Local soccer teams advance to regional quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — An action-packed weekend of high school sports saw Hancock County’s four remaining volleyball teams eliminated from the playoffs, but five local soccer teams are still alive.The Ellsworth boys and Bucksport and George Stevens Academy girls advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals with wins in their respective preliminary games over the weekend. Those three will be joined there by the Bucksport and GSA boys, which received byes after finishing among the top-six teams in Class C North.Senior Jack Lee led the Ellsworth boys’ team (6-7-2) to victory by scoring all three goals in the No. 7 Eagles’ shutout win Saturday over No. 10 Old Town (4-10-1) in the Class B North prelims. Ellsworth’s No. 7 volleyball team (7-8) was beaten 3-0 in its road contest against second-seeded Yarmouth (14-1) in the Class B quarterfinals later that day.Bucksport’s volleyball team (7-8) fell to Woodland (14-1) 3-0 in the Class C quarterfinals at the University of Maine at Machias, but the school’s eighth-seeded girls’ soccer team won its prelim showdown with No. 9 Calais (7-6-2) 2-1 Friday. The Golden Bucks (7-6-2) will play their quarterfinal match on the road against prolific scorer Kolleen Bouchard and the top-seeded Houlton Shiretowners (13-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 24.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll three Mount Desert Island teams in action were eliminated with losses Saturday afternoon. MDI’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams lost prelim games by scores of 7-1 and 7-0 on the road against Winslow and John Bapst, respectively, and the school’s fourth-seeded volleyball team (9-6) fell to a 3-0 defeat at home against Greely (8-7) in the Class B quarterfinals.In volleyball, the No. 8 Sumner Tigers (3-12) marked their first playoff appearance with a 3-0 defeat against top-seeded Washington Academy (10-5) at UMaine-Machias. The ninth-seeded Sumner boys’ soccer team (9-5-1) saw an excellent season come to an end Saturday with a 2-0 road loss against No. 8 Piscataquis (8-6-1) in Guilford.In other Class C soccer action, the third-seeded George Stevens Academy (9-1-4) and sixth-seeded Bucksport (7-7) boys will face one another in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Blue Hill. GSA’s 10th-seeded girls’ team (4-8-3) recorded an upset over No. 7 Narraguagus (8-3-2) when it topped the Knights 5-2 in the prelims Friday in Harrington.Below are times and dates for soccer quarterfinal games to be played Tuesday and Wednesday. A list of semifinal soccer and quarterfinal football games will be posted Thursday, Oct. 26. Road teams are listed first.Tuesday, Oct. 24Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class B North: (7) Ellsworth vs. (2) Washington Academy, 5 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (8) Bucksport vs. (1) Houlton, 4 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (10) George Stevens Academy vs. (2) Dexter, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 25Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (6) Bucksport vs. (3) GSA, 2:30 p.m. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Biocenter_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

TENNIS : Orange looks to fix road struggles as 8-game away swing looms on slate

first_imgAlessondra Parra symbolizes the collective struggles of the Syracuse tennis team playing at home compared to on the road.Parra, SU’s former No. 1 singles player who is now slotted at the No. 2 position, is 5-2 in singles play in the friendly confines of the Drumlins Tennis Center. Compare that to an unimpressive 1-3 on the road.‘Whenever I play an away match — or even home match for that matter — but particularly an away match,’ Parra said, ‘I have to do things better.’Though Syracuse has impressed in home matches this season, it struggles on the road. The Orange is 7-0 at Drumlins but just 2-2 elsewhere.As a team, the Orange has won 19 consecutive matches at Drumlins. However, SU coach Luke Jensen knows for his team to achieve its goal of winning the Big East tournament, the Orange must learn to win on the road.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There really isn’t a change of mindset,’ Jensen said of preparing for road matches. ‘It’s a change of scenery. It’s so much easier when you can roll out of bed, and you’re a bicycle ride away from where you’re competing.’The Big East tournament takes place in South Bend, Ind., nearly 600 miles from SU.The junior Parra recognizes her team needs to improve on the road. She believes the team must not let all the complications of a road match get in the way of the team’s goal: returning to Syracuse with a victory.And that starts with her individual preparation.‘I have to plan ahead,’ she said. ‘I have to get everything in line, so that I know that I’m ready to walk onto the court and win.’The Orange clearly did not have everything in line on Jan. 29 when it lost to Maryland 0-7. SU also struggled on Feb. 20 when it fell to Boston 1-6.Parra was adamant those matches were lost due to tactical and executional inefficiencies. She said SU would have lost regardless of location.Jensen disagreed and said the two results would have been different if the Orange played at home.‘It definitely would’ve been different,’ Jensen said. ‘No doubt about it. The road is the problem. We’ve got to go out there and (win away matches).’Jensen’s squad knows it has only a little time to solve this problem. Syracuse begins an eight-game road trip on March 15, when it takes on Southern California. It will also face formidable opponents in San Diego State and William & Mary.For junior Emily Harman, the road stretch is crucial. Excluding Thursday’s home match against Cornell and an April 22 bout with Connecticut, these eight matches will be SU’s last before the Big East tournament.‘Whether we win or lose, it’s definitely going to build our confidence going into the tournament,’ Harman said. ‘It’ll give us really good experience and set us up for what we will see at the tournament.’For Jensen, the trip will be telling. If the Orange can string together some wins away from home, Jensen believes his team has a legitimate chance of winning the Big East tournament.This road trip will be the last of a series of challenges Jensen scheduled for his team. It will push the team toward peaking for the Big East tournament, one of Jensen’s goals.Earlier in the season, SU played a doubleheader. The weekend after, the Orange played matches in three consecutive days.‘It’s all designed (for the players) to be challenged before the big matches really start,’ Jensen said. ‘Before the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament.’Even if it is physically prepared, the Orange won’t be at its finest if it isn’t in the right mindset.Harman knows if the team wants to make a run at the title, it must be confident playing away from home. As of Wednesday, Jensen’s squad has 50 days until the tournament begins to gain that confidence.‘Tennis is all about confidence,’ Harman said. ‘You have to have it. And if you don’t have it, you might as well walk off the court.’[email protected] Published on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more