Blue Devils stymie Hawks to claim coed crownNo. 1 Bristol upends No. 2 Hope Elementary School
Northport — The Busline League coed soccer championship game was held on Monday, Oct. 21 and pitted top-seeded Bristol Consolidated School against No. 2 Hope Elementary School in a matchup of Midcoast middle school's top two squads at Point Lookout.
The talented teams battled back and forth through a scoreless first half, but the higher-ranked Blue Devils creased the net midway through the second half — and popped in an insurance goal late — en route to a 2-0 win to clinch an undefeated season and the league championship.
Bristol finished the season 12-0, while Hope's campaign ended at 10-2.
Team members for the newly-crowned Busline League champs include Taylor Holmes, Khloe Poland, Bailey Chalmers, Logan Eckel, Leonard Wall, Nathan Masters, Hannah Corson, Michael Steben, Hunter Reilly, Mia Hall, Sullivan Fisk, Zach Gamage, Lucas Kelsey, Amber LaMarre, Halle Hallowell, Chase Crockett, Kaden Lewis, Will Shaffer and Emily Kelsey.
Team members for Hope include Ariel Power, Macy Pushaw, Hugh Levitt, Grace Wrona, Cam Bagnall. Daniel peabody, Kesha Lane, Bryce Tyler, Braden Swan, Aiden Roberts, Laticia Billings, Thomas Griebel, Kiera Barley and Bella Merrill. The team is coached by Pete Billings and Stacey Whitley.
Will Shaffer scored for Bristol midway through the second half and added an assist on another goal late in the game, which was scored by Lucas Kelsey.
Thomas Griebel was in goal for Hope, while Nathan Simmons minded the net for Bristol.
Both teams have blue uniforms, so the Hawks, being the lower seed, were forced to wear pinnies for Monday's title game.
Hope controlled possession for much of the first half and nearly had the game's first score when Tyler put a shot on goal from about 15 yards out that bounced off the left goal post and back into play for the game's first quality scoring chance. Minutes later Tyler served a terrific corner kick into the box, but the sure-handed Simmons rose to the occasion, out-jumping several Hawks to make the save.
Bristol rallied back the other way when it had a direct kick set up in front of the Hope goal and a shot by Masters went just over the goal and off the fingertips of Griebel to set up a corner kick.
Holmes then nearly put the Blue Devils on the board when a shot attempted by a teammate went off the gloves of Griebel and back into play directly to Holmes, who booted a shot just over the crossbar for a goal kick.
In the second half Bristol took control of possession and, despite strong play from the Hawks, got on the board when Shaffer drilled a hard shot from about 12 yards out to the left of Griebel for the game's first score.
Roughly 10 minutes later, Shaffer assisted on Kelsey's goal, which put the game out of reach for the Hawks.
Bristol defeated No. 8 Vinalhaven (score unavailable) and dispatched No. 4 Jefferson 4-0 to advance to the league final, while Hope defeated No. 7 Appleton 6-0 and No. 3 Lincolnville 3-2 after a penalty-kick shootout to advance to the championship game.
Last year, Lincolnville and Appleton played in the league championship, with the two squads being declared co-champs following a 2-2 tie.
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