hand to watch including many Wiscasset fans who made the two-and-a-half hour ride to cheer for the Wolverines.

The win put Greenville’s record at 12-3-1 while Wiscasset finishes the season  9-7. The Wolverines advanced to round two in the MSPA tournament following a 4-1 road win over Searsport Tuesday, Oct. 24. Greenville will play the winner of the Richmond-Rangeley game hosted by Richmond High School on Wednesday, Nov. 1.