U13 Pen Bay boys soccer squad emerges with Harvest Cup
York — A group of local youth soccer players recently put their skills on display in a Southern Maine tournament and returned to the Midcoast with impressive hardware.
The U13 (under age 13) Pen Bay Soccer Club boys team emerged victorious in a recent tournament, raising the Harvest Cup in York over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 6-7.
Eight teams participated in the tournament in two groups of four, with Pen Bay emerging from its group with a 3-0 record, then picking up wins in both the semifinals and finals to secure the tourney title.
The U13 Pen Bay boys team is comprised of Bryce Tyler, Andy Pitcairn, Will Nickerson, Elliot Matlack, Colt Magri, James Orne, Marshall Merriam, Conrad Crans, Jesse Fraser, Dan Lydon, Daniel Peabody, Matt Czuchra, Tucker Grinnell, Aiden Roberts, Conor O’Dwyer, Lucas Boetsch, Alex Dionne and Rudy Schnetzer. The team is coached by Dwight Pitcairn, Jan Pitcairn and Bill Flint.
"It was a great weekend and a great tournament on and off the field," said Pen Bay coach Dwight Pitcairn. "It was an opportunity to bond with teammates and parents."
"Everyone on the team contributed and worked extremely hard all weekend," he said.
Pen Bay emerged victorious with a 1-0 decision over Raymond, with Tyler scoring the lone goal, on an assist from Merriam. The local squad scored nine more goals in its next two games to advance to the semifinals, first besting York-Thurlow 5-0 and upending Merrimack-Bailey 4-0.
In the team's win over York-Thurlow, Czuchra and Merriam tallied a goal and an assist, while Fraser, Tyler and Grinnell also creased the net and Boetsch, Magri and Peabody added assists.
In the win over Merrimack-Bailey, Grinnell compiled a goal and an assist, while Fraser, Merrian and Tyler added goals and Peabody one assist.
In the semifinals, Pen Bay bested Portsmouth City Soccer Club 2-1 in a game that went to a shootout after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. Pen Bay then bested Portsmouth City 3-2 in the shootout, with goalie Boetsch making a "crucial save in the shootout to send Pen Bay to the final," said coach Dwight Pitcairn.
Pen Bay rode that momentum into the finals and claimed the Harvest Cup with a 2-0 win over the Timberwolves, with Tyler and Orne scoring goals, both on assists from Fraser.
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