WMHS boys soccer

Trask’s goal averts Waterville shutout

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:00pm

Austin Trask scored Wiscasset’s only goal in a 7-1 loss to visiting Waterville in Central Maine Soccer League action Tuesday evening, July 16.

Trask’s goal came with three minutes left until halftime on a nice pass off the foot of John Hodson that came from the left side. The score came on Wiscasset’s third shot of the game and made it a 5-1 ballgame. Earlier, Josh Jones missed from inside the 18-yard line when his shot sailed over the crossbar and out of bounds.

Chris Williams netted Waterville’s first goal just five minutes after the opening kickoff. Two minutes later, he broke free, fired from inside the 18 and scored again. The visitors added one more goal before the first 20-minute quarter ended.

The game saw the return of Jordan Espeut to Wiscasset’s roster. The rising sophomore at Boothbay Region High School played varsity soccer for the Wolverines last year. It didn’t take long for him to make his presence known playing on the front line against Waterville. With the clock winding down in the first quarter, Chance Blagdon sent a pass to Espeut only to have Waterville’s stingy defense close ranks and clear the ball away.

No scorebook was kept but Waterville held about a 6-0 shot edge through the first quarter and 9-2 when referee Mike Stailing blew his whistle signaling the end of the first half. Wiscasset keeper LJ Travis made six saves in the first 40 minutes. 

A notable defensive play happened early in the game. Travis charged and deflected a Waterville shot. Casey Mills got the loose ball first and cleared it from in front of Wiscasset’s net.

The second half started with Mills making a long throw-in from the sideline to Espeut in front of the Waterville net. The goalie charged briefly leaving the net open but the ball was kicked wide and away. 

One Wiscasset player to watch is incoming freshman Payton Blagdon. He did a nice job handling the ball in the first half and could figure in the team’s offense.

Dylan Leeman spelled Travis in the net for the final 30 minutes of play and picked up a couple of saves.

Wiscasset has just two CMSL soccer games remaining this summer. The team will host Messalonskee next Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the Wiscasset Middle High School lower field. The team’s final game will be at Gardiner July 30.

The Wolverines will play a pair of preseason soccer games, the first Aug. 29 when they host Temple at 7:30. On Sept. 3, WMHS will host Richmond.