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Bri Jordan leads Gray-New Gloucester to Class B title over Mount Desert Island

Bri Jordan (15 points) cuts between Alexis Clarito and Rachelle Swanson

Class B ending

Mandy Candage and Bri Jordan battle

(Portland ME) The Mount Desert Island band was incredible………..but I digress.

Senior Bri Jordan put Gray-New Gloucester in front with a triple midway through the first quarter and the Patriots were on their way to a, 43-30, Class B championship at the Cross Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Bri was the star for (20-2) GNG.  She finished with fifteen points and eleven rebounds and was huge in the tense part of the fourth quarter when the Trojans (19-3) were within four (34-30) with 3:53 to go.

The MDI offense went totally dry the rest of the way.

Tight defense by Samantha Fortin on Olivia Gray.

“When we got within four, they hunkered down defensively,” said MDI coach Brent Barker afterwards.  “We had some decent shots but just couldn’t make them.”

“Our defense was very good today,” said GNG coach Mike Andreasen.  “To hold a strong team like MDI to thirty points is very good.  Our offense came-and-went but our defense was consistently solid.”

A key matchup was Bri Jordan limiting Maddy Candage to only four points.

The Patriots’ offense not only missed a lot of shots, but they also turned the ball over at least twenty times.

“Our turnovers today hurt us,” said Coach Barker.  “They capitalized on some of them.”

The team from Gray had a ten-point lead (32-22) early in the final quarter after a Bri Jordan layup.

Alexis Clarito cuts between Alexa Thayer and Bri Jordan

Credit the team from Bar Harbor.  They didn’t pack it in.  Instead, the Trojans put together their best collection of offense of the day.  Four free throws (Mandy Candage), and layups by Rachelle Swanson and Alexis Clarito in a three-minute stretch and suddenly we had ourselves a ballgame!

But credit Gray-New Gloucester.  They tossed a shutout the rest of the way and scored nine points.

“When they (MDI) got close we tried not to focus on the scoreboard,” explained senior Alexa Thayer.

“MDI never quits,” said Coach Andreasen. “They have four senior starters.  Luckily, we withstood their best shot.  It was pretty special.”

Jordan Grant had ten points for the Patriots. “We came out strong knowing that it would be a hard game.  They are a good matchup for us.  We had to play as a team and play to our advantages.”

Jordan Grant (10 points)

GNG had noticeable height advantages with Bri Jordan and Jordan Grant.  “We’re not a huge team,” said Coach Barker.  “Sometimes you can’t defend height.”

This was the Patriots second title in the last three years.  “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win a championship,” said junior Jordan Grant.  “My freshman year was the same way.  It’s a feeling that you never want to stop happening.”

Coach Barker: “We tried to key defensively on two players (Bri Jordan & Jordan Grant) and force some other players to beat us.  Those other players stepped up.”

Bri Jordan (commit to St. Joseph’s): “To be able to work with teammates and pull this off is awesome.”

Alexa Thayer: “It is so exciting.  Being a senior, it’s really special to see my teammates come together like this.”

Alexa told me that she is going to attend Husson in the fall and major in occupational therapy.

Then there’s that MDI band!  Those folks could play and everyone at Cross Arena on this afternoon would agree with me.

Gray-New Gloucester box

Mount Desert Island box

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Alexa Thayer and Olivia Gray on the ball

Alexis Clarito out on fouls

Eliza Hotham passes

Leah Carroll

GNG presented with the gold ball

GNG raises the trophy

Hannah Chamberlain steal

Julia Watras looks to the hoop guarded by Jordan Grant

Mandy Candage guarded by Bri Jordan

MDI band

Trojan turnover

GNG with the gold ball

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Gray-New Gloucester gets first win (2-1) on two Alexa Thayer goals vs Lake Region

Emma Woods (8) lines up a direct kick late in the game as Alexa Thayer (4) moves to the front of the net defended by Elaina Sturk (7)

The celebrating begins after the Patriots scored the go-ahead goal late in the game

(Naples ME) The Gray-New Gloucester Patriots came into their meeting with the Lake Region Lakers scoreless and winless after two starts.

That all changed versus LR as second-half goals by junior Alexa Thayer earned the visitors a 2-1 victory in a thunder-delayed game on Friday afternoon.

In a matchup of Class B South opponents, the Lakers scored early in the first half when

Neva Leavitt’s corner kick eludes goalie Chelsea Davis in the first half

GNG goalie Chelsea Davis mishandled Neva Leavitt’s corner kick.  It was sophomore Neva’s 2nd goal of the season.

The Patriots (1-2) controlled play during most of this contest relying on patient passing.  LR took the long-ball approach.

By patient passing I mean being willing to pass the ball back and sideways not straight ahead.  That patient approach set up numerous scoring chances but this was where Lakers GK Maddie Rock stood out denying several GNG point-blank attempts.

The home team held that 1-0 lead until Alexa Thayer responded to a rebound off an Emma Woods shot from the right side and tapped in the game-tying tally with 18:56 left in the second half.  The Patriots were thereby able to end their scoreless streak at 222 minutes.

“We have been focusing on following up on rebounds,” said GNG’s 7th year coach Kiaran McCormack afterwards. “You don’t score style points.  If you can be there for a rebound two yards out it counts the same as a 20-yard rocket to the top corner.”

The Patriots pressure had led to several direct kicks during the game.  On almost every occasion the kick had gone over or wide.  Finally, late in this match, junior Emma Woods put a hard shot on net from straight away on a direct kick that turned up a juicy rebound for Alexa camped to GK Maddie Rock’s right.  Alexa’s tap-in gave GNG the lead and was indeed the game-winner with only 2:28 left.

Alexa Thayer’s game-winner gets past LR goalie Maddie Rock

Neva Leavitt scored the Lakers goal on a corner kick in the first half

The game got off to an ominous start as the rumble of thunder forced a 30-minute delay.  After that it was typical Maine weather: sunshine, clouds, sunshine, clouds, but in this section of Naples, no more rain.

I was most impressed with the way Gray-New Gloucester kept control of the ball.  Their passing and dribbling forced LR to chase for a high percentage of the game.  That can be tiring and it may have caught up to the Lakers in the end game.

Emma Woods was a standout in the center of the field for the Patriots.  The senior took control of a number of goal kicks and was a skillful dribbler/passer.  Emma also had assists on both goals.

The best player on the field?  I would take junior Neva Leavitt of Lake Region (0-2).  She beat defenders all game long with clever dribbling.

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Alexa Thayer (4) moves in on a rebound that will end up as a goal for GNG

Save in traffic

The run back after a goal

Emma Dyer

Lauren Jakobs

Bri Jordan (11), Aisley Sturk (5) and Lauren Jakobs (16)

Bri Jordan (11) and Kenzie Siebert (3)

Chelsea Davis saves

Jordy Grant

Brooke Harriman (23) pushes past Abbey Michaud (6)

Chandler True

Jordy Grant (10), Danica Chadwick (24), and Alexa Thayer )4)

 

 

 

 

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Late goal gets Gray-New Gloucester past Fryeburg Academy 3-2 in girls’ soccer

Emma Woods (#8) redirects the game-winner for Gray-New Gloucester with 3.5 seconds left

Emma Woods (#8) redirects the game-winner for Gray-New Gloucester with 3.5 seconds left

Maria Valente set up a goal and scored one

Maria Valente set up a goal and scored one

(Fryeburg ME) In the midst of the Fryeburg Fair and some fine foliage a pretty good girls’ soccer game broke out.

Visiting Gray-New Gloucester took the lead for the third and final time with 3.5 seconds left to defeat Fryeburg Academy, 3-2, on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon of Western Maine Conference Class B soccer.

Freshman Emma Woods headed in the game-winner off of a throw-in by senior Maria Valente in the closing seconds.

It was a tough loss for the (2-4-2) Raiders.  The home team was scored on early in each half but recovered each time.  Kaylin Delaney’s penalty kick produced the final tie with less than five minutes left in the game.

With no overtime period played during the regular season, both teams pressed for the win in the final minutes.  In the closing minute, GNG’s Kaelyn Woods kept the ball in play down the right sidelines before the Raiders kicked the ball out-of-bounds with under fifteen seconds remaining.  Maria Valente had to really hustle to get from her defensive spot to the throw-in attempt.  She did and had the ball  in the air with few seconds left.  The ball came into the near-side of the box area with plenty of steam on it.  Emma Woods leaped high and redirected Maria’s throw-in to the far corner of the goal.

Sarah Giggey had two assists on corner kicks

Sarah Giggey had two assists on corner kicks

This was Emma’s second goal of the game and 8th of the 2014 season.  Maria’s assist was her 5th of the season and her 5th assist against FA over the past three seasons.

Gray-New Gloucester (4-4) had two of their goals set up by junior Sarah Giggey’s corner kicks.

Both goalies (GNG-Zoe Adams, FA-Makayla Cooper) faced numerous dangerous shots.  The most dangerous, of the dangerous, were long rips by the Raiders’ Esme Hernendez.

Esme did get a goal (14:15) in the first half.  A throw-in by Lexi L’Heureux-Carland from the left was headed by Kaylin Delaney and the ball reached Esme alone in front.  Esme applied the finishing touch.

Emma Woods headed in the opening goal of the game (33:07).  The freshman was parked in the middle and GK Makayla Cooper was centered in the net.  Emma was able to head the ball down and past Makayla to the FA goalie’s left.

The Patriots clicked early (36:22) in the second half.  Sarah Giggey sent a corner kick in from the left that found Maria Valente in traffic near the far post for yet another headed goal.

Julia Quinn dribbles ahead

Julia Quinn dribbles ahead

As the minutes wound down in the second half the Raiders turned up the pressure, especially Julia Quinn and Anna Manahor, and got what they needed at 4:52………….a penalty shot.

From where I was standing it looked as if defender Caitlin Holmquist got a hand on the ball in the box.

Kaylin Delaney took the PK and scored with a shot that went in on the left after caroming off the goal post.

Later Emma Woods, from Maria Valente, would collect the game-winner giving GNG their sixth straight victory over Fryeburg Academy.

Both teams resume play on Thursday at 6PM.  FA will be at Wells while GNG will host Poland.

Emily Hotham and Julia Quinn

Emily Hotham and Julia Quinn

A key to the victory for GNG was the return of senior Emily Hotham to the Patriots defense.  I am not certain when the injured defender returned but I saw the Patriots without her in their loss to Lake Region.  Her presence this afternoon made a difference.

I like to arrive at games at least a half-hour early.  Good thing this afternoon since the scheduled 3:30PM start turned out to be a 3PM start.

If you’re a defender and the pressure is on, it is usually a good idea to kick the ball out of bounds.  This gives the defense a chance to set up in front of the goalie.  That strategy can backfire, however, when a team plays Gray-New Gloucester.  Why?  Because Maria Valente takes the sideline throw-ins for GNG and is strong enough to throw the ball into the box almost every time.  Granted the defense is organized but so also is the Patriots offense.  With plenty of bodies in the area and the ball in the air, bad things can happen, and they did today for FA in the closing seconds.

Erasme Herendez (22) alone in front

Erasme Herendez (22) alone in front

The speed and hustle of Ori Inirio was noticeable.  Some forwards run hard when the ball in near them and then trot or walk.  Not Ori, she seemed to run from end to end.  She had a couple of pretty good chances as a result.

(I can add/subtract with this blog so if I messed up something let me know and I will change it.)

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loose ball

Emma Woods (8) nods in the first Patriots goal

Emma Woods (8) nods in the first Patriots goal

Ashley Moreau and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

Ashley Moreau and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

victory celebrating begins

victory celebrating begins

Kaylin Delaney takes a penalty shot

Kaylin Delaney takes a penalty shot

Erasme Hernendez and Kiersten Stritch

Erasme Hernendez and Kiersten Stritch

GNG goalie Zoe Adams jumps for a save

GNG goalie Zoe Adams jumps for a save

Izzy Detroy, Maria Valente, and Emma Woods celebrate a goal

Izzy Detroy, Maria Valente, and Emma Woods celebrate a goal

Maria Valente (18) in position to head in a goal

Maria Valente (18) in position to head in a goal

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loose ball

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Late goal gets Lake Region past Gray-New Gloucester 4-3 in Western Maine Conference Class B girls soccer

Sophomore Kristen Huntress sets to rip home the game-winner with 23 seconds left.

Sophomore Kristen Huntress sets to rip home the game-winner with 23 seconds left.

Junior Maddie Simms had the hat trick for Lake Region

Junior Maddie Simms had the hat trick for Lake Region

(Naples ME) The Lake Region Lakers girls soccer team defeated the Gray-New Gloucester Patriots, 4-3, on a controversial goal with 23 seconds left on Friday night in Western Maine Conference action.

Sophomore Kristen Huntress ripped home the game-winner after a collision and a turnover gave her a wide-open, close-in, look.

GNG coach Kiaran McCormack protested the goal vehemently enough to draw a yellow card.  He could have been complaining about the collision between the Lakers’ Melody Millett and the Patriots’ Izzy Detroy that put Kristen Huntress into glorious scoring position or the apparent off-sides by at least two Lakers.  Take your pick.  They both appeared to have credence but on this night play continued and the excited Lakers had a very happy ending.

The wind was a factor in this game.  GNG (2 goals) had it in the first half and the Lakers (3 goals) in the second.

Junior Maddie Simms registered a hat trick for LR.  Her third goal put the home team ahead 3-2 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game.  That lead looked like it might hold up but with 1:25 to go, freshman Emma Woods beat Lakers GK Isabel Scribner to the ball and tied the score.  It was Emma’s second goal of the game and 5th of the season.

The Patriots celebrate the tying goal with 1:25 left in the game.

The Patriots celebrate the tying goal with 1:25 left in the game.

And again that goal looked like it would hold up but the Lakers pressure produced the game-winner by Kristen Huntress just over a minute later.

The Patriots (1-2) had a bunch of chances in the first half led by sophomore Kaelyn Woods.

The most dangerous player for the Patriots, in my opinion, was senior Maria Valente.  It was her throw-ins that were so amazing.  She put several long-distance tosses into the box setting up scoring chances.  Sarah Giggey capitalized on one of Maria’s throw-ins in the first half to give GNG a 2-1 lead.

Maria Valente had an assist on a throw-in

Maria Valente had an assist on a throw-in

The Patriots hit the crossbar in each half.

Kristen Huntress had a great look at a straightaway shot that sailed just over the crossbar in the second half.

The Lakers (2-1) are off to a surprising start.  Last season LR won only two games all season.  Last season LR scored a total of eleven goals.  Already they have six.  It certainly has helped the Lakers to start the season with three straight home games.  Can they do as well away from home?

Sophomore Melody Millett had assists on the first and fourth Lakers’ goals.

A big part of the Lakers’ early success has been the quality defensive play of Devynn Turner and Katie Throgmorton.  Their decision making has been solid.

Lakers’ GK Isabel Scribner continued with her very aggressive style.  Despite being burned twice taking chances, she robbed the visitors several times using the same approach.  Fun to watch but I’m not sure what it does for the LR coaching staffs’ heart rate!

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Emma Dyer closes in on Lakers GK Isabel Scribner

Emma Dyer closes in on Lakers GK Isabel Scribner

Maddie Simms puts her foot into her third goal

Maddie Simms puts her foot into her third goal

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loose ball

Patriots goalie Zoe Adams tips a shot over the net

Patriots goalie Zoe Adams tips a shot over the net

Kaelyn Woods

Kaelyn Woods

CeCe Hancock splits Emily Hotham (#12) and Izzy Detroy (#11)

CeCe Hancock splits Emily Hotham (#12) and Izzy Detroy (#11)

Maddie Simms gets an open look and fires her third goal

Maddie Simms gets an open look and fires her third goal

Emma Woods (2 goals) and Hannah Dixon

Emma Woods (2 goals) and Hannah Dixon

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Bethanie Knighton and Will Shafer win in cross country meet swept by Freeport

Bethanie Knighton (19:26)

Bethanie Knighton (19:26)

Will Shafer (15:50)

Will Shafer (15:50)

(Naples ME)  Freeport put five runners in the first seven spots in both the boys and girls races and easily defeated Kennebunk, Gray New Gloucester, and Lake Region on Friday afternoon in cross country.

Will Shafer of GNG Patriots continues to win every race he enters.  The senior led the four-team field from beginning to end on the 2.9 mile course.  This is the second time Will has won this season at Lake Region.

Teammate Ben Garcia hung with Will in the early going but the sophomore faded in the second half allowing another sophomore (Freeport’s Chandler Vincent) to get second.

Laura Broderick (K) is ahead of Bethanie Knighton in the early going

Laura Broderick (K) is ahead of Bethanie Knighton in the early going

On the girls’ side, Laura Broderick of Kennebunk had the early lead until the first trip around a field hockey game.  Bethanie Knighton of Freeport came into that section in second but came out with the lead.  The Falcon senior led thereafter.

Missing from the girls action were Sydney Ambrose (Freeport) and Audrey Blais (Lake Region).  Sydney rolled an ankle the day after the last meet in practice.  Audrey has a sore back.  Both expect to be available for their next meets.

Sydney was the MVP of the Falcons field hockey team in 2012.  She decided to make a very good girls cross country team even better.  Sydney has already won a race this year and I suspect would have been in contention to win this race if available.

In the boys race, Freeport finished with 24 points, Gray New Gloucester 46, and Kennebunk 68.

Sydney Ambrose was unavailable for the Falcons

Sydney Ambrose was unavailable for the Falcons

In the girls race, Freeport led with 20, while Kennebunk took second with 47 points.  Gray New Gloucester finished with 78 points.

The sunny conditions, with temperatures in the 60’s, may have been a bit hot for the runners but definitely not for the spectators.

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boys order of finish

boys order of finish

Chandler Vincent (2nd)

Chandler Vincent (2nd)(16:06)

Ben Garcia (3rd)

Ben Garcia (3rd)

Eric Brobst (4th)

Eric Brobst (4th)

Mark Donahue (5th) & Tyler Frey (6th)

Mark Donahue (5th) & Tyler Frey (6th)

Austin Williams (7th)

Austin Williams (7th)

Cole Hallee (8th)

Cole Hallee (8th)

Mark Lightbody (9th)

Mark Lightbody (9th)

Austin Cross (10th)

Austin Cross (10th)

girls order of finish

girls order of finish

Elly Bengtsson (2nd)

Elly Bengtsson (2nd)(19:42)

Gabby Fogg (3rd)

Gabby Fogg (3rd)

Nina Davenport (4th)

Nina Davenport (4th)

Laura Broderick (5th)

Laura Broderick (5th)

Chloe Hight (6th)

Chloe Hight (6th)

Hayley Steckler (7th)

Hayley Steckler (7th)

Haley Wuerthner (8th)

Haley Wuerthner (8th)

Hannah Schnyder (9th)

Hannah Schnyder (9th)

Addie Blais (10th)

Addie Blais (10th)

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