Midcoast Athletics

Lincolnville co-ed soccer shoots past Jefferson

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 6:45pm

JEFFERSON — The Lincolnville middle school co-ed soccer team traveled Friday, Sept. 13 to Jefferson on a lovely sunny day and triumphed 6-1.

Things got started early when winger Jaden Johnson drove deep on the right side and crossed a ball in that the keeper tipped but could not catch. When it came down behind the keeper, striker Owen McManus was Johnny-on-the-spot to block the ball into the net from close range at the 0:23 mark, beating the previous Lincolnville record for quickest opening goal by one second (though not the fastest goal from a kickoff).

It took an additional eight minutes before the Lynx were able to record another tally started by stopper Liam Day-Lynch stealing the ball from a Jefferson midfielder in Lincolnville’s offensive end and feeding winger Mikayla Talbot on the left. Talbot drove the left line and centered a ball past the keeper’s outstretched hands to find McManus who again blocked the ball in.

The Lincolnville eleven then seemed to slack off some which allowed the Jefferson team to drive deeply and dangerously into the Lynx’s end forcing keeper Avery Luft, who until that point had not touched the ball, to make a number of saves.

Lincolnville finally got back on track with 23:12 gone when midfielder Nathan Oxley stripped a defender of the ball, fought and dribbled through two more opponents to break free behind the defense, and finished with a powerful shoot past the keeper.

It was Jefferson’s turn next at 26:13 following a pushing call in the box. The Jefferson shooter hit a well-positioned penalty kick that Luft had no chance to save.

Lincolnville struck early in the second half at the 32:11 mark when Oxley fed a pretty pass to Talbot who drove the left into the clear, angled in towards the goal, and again sent a cross into McManus who caught the goalie cross footed by unexpectedly sending his shot to the near post as the keeper moved towards the far post.

A minute and ten seconds later, Johnson received a feed, again from the busy Oxley, and followed it with a long shot in that fooled the keeper.

Next was earned by Luft, now playing midfield, who received a pass just over centerfield from midfielder Thomas Pickford and used a combination of skilled dribbling and blazing speed to blow by the entire Jefferson defense to go in alone on the helpless keeper.

His fine finish to the keeper’s right concluded the scoring.

Luft was assisted in goal by Mason Clark, while Roo Boetsch, Canyon Palise, Liam Day-Lynch, and Chloe Day-Lynch played their usual stalwart defense to turn aside most of Jefferson’s thrusts into the Lynx end.

Ben Edes is the coach of the Lincolnville soccer team. 

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