Girls soccer: Marshwood edges Scarborough, 3-2

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By Mike Whaley
Foster’s Daily Democrat

September 18. 2014 7:05AM

Girls soccer: Marshwood edges Scarborough, 3-2

 
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Scarborough’s Emma Smith, left, and Marshwood’s Natalie DuBois battle for control of the ball during Wednesday’s Western Maine Class A girls soccer game in South Berwick, Maine. Mike Whaley photo.

 

 

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The scoreboard told the story, but then so did the smile on Megan McLean’s face.

McLean, a senior midfielder, was grinning ear to ear after her Marshwood High School girls soccer team had beaten Western Maine Class A nemesis Scarborough, 3-2, Wednesday.

McLean scored two goals as the Hawks (4-0-1) defeated the Red Storm for the first time since 2009. It was also the first win over Scarborough for Marshwood’s seniors, who fell to the Red Storm (3-1-0) in the 2013 quartersfinals, 4-2.

“It was a great moment,” McLean said. “I haven’t beaten them ever. It was just great.”

It didn’t come easy.

McLean netted the Hawks’ first two goals after Scarborough had struck first in the opening half on a Katherine Kirk feed to Ashley Perriello.

McLean converted a penalty kick in the 24th minute to the left corner, just off goalie Molly LeComte’s right hand. Marshwood had been awarded the PK after Lydia St. Pierre was tripped inside the penalty box.

“I just tried to clear my head,” McLean said. “We’ve had PKs before and they’ve been close calls. I said ‘just pass it to the corner.’ That’s what I was thinking. I guess it worked.”

It was 1-1 at halftime. McLean made it 2-1 in the 45th minute when she handled a nice crossing pass from Natalie DuBois and used her left foot to put it into the right corner.

“I knew the ball was going there,” McLean said. “I just knew it somehow. It went there and it happened.”

Marshwood got the lead to two goals on a textbook set play off a corner kick. Reagan Nichols kicked the ball from the left corner and Sydney Jackman attacked the ball inside the box and headed it into the right corner for the 3-1 lead in the 53rd minute.

“We’ve been working on headers with ‘Syd’ the last couple of practices,” said Marshwood coach Luke Edger. “It’s something we’ve really homed in on. She’s taking it really seriously and she’s gotten really good at it.”

Marshwood held on for dear life from there.

“The third goal was really the killer,” said Scarborough coach Mike Farley. “You can’t give up goals on set plays. We know that. We made a mistake and they made us pay for it. Credit to them. But the attitude was great. We probably created four chances normally we would finish. We get two of those we’re going into overtime. … But you get down 3-1, it’s tough to get back on any of these good teams in our league.”

Scarborough’s Perriello hit a crossbar and Kirk had a breakaway; her shot was headed for the upper left corner but was just tipped over the crossbar by Marshwood keeper Emily Robida (12 saves).

There was also a strange play early in the second half when Robida went up for a lofted ball inside the 18, colliding with a Scarborough player and knocking the ball away. With the ball on the ground and no whistle blown, both teams let it sit there for five or six seconds before Robida alertly scooped it up.

The Red Storm finally did cut the lead to on Kirk’s run in the 76th minute. Robida came out to challenge and Kirk touched the ball to the left corner to slice the lead to 3-2.

The Hawks’ defense held from there, led by Lydia Carlson, in a game where it was at times physical, but not contentious.

 

 

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