High school boys soccer

In battle of unbeatens, Black Bears edge Panthers in final minute

Horovitz, Cheesman collaborate on goal for Medomak Valley
By Staff | Sep 13, 2018

Readfield — While Mother Nature put a stop to nearly every high school event throughout the Midcoast and beyond, the Medomak Valley boys soccer team’s contest against host Maranacook was one of the only sports shows on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

And the pitch showdown between the Panthers and Black Bears, both of whom were unbeaten heading into the contest, did not disappoint.

The Black Bears, the defending state Class C champions, held a 1-0 halftime edge before the Panthers knotted the score early in the second half.

However, a goal by Wyatt Lambert with 57 seconds left in regulation for Maranacook proved the difference in a hard-fought, 2-1 win over Medomak Valley.

Joey Horovitz scored, off an assist from Zach Cheesman, for Medomak Valley with 35:17 left in the second half after Cheesman sent a ball to the middle that was finished by Horovitz to the near post.

Richard Down put Maranacook aheaad 1-0 with 2:57 left in the first half when he booted a shot from outside the 18-yard line that skipped on the wet grass and beat Panther keeper Aiden Starr.

Root connected with the game-winner with 57 seconds left when Root broke free and hit a shot from the 18-yard line that found the net.

Maranacook held a 10-4 edge in shots and 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Starr made eight saves in goal for the Panthers, while the Black Bear keeper, whose name was unavailable, made three saves in net.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Medomak Valley (3-1-1, 8.4694 points) is seventh, while Hermon (3-0-2, 19.0816 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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