MILO— it took almost 103 minutes of play for a goal to be scored. When Elinor Haldane did put the ball in the back of the net with 7:01 remaining in the second overtime, it gave the George Stevens Eagles a 1-0 victory over Penquis in a class C North girls soccer quarterfinal game on Tuesday afternoon.
Haldane got by a Patriots defender, after receiving a pass from Morgan Doak. The sophomore (Haldane) powered the George Stevens offense that outshot Penquis 25-13.
“It was just a really great play with Morgan Doak,”Haldane said. “She just passed it to me, we have been working so hard on that.”
Both teams had plenty of chances throughout the contest. The teams combined for 26 shots during regulation. Penquis may have had the best chance when Camryn Rolfe broke away from the Eagles defenders, and had a one on one with Eagles goalie Elizaneth MacArthur with 15 minutes left in the second half. The shot from Rolfe missed wide left.
“Hats off to those kids(Penquis), they are workaholics. They deserved to win as much as e did. They had a lot of chances as we did,”George Stevens coach Steve Bemiss said. “We got a little bit lucky, that is what makes soccer a sport some people don’t like.”
The Eagles best chance before the goal, came with one minute remaining in the first overtime, Haldane had a point blank shot on Penquis goalie Jordan Durant. The shot missed wide of the goal.
Penquis will be looking towards the future after a season they finished with a record of 8-6-1. Coming into this season, the Patriots went two years without a win.
“The last couple of years, we didn’t win any games. We had nine freshmen join the team. The hard work of the freshmen and the players that were already here, helped us get a win over Howland, who was undefeated. That made us go from 7th place to fourth, and gave us a chance to even be here. It gives the kids confidence moving forward. It is very hard for seniors,”Penquis coach Dawn McLaughlin said. “Winning gives them the taste and makes them want to win more. When you have a program that isn’t winning, it makes it difficult to get up for those games and be competative. Winning is great, gets us looking forward to next year, that freshmen group is only going to get stronger. Clearly GSA is a very strong team.”
George Stevens (9-2-4) will travel to Orono for a clash against the top seeded Red Riots in a semifinal game on Friday afternoon. Orono defeated Fort Kent 1-0 in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday. The only two losses for the Eagles this season came against Orono.
“They (Orono) are a really great team,”Haldane said. “I think of we play as well as today or better we could give them a good fight.”Bemiss added, “Orono has such a depth of talent, we need a little bit of luck to beat them.”
Durant finished with 12 saves in goal for the Patriots. MacArthur recorded five saves for the Eagles. Follow Eastern Maine Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, recaps, photos, and more.