The Pen Bay Soccer Club U13 boys squad participated in the state championship Fall Classic League tournament Nov. 5 at the Capital Area Recreation Complex. The locals finished tied for third.

Pen Bay lost a semifinal game to Yarmouth 4-1.

Pen Bay players include Joah Welt, Richard Vokey, Alex Vokey, Max Pushaw, Simon Morin, Morgan Mercier, Kieran Lydon, Louis Laurita, Maddison Jordan, Nicholas Jones, Andrew Gross, Connor Davis, Will Davee, Perrin Bonner-Ganter and Colby Arau.

The first score of the game with Yarmouth came at the 10-minute mark as Yarmouth slid a shot under the crossbar. Pen Bay scored at the 20-minute mark as Gross streaked down the left sideline and beat two Yarmouth defenders to the ball. He launched a shot high over the goalie. Yarmouth scored again just before halftime to take a 2-1 lead.

In the second half, Yarmouth scored at 15 minutes and again with five minutes to play to seal the victory.

Davis and Jordan shared keeper duties for Pen Bay and made many fine saves, while encountering intense offensive pressure much of the game, said team manager Alex Arau.

On Oct. 29, Pen Bay won the Northern Division for the Fall Classic League.

In the first game, Pen Bay tied 2-2 against Brewer. The scoring was opened by Brewer, which held a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes. Mercier scored for Pen Bay as time expired in the first half to close the locals’ deficit to 2-1.

In the second half, Pen Bay began to dominate, but could not find the net until Bonner-Ganter broke free and scored from the 15-yard line on a hard shot just under the crossbar.

The score remained 2-2 at the end of regulation and in this tournament there are no overtime periods.

Pen Bay’s defense was led by Ford, Davis, Jordan, Bonner-Ganter and Pushaw. Davis and Jordan split goal keeper duties.

Also in the tourney, Pen Bay beat Bangor 4-2 for the division title. Mercier scored early on a low shot to the left corner. Shortly after, Colby Arau dribbled by two Bangor defenders and also shot low and left to crease the net.

Bangor scored in the second half to draw within one goal, and then Mercier made a beautiful cross to Laurita, who put the ball in the net. Finally, Laurita stormed through the box and by two Bangor defenders to beat the goalie on a hard, low shot to give Pen Bay an insurmountable three-goal lead.

Pushaw led a “spectacular defensive effort,” Alex Arau said, by shutting out the top scorer for Bangor. Davis and Jordan again shared keeper duties.

Coach Richard Gross praised his team for its finest all-around performance during a successful year.

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