Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts BAR HARBOR — The first battle between the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer teams this year took nearly the full 80 minutes to decide. This time around, the goals came earlier and more often — but only for one team.MDI defeated Ellsworth 4-0 in a battle of Hancock County’s Class B teams Monday night. The win helped the Trojans clinch 13th place and extended the Eagles’ winless streak to three games as both teams prepare for playoff season.The game started off slowly with both teams playing tight defense, but that changed midway through the first half. Zach Harris nearly gave the Eagles the lead with 19 minutes, 28 seconds left in the half before missing to the right, and Ellsworth goalkeeper Hunter Fernald was forced to make a leaping save moments later to keep the game scoreless in the early going.Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole looks to make a pass upfield as Mount Desert Island’s September Murray defends during a high school boys’ soccer game Oct. 16 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter MDI’s Nate Philbrook made a key save with 11 minutes left in the half, the Trojans took the lead 9:08 before halftime. Griffin Maristany scored the goal for MDI (4-10) when he pounced on a ball Ellsworth’s defense failed to clear and poked it into an empty net.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI put the ball in the net a second time 50 seconds later, but the goal was waived off after the referee ruled the Trojans had committed a foul on the play. Yet MDI bounced back and scored again when Trevor Morrison fired a volley into the top-right corner off a corner kick with 2:50 left in the half.The Trojans increased their lead to 3-0 when Owen Mild scored with 32:18 to play in the game. The senior dribbled past the entire Ellsworth defense and put the ball in from close range to send the home fans wild.“There were kids coming at me, but I saw an open lane and thought I had enough room,” Mild said. “I was feeling it, and I was ready to put it away.”The Trojans rode the momentum from Mild’s goal by producing numerous opportunities and controlling the ball the rest of the game. The team got its reward with the game’s final goal when Jose Chumbe caught Ellsworth (5-7-2) out of position and rolled the ball into the net with 10:57 to play.Ellsworth’s Pedro Little-Siebold rushes on to defend against MDI’s Jose Chumbe during the first half. Chumbe scored the last goal of MDI’s 4-0 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe win marked MDI’s third in a row over Ellsworth. The Eagles must now win three playoff games in a row to avoid their first losing season since at least 1974, when Brian Higgins took over as the team’s head coach.“Ellsworth has been a great program over the years, and we had been under their umbrella for quite some time in the past,” MDI coach Tyler Frank said. “We’ve had some more success against them the past two years, and that’s shown a big step forward for our program.”Despite the loss, Ellsworth’s seventh-place finish in Class B North was enough to earn the team a home playoff game in the preliminary round. The Eagles will host Old Town or John Bapst Friday, Oct. 20, or Saturday, Oct. 21.MDI, which secured the No. 13 seed, will play the region’s fourth-seeded team on the road in the prelims. Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bio
Photo courtesy of Sports InformationGo green · Sophomore Justin Suh and the men’s golf team defeated Georgia Tech in the final round of the Cypress Point Classic on Tuesday to take first place. The final score was 19.5 – 4.5 in favor of the Trojans.While the No. 12 men’s golf team found itself competing under different circumstances this week, Trojan golfers managed to salvage a triumphant finish in their most recent competition. The invitational was played on the world-famous Cypress Point Club course, and the teams competing participated in a match-play scoring system — not the traditional stroke-play scoring system. The Trojans dominated No. 29 Georgia Tech — by a score of 19.5 – 4.5 — in the final round of the Cypress Point Classic, held in Pebble Beach on Tuesday to pick up their first team victory of the season. The two-day tournament included three rounds of golf — 54 holes in total — all of which were scored in different fashion. The first and second rounds were played Monday, and had teams divide their rosters into duets to play Four Ball (best ball) and Foursome (alternate shooting) rounds of golf. The final round, which was played on Tuesday, had golfers compete in singles matches. Teams could score a total of four points on each 18-hole match played throughout the invitational — two points were awarded for winning a match, and an additional point would be awarded to the best scorer from the front-nine, and the back-nine holes, respectively.In the championship round against the Yellow Jackets, USC excelled in its singles matchups. Five of the six individual golfers for USC on Tuesday won their singles matches against opposing Georgia Tech golfers. “Match play is a lot different than stroke play … As coaches, we try not to change too much of the way that we are playing normally because of the different format, sometimes you can read too much into it, and suddenly all the experience you have goes away because you are trying to reinvent the wheel,” head coach Chris Zambri said. “By looking at the way the matches went and asking [the golfers] about their scores, it felt like everybody was performing well.” Redshirt senior Andrew Levitt and freshman Cheng Jin both swept their respective singles matches Tuesday 4-0 as a part of USC’s championship-clinching victory over Georgia Tech. “To see us take 19.5 of a possible 24-points in [Tuesday’s] match means that we were obviously all playing pretty well as a team,” Levitt said. “We didn’t start the season off so hot, but everyone’s been playing better and better as of late, and it feels great for us to go out there and pick up our first win.”Juniors Sean Crocker and Jonah Texeira played significant roles in USC’s winning performance at Cypress Point. As a tandem, Crocker and Texeira nearly swept Alabama (taking three-and-a-half of a possible four points) in the first round. In the second round against UCLA, Crocker and Texeira swept the Bruins’ opposing tandem, 4-0. As individuals in the final round of play on Tuesday, both Crocker and Texeira came away with victories in their singles matches.To advance to Tuesday’s final round, USC defeated both Alabama (9.5 – 2.5) and UCLA (6-6, took the tiebreaker) in the first and second rounds, respectively, on Monday. “We did win, which is great, but to see us do it in stroke-play will really help us see where we are as a team,” Levitt said. “I think that individually, everyone is now starting to really play better.”The team will return to competition on Nov. 7-9 in Napa for the Gifford Collegiate.