OAKLAND — History was made at Messalonskee High School on Tuesday night, Nov. 2 as top-ranked Islesboro — a coed team playing in the boys division — squared off with No. 3 North Yarmouth Academy for the Class D South championship.

Despite the teams’ seeds, it was considered a David-and-Goliath-type battle, with Islesboro a blue-collar kindergarten through 12th-grade Penobscot Bay island school with an enrollment of 86 students and NYA, a private school where many of their athletes play soccer year-round.

Islesboro’s Jett Lindelof, left, and Reagan Field, as well as North Yarmouth Academy’s Cooper St. Hilaire (23) and Bryce Poulin. Photo by Ken Waltz

In a game that included sporadic rain showers and a chill in the air, the Panthers held a 1-0 lead through the majority of the contest before they pumped in a few well-timed insurance goals in the waning minutes.

In the end, it was NYA that emerged with the regional title after a decisive, 4-0 victory.

With the win, North Yarmouth Academy (11-4-2) advances to the state Class D championship game, where it will face No. 4 Wisdom of St. Agatha (16-2), the north champion, on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Gehrig Johnson Field at Presque Isle Middle School.

Islesboro’s Matt Britton, left, and North Yarmouth Academy’s Hans-Erik Jerosch. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Eagles, who defeated No. 9 Chop Point of Woolwich 7-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Greenville 2-1 in the semifinals on consecutive days, saw its season conclude at 10-2.

NYA also beat No. 6 Buckfield 2-1 and No. 2 Richmond 2-1 previously in the playoffs.

The history made in Tuesday’s game was the first regional championship soccer appearance in Islesboro Central School history. And the Eagles brought hardware — a regional runner-up plaque — home to the island late in the night.

In the rain, Islesoboro’s Dylan Frank, front, and his huddled teammates on the bench. Photo by Ken Waltz

The only other regional championship appearance in the school’s history was in 1996, when the Eagle cross-country squad finished as runners-up in the Western Class D championship meet and went on to race to third in the state.

Team members for Islesboro, led by coach Rob McHugh, include Robert Conover, Owen Jagger, Charlie Jagger, Harper Conover, Brynn Ward, Julian Kelly, Sam Jagger, Reagan Field, Lake Lindelof, Dylan Frank, Rio Dubois, Toby Conover, Matt Britton, Jett Lindelof, Chase Cook, Ella Reichert-Vacher, Rosie Brimley, Shamus Dove, Logan Burns, Max Dubois, Blake Zlotkowski, Eion Kehoe, Nathan Waldron, Abby Leach, Alma Bewsher and Gabe Holmes.

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