BANGOR, Maine — The Ellsworth High School boys soccer team isn’t the only one at the school that is proficient at generating scoring chances off restarts.
The Ellsworth girls scored twice off restarts on Tuesday as junior Katey Curtis converted a corner kick and a throw-in to give the Eagles a well-deserved 2-0 win over John Bapst of Bangor at the Dorothea Dix Field.
Ellsworth improved to 2-1 while the Crusaders fell to 1-3 after suffering their third straight loss.
Curtis scored with 24:59 remaining in the first half off an Annika Firestone corner kick as she dashed to the front of the net unattended and volleyed it with the inside of her right foot past helpless John Bapst goalie Mackenzie Hayman.
“I saw it coming. I just ran on to it and hit it with my foot,” said Curtis.
Hayman kept the Crusaders within one late in the half with a superb full-extension save off Kaiti Kinney, whose curling shot from the top of the penalty area was labeled for the upper corner to Hayman’s left. Hayman was able to parry it away with her hands.
But Hayman had no chance on Curtis’ second goal 5:53 into the second half when Cristin Wright’s long flip throw-in made its way to the far post where Curtis directed it into the net with her knee.
“I was just looking to get it into the six [goal area],” said Wright. “Sometimes things can go haywire but you can’t help that. That one was on [the mark] and [Curtis] was in the right place at the right time.”
“I was lucky. It went right to me and I just hit it with my knee,” said Curtis, who had found some open space in front of the net.
“We didn’t mark up very well,” said John Bapst coach Jenn Plourde. “We needed to keep an eye on [Curtis]. She’s a threat.”
Curtis almost collected a hat trick a few minutes later when she got her head on another Wright throw-in but she directed it wide of the near post.
Ellsworth controlled play from start to finish.
The Eagles kept the ball in the Bapst half of the field most of the time and won most of the 50-50 balls.
They attempted 25 shots to John Bapst’s six.
Ellsworth flip throwers Wright and Emily Berry caused problems in the Bapst penalty area with their long throws.
Wright and Berry also teamed up with Taylor White to anchor a stellar defensive performance.
But John Bapst generated a few dangerous chances, one early in the game and two in the game’s final five minutes.
Elise Nosel’s long ball landed in the Ellsworth penalty area with Mari Tomanelli trying to secure it and get off a shot. But Ellsworth goalkeeper Jessica Toothaker came sprinting out and she was able to smother the ball before a shot could be taken.
With five minutes left in regulation, Hannah Philippon’s shot off a Casey McGuire corner was cleared off the goal line by White as Toothaker was trying to scramble across the goalmouth.
“That’s my job,” said White. “I started in the middle and my job is to follow the ball wherever it goes and make sure it doesn’t get by me.”
A few minutes later, McGuire rattled a shot from the top of the 18 off the crossbar.
Toothaker finished with two saves while the busier Hayman made 10.
“It was an awesome win,” said Ellsworth first-year coach Katye Lacasse. “We came out a lot stronger in the second half. We did a better job of marking and passing.”
Energetic midfielder McGuire and goalkeeper Hayman were bright spots for John Bapst.