(Fryeburg ME) Both teams came in trying to end two-game losing streaks and both teams got the job done.
Fryeburg Academy and Kennebunk played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday afternoon of girls soccer at Fryeburg.
Kennebunk (2-3-1) is likely to remember this game as one they should have won. They controlled the middle of the field and their short passing was outstanding.
But Orie Inirio was the difference maker for Fryeburg (1-3-1). The speedy sophomore helped the Raiders’ defense on occasion and was a threat several times racing down the right wing.
Late in regulation (3:35), Orie broke down the wing past a Rams defender and got an open look. Orie’s shot from the left soared over GK Kyra Schwartzman’s head to tie the score.
The way the game was going up to that point that goal was a shocker. KHS senior Natasha Staples had given the visitors a 1-0 lead with 21:24 left in regulation. Natasha picked up a rebound from teammate Maddy Aromando’s shot and drove it past FA goalie Sydney Charles.
Kennebunk (Class A) turned up the heat on the Raiders (Class B) after getting ahead. Elizabeth Cain had a great chance with 8:25 remaining and Alyssa Weigle hit the post on a direct kick with 5:30 to go. Less than a minute later Alyssa set up teammate Ally Weaver for a hard shot that GK Sydney Charles bobbled but recovered on.
At that point the outcome wasn’t in doubt, it was whether or not the Rams could get a second goal. But then Orie Inirio broke free down the right side and suddenly FA surprised a bunch of folks as the score got tied.
Kennebunk had the better of the chances in the remaining minutes of regulation and throughout the two five-minute overtime periods. But the Raiders had enough defense, led by sophomore Lexi L’Heureux-Carland, to get the tie.
I was impressed with the dribbling/passing skills of the Rams Alyssa Weigle. The KHS junior took the corner kicks and direct kicks. Her direct kick late in the game caromed off the near post.
Caroline Hoch was a terrific defender for Kennebunk. She has a strong leg and she wasn’t shy about getting physical with Raiders contesting her for ball control.
The #1 star would have to go to Orie Inirio. She rescued the Raiders with her late goal. I have enough pictures of her in the defensive end making big plays so she certainly excelled there too.
Missing from the game (but in attendance, I think), was the Rams Cara McCluskey. The talented junior striker broke her leg nearly two weeks ago. Cara was rated as one of the 25 players to watch by the Portland Press Herald. Versus Fryeburg Academy she might have been able to convert at least one of the near-misses the Rams had.
Fryeburg Academy travels to North Yarmouth tomorrow (Wednesday) for their next game at 3:30PM. Kennebunk will host York on Thursday (6:15PM).
Last time I did a Fryeburg game, it rained and then the sun came out. This time it was extremely overcast at first but later the sun came out for a while.
It is nice to see the changing leaf colors in the background at Fryeburg.
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