Wisdom Girls soccer team heads to D North final with 7-1 win over Madawaska
ST. AGATHA, Maine – The Wisdom women’s soccer team maintained their dominance of Class D North with a 7-1 semi-final victory over Madawaska in St. Agatha on Friday.
No.1 Wisdom (15-2 overall) will face No.2 Penobscot Valley (15-1) in the regional championship, which takes place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 at Presque Isle Middle School. PVHS beat No.3 Ashland, 1-0, in the other semi-final match in a game decided on a penalty.
“This victory practically equates to an advantage on the field for us,” said Wisdom coach Peter Clavette.
Trailblazer Lilly Roy has a record four goals and one assist. Olivia Ouellette scored two goals and had two assists. Abbie Lerman also scored a Wisdom goal and contributed two assists.
Taylor Pelletier scored an unassisted goal for the Owls.
Clavette said his team experienced a lot of pre-game nerves against the No. 4 Owls in the semifinals.
“Madawaska has a great club with several dynamic players who can really wreak havoc with their speed and powerful shots, several that I know and have coached before,” said Clavette.
Clavette said it was teamwork in both attack and defense that enabled the Pioneers to defeat the Owls.
“The back row is made up of three seniors and an eighth grader who plays like a senior. They are very comfortable playing together and their communication is spectacular, what any coach will tell you is half the battle, ”said Clavette. “The excellent play on the defensive line allowed our offense to do what it does best, which is to put the ball in the net.
Clavette also praised Owls goalie Colleen Thamsen.
“Thamsen kept the goal safe, parrying a Chantal Ackley free-kick over the crossbar, a goal that would have equalized the score early at 1-1 and could have been a game-changer from L’s point of view. ‘momentum, “Clavette said. “She narrowly missed her 10th clean sheet of the season.”
Clavette said that as Wisdom Middle / High School is the second smallest school in Class D North with 68 students, the fact that the Pioneer girls ‘and boys’ soccer teams have achieved playoff success this season “is a dream.” “.
Clavette said the Pioneer girls are not ready to give up on this dream.
“We set ourselves the goal of winning a Ballon d’Or last spring and we are two games away from having a chance to do so,” he said. “To say that we are satisfied would be an understatement, but we are not yet satisfied. “
The Madawaska girls finished the season at 10-6.