(Naples ME) The York Wildcats girls’ soccer team had a goal in each half and won their season opener, 2-0, over Lake Region on very warm Friday afternoon.
This was a Class B matchup in the Western Maine Conference.
The Wildcats had more than a few excellent chances against Lakers’ goalie Isabel Scribner but the senior GK was terrific despite the two goals allowed.
York passed well and had the Lakers chasing them on an afternoon in the mid-80’s. No question fatigue was a factor for the home team.
A great pass led to the first York goal by sophomore Maddie Amidon late (6:46) in the first half. Junior Lindsey Cole came in on the right side and didn’t force a shot instead spotted Maddie Amidon wide open in close. Maddie had a chance to stop the ball and put a hard shot by Isabel Scribner with her left foot.
The other goal was scored two minutes into the second half by Elaine Cavalieri. The senior came in on the right side, getting past defender Grace Farrington, and then cut back into the middle to get off the shot with several Lakers nearby.
The Lakers had trouble getting into scoring position. In the first half the Wildcats forced offsides on several promising LR opportunities.
The Lakers had several direct kicks but couldn’t get the shots on need. Most of the chances dealt with by York goalies Emma Rohrer and Kelsey Cole were from long range.
One eye-catcher for the Lakers was CeCe Hancock. The energetic junior did not have a lot of space to operate in but on several occasions was able to dribble by defenders.
Maddie Amidon scored a goal against Lake Region last year.
Last year the Lakers scored only eleven goals in the 14-game season.
The Wildcats were state champs in 2007 and 2009.
Lakers Isabel Scribner, Katie Throgmorton, and Devynn Turner were honored by the Western Maine Conference last season.
Both teams graduated four seniors from their 2013 teams.
Sierra Swasey notched two goals last season versus Lake Region. One was on a penalty kick.
I think that Lake Region has enough defense to at least match the six-win season they had in 2011. The defense on this day played a lot of minutes in some tough heat.
Sierra Swasey and Shannon Todd were excellent in the middle of the field. Both also created good scoring chances for themselves.
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