Sunday, May 19, 2013
A few notes from Tuesday’s game between St. Dom’s and Hall-Dale.
A couple of pretty skilled soccer teams got together Tuesday when the Hall-Dale boys hosted St. Dominic in a showdown of Mountain Valley Conference unbeatens.
The visiting Saints controlled play in the first half while the Bulldogs outshot them 6-1 in the second half. The Saints won on their only shot on goal in the second half when Troy Haefele converted a corner kick. There were some skillful players on both sides of the field in this clean, well-played game.
“They did a great job filling up the passing lanes and disrupting our passes,” St. Dom’s coach Martin Bressler said. “So we had to continue to stretch the field even more to get that one opportunity that did it for us.”
Junior midfielder William Demarais was a particular standout for the Saints,
“Demarais is as good a player as you’re going to see in the conference,” Hall-Dale coach Andy Haskell said. "(Zak Johnson) is a real solid player and so is (Tyler Furtado).”
Haskell moved more players up front as the second half progressed and his team was trailing 1-0. Sam Shepherd had two excellent chances to score for the Bulldogs.
“In the first half we wanted to negate their speed and we wanted to make sure we were composed in the back,” he said. “Once they scored we had to open things up a little bit and it kind of woke up the giant and we started playing a lot better and having good scoring opportunities.”
The Madison girls sneak into the top 10 this week after extending their record to 5-0-0.
“It’s the best Madison team I’ve seen in 10 years,” Hall-Dale coach Guy Cousins said. “They put a lot of pressure on goal. They got the (Chelsea White) from Carrabec. She scored a hat trick against us.”
5. Cape Elizabeth
3. Camden Hills
4. Mt. Ararat
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.