Oak Hill survives scare, winning 3-1 over Wiscasset

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:30am

Wiscasset outshot visiting Oak Hill but came up short, losing 3-1, in girls summer soccer action Monday.

The Mountain Valley Conference rivals were scoreless after the first 20-minute quarter. Wiscasset had the game’s first scoring opportunity that came just five minutes after the opening kickoff. Jodie Harrington on the front line played the ball back to Gwen Webber in the middle of the field. Webber found Cara Viele open but her shot sailed over the cross bar.

A few minutes later, Wiscasset took the game’s first corner but Webber’s kick carried behind the net.

Oak Hill’s Riley Crosby scored the game’s first goal eight minutes into the second quarter, booting in a cross pass to the goal mouth that came from the right side. The visitors went up 2-nil when Lily Nadeau scored on a similar cross pass from the right side of the field. A few minutes before halftime, Harrington found Latisha Wright open in front of Oak Hill’s net but the goalie dropped to the turf and got to the ball first. Wiscasset held a 6-4 shot edge through the first half. Wiscasset dominated play in the first six minutes of the third quarter.

Viele made a nice run from midfield. After carrying the ball to the right corner her shot missed wide of the near post. Following Ellie Pratt’s booming kick from midfield Webber then missed from the opposite side from just inside the 18-yard line. With about five minutes left in the quarter, Webber found Viele open in front of the net and she scored, making it a 2-1 ballgame.

Viele and Webber combined for three more shots in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Harrington from Zoe Waltz later missed from inside the 18-yard line. Wiscasset continued to dominate play until the game’s closing minutes when an Oak Hill defender chipped the ball ahead to Gabby Chessie. She carried the ball down the middle, fired from inside the 18 and scored. It was one of only two Oak Hill shots in the final quarter.

Wiscasset got two more shots off before the final whistle sounded. One by Harrington was wide of the far post. Oak Hill’s goalie then leaped and caught a blast off the foot of Viele in the final minute. An official scorebook wasn’t kept but Wiscasset held about a 12-7 shot edge over its guests.

Pratt played another solid game at sweeper back in front of goalie Lily Souza who picked up four saves. Wiscasset standouts at midfield were Kayla Cossette, Jade Rego and Waltz. Kylie Peoples playing on upfront got off a nice shot on goal in the first half for the hosts.

Wiscasset and Oak Hill will meet just once when the high school soccer season resumes in the fall. That game will be at Wales on Oct. 8.

In 2018, the Raiders finished 13-1 and won the MVC Championship by defeating Monmouth Academy who also finished at 13-1.

Summer soccer continues Wednesday, July 10 away at Richmond. On July 15, Wiscasset be in Waterville. The team’s next home game is July 17 hosting Medomak.