Youth soccer

Pen Bay Soccer Club U14 boys harvest another tourney title

Midcoast youngsters have won four consecutive years in Harvest Cup event
By Staff | Oct 29, 2019
Courtesy of: Lynne Kaplinsky-Brown The Pen Bay Soccer Club U14 boys team.

York — The Pen Bay Soccer Club U14 boys team sure knows how to go out in style.

In its final year of eligibility competing in the prestigious Harvest Cup youth tournament, hosted by the York Soccer Club, Pen Bay won its age group for the fourth consecutive year on Columbus Day Weekend Saturday through Monday, Oct. 12-14.

Pen Bay team members include Charlie Pons, Will Duke, Karl Hokkanen, Travis Dube, Miles Murray, Liam O’Dwyer, Vishal Mellor, Cam Brown, Eric LeBlond, Ryan Anderson, Owen Reynolds, Owen McManus, Harrison Garcia, Mason Clark and Quincy Messer. The team is coached by Scott Pons, Patrick Mellor and Dwight Pitcairn.

The U14 bracket consisted of two groups, with the winner of each group playing the runner-up of the opposite group in the semifinals. The winners of those matches squared off in the championship match.

Pen Bay won their group with a 4-0 victory over Hampton Attack, 7-0 win over Garrison City FC and 7-0 triumph over Kennebunk.

Then, in the semifinals, Pen Bay earned a 3-1 win over Marshwood-Melino to advance to the championship match, where they scored a 4-1 win over Hampton Attack to win the Harvest Cup.

In the semifinal match against Marshwood-Melino, Pen Bay played tough against an organized and strong opponent as the game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Brown logged a hat trick to lead the Pen Bay offense.

In the final against Hampton Attack — which had defeated the number one seed from the other group to advance — Pen Bay took the lead in the 20th minute and led by a single goal at halftime. Pen Bay’s relentless pressure was rewarded in the second half with three more goals as the Midcoast squad claimed the championship. Brown netted three more goals in the final and McManus one.

“It has been the highlight of the season for the last four years to attend the tournament in York,” said coach Pitcairn. “It is always fun to win, but bonding between the players, parents, coaches and other teams is why we go. The weather was perfect and York Soccer Club again did a great job with hosting the tournament.”

In the opening games, Pons scored two goals and Hokkanen and Brown one in Pen Bay’s 4-0 win over Hampton Attack; Brown scored four and Dube, LeBlond and Messer one in the 7-0 win over Garrison City FC; and Brown and Mellor two and Pons, Murray and O’Dwyer one in the 7-0 win over Kennebunk.

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