Thursday, December 19, 2013
A few extra notes from Winslow’s 3-2 victory over Gardiner on Monday:
• There are going to be a lot of good games in Eastern B this year. Gardiner and Winslow could probably play 100 times, and 98 of them would be one-goal games. Mt. View and Nokomis play Tuesday, and that’s another good game. Throw Belfast in there, and there are a good number of telling games this fall.
“The parity in the league this year is going to be unbelievable,” Gardiner coach Moe McNally said. “Just unbelievable.”
Winslow will get most or all of its opportunities for big-time Heal points in the early going. In a span of nine days, the Black Raiders play Gardiner, Mt. View, Belfast, and Nokomis.
• As usual, Winslow has a strong defense. Megan Richards and sweeper Jordyn Dorval both made some nice individual plays on Monday. The Raiders also use JoAnn Bourgoin and Bethany Winkin in the backfield.
“They’ve really started to kind of jell, with Megan, Jordyn, Jo/Bethany — they kind of share it, and then Brooke Haskell and Alyssa Wood going in off the bench. I’ve got some pretty solid players back there,” Winslow coach Mary Beth Bourgoin said.
• Gardiner had some early-season mistakes, but the Tigers played well overall. McNally pointed out that she saw a lot of things that she liked during the game.
“For the first time, we had all of forwards playing offense at the same time,” McNally said. “We’ve had games where we’ve had two out of the four or three out of the four. Today, our offense really was clicking. I liked that.
“I was really pleased with our goalie today. Emalee Couture did a great job, and (was) a great communicator in the back. She did a great job on a couple of those clears. They were long, and they were hard, and they were exactly what we were looking for.”
Youngsters Emily Michaud and Abby Dyer have stepped in to key roles at midfield for Gardiner, and on Monday, Emily Malinowski and Grace Kelley put in good minutes as substitutes on the forward line.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.