Thursday, December 12, 2013
A few tidbits from Maranacook’s 4-1 win against Freeport on Wednesday night.
• Coach Don Beckwith used several players off his bench which by the second half made a difference. He used junior midfielder Taylor Wilbur to mark Freeport’s Landon Easler and Wilbur rarely left his side. Freeport coach Joe Heathco wasn’t sure why Easler drew the attention.
“Just to give them a different look,” Beckwith said. “They’ve never seen it. And I thought he was their leader in the (prelim) game and I wanted to take their leader out.”
• Maranacook starts four seniors, but also gets a lot of mileage from its younger players. Freshmen Chris Beckwith and Kent Mohlar both started Wednesday along with sophomores Matt DuBois and Kody Solmitz. All four played strong games with Mohlar and Solmitz each getting a goal. Both are quick on their feet and do a great job controlling the ball in close quarters.
• Norweigian exchange student Erling Vingelsgaard has made a seamless transition into the Maranacook lineup this season. The junior midfielder is a deft passer and dribbler and rarely makes a mistake. He takes many of the team’s free kicks, especially in the offensive zone. He nearly scored twice, just missing over the crossbar and forcing Freeport goalkeeper Brendan Qualls into the save of the game off a direct kick.
• With the win, the Black Bears remain unbeaten at 13-0-2, not including their conference championship win against Camden Hills.
“We’re ecstatic,” Maranacook’s Zach Elwell said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, especially for me as a senior, just the frustration of the last three years, not getting past the second game of the playoffs.”
• If Maranacook is to reach the regional finals, it will have to knock off No. 3 seed Falmouth in Readfield on Saturday. The Yachtsmen have won four of the past six Class B state championships and 10 overall under veteran coach Dave Halligan. Maranacook lost 2-1 in overtime two years ago in the tournament semifinals. Maranacook beat Falmouth on penalty kicks in 2004 then lost to Yarmouth in the regional final.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.