Wolverines sharpen soccer skills at Richmond tourney

Posted:  Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 4:30pm

The Wolverines girls’ soccer team opened its 2016 season Saturday at the annual round-robin tournament hosted by Richmond High School.

Ten high schools took part, including Hall-Dale, Oceanside, Madison, Winthrop, Winslow I and II, Lincoln Academy and Gardiner. All of the games were just 25 minutes long with no stoppage of play.

After losing their first three games, the Wolverines ended the afternoon on a high note by shutting out Oceanside High School (formerly Georges Valley) 1-0. Grace Webber netted the winning goal. Lilly Souza started as goalie for Wiscasset but Lindsey Gordon took over midway through the game after Souza was injured on a play.

Wiscasset Middle High School’s first game was against one of its oldest rivals, the Richmond Bobcats. Before Wiscasset left for the Mountain Valley Conference, the two competed against one another in the former Mid-Maine Conference.

The two teams were pretty evenly matched on both sides of the field. The game remained scoreless until the 18-minute mark when a Richmond player broke through Wiscasset’s defense and scored.

After a 30-minute break, WMHS took the field again against Gardiner, losing 2-0. The Tigers dominated but the game featured a nice defensive play by sweeper Stephanie Jones, who chased down Gardiner’s striker and broke up a shot. Gordon also made some nice saves in the net.

Jones and her teammate Cyra Fait, a freshman, were each awarded a commemorative T-shirt as tournament standouts. Fait played all four games at midfield.

Wiscasset lost 1-0 to both Madison and Winslow in its other games. The tournament doesn’t have a champion but instead gives a sportsmanship award at its conclusion. This year’s award went to Winthrop.

Afterward, Wolverine Coach Duane Goud said he was pretty pleased by what he saw from his team, his young players in particular. WMHS has 10 freshmen on a roster of 20 to 23. “We moved players around from one position to another to see how they’d do and overall I think we held our own,” he said.

Todd Souza, Wiscasset’s director of parks and recreation, and Chris Cossette, WMHS boys varsity soccer coach, were on hand for Saturday’s tournament to lend their support. Souza said he hopes to assist Goud throughout the season.

New at this year’s tournament was a soccer ball-juggling contest. Wiscasset freshman Cara Viele was the winner with 145 touches. She had twice the number as the second place finisher.

Goud said this year’s team features four seniors: Jones, Keara Hunter, Jeanna Bickford and Brooke Carleton. Carleton was unable to make Saturday’s tourney. Jones and Hunter will anchor the backfield.

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Wiscasset will play a scrimmage in Waldoboro against Medomak Valley High School. The girls game starts at 5, while the boys play at 3:30. The girls host Richmond for a scrimmage game 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, which also happen to be the first day of the new school year.