LINCOLNVILLE — The Lincolnville eleven welcomed St. George booters to their pitch and played a very solid game to defeat the Dragons by a score of 2-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
While the Lynx dominated the first 15 minutes, the Dragons had made an adjustment after the last game these two teams played and proved stubbornly resistant to all of Lincolnville’s efforts to bang the ball into the net.
On the other end, keeper Thomas Pickford and the Lynx defense were able to turn aside the limited number of probes that St. George managed in the Lincolnville end of the field. The next fifteen minutes were much more evenly played with the Lynx having perhaps a slight advantage, but neither side was able to capitalize on their efforts.
The result was a 0-0 tie going into halftime.
The second half began as the first, with Lincolnville the more dominant team, but this time the Lynx finally found their way to the goal when at the 43-minute mark midfielder Liam Day-Lynch launched a long pass from the defensive side of centerfield forward over the Dragons defense. Striker Mickey Nowell, showing a fine turn of speed, blazed past the defensive players to gather in the ball on the fly, and fire a shot past the keeper for the first tally of the game.
It looked for a while that that would be the sole score, but then with 49 minutes gone, Day-Lynch sent a second long feed forward which Nowell controlled once again, bore down on the keeper to close the distance, and buried another one in the net.
Following this, St. George really came alive and exerted extreme pressure in the Lincolnville end of the field, staging a number of fine tries before time ultimately ran out. It was a very fine effort on the part of both teams and a most enjoyable game to watch.
Lincolnville’s defense — consisting of Sophia Skrivanich sharing sweeper duties with Day-Lynch who also shared stopper duties with Danielle Webber, and wing defenders D. Webber, Abby Webber, and. Bryson Hise, with Pickford in goal — had their best outing of the year showing great improvement in their play over the course of the season.
Lincolnville has now concluded their regular season and will begin the playoffs Monday, Oct. 18.
Ben Edes is the coach of the Lincolnville soccer team.