'Stangs, Lions stumble in season openers
Traditionally top-tier Eastern Class B programs, the Mount View and Belfast high school field hockey teams stumbled out of the gate Wednesday, Sept. 4 in a pair of contests to start the 2013 season.
The Lions, under the tutelage of first-year coach Jan Holmes-Jackson (replacing her father Allen Holmes, who led the team for four decades), dropped a 4-0 decision to Winslow, while the Mustangs, led by longtime coach Gloria Hewett, were downed 5-2 by Gardiner.
The following is a recap of both contests:
Gardiner 5, Mount View 2
At Gardiner Sept. 4, the Mustangs could not keep up with the high-octane Tiger offense and fell by four goals.
Reanna Boulay scored both goals to lead Mount View, while Braley Leadbetter and Kersey Boulay added assists.
For Gardiner, Nickyia Lovely scored three goals, while Lily Chepke added a goal and an assist and Nicole Chadwick one goal.
Lily Logiodice played in goal for the Mustangs, while Emalee Couture played in the cage for the Tigers.
Gardiner won the jayvee game 1-0.
Winslow 4, Belfast 0
At Belfast Sept. 4, the Lions' roar was silenced by the Black Raiders as the hosts were blanked to start the campaign.
Brooke Haskell scored two goals for the Black Raiders with 27:48 and 10:04 left in the second half, respectively, while Jessica Greely scored with 1:39 left in the first half and Bethany Winkin another with 5:38 remaining in the game.
Madison Littlefield turned away 8-of-12 shots in the cage for Belfast, while Delaney Wood saved 7-of-10 shots for Winslow. The Lions held a 9-8 edge in penalty corners.
“We played hard and we will continue to grow as a team [and] work on finishing in front of the goal," said Holmes-Jackson, in her first official game as coach of her alma mater.