High school boys soccer

Vinalhaven-North Haven plays strong defense in loss to Richmond

Goalie Blackington turns in yeoman work to keep contest close
By Staff | Oct 11, 2016
Photo by: Ken Waltz Vinalhaven-North Haven goalie Isles Blackington makes a save against Richmond on Oct. 8 in high school boys soccer action. The host Bobcats beat the islanders 4-0.

Richmond — The Vinalhaven-North Haven boys soccer team was on the defensive on Saturday, Oct. 8 and, for at least a little while, that made longtime athletic rival Richmond a bit nervous.

The islanders played exceptional defense, led by the yeoman work of goalie Isles Blackington, to push the host Bobcats hard throughout the 80-minute affair.

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However, in the end, Richmond's talent won out en route to a 4-0 win. The Bobcats led 2-0 at halftime.

Matthew Rines scored a pair of first-half goals for Richmond, while Zach Marseglia and Marston Sneddon scored in the second half for the hosts.

Blackington made 14 saves on 21 shots for Vinalhaven-North Haven, while Zach Small made two saves in net for Richmond.

The Bobcats held a 15-0 advantage in corner kicks.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Vinalhaven/North Haven (3-7, 24.9603 points) is 10th, while Buckfield (8-2-1, 67.2704 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Vinalhaven-North Haven at Richmond boys soccer
Richmond hosts Vinalhaven-North Haven on Oct. 8 in high school boys soccer. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Joe Hopkins. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Keon Arey (12). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Keaton Lear, right, and Richmond's Zach Small. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Max Stanley, left, and Richmond's Nick Adams. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Joe Hopkins, right, and Richmond's Brady Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Cody Hamilton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Keaton Lear, middle. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Vinalhaven-North Haven's Henry Noyes, front, and Max Stanley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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