Molly Bourget scored two goals and assisted on another leading Buckfield to a 3-0 win over host Wiscasset Middle High School Saturday night at the homecoming game. All three goals came in the first half.
The loss spoiled the Wolverines’ hopes of pulling off back-to-back Mountain Valley Conference soccer victories. Earlier in the week, WMHS won big, 6-0 over Dirigo High School at Dixfield.
The Bucks struck early, scoring just 41 ticks after the opening kickoff. Bourget headed the ball into the net on a corner kick off the foot of Lynn Szabo. Bourget’s second goal, unassisted from the right side, came at 24:23.
The third goal followed a collision near midfield resulting in a direct kick for the Bucks. Bourget chipped the ball to Katy Henderson, who scored with 19:05 remaining until the half. The Wolverines got off just two shots in the first half, compared to seven for the Bucks.
Wiscasset's first shot was a midfield blast from Ellie Pratt caught and punted away by Bucks keeper Ruby Cyr..
With three minutes left until the half, the Wolverines drove deep; Cara Viele took the ball to the right corner and crossed the ball to Kateleen Trask in front of the net. Trask got a shot off towards the far post, but Cyr, the goalie, got a hand on the ball and deflected it out of bounds.
Gwen Webber took the corner kick that followed (Wiscasset’s first of the game) but the ball carried wide and behind the net.
Wiscasset threatened to score early in the second half but Viele’s shot was high, wide left. Another shot by Bourget rattled off the goal post but was cleared to the sideline by the Wolverines’ defense. With 27:26 showing on the clock, sophomore Latisha Wright stole the ball from Bourget and carried it deep into Buckfield’s end. but again the Bucks’ defense held firm. Another shot came late from Wiscasset’s Eliza Paradis. Cyr shifted to her left, caught the ball and punted it deep.
Wolverine goalie Lily Souza played another solid game in the net and finished with 14 saves, Cyr had five stops. The loss dropped WMHS to 1-6. Buckfield Jr. Sr. High improved to 6-2.
It was a different story at Dixfield Sept. 26 when the Wolverines shut out the Dirigo Cougars 6-0.
WMHS held a 16-5 shot edge and led 4-0 after the first 40 minutes of play. It was an afternoon for the seniors, who netted five of the six goals. Trask got the team’s first goal which came just three minutes into the game, Webber picked up an assist.
Viele scored next, booting the ball over the goalie’s head and into the net at 28:59. Webber’s unassisted goal at the 24:56 mark made it 3-0. Wright then joined the scoring parade when she rebounded a loose ball and scored with 10 minutes left until halftime. Ten minutes into the second half, Webber’s corner kick found its way into the net. A final goal by Viele iced this one away for the team, keeping the Wolverines’ slim chance for a class C south playoff berth alive.
Souza finished the afternoon with a pair of saves. Tori Bellegarde saved four. The Wolverines held a 10-2 edge in corner kick attempts. Dirigo’s one win this season came against Boothbay Region High School before the Seahawks dropped out of competition.
Coaches Duane Goud and Todd Souza and the Wolverines travel to Madison Wednesday, Oct. 2 to play the Bulldogs. On Friday, Oct. 4, WMHS will host Mountain Valley for a 3:30 p.m. game.
The Wolverines are ranked 18th in the Maine Principals Association Class C South standings.