TENANTS HARBOR — The Lincolnville middle school soccer team rained on St. George’s parade defeating them 5-2 on a coolish afternoon September 29 at St. George.
The first half played remarkably evenly ending at 2-1 in favor of Lincolnville.
The Lynx’s offense, which is now averaging a healthy five goals a game was kept largely in check by the Dragons’ scrappy and effective style of play.
Nonetheless, Lincolnville opened the scoring early at 3:40 gone when midfielder Liam Day-Lynch corralled a corner in his own defensive box and drove all the way to the centerfield line before executing a beautiful through pass to striker Mickey Nowell who picked it up on the run from the right and used a goalmouth crossing shot to bury the ball in the nets.
Play then remained even with both sides thrusting into the other team’s defensive end until just past the 20-minute mark when Nowell drove the right side and sent a lofting cross over the Dragons’ defense that was met and skillfully redirected into the nets by left winger Jacob Talbot.
It was then St. George’s turn to claw one back shortly after when they took full advantage of a defensive lapse in the Lincolnville end to score at 10:41. The rest of the half played out without any further scores.
The second half opened with another early score at the 34:41 mark when Talbot passed from the left to Day-Lynch about 30 yards out from the goal. Day-Lynch then staged a dribbling clinic driving past three defenders in the middle to break free and beat the keeper with a cool, calm finish.
Eight minutes later, at 42:06, Day-Lynch won a drop ball just outside the Dragons’ box after an injury time out, made a quick move to his left to find a clear lane to the goal, and quickly pulled the trigger to tally Lincolnville’s fourth score.
Day-Lynch initiated the next goal at 54:53 first controlling a loose ball 30 yards out on the left side then making an angling drive across field to the right curling around the defense as he did so, and finally firing in a cross to Nowell who had positioned himself in open space inside the box. Nowell wasted no time in blasting his shot into the roof of the goal.
The Dragons, far from flagging, illustrated their never say die attitude as they picked up the last goal with 2.3 seconds left when a St. George player made an impossible move through the Lynx defense to pump a close range shot past keeper Thomas Pickford who had no realistic chance of stopping the ball.
Lincolnville has the rest of the week off before resuming this season’s campaign Monday, October 4 at Hope.
Ben Edes is the coach of the Lincolnville soccer team.