When high school athletic rivals square off it often brings out the best in them and that was the case in windy, cold conditions on Friday afternoon, Sept. 23 when the Oceanside of Rockland and Medomak Valley of Waldoboro soccer squads played 180 minutes on the pitch and decided nothing.

Medomak Valley’s Luke Cheesman, left, and Oceanside’s Quinten Kruger. Photo by Ken Waltz

That is because the Mariners and Panthers were forced to settle for unsatisfying ties — the boys 2-2 in Waldoboro and girls scoreless in Thomaston.

The squads played 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtime sessions, but could not determine a winner.

Oceanside’s Bella Engelberg, left, and Medomak Valley’s Scarlett Flint. Photo by Ken Waltz

The games were postponed from Thursday, Sept. 22 due to inclement weather.

In the girls game, there was a lot of midfield play, but the foes did make strong forays into the opponent’s shooting and scoring zones, only to be thwarted.

Jillian Barnard (9 saves) played in goal for the Mariners and Maddison McCormick (3 saves) in net for the Panthers.

Medomak Valley’s Slavik Moody, left, along with Oceanside’s Hunter Shook, left, and Ben Jones. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Panthers held the better of the overall play with a 9-3 edge in shots and 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.

In the boys game, the visiting Mariners took the early lead before the Panthers tied the affair 1-1. Oceanside scored again late to take a 2-1 halftime edge, before Medomak Valley knotted the contest 2-2 in the second half.

Medomak Valley’s Peyton Eaton, right, and Oceanside’s Ava Philbrook, left, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Mariner goals came from Alex Bartlett, on a Liam Porter assist, with 25:43 left and Quinten Kruger, after a Bartlett blocked shot, with 1:45 remaining in the opening half.

For Medomak Valley, Vishal Mellor tallied the tying goal, at the time, with 8:13 remaining in the first half. Mellor struck a ball from the 18-yard line and beat the keeper over his head.

Mohamedi Ngido again knotted the game 2-2 with 29:12 minutes remaining in the second half when he converted a penalty kick.

The opponents finished with six shots apiece.

Oceanside’s Hayden Jacques (10) and Dylan Chiaramonte, back, along with Medomak Valley’s Luke Cheesman. Photo by Ken Waltz

Eli Pluecker for Medomak Valley and Taygen McAllister for Oceanside made four saves in the nets.

“We are down a lot of guys from sickness and injury,” said Oceanside coach Travis Doughty. “Hunter Shook and Jace Young played good games in new positions.

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