(Naples ME) Lake Region blanked Wells, 2-0, in girls’ soccer on a comfortably cool Tuesday night under the lights.
The Lakers (1-1) had goals in each half (Megan Boos & CeCe Hancock) and eye-catching goaltending (Isabel Scribner) in the Western Maine Conference Class B matchup.
Sophomore Kaylyn Jordan recorded assists on both of the Lakers’ goals.
Senior GK Isabel Scribner set the defensive tone by getting out and after every ball anywhere near the goal. There was no sitting back waiting for her teammates to clear balls away. There were some dangerous moments but on this evening Isabel’s approach keyed the LR shutout.
The best chances for Wells (0-2) were in the second half. In one of the chances, sophomore Aimely Nolan couldn’t quite find the handle after a shot had gotten away from Isabel. Another time, senior Ali Duplisea flew over Isabel after nearly winning a race to the ball in close.
Sophomore Megan Boos had a big first half for Lake Region. (I don’t recall seeing her play in the 2-0 Lakers loss to York.) Early in the half, Megan set up teammate CeCe Hancock for a scoring chance and later almost scored on a long shot from the right.
In between those near-goals, Megan tallied her first goal of the season. Megan was facing the Wells goal on the left when her sophomore teammate Kaylyn Jordan took a long shot from the right. Wells GK Natalie Thurber was covering the near post as the shot came through and went all the way across to the other side of the goal. Megan came in from the left side unguarded and tapped in as easy a shot as you could ever dream of.
This first LR goal happened with 17:05 left in the first half.
Nine-plus minutes into the second half, the Lakers struck again. Kaylyn Jordan passed into the middle to junior CeCe Hancock. CeCe was usually heavily-guarded wherever she went, but on this occasion she was able to dribble into wide open space straightaway. Her hard, high shot went in untouched by Wells GK Natalie Thurber.
Lake Region suffered through a 2-9-3 season in 2013 so they seemed to be pretty excited to get that first win so early in this season. Last year the Lakers only scored eleven times, so to get two versus the Warriors was special.
Wells couldn’t finish on this evening but seniors Ali Duplisea, Maddie Taylor, and Betsy Andrews had solid games for the Warriors.
Juniors Katie Throgmorton and Devynn Turner, as well as freshman Lauren Jakobs, helped LR dominate the middle of the field.
Wells will be hosting Freeport on Thursday (6PM) while Lake Region hosts Gray-New Gloucester at the same time on Friday.
The Lakers have defeated Wells in three of the last four years.
Wells was 6-7-1 last year. They have ten seniors on this year’s team.
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