(Naples ME) Sydney Hancock’s successful, second-half penalty kick turned out to be the difference as the Lake Region Lakers defeated the Sacopee Valley Hawks, 1-0, on a muggy Saturday afternoon of girls soccer.
Sydney tallied the game winner with seven minutes left lining her shot to Hawk goalie Emily Colbert’s left.
Credit teammate Kiersten Eldridge for sending Sydney to the penalty-shot line. Kiersten retrieved a rebound and dribbled into some open space on her right and launched a shot that hit the hands of Sacopee defender Kristen Lyle in the penalty area. That set up the shot that decided this game.
You had to feel badly for Sacopee Valley (2-4-1) because they absolutely dominated Lake Region (2-2-1) for most of the first half and came away empty. Laker goalie Sarah Hancock handled thirteen shots (by my figuring). There also was a blast by Hawk Courtney Ryan that hit the crossbar.
Junior Brooke Totman had a number of threatening shots for the team from Hiram in the first half.
This game was much more even in the second half. The Lakers had ten shots while Sacopee Valley had seven.
Scoring chances? Several.
The Lakers’ Tiana-Jo Carter lined up a shot from straightaway with eleven minutes left that rocked the crossbar. It was easily the hardest shot of the day.
Later, after Sydney Hancock’s penalty kick goal, the Hawks came verrrrry close to tying the game. Traffic in the box prevented Sarah Hancock from seeing a ball that hit her in the back (note picture) and started rolling toward the goal. Freshmen Courtney Ryan and Morgan Carpenter were close by but couldn’t get to the loose ball before Sarah smothered it with 4:15 left.
Class C Sacopee Valley’s next game is home on September 25th (5PM) against Buckfield.
The Class B Lakers are back in action on the road (September 24th – 6PM) at Cape Elizabeth.
This was my first time seeing girls soccer in Maine. I covered some Western Maine softball playoff action at St. Joseph’s in June.
No question that the best player on the field was the Lakers’ Sydney Hancock. The senior was a Western Maine all-stater last year. She was fast and, despite special coverage, broke loose frequently.
Trying to find any information on the 2012 Sacopee Valley team was a Google impossibility. But if you went back to 2010, it was an entirely different story because that was the year Coach Kevin Murphy’s team went 16-1-1 and defeated Fort Kent to win the Class C state title.
With only two seniors on his starting eleven, Coach Murphy may have some sort of special team in 2013.
I love going to a soccer game where there is a functioning scoreboard.
I’m sure that everyone knows that “Sacopee” gets its name because it is located in between the Saco River and the Ossipee River. Well if you didn’t, now you do!
(All of the pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)