Presque Isle boys shut out visiting Fort Kent
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle boys soccer team defeated Fort Kent 2-0 at the Gehrig Johnson Athletic Complex on Tuesday night after the Wildcats paired a robust defensive performance with two big goals from junior Jonah Roy.
Roy scored two goals in the first period, receiving assists each time from senior Connor Michaud. The Wildcats’ sophomore goalkeeper Xavier McAtee had a shutout, with six saves.
While Fort Kent played better in the second half, the Warriors consistently struggled to get in good scoring position. Their players had a combined six shots, but none of them got past McAtee.
The Wildcats scored twice on Warriors goalie Ethan Bouley in the first half — one with 32 minutes left and the next 19 minutes later. However, Bouley shut out Presque Isle for the entire second half.
Practically everybody in attendance wore masks as they watched the game from bleachers and chairs. The district required masks for attendees unless they had a medical condition prohibiting them from wearing one.
Wildcats coach Tim McCue said his team had played tough against a formidable opponent and praised his squad’s abilities after the game.
“They’re quick, they’re tactical,” McCue said. “Our guys stood up to the challenge.”
McCue — who has coached the Wildcats since last year — said this team stood out to him because it has several players who were ready to learn new skills and to compete as strongly as they can on the field.
Warriors coach Kalusha Kotes said his team had played far better in the second half than the first. He said the Warriors would work on fundamentals before they play their next match.
“It’s a learning process for us,” Kotes said. “Coming here and losing this makes us realize our weaknesses, as well as our strengths.”