High school boys soccer

Searsport pushes higher-ranked Temple Academy to limit

No. 11 Vikings give tough playoff opponent all it can handle in loss
By Mark Haskell | Oct 30, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Gabe Kneeland (24) and Temple Academy's Ilija Ivkovic, among others, during an Oct. 27 high school boys soccer game at Thomas College in Waterville. The Bereans beat the Vikings 2-1 in a Class D South quarterfinal playoff game.

Waterville — Searsport boys soccer coach John Frye made no bones about the fact that his Vikings were no typical 11th seed.

And his high school players proved that as the Vikings battled No. 3 Temple Academy of Waterville on Friday afternoon, Oct. 27 in a Class D South quarterfinal playoff game at Thomas College.

The squads were scoreless through the first 40 minutes of play as the Vikings thwarted many of the Bereans’ early first-half opportunities.

But, in the end, the hosts’ undefeated season stayed alive as they netted a 2-1 win over the visitors in a game pushed back two days due to inclement weather and unplayable field conditions.

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With the win, Temple Academy (15-0) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Buckfield (14-1). The Bereans and Bucks do not play each other during the regular season.

Searsport, which defeated No. 6 Vinalhaven-North Haven 2-0 in the prelims, saw its season wrap at 4-9-3.

Searsport and Temple Academy attempted nine shots. Ben Powell made six saves in goal for the Vikings, as did Tim Larsen for the Bereans.

Temple Academy also held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Sawyer Deroche and Noah Shepard netted second-half goals in the win for Temple Academy, while David Estes scored for Searsport, off an assist from Gabe Kneeland, with about 12 seconds left to play.

Frye said Temple Academy’s first goal was “just an unlucky break by our defense,” while its second goal “was a great shot.”

“Our defense really played well for the whole game,” said Frye. “We gave up two goals, one of them was an unlucky break where two of our guys just didn’t communicate right. Can’t make mistakes [like that] in the [penalty-kick] area.”

Temple Academy took a 2-0 lead minutes later after Shepard turned and fired a one-timer past Powell from about 18 yards.

The Bereans dictated play in the first half and spent a great deal of time in the Viking defensive end, but, ultimately, could not capitalize on their opportunities due to strong defensive efforts from Searsport and Powell.

Frye said the game was evenly-played throughout the 80-minute affair, which was something Temple Academy did not anticipate, being an undefeated team hosting an opponent with only four wins.

“Their coach said they definitely underestimated us,” said Frye. “At the end of the game when we talked he said, ‘We didn’t expect to have as much of a struggle with you guys.’”

At the end of the day, Frye and the Vikings have no regrets.

“They took advantage of the one mistake we had,” said Frye. “If that doesn’t happen, who knows? Maybe it’s an overtime game or a 1-0 game.”

Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gabe Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gabe Kneeland, right, and Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Gabe Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan (38) and Temple Academy's Sawyer Deroche. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Shawn Dakin (23) and goalie Ben Powell, far left, along with Temple Academy's Ilija Ivkovic (21), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Daniel McKeon (29) and Temple Academy's Ilija Ivkovic (21), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Daniel McKeon (29) and Temple Academy's Ilija Ivkovic (21), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow (30), Daniel McKeon (29), Gabe Kneeland (24) and goalie Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel (46) and Temple Academy's Noah Shepherd. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel (46), Colby Snow (30) and Aaron Wiley (33). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan (38) and Temple Academy's Sawyer Deroche. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Shawn Dakin (23) and Michael Stanhope (21), among another. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's David Estes and Michael Stanhope (21), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Shawn Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

Mark loves the Boston Red Sox, iced coffee, cargo shorts and time with friends and family.

He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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