Youth boys soccer

Pen Bay U12s reign supreme in Harvest Cup

By Staff | Oct 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Lynne Kaplinksy-Brown The U12 Pen Bay boys soccer team won the Harvest Cup in York over Columbus Day weekend. The team includes, in no particular order, Ryan Anderson, Travis Dube, Griffin Dubrow, Will Duke, Karl Hokkanen, Eric LeBlond, Vishal Mellor, Slavic Moody, Miles Murray, Charlie Pons, Owen Reynolds, Alexander Todd, Liam O’Dwyer and Cam Brown. The coaches include Patrick Mellor, Scott Pons and Dwight Pitcairn.

York — The U12 Pen Bay boys soccer team won the Harvest Cup tournament over Columbus Day weekend in York.

Twelve teams competed in that age division with two groups of six teams. The winners of the each group played the runners-up in the opposite group at the semifinal stage before the winners advanced to the final.

Pen Bay won all three of its group qualifying games to advance to the semifinals. The games were competitive and the Midcoast-based soccer squad had to work hard to get the results, said coach Dwight Pitcairn.

The U12 Pen Bay team included Ryan Anderson, Travis Dube, Griffin Dubrow, Will Duke, Karl Hokkanen, Eric LeBlond, Vishal Mellor, Slavic Moody, Miles Murray, Charlie Pons (captain), Owen Reynolds, Alexander Todd, Liam O’Dwyer (captain) and Cam Brown. The team was coached by Patrick Mellor, Scott Pons and Dwight Pitcairn.

Pen Bay advanced to the final by defeating Marshwood-Melino 2-0. Both teams played a little sluggish but it was a good game and it set up a rematch with York-Blue in the final, Pitcairn said.

The final was "a very intense game against a very strong York team. It was end-to-end stuff," Pitcairn said, and Cam Brown put Pen Bay ahead after 20 minutes. In the second half opportunities went both ways and Liam O’Dwyer scored on a long-range shot with about 15 minutes to play.

"Karl Hokkanen had a great weekend in goal and he made some crucial saves in the final to help the team win the tournament," Pitcairn said.

"It was a great team effort and all the players contributed to the victory by playing some really good soccer and working hard and never giving up," Pitcairn said. "It was just another great weekend for the players, families and coaches to bond. It is a fun tournament that will also help prepare the team for the upcoming state playoffs."

There had to be difficult decisions and changes made by venue officials during the tournament due to heavy rain, Pitcairn said.

Group stage — Pen Bay beat Bedford Athletic SC, N.H. 2-0: Will Duke scored and the other was an own-goal. Pen Bay beat York-Blue 2-1: Cam Brown and Charlie Pons scored. Pen Bay beat Windham, N.H. 4-0: Cam Brown, Vishal Mellor (2) and Griffin Dubrow scored.

Semifinal — Pen Bay beat Marshwood-Melino 2-0: Vishal Mellor and Cam Brown scored.

Final — Pen Bay beat York-Blue 2-0: Cam Brown and Liam O’Dwyer scored.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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