Three second-half goals give PCHS win over Penquis

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GUILFORD — When the Piscataquis Community High School and Penquis Valley High School boys soccer teams played on Sept. 24 in Milo the final score was a 2-2 tie. The rematch in Guilford on Thursday, Oct. 3 featured a different result as the host Pirates scored all three of the game’s goals in the last 18-plus minutes of the second half to win 3-0.

PCHS (the team now playing in Class D South for 2019 improved to 4-4-1 and 3-1-1 in the last five games) had its fifth corner kick of the second half just over the midway point. Senior Wayne Haley booted the ball into play from the right corner toward the front of the Penquis goal.

PCHS Penquis soccer

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MEETING ON THE FIELD — PCHS junior Fisher Cobb and Penquis senior Camron Bailey fight for position during an Oct. 3 game in Guilford. The host Pirates won 3-0 with the trio of goals coming in the last 18-plus minutes of the second half.

Junior Colby Chadwick out leaped the defenders to head the ball into the top of the goal to put his team on the scoreboard at the 18:17-mark.

About 11 minutes later PCHS had an insurance goal. Freshman Gabe Soctomah passed the ball out of the box to junior Kobe Gilbert whose shot through the air landed inside the right post for the 2-0 advantage with 7:15 remaining in regulation.

The Pirates surpassed the team’s goal total in the first game against the Patriots in the final minutes. Gilbert put the ball in play on a corner kick from the right, PCHS had six of the team’s seven such kicks in the second half for a 7-4 overall advantage. Gilbert found Christian Homchuck who headed the ball toward the goal. The official ruled the ball crossed the line for the score before going out for the Pirates’ third and final goal of the afternoon.

Penquis PCHS boys soccer

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BOUNCING ALONG THE SIDELINE — Senior Wayne Haley of PCHS keeps the ball in-bounds and away from Penquis junior Will Waterhouse on Oct. 3. Haley’s corner kick led to the first of three Pirate goals.

PCHS junior Matt Robinson made five saves on eight shots as the team posted its second shutout of the season.

Penquis (the team fell to 3-4-2 losing for only the second time in the last half dozen contests) faced 26 shots and sophomore Grady Atkinson stopped a game-high 15 saves.

Penquis 0
PENQ 0 0 | 0
PCHS 0 3 | 3
Second: PC — Chadwick
PC — Gilbert (Soctomah)
PC — Homchuck (Gilbert)
Corner kicks: PEN — 4;
PC — 7
Saves: PEN — Atkinson 15,
PC — Robinson 5
Records: PEN 3-4-1,
PC 4-4-1

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11 ON 11 — Patriot freshman LJ Shaw looks to dribble around PCHS sophomore Hunter Martell with Penquis sophomore Alvin Robshaw (10) and freshman Nate Lovejoy in the background.

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EYE ON THE BALL — Sophomore Corbin Cyr gets to the ball ahead of PCHS freshman Gabe Soctomah. Looking on are Penquis senior Camron Bailey (12) and freshman Nate Lovejoy.

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