Mariners sweep Panthers on pitch to improve playoff positionMedomak Valley boys blanked, Panther girls push Oceanside to limit
The high school soccer games between Oceanside and Medomak Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 8 saw a pair of Midcoast teams looking to improve their playoff positions, while another hoped to make a statement and work its way into the regional playoff discussion.
Unfortunately for the Panther boys and girls squads, a victory was not in the cards against a pair of talented Mariner teams, though the Panther girls nearly knocked off one of the region's top squads.
The Panther girls took an early lead but ultimately dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime, while the Panther boys, who are outside the regional playoff race, played even with the Mariners through the first 40 minutes before falling 4-0.
The Oceanside squads are in prime position to host future Eastern Class B preliminary playoff games.
The following is a recap of both Tuesday contests:
Oceanside 2, Medomak Valley 1 (OT)
At Waldoboro Oct. 8, the Mariners fell behind in the first half, but rallied for one goal in the second half and another in OT to pick up their seventh win.
Makenna Brooks tied the game with 12 minutes left in regulation after intercepting a ball deep in Panther territory and creasing the net. The two teams went scoreless for the rest of regulation.
Then, less than two minutes into the first overtime, Caitlin Raye headed in the game-winner for Oceanside. The ball was crossed into the box and headed sky high by a teammate before Raye eyed the ball and directed it into the net with a stellar second effort.
Sophie Cohen scored the lone goal for the Panthers.
Kalyn Grover minded the net for Oceanside, while Chelsea Ripley played in goal for Medomak Valley. The final shots on goal, corner kicks and keeper saves were unavailable.
The name of the Panther goal scorer was unavailable, but will be added later to this story.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (7-2-1, 46.6199 points) is fifth, while Medomak Valley (2-8-1, 14.4700 points) is 14th. Waterville (11-0, 78.4439 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Oceanside 4, Medomak Valley 0
At Thomaston Oct. 8, the Mariners creased the net four times in the second half and sailed past the visiting Panthers.
Eli Thorbjornson, Walker Ranney, R.J. Hall and Caleb Jacob netted goals for the hosts.
Phillip Atwood made seven saves in net for the Mariners, while Noah Beck made 10 saves in goal for the Panthers.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (8-2, 41,9643 points) is sixth, while Medomak Valley (1-7-3, 11.6071 points) is 18th. Ellsworth (7-0-1, 71.2372 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.