High school girls soccer

Oceanside stays step ahead of Belfast in late-season pitch affair

Straka tallies two goals, assist, Butler goal to key Mariners over home-standing Lions
By Ken Waltz | Sep 29, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Oceanside's Casey Pine, left, and Belfast's Amber Beaulieu during a Sept. 28 high school girls soccer game. The visiting Mariners beat the host Lions 3-0.

Belfast — When the Oceanside and Belfast girls soccer teams took the field on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, the visiting Mariners and host Lions looked for the same result — but for much different reasons.

A win for the Mariners meant a chance to perhaps move up in the Class B North playoff standings, while a victory for the Lions would help the young, growing squad take another strong step in their development.

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Alas, after 80 minutes of solid play by the opponents, the visitors had the last word in a 3-0 high school pitch victory.

Gabby Straka scored two goals and Hope Butler one, while Straka, Abby Veilleux and Cassidy Boynton added assists.

The Mariners finished with a 15-3 edge in shots and 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Shera Hilt made 12 saves in the Lion goal and Raechel Joyce three stops in the Mariner net.

Oceanside led 2-0 at halftime.

Butler scored what ended up being the game-winner 6:13 into the opening half as Veilleux and Straka assisted. The scoring play included a cross, skim and finish from about 10 yards.

Straka gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage at the 36:55-mark of the first half when she scored from 10 yards — on a Boynton assist.

Straka finished the scoring at 6:51 of the second half as she beat the keeper to the ball and kicked the ball in from 20 yards.

Belfast, which has more consistency and improvement as the campaign has progressed, has been outscored 35-13 this season and has been shut out four times.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (6-3-1, 34.5153 points) is seventh, while Belfast (1-9, 0.7143 points) is 19th. Caribou (8-0, 56.8367 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Oceanside's Cyra Fait, right, and Belfast's Shera Hilt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Casey Pine, right, and Cyra Fait, right, along with Belfast's Angela Rogers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Casey Pine, right, and Cyra Fait, right, along with Belfast's Angela Rogers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Anna Metcalf. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux, left, and Bea Weinand. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Casey Pine (12) and Hope Butler, left, along with Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls (32) and Alison DeFeo. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside players on the bench. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux, right, as well as Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls, left, and Junne Robertson-McIntire. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Casey Pine, middle, and Gabby Straka, back, along with Belfast's Elisabeth Taylor, left, and Junne Robertson-McIntire. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Molly Gould (5) and Belfast's Alicia Berube. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Alison DeFeo. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Alicia Berube. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Myla Ferland, left, and Belfast's Alicia Berube. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Myla Ferland, left, and Belfast's Olivia Lovejoy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Hope Butler, left, and Chloe Jones (17), along with Belfast's Junne Robertson-McIntire. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Elisabeth Taylor. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Elisabeth Taylor. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media nearly 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina.

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