Wolverines celebrate homecoming with shutout over Telstar
Grace Webber, Maeve Blodgett and Vanessa Dunn scored in that order as the Wolverines ended the regular soccer season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Telstar Saturday afternoon at Wiscasset Middle High School.
The WMHS girls entered the game with a record of 7-6 and seeded sixth in the Class D SPA Heal Point Standings. The top eight high schools qualify for a postseason playoff berth. Greenville and Richmond high schools were ranked one and two at the start of the day. If the rankings stay as they are, the Wolverines will travel to Searsport for a post-season game the week of Oct. 23. Telstar, a Class C high school, finished the season at 1-11-2.
Saturday’s game was senior night and homecoming at WMHS and so it was fitting all three goals were by members of the class of 2018. Webber netted the only goal the Wolverines needed a little over eight minutes in. WMHS’s three other seniors had a good game, as well. Goalie Lindsey Gordon recorded eight saves, Sarah Foley picked up an assist on Webber’s goal and Arie Mills played another fine game in the Wolverine backfield. The seniors have shown a lot of positive leadership and sportsmanship all season.
With 3:23 left to go before halftime, Telstar was whistled for tripping inside the penalty area. Blodgett converted the penalty kick (her second one this season) to put Wiscasset up 2-0. The Rebels had two scoring opportunities in the first 40 minutes. At the 32:01 mark, striker Autumn Harrison broke free on the left side but was run down by Mills, who deflected Harrison’s shot wide and out-of-bounds.
With 13 minutes left to go in the half, Telstar sophomore Calla Orino slipped behind two Wolverine defenders bringing Gordon charging out of the net blocking her shot.
Sophomore Cara Viele had the Wolverines’ first shot of the second half. Vielie fired from 20 yards away but missed high, the ball sailing over the goal. At 26:17, Dunn beat goalie Abby Harrington to a loose ball and scored. A few minutes later, the Wolverines drove deep again. Kayla Cossette just missed scoring when her shot bounced off the crossbar.
Late in the game, Wolverine Coach Duane Goud inserted Lily Souza in as goalkeeper. She recorded one save.
Rebels 3, Wolverines 1
In the nightcap, the Telstar boys scored two unanswered goals in the second half, defeating the Wolverines boys 3-1. Wiscasset scored the game’s first goal at 31:32 of the first half when freshman Brian Foye converted a corner kick corner. Tristen Lilly’s goal at 18:31 tied the game 1-1 which is where the score stood at the half.
The Wolverines dominated the first 25 minutes of play in the second half. They came close to breaking the deadlock when Chris Loyola placed a corner kick, Wiscasset’s 11th of the game, in front of the Rebel net but freshman goalie Max Kruse punched the ball away.
With 13:04 left, Blake Rothwell broke free and scored. About four minutes later, Rothwell chipped the ball to the goalmouth and Boston Ludden’s head-ball shot found its way into the net. The ball was just out of the reach of Wolverine goalie Sam Strozier who chalked up 10 saves.
Two standouts for WMHS were Matt Martion and Jordan Grady.
Coach Chris Cossette and the Wolverines will finish their season by hosting Spruce Mountain at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16. The WMHS boys have one Mountain Valley Conference win this season, a 4-3 overtime win at Dirigo Sept. 13. Telstar entered the game at 4-8-1.