Pen Bay U11s kick into gear for Harvest Cup titleMidcoast players outscore opponents 26-1 in five games
York — The Pen Bay U11 boys soccer team won the Harvest Cup over the Columbus Day weekend.
Pen Bay's roster includes: Will Duke, Vishal Mellor, Aiden Aselton, Charlie Pons, Cam Brown, Eric LeBlond, Liam O’Dwyer, Quinn Riordan, Will Eggena, Quincy Messer, Owen Reynolds and Cole Castro. The team is coached by Patrick Mellor, Scott Pons and Dwight Pitcairn.
Nine teams competed for the Harvest Cup tournament trophy Saturday through Monday, Oct. 8-10. The squads were divided into two groups and after the first two days of pool play the winners for the groups played the runners-up in the opposite group on Monday, Oct. 10 in the semifinals before the winners advanced to the final the same day.
Pen Bay won its group convincingly by beating Marshwood 3-0, Kittery 6-0 and York 8-0.
In the semifinals, Pen Bay played a different Kittery team and won 4-1.
"It was a tough game and after [we got] a couple of goals, Kittery rallied and scored on the breakaway," Pitcairn said. "Pen Bay settled down and managed to see the game out."
In the championship game, Pen Bay met the first Marshwood team again as that opponent upset the top team in the opposite group. Pen Bay won the final 5-0, which means in its games, the locals outscored opponents 26-1.
"The final was tense and the kids were a little nervous," Pitcairn said. "The first half was a tight affair with Pen Bay holding a slender lead. In the second half, Pen Bay played very well and deserved the victory, but all credit to coach Melino’s team for never laying down and fighting until the end."
Pitcairn said, "It was a great weekend and Pen Bay played very good soccer the whole tournament. It was pleasing to see that everything we have worked on at practice has translated to the actual games. There were some very good combinations and teamwork throughout the tournament. While it is always great to do well and even win a tournament the best part is for the parents, kids and coaches to bond and have a great weekend."
He added that the York Soccer Club did an excellent job with the tournament and "we look forward to returning again next year."
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