(Fryeburg ME) The drought is officially over……the goal-scoring drought, that is.
The Fryeburg Academy girl’s soccer team displayed plenty of scoring ability as they defeated North Yarmouth Academy, 5-2, on a sunny Thursday afternoon.
Junior Julia Quinn had a career game with four goals, pacing the Raiders (1-2-1) to their first win of the season.
North Yarmouth (0-5) may still be winless but they were able to walk away with their first two goals (Emily Baker & Isabelle See) of the season.
FA had the wind and the sun in their favor in the first half and relentlessly attacked the Panthers side of the field.
Julia Quinn notched a goal early despite heavy defense by Emily Baker as she dribbled down the middle. Somehow Julia found space for a shot that beat NYA goalie Scout Fischman to her left at 32:46.
Eleven-plus minutes later Julia broke in from the right under less pressure, took a hard shot, got the rebound and had Goal #2.
Julia’s other two goals, one in the first half and the other in the second half, were off of terrific setups by teammates Mackenzie Buzzell and Esme Hernendez.
Julia was in perfect position (to the goalie’s right) both times to head in the high crosses of Mackenzie and Esme.
After three straight Raiders’ goals the Panthers were awarded a penalty kick. Emily Baker took the PK and fired a low shot past FA goalie Makayla Cooper.
The 4th Fryeburg goal of the first half went to junior Anna Manahor. Katherine Parker set up Anna in very close to goal. Anna shot, got her own rebound, and scored.
It was 4-1 after a half.
Two minutes into the second half Julia Quinn built the lead to 5-1.
With twelve minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Isabelle See intercepted a Raiders’ clearout and put a low shot past GK Makayla Cooper.
Snake-bitten throughout this game was Raiders junior Ori Inirio. If she wasn’t being robbed by goalie Scout Fischman, her shots were going just wide. Ori had a header that just missed.
The next game for both teams will be on Saturday. FA visits Poland (11AM) while NYA hosts Old Orchard (10AM)
The Raiders had beaten North Yarmouth only once in the previous five years.
The Panthers were 7-5-2 in 2013. The loss of Alex Wahlstrom (transferred) has hurt the 2014 squad. The team dressed only thirteen players for the FA game.
The Raiders were 3-7-4 in 2013. Only three players graduated off of that team and there are no seniors on the 2014 squad.
Junior Emily Baker made the Western Maine Conference first team in 2013. She has a powerful left foot and handles the ball with confidence.
FA scored ten goals in all of 2013 getting five of them against Old Orchard.
Fryeburg is Class B while NYA is Class C.
The Panthers were Class C state champions for five straight seasons (2002-2007).
Ali Fraize and Lexi L’Heureux-Carland were impressive defenders.
The Raiders forwards led by Julia Quinn were aggressive to the ball and passed well.
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