Oceanside too talented for Medomak Valley in first gameMcMurrin wears scoring hat for Panthers, Frye tallies two for winning Mariners
Waldoboro — Veteran Oceanside High School boys soccer coach Josh Mahar said during the preseason that his young, talented players from recent seasons finally have matured and that should mean positive things for the Mariners this fall.
That positive vibe and the skill of those players certainly was showcased Friday afternoon, Sept. 6 in a season-opening game against host Medomak Valley, which also spotlighted one of its own standout youngsters in a loss.
Junior-laden Oceanside took an early lead Friday and kept the Panthers at bay en route to a 5-3 victory.
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Travis Frye tallied two goals and Christian Straka, Nick Judge and Caleb Jacob all one for the winning Mariners, while R.J. Hall, Andrew King and Finnish exchange student Johannes Korhonen added assists for the visitors. Oceanside tallied two goals in the first half and three in the second.
For the Panthers, talented freshman Zidane McMurrin scored all three goals, including two on penalty kicks, to start his high school career with a bang — and a hat trick. Maty Moore added an assist for Medomak Valley.
All three Panther goals came in the second half.
Phil Atwood (6 saves) played in goal for the Mariners and Zach Starr (17 saves) in net for the Panthers.
The Mariners led 6-3 in corner kicks.
Frye scored his first goal with 14 minutes left in the first half, assisted by a teammate whose name was unavailable. Straka made it 2-0 when he scored off King's assist with 9:45 remaining in the opening half.
Oceanside tallied three second-half goals, including from Judge (20:52 left), Frye (17:00 remaining, Hall assisting) and Jacob (8:00 left).
For the Panthers, McMurrin scored his first goal with 33:45 remaining in the second half, on an assist from Moore, and then McMurrin converted penalty kicks with 15:23 and 2:52 left in the half.
Both teams wore black arm bands in memory of Laken Kyle Harrington, a Medomak Valley High School freshman who died unexpectedly Aug. 21.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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