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Ellsworth Girls Soccer 3 at Hermon 2


HERMON, Maine — The resilient Ellsworth High School Eagles erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring three goals in a span of 13:03 in the second half and upset the previously undefeated Hermon High School Hawks 3-2 Tuesday.
Maddie Card and Katey Curtis scored three minutes apart early in the second half to tie it and Annika Firestone scored from midfield with 22:57 left in regulation to supply the game-winner.
Ellsworth won its third straight to improve to 6-2 while Hermon fell to 7-1.
Claire Petersen and Jessica Allen scored 2:14 apart late in the first half to stake the Hawks to a 2-0 lead.
Card scored four minutes into the second  half when a Firestone corner kick glanced fortuitously off a Hawk head to the far post and she tucked the ball into the exposed net.
Curtis tied it when Hermon freshman goalie Bryanne Crouse came out to the edge of the penalty area to clear a ball to a teammate. However, Curtis stepped in and poked the ball free before placing it into the vacated net before Crouse could scramble back into the position.
Firestone’s game-winner came about when she gained custody of the ball at midfield and launched a high arching ball with the wind that slipped through the outstretched fingers of Crouse.
Petersen opened the scoring when Kaitlin Saulter gained possession of the ball in the penalty area and had her cross glance over to Petersen at the far post. Petersen slid it into the empty net.
Allen scored from 35 yards out when she accepted a Saulter pass and sailed a shot with the wind over the hands of goalkeeper Jessica Toothaker.
Trailing 3-2, Hermon had three good scoring chances late in the game but failed to convert.
Jessica Allen’s well-struck free kick from just outside the penalty area was parried away by Toothaker but the rebound fell right into the path of Saulter. However, Saulter’s shot went right into the body of Toothaker, who hung on to the ball.
In the waning moments, Gabby Bryant passed the ball ahead to Saulter and she crossed it to the unmarked Mollie Roy. Roy fully extended her leg but chipped it over the crossbar.
Toothaker finished with six saves on 18 shots while Crouse had two on 10 shots.

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