Guilford— The 2011 Foxcroft Ponies boys soccer team knows about close games. Going into Wednesday, five of the six games for the Ponies were decided by two goals or less. Including a 2-2 tie against Washington Academy in their most recent game on Saturday.
The game on Wednesday was also decided by one goal. The difference for the Ponies this time was they came on the upper side of a 2-1 score over the Piscataquis Community High School (PCHS) Pirates.
Colby Bombero took a shot from the left side just 1:54 into the game. The shot hit off the hands of Pirates goalie, Erik Moore and went into the goal to give the Ponies a 1-0 lead.
Trevor Weymouth gave the Ponies a 2-0 lead with 30:55 remaining in the first half. The Pirates cut the lead in half with 26:17 remaining in the first half when Logan Gray hit off his head into the goal.
With three goals scored in the first 14 minutes it looked like a high scoring shootout was going to take place in Guilford.
Both teams had plenty of chances in the last 66 minutes. Solid goalie play from Moore and Ponies goalie, Mike Lopez made sure none of those chances resulted in goals. The Ponies defenses stepped up to help seal the first victory of the season for the Ponies.
“It has been a rough start to the season. We have been in games. We could not put them away. We could not defend at the end of games,” Bombero said. “This time we were able to settle down and actually defend.
The Ponies had to change coaches just days before the 2011 season started. Glenn Hodgkinson was the Ponies coach. Hodgkinson got a job offer in Massachusetts so he stepped down as coach just four days before the regular season was to start. David Dean took over for Hodgkinson.
“Our old coach, Mr. Hodgkinson. We had a lot of confidence with him,” Bombero said. “When he left we were uneasy. We were not sure how it was going to go. Overall it was a pretty good exchange.”
Weymouth added, “We switched coaches this year. That was tough.”
Dean added, “They liked him (Hodgkinson) a lot. He was a really good coach and he did a lot to build the program.”
Getting the first win should be a big confidence booster for Foxcroft. The Ponies who moved up to class B this season are currently seeded 15th in the heal point standings. The top 12 will make the playoffs. The Ponies have seven games remaining and all have considerable heal points available for the Ponies.
“We can make the playoffs,” Weymouth said. “We have had a lot of tough games that we should of won We went into double overtime with several teams this year and lost.”
Dean added, “I think getting that first win was very important to us. We have had three double overtime games out of the first six we played. We have been very competitive we just were not able to get that break through win.”
Moore had nine saves on 15 shots for the Pirates. PCHS (5-3-1) will next play on Wednesday, October 5th when they travel to Greenville, The top 11 make the class C playoffs. The Pirates are currently ninth. They have game remaining against the number two team in class D west. The number one, three and five teams in class C east. They also have a rematch with the class B ponies on October 14th.
“We have a tough road ahead. We have five very tough games,” Pirates Coach Tom Cyr said. “Three of the teams are teams that beaten us already. We have to play Milo again and they tied us. We are just going to take it one game at a time.”
Lopez had six saves on 13 shots for the Ponies. Foxcroft (1-5-1) will host Old Town on Saturday.