(Naples ME) The scoreboard wasn’t working and senior captain Olivia Feeley was away looking at colleges.
Didn’t matter to Yarmouth as they won their fourth straight defeating Lake Region 4-0 on Thursday afternoon.
“Obviously, Yarmouth is a very good team,” said LR coach David Jaeger afterwards. “When we made mistakes, they made us pay for them.”
The Clippers (4-2) scored only four goals but they had a ton of glittering chances beyond those goals. Credit LR goalie Maddie Rock and the cool, but not too cool, weather.
Maddie kept the score down by surviving some point-blankers in the first half and some dangerous corner kicks in the second half.
The cooler weather kept a very busy LR defense from getting too tired over the constant pressure YHS brought.
The two-time defending Class B champs were patient and opportunistic. They connected with teammates whether those teammates were ahead or behind. Their passes ahead often led to scoring chances.
“We controlled the game from start to finish,” said YHS coach Chris Coleman.
The Clippers had two goals in each half.
The Lakers (1-4-1) had very few chances to dent Yarmouth GK Hope Olson. Neva Leavitt had several runs for the home team.
“We had some decent possessions, but we just couldn’t find the last pass,” said Coach Jaeger.
Sophomore Parker Harnett converted a break-in to open the YHS scoring. “It was a great finish” – Coach Coleman.
The Clippers’ second first-half goal was off a corner kick. No surprise to me. Why? The Clippers had all sorts of CK formations and their kickers put the ball where goals could happen.
Twenty-two minutes into the first half Abi Hincks floated a CK far enough out from Lakers’ goalie Maddie Rock that she couldn’t come out to get it. Teammate Ehryn Groothoff rushed into open space in the middle and one-timed a shot past Maddie Rock.
“It was a set piece,” said Coach Coleman. “It is something we work on and nice to get rewarded.”
Sophomore Parker Harnett added an assist in the second half to her first-half goal. Parker found space from the right side and drilled a shot that GK Maddie Rock deflected. Audrey Goessling was quick to knock in the rebound sixteen minutes into the second half giving YHS a 3-0 edge.
Adriana Whitlock tallied the final Clippers goal eleven minutes later. The ball came into the middle and Adriana was able to lift the ball over a LR defender as well as GK Maddie Rock.
The Clippers were without WMCA All-Star Olivia Feeley. “We have a lot more depth than what people think,” explained Coach Coleman. “Not having her wasn’t ideal but we have other players to rotate in.”
Yarmouth started the 2018 season with losses to York and Cape Elizabeth. Coach Coleman: “We had the ball the majority of the time against York (1-0 loss) and hit the bar twice. Against Cape Elizabeth (double OT loss) we missed several one-on-one’s and hit the post.”
The Clippers play both teams again next week. “We’ll be ready,” promised Coach Coleman.
One thing Coach Coleman and his team weren’t ready for was the enforcement of the “jewelry” rule. Three different times, by my count, Yarmouth players were sent to the sidelines. The game was not rough in any way, so I wondered what was going on at first. It turned out that the sidelined girls had jewelry on. In at least one case, Laker folks in the crowd brought the infraction to the referees attention. “I don’t want to get into that ruling,” said Coach Coleman. “This is the first time this has happened to us.”
Coach Jaeger regarding goalie Maddie Rock: “She was outstanding, but we’re used to it. She kept the game closer than it might have been.”
The Lakers tied Fryeburg Academy (2-2) earlier in the season. This week Yarmouth buried the Raiders, 9-1. I thought LR would be in serious trouble today vs Yarmouth as a result. Wrong assumption, as it turned out.
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