The Islesboro Central School coed soccer team returned to Chop Point for the first time since last year’s Blue Bear Invitational Soccer Tournament, where the Eagles secured the championship in the four-team event.

This year the Eagles were looking for a repeat performance, and accomplished just that.

The Eagles won their opener Friday to advance to Saturday’s final and prevailed in a competitive 5-4 affair against Greater Portland Christian to claim the tournament championship for the second straight season.

The Eagles, along with host Chop Point, Greater Portland Christian and Highview Christian, all participated in the tournament. The event originated in 2003, with Seacoast Christian School winning the first year and GPC the next five before Islesboro won last year along with Saturday’s tournament victory.

Islesboro, Chop Point and Highview Christian are all coed teams, while Greater Portland Christian has an all-male squad.

In Saturday’s final against GPC, the Eagles led 4-1 at halftime before surrendering three unanswered goals to the Lions, who knotted the game 4-4. Max Mahan then scored his second goal of the game, which ended up being the game-winner with three minutes left in regulation.

D.J. Johnson, Blaise Jenner and Jason Hatch scored for the Eagles along with Mahan’s two scores, while Gerard Scherr made seven saves in net for Islesboro.

The Eagles advanced to Saturday’s final with a 4-0 victory over host Chop Point Friday. Johnson had two goals and an assist for Islesnoro, while Mahan added two goals and Hatch two assists. Scherr also turned away all seven shots fired by the Blue Bears.

The format for the tournament allows the teams to continue to compete and the games are sanctioned by the Maine Principals’ Association. Each team plays two teams in two days, with the best overall record winning the tournament. In the event of a tie, goals scored determined the event’s champion.

First-year coach James Westhafer was pleased with the outcome of the tourney, particularly the way the islanders responded in the championship against GPC.

“Our win on Saturday against Greater Portland Christian School was a great win for the kids and the Islesboro soccer program as a whole,” he said. “It was a competitive, hard-fought victory against a very skilled GPC squad. The team played well as a collective unit, constantly communicating with each other and encouraging one another when GPC scored three consecutive goals to open up the second half. This victory was a testament to [our] camaraderie and will to win; 11 players fighting and competing for the full 80 minutes.”

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