BANGOR, Maine — It was an evenly played game in which both teams had some glittering scoring chances. But it was Mount Desert Island’s Julia Mace who finally broke the scoreless deadlock off an Opal Curless corner with 6:55 remaining and the Trojans went on to post a 2-0 girls soccer victory over Old Town at Husson University’s Boucher Field Tuesday afternoon.
Curless added an insurance goal off a clever foray across the goalmouth.
Mount Desert Island improved to 1-1 while Old Town fell to 0-2.
Curless placed her corner kick into the middle of the penalty area and during the aerial duel for the ball, it was headed back to the near post where Mace volleyed it into the short-side corner with her left leg from seven yards out before goalkeeper Nicole Robichaud could scramble across.
“I saw it bounce off Ivy [Wallace] and another girl, and I just saw an open spot and went for it,” said Mace. “I was a ways away, and I bolted for it.”
“Julia did a great job putting it in,” said Curless.
The talented Curless scored when she burst past a defender near the end line to create a clear path to the goal and then tucked a point-blank shot into the near-side corner.
“I was just going to dribble into the corner to waste some time, but I saw an opening, and I was lucky I did,” said Curless.
Both teams generated 16 shots at goal and Old Town nearly took the lead early in the second half when the Martin sisters, Lauren and Rachel, teamed up on a well-orchestrated give-and-go, only to have Rachel Martin volley her sister’s cross off the post to goalie Hannah Shaw’s left.
“That was a little scary,” said Shaw.
“We just couldn’t find the net today,” said Rachel Martin.
A few minutes later, Caitlyn King’s corner was pinballed around the MDI penalty area with Trojan sweeper Molly Carroll blocking a couple of dangerous shots.
“I realized where they were trying to kick it and I went into that area,” said Carroll.
Late in the first half, Lauren Martin’s low cross found the onrushing Brooke Mishou, but Shaw sprinted out to get her hand on Mishou’s volley.
Carroll made a terrific play earlier in the game when she interceded to get her foot on a pass from Rachel Martin to her open sister in a two-on-one opportunity.
“That’s my job. I’m the sweeper, and I don’t usually guard anybody, so I have to watch for back passes and crosses and try to step up and interfere with those,” said Carroll.
“Molly’s new to the position this year, and she’s playing it well,” said MDI coach Tom Savage. “We didn’t expect this to be a high-scoring game. We consider ourselves a defensive team.”
MDI had its share of opportunities, also.
Maeve Geary took a through ball from Curless and split a pair of Old Town defenders late in the first half only to miss the near post.
Moments later, Kelsey Shaw’s cross deflected to Paige Mason, but Robichaud made a great diving save off Mason’s 12-yard shot.
Robichaud robbed Curless in the second half after Curless dribbled around a pair of defenders to create a one-on-one with the goalie. Curless’ shot was swatted away by Robichaud.
“After the first 10 minutes, we settled in and played a real solid game. We had a number of chances but, unfortunately, couldn’t quite find the back of the net today,” said Old Town coach Charles Neely.
Shaw finished with two saves, and Robichaud had nine.