2016-10-24 / Sports

Kennebunk slips past Bonny Eagle, 1-0

By TAYLOR MORRISON Assistant Sports Editor

Kennebunk’s Abby Lennon jogs downfield in the second half, Saturday. Taylor Morrison/Journal Tribune Kennebunk’s Abby Lennon jogs downfield in the second half, Saturday. Taylor Morrison/Journal Tribune KENNEBUNK — As if winning a closely-matched preliminary round of the Class A girls soccer tournament was not enough of a challenge, rain on the Kennebunk and Bonny Eagle teams made play tricky.

Visibility compromised by mist and the field slick with mud, the game took on a different dimension as both teams were forced to adjust speed and footwork in order not to fall on the wet turf. In the second half it seemed as if the increased precipitation might lend the younger Scots team a slight advantage as many players moved quickly despite conditions and did not sacrifice speed for balance.

Thankfully no serious injuries resulted from the weather. With 11 minutes left in the first half, a muddy scrimmage near the Bonny Eagle goal resulted in a successful penalty kick for Kennebunk’s Hallie Schwartzman, the only goal of the game.

Both goalies took turns under pressure in the tight match. Bonny Eagle goalie Sydney Gillingham stood up well against the offense, racking up seven saves. Kennebunk goalie Adia Grogan, facing more action in the second half, made five saves.

The Kennebunk defense remained sharp and coordinated passes well despite the increased difficulty. Kennebunk’s Abby Lennon said, “even though it was slippery and rainy we really connected passes to get around them. It’s good to make the chances, even though we didn’t score on one of those chances.”

Head coach Shannon Cavanaugh said, “We’ve been up and down all season. Our big thing is having a hard time putting it into the net and really trying to emphasize energy and intensity and I think we really came out hard today. We’ve been talking about making our own luck, making our own opportunities and then capitalizing on it. Although the score isn’t what we would have liked, it’s making that opportunity to get in into the cage that’s nice.”

Kennebunk will face Gorham in the quarterfinals Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in Gorham.

“Enjoy the game today, and then we’re looking to Gorham,” said Cavanaugh. “Unfortunately a very good side – undefeated. But still training the same, practicing the same. Can’t necessarily prepare for Gorham. They’re a great side but in the ends it’s a simple game.”

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