The Wolverine girls’ soccer team finished with a respectable 1-2-1 record at the annual “Kickoff Classic” at Richmond Middle High School Saturday. Wiscasset Middle High School seniors Lily Souza and Cara Viele were named to the All-Tournament Team. Viele also won the juggling contest that followed the tournament.
The opening round featured Wiscasset and Richmond on the lower field. The longtime rivals met twice this summer with the Bobcats winning both games. They prevailed again, shutting out the Wolverines 1-0.
Abby Johnson scored from inside the 18-yard line about midway into the 25-minute game. The goal came on the last of three consecutive corner kicks. Wiscasset defense held the Bobcats to five shots, three of those coming in the final seven minutes. Richmond’s defense fended off just two Wolverine drives.
A scary moment came with nine minutes left. Wolverine midfielder Gwen Webber got struck in the face with the ball and had to be helped off the field.
The Wolverines had to wait an hour before they took the field for their second game. Lincoln Academy, the team they were scheduled to play, was a no show. Wiscasset’s next opponent was Madison High School clad in pink t-shirts. The Wolverines and Bulldogs battled to a scoreless tie with three shots apiece. Five minutes into the game, Souza recorded the first of three saves in the net. Ellie Pratt and Kylie Peoples made some nice defensive plays along with the Rego sisters, Jasmine and Jade.
About 10 minutes in, Pratt was upended in a collision with a Madison player and had to be helped to the sideline. The Wolverines put together two nice drives in the closing minutes. Viele hooked up with Eliza Paradis on the right wing. Soon after, Alisha Wright found Viele open in the middle. The whistle ending the game sounded just as Wiscasset was finding its rhythm.
After a short break, Wiscasset was back in action against Winthrop. Aaliyah Wilson-Falcone scored the first of her three goals for the Ramblers 90 seconds into the game. Wiscasset’s best scoring opportunity came off the foot of Viele, a direct kick from 40 yards out. The Rambler keeper bobbled the ball in the goal mouth but regained control of it. At that point, it was still a 1-0 ballgame. Wilson-Falcone’s other goals were in the game’s final minutes.
Kateleen Trask and the Potter sisters, Natalie and Carolyn, played well both defensively and at midfield for WMHS. The Wolverines followed up the loss by playing their best game of the day, shutting out Oceanside High School 3-0. Webber scored first and then Viele followed up with a pair of goals.
“It was a really great way for our girls to finish the tournament,” Assistant Coach Todd Souza said afterwards.
Coach Duane Goud and the Wolverines will host Temple Christian for a scrimmage game at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.