Second-half surge pushes Panthers past winless LionsHorovitz, Eutsler, Willey, Hopkins score for Medomak, Perkins for Belfast
Belfast — The Medomak Valley boys soccer team, among the top-ranked high school teams in Class B North, nearly hit a bump in the road — on the road — against winless Belfast on Thursday, Oct. 13 with the end of the regular season in sight.
However, the Panthers, after a sluggish first half, persevered against the hard-working Lions.
After the hosts took a 1-0 advantage less than eight minutes into the contest, Medomak Valley netted the equalizer minutes later — and pumped in three second-half scores for good measure — in a 4-1 win over Belfast.
Skylar Perkins put Belfast on the board as he converted a direct kick from about 20 yards out with 33:20 left in the first half, but Cameron Hopkins beat Lion keeper Max Lewis to knot the score with 24:08 remaining.
The squads were knotted 1-1 at halftime.
In the second half, a more aggressive Panther squad got goals from Joey Horovitz, Adam Eutsler and Colby Willey to pull away.
Willey’s goal was the first of his varsity career and came off a corner kick from Zidane McMurrin — one of two assists for the senior on the day.
Panther coach Brian Campbell said he was proud of “how we were able to regroup at halftime and correct a few areas.”
“Belfast came out today with an organized attack and struck early,” the coach said. “We had a difficult time maintaining possession early on and Belfast quickly capitalized on a perfectly-placed direct kick. At halftime we set a few second-half goals for ourselves, which included winning the 50-50 balls, improved talk and movement on the field and to increase our intensity.”
Medomak Valley held a 13-9 edge in shots and 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Lewis made three saves in goal for the Lions and Cameron Robinson five saves in net for the Panthers.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Medomak Valley (10-2-1, 95.9439 points) is third, while Belfast (0-13, no points) is 18th. Winslow (12-0-1, 138.8520 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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