Field hockey overcomes small numbers with great conditioning to start season 2-0
The field hockey team began their regular season campaign in front of a home crowd on September 2, against the John Bapst Crusaders. The Ponies jumped out to a 2-0 half time lead and never looked back cruising to a 6-0 victory. Ali Bourget led a balanced attack with two goals, and Jillian Annis, Abi Bourget, Emily Curtis, and Mariah Poulin each had a goal apiece. The Pony defense was also formidable denying the Crusaders any shots on goal.
On Friday, September 4, the Ponies travelled to Dexter for a tough away game against the perennial title contending Tigers. Both teams battled to a 0-0 draw at half, but things heated up in the second half when Dexter’s Kolby Kain snuck one by Pony goalie Madison Chadbourne, who made eight saves on 14 shots on the day. The Ponies only had three shots in the game but made the best of them as Abi Bourget and Kylie Dow were able to knock in a goal apiece for a 2-1 Pony victory.
“Although we only have fifteen girls, we have fifteen girls who love field hockey and play their hearts out every game,” said assistant coach Rublee. “We began our season strong, and with a lot of practice and conditioning, we will become an even stronger team throughout the season.”
The Ponies will face Old Town at home on Tuesday, September 8, and will travel to Orono on Friday, September 11, for a showdown with the Red Riots.
High-powered offense and lockdown defense lead Boys soccer to 2-0 start
The boys soccer team began regular season action Saturday night on Husson University’s turf as they took on the John Bapst Crusaders. Both teams are coming off of playoff berths last season, and they played evenly for the first 20 minutes until a cleared ball by Foxcroft goalkeeper Logan Butera sprung Senior Nate Church, who beat one defender and blasted the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 Pony lead.
The Crusaders pulled even with 5 minutes left in the first half, but the Ponies’ superior conditioning began to create opportunities in the second half. “We were able to win the 50/50 balls and get more chances to score,” said Coach Ayala. With ten minutes left to play in the game the Crusaders were unable to keep up with Senior caption Tino Ayala, who separated himself in the midfield and distributed the ball to Tobias Hogsfeldt. Hogsfeldt then passed to Church, who placed a perfect ball into the far side of the net for the go-ahead goal that proved to be the game winner.
“I am very proud of the team’s effort,” said Ayala. “With the score tied late in the game, they pushed themselves and willed themselves to a victory.”
At Monday’s home opener against Caribou, Nate Church again led a high-powered Pony offense that rifled 35 shots, cashing in on 7. Church registered a hat trick, while Chandler Rockwell and Tobias Hogfeldt had two goals apiece. Danish phenom Hogfeldt also assisted on two goals.
“This was a complete team effort,” said Coach Ayala. “The offense was able to put the ball in the back of the net, and the defense gave Caribou few quality opportunities.”
The Ponies will look to keep momentum building as they travel to Hermon on Thursday, September 10, to take on the undefeated Hawks.
Bozzelli leads golf team to victory
The Pony golf team started September with a win over Penobscot Valley High School in a match played at the Foxcroft Golf Club. The Ponies edged the Howlers 195 – 199 on their home course. Leading the way for the second match in a row was Senior Racquel Bozzelli, who led all golfers on the day and earned medalist honors with a 47.
Foxcroft’s depth proved to be the difference maker as Bozzelli was followed closely behind in scoring by teammates Akira Tanabe (48), Henry Chase (49), and Michael Wang (51).
Coach Caruso was very impressed with the team’s improvement from their previous match, calling attention to the 26-stroke reduction in the team’s score from their season opening match.
The Ponies return to the Foxcroft Golf Club for back-to-back home matches against Dexter on September 8, and John Bapst on the 9th. Tee off is set for 4:00pm for both matches.
Clawson medals and leads cross country team in solid opener
Senior Jen Clawson completed the hilly 3-mile Ellsworth cross country course in 22:18 to finish tenth overall and medal for a Pony girls team that had not posted a team score in more than three years until Saturday at Ellsworth. To earn a team score, a cross country team must have five runners cross the finish line. The Ponies had just that as Clawson was backed up by first-time runners Alice Russo (26:12), Su Kim (28:17), and Elena Russo (29:08) as well as returner Virginia Macomber (29:23), who shaved more than 5 minutes off of her mark from last year.
One race was not enough for Clawson and Macomber, who completed their first half marathons in Freeport the next day. Clawson finished 56th overall and first in the women’s 15-19 age group, and Macomber placed 98th and second.
The boys team was led by Gabe Piquette, who covered the course in 19:41 for 24th place. Rounding out the scorers were Liam Casey (20:46), rookie Nick Daneman (21:30), Ethan Poland (21:32), and Hunter Giacomuzzi (22:22).
“It was a great day,” said Coach Pearsall. “We had a lot of rookie runners running in their first races, and I think it was a very positive experience for all. I’m really impressed by our team unity, and it was very exciting for all–boys and girls, new and old–to finally earn that girls team score.”
The cross country team will look to build upon its strong start on Saturday, September 12, at the Presque Isle Invitational. Races begin at 1:00.
Girls Soccer shows potential in opening games
Early season jitters proved to be the difference maker in the season opening game for the girls soccer team. The Ponies surrendered two goals in the first ten minutes of their opener against John Bapst at Husson University’s turf, but buckled down and held John Bapst scoreless for the remaining 70 minutes of the game. “All the girls played great,” said Coach Wesley, “we let in those two goals, but then we held them.”
Sophomore Jordan Campbell scored in the first half of FA’s home opener against Caribou, but it did not prove to be enough as Caribou pulled away in the second half. Junior Grace Bickford assisted Campbell’s goal off of a great cross from junior Kayla McCorrison.
“We are right on the cusp of getting the results these girls have been working so hard for,” said Coach Wesley, whose team will travel to Hermon Friday with a chance to enter the win column.
Football looks to build on positives
The Foxcroft football team was error prone Friday night, as they fell 29-6 in their season opener to MDI, but Coach White and the Ponies have their eyes set on the future. “We made a number of young, inexperienced mistakes Friday night, but our effort was fantastic,” said Coach White. “We want to build around that effort. We will look to correct those mistakes this week in practice, build on the positive things we accomplished so that we can play a cleaner, more sound game against Madison this Friday night.”
Some positives from the game included: a Pony run defense that held MDI to only 3.6 yards per attempt on 38 rushes, a Pony defense that forced four turnovers (two fumbles and 2 interceptions), and a young offense that improved throughout the game, capping the game with a score on its last possession.
The Ponies’ next test will be against Madison Friday, September 11, at 7.