April 08, 2020

Golden Bucks tie Ellsworth

BUCKSPORT – At least this time each team scored a goal in regulation.

The Ellsworth and Bucksport girls soccer teams battled to their double-overtime game of the season Monday afternoon.

But unlike their Sept. 1 matchup, the extra periods didn’t produce a winner.

The Golden Bucks earned some measure of revenge after the Eagles’ 1-0 victory last month as the squads played to a 1-1 tie at a wet, cold Wasson Field.

“We just didn’t want to lose. That was our goal,” Bucksport goalie Katie Hurd said. “I mean, obviously, we wanted to win. But a tie’s better than a loss.”

The Eagles, who remained undefeated with a 10-0-1 record, felt the same way.

“It was a hard-played game and it was hard because of the conditions,” Ellsworth fullback Maggie Seavey said. “Everybody was mis-kicking. We’d rather have a win, but I’ll take a tie, definitely.”

Bucksport moves to 7-1-2.

Playing in intermittent sprinkles during regulation and a downpour in overtime, and with spots of standing water on the field, the Bucks and Eagles spent most of the game in the midfield despite Ellsworth’s 11-5 advantage in shots on goal.

The scoring came in one bunch in the second half.

Ellsworth put in the first goal with 12 minutes, 41 seconds. Speedy right wing Emily Miller started the play with a crossing pass to the front of the goal. Bucksport goalie Katie Hurd lunged to tip away the ball, but it fell in front of Emily Lyons, who kicked it into the net.

The Bucks responded 1:11 later when Terren Hall slammed a free kick to the right post. Ellsworth goalie Catie Cravens (two saves) tapped it away, but like Lyons, Emily Lenor was there for the rebound and the tying goal.

Both Lyons and Lenor came off the bench.

Ellsworth was called offsides 10 times but the Eagles still got off some of the better chances. They had a flurry after a corner kick late in the first half, and Lauren Peer booted a ball just over the crossbar with 22:30 left in the second half.

“[Peer’s shot] was a scary one. They had a lot of chances, but we pulled through,” said Hurd, who made six saves. “We felt, keep the defense up and we’ll be fine.”

The Eagles’ defense of Seavey, Sarah Homich, Emily Baranello and Kara Beal kept the Bucks from mounting many offensive runs.

“We had to recognize their speed up front and in the middle,” Seavey said. “We tried to drop back so they didn’t beat us on the crossing balls, which I think we did well with.”

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