Madawaska girls end winning season with 2-1 loss to Penobscot Valley in playoffs

At Hampden, Penobscot Valley High School of Howland faced off against the Madawaska Owls in a regional semifinal soccer match for the third year in a row and the third time was the charm for the Howlers.

“Our last game against Penobscot Valley was tough to lose but not because our Lady Owls did not give it everything they had during the game,” said Coach Tom Gerard. “We in my opinion outplayed our opponent who was tough and ranked number one. We had more shots and overall possession but soccer is one of those games that you can dominate and lose. At the end, they capitalized on our misplays and scored two goals, the last one being with six minutes to play and we just could not get the equalizer.”

Lexi Ireland of the Howlers scored the game winner with six minutes to play off a rebound of a Leine McKechnie shot. Judy King scored the first goal for PVHS (14-2) off a Ryley Buck assist.

Jenna Dugal had scored with 10 minutes remaining to tie the game for 13-4 Madawaska.

Paige Thibodeau made 5 saves on 14 shots for PVHS, while Cassidy Beaulieu made 4 saves on 7 shots for Madawaska.

“We had an outstanding season this year,” Gerard said. “We finished with a 13 and 4 record and only lost one home game.  We outshot our opponents 4 to 1, outscored our opponents and finished with 7 shutouts on the year.”

“We say goodbye to 5 seniors who played four solid years of soccer. Hannah Nadeau became the career and single season goal scorer,” Gerard added. “A season highlight was handing Houlton their one and only loss of the season so far on senior night and cancer awareness night.  I am very proud of our girls and they represented their families, their school and their community with great play and great citizenship.

“We are returning a core of great soccer players for next year,” he said, “and look forward to continuing the tradition of Madawaska Lady Owls soccer.”

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