Upset-minded Ponies bounce No. 6 Mariners from postseasonNo. 11 Foxcroft Academy spoils host Oceanside's bid to advance
Thomaston — For the second straight year, the 11th seed will move on to the quarterfinal round of the Eastern Class B high school boys soccer playoffs.
However, this fall, the results were not favorable for the Oceanside Mariners.
Hosting No. 11 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Sam Pendleton Field, the No. 6 Mariners were entrenched in a scoreless battle with the Ponies through the first half and a chunk of the second half of a regional prelim playoff game.
Then the visitors struck twice to take a 2-0 lead and, while the Mariners cut their deficit in half late, the hosts could not rally and were upset 2-1 by the Ponies.
Foxcroft Academy (7-7-1) moves onto the quarterfinals to face No. 3 Winslow (11-0-3). The Black Raiders and Ponies do not face each other during the regular season.
Oceanside's season, which overall, despite Saturday's loss, was a successful one, ended at 9-4-2.
Oceanside's three regular-season losses were to Camden Hills of Rockport (twice) and Maranacook of Readfield. The Windjammers and Black Bears went undefeated during the regular season.
Last year, No. 11 Oceanside upset No. 6 Old Town 3-2 in the prelim playoff round before falling to Winslow 2-0 in the quarterfinals. The Black Raiders were also the No. 3 seed last year.
On Saturday in Thomaston, Sam Keane and Berk Taner scored for the Ponies, while Volody Pizhov added an assist in the win.
Walker Ranney scored the lone goal for Oceanside.
The Mariners held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks, while the Ponies held a 6-5 advantage in shots. Phillip Atwood for Oceanside and Logan Butera for the Ponies made four saves in goal.
The Ponies struck first with 28:03 remaining when Pizhov put the ball on net off a direct kick, a ball which was headed in by Keane, to put the visitors on top.
Almost 20 minutes came off the clock before Foxcroft Academy essentially clinched the game with what proved an important insurance goal when Taner beat Atwood with 8:52 remaining to put the Ponies ahead by two goals.
Ranney got the Mariners on the board with 2:52 left in regulation, but the hosts could not complete the comeback to force overtime.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
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