WALDOBORO — The day started with fog, but as the spectacular early-autumn weather gradually engulfed the field, the Medomak Valley soccer teams made things crystal clear — they planned to control play and secure a pair of shutout homecoming pitch victories.

And that is exactly what the Panthers did on Saturday, Sept. 18 in convincing fashion, and with dominating high school performances, as the girls defeated Belfast 10-0 and boys beat Lincoln County neighbor and athletic rival Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 3-0.

Medomak Valley’s Jake Bickmore. Photo by Ken Waltz

Although the visiting Lions and Eagles played hard — and well, at times — the Panthers were not to be denied as part of their homecoming celebration on a glorious, sunny, 70-plus-degree fall day.

The day for the varsity pitch players started with a bang as the girls squads took center stage and the hosts gained early control. Medomak Valley scored six goals in the first half and four  in the second to nail down their fourth win in five games.

Medomak Valley’s Kytana Williamson, left, and Belfast’s Anna Schortz. Photo by Ken Waltz

Kytana Williamson netted four goals, Annie Vannoy three and Alyssa Creamer, Katherine McKenney and Zaniah Puchalski one for the skilled, aggressive Panthers. Creamer added two assists for the hosts, and Puchalski, Maya Cannon and Sarah Nelson and Julia Kunesh one.

Addison McCormick played in goal for the Panthers and Ada Curry for the Lions.

Medomak Valley finished with 27 shots on goal and five corner kicks, while Belfast struggled to maintain a consistent offensive attack against the sturdy Panther defense.

Medomak Valley’s Zaniah Puchalski. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the boys game, the Panthers got a perfectly-placed shot and beautiful goal off a direct kick from Addison Mellor early and continued their solid play throughout the 80 minutes for the 3-o victory.

In fact, it was the Mellor brothers who helped carry the offense for the Panthers as Addison scored off a direct kick from 20 yards with 32:48 left in the first half and Vishal, assisted by Addison, scored with 28:46 left in the opening half.

Medomak Valley’s Patrick McKenney, right, and Addison Mellor, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the second half, Addison converted a penalty kick, one of several he has taken and made this season, with 24:37 remaining in the second half.

Medomak Valley finished with an 18-4 edge in shots and 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Eli Plueker made four saves in goal for the Panthers, while Isaac Thompson had 15 stops in net for the Eagles.

Belfast’s Morgan Tolliver, left, and Medomak Valley’s Sarah Nelson. Photo by Ken Waltz