Searsport battles Richmond, Dexter, DIS in late-season gamesCoffin now school's all-time leader in career goals; Grant, Kneeland wear tricky hats
Searsport — In recent years, the high school athletic rivalry between Searsport and Richmond has blossomed and turned into, for the most part, must-watch events, for the tenacity, skill and competitiveness displayed on both sides.
While the Bobcats have had the better of most of the battles, the Vikings often seem to play well against their topnotch Class D South opponent.
That again was the case for at least periods of time on Saturday, Oct. 15 as Searsport hosted Richmond in late-season soccer matches.
Watch ideo from the Dexter at Searsport boys game below.
The girls game proved fairly competitive as the host Vikings had solid scoring chances late, but were unable to make the complete comeback, in a 4-2 loss.
The boys game was a bit different as the Bobcats clawed to the early momentum, scoring a handful of goal right out of the gate, and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win.
On a positive note for the Viking girls was the fact Karigen Coffin scored another goal and now is the school's all-time career leader with 82. She also is tied with 2009 SDHS graduate Sara Bradshaw for the school record for goals in a season with 29.
Additionally, the Viking boys closed the regular season with an impressive 7-1 victory over visiting Dexter on Monday, Oct. 17.
The following is a recap of recent games:
Searsport 7, Dexter 1
At Searsport, Barrett Grant capped his senior game with a hat trick as the Vikings sailed past the one-win Tigers in the final regular season game of the fall.
Connor Kneeland added a hat trick of his own and Jason Frazee contributed the final goal for Searsport, with assists from Aaron Wiley, Gabe Poulin, Kevin Bell and Lucas Hendrickson.
Ben Powell and Poulin minded the net for Searsport with seven saves on eight Dexter shots, with the lone goal for Dexter coming with 1:52 left in the game off the foot of Ethan Boutilier. Matthew Hanscome had an excellent game with 12 saves on 37 Searsport shots in net for the Tigers.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Searsport (9-5, 54.7619 points) is ninth, while Seacoast Christian of South Berwick (9-1, 118.0192 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Richmond 6, Searsport 1
At Searsport Oct. 15, the Vikings were downed at home by the visiting Bobcats. Richmond led 4-1 at halftime.
Barrett Grant scored the lone goal for Searsport, while Matthew Rines (2 goals), Brendan Emmons (goal), Cody Tribbett (goal), Mason Blake (goal) and Zack Marseglia (goal) converted shot attempts for Richmond.
Richmond held a 28-7 edge in shots and 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Ben Powell and Gabe Poulin combined to make 12 saves in net for the Vikings and Matt Holt three saves in goal for the Bobcats.
Richmond 4, Searsport 2
At Searsport Oct. 15, the Bobcats doubled up the host Vikings. Richmond led 4-1 at halftime.
Karigen Coffin and Meghan Grant scored goals and Kaylee Knowles added one assist for Searsport, while Caity Kendrick (2 goals), Camryn Hurley (goal), Emily Snowden (goal), Destiny Anair (assist) and Abby Johnson (assist) chipped in on offense for Richmond.
The Bobcats held a 40-9 edge in shots and 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Brooklynn Alberts made 20 saves in net for Searsport, while Richmond’s goalie, whose name was unavailable, made two saves.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Searsport (5-8, 36.7111 points) is fifth, while Richmond (12-1, 101.3548 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
Searsport 1, Deer Isle-Stonington 0
At Deer Isle Oct. 13, the Vikings got a monumental goal from senior Karigen Coffin, which proved the difference in the win for the visitors.
Coffin's first half goal was the 81st of her illustrious soccer career and gave her the all-time school record for goals scored, for boys or girls, breaking the record of 80 goals scored by Joey Light, a 2000 SDHS graduate.
Coffin had recently broken the all-time girls scoring record — previously 71 scored by 2009 graduate Tianna Faunce — during an 11-1 win over Greater Portland Christian on Friday, Sept. 30.
Brooklynn Alberts made two saves on three shots in goal for Searsport, while the Deer Isle-Stonington's keeper, whose name was unavailable, made 12 saves on 19 shots.
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