Wisdom shuts out Van Buren at home Monday night

ST. AGATHA, Maine — Wisdom beat Van Buren 3-0 in a varsity boys soccer game at home Monday night, protecting its undefeated record into the third game of the season. 

Wisdom senior Sam Roy put two in the net and senior Jordan Clavette also scored. 

Meanwhile, Van Buren struggled on defense, clearing the ball into the middle of the penalty box and enabling further shots from the opposing team several times. Keeper Koby Searles for Van Buren made several impressive saves, but without offensive support, the team never rallied. 

Two of Van Buren’s players were absent from the game, following a COVID-19 case in a SAD 24 high school staff member that relegated roughly half of the student body to remote learning for the next 10 days. The majority of players, however, were either vaccinated or not a close contact of the case, and Van Buren was able to field a team with two substitutes.

Neither team played with masks, and Wisdom Athletic Director Scott Pelletier said that he plans to make COVID-19 safety decisions on a day-by-day basis. Although Wisdom has an in-class mask mandate, masks are still not required during sports and other outdoor activities as the Maine Principal’s Association has not required them.

ST. AGATHA, Maine — August 23, 2021 — Wisdom’s Connor Thamsen carries the ball to the corner before crossing for the assist on the team’s third goal against Van Buren Monday night. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

ST. AGATHA, Maine — August 23, 2021 — Van Buren goalkeeper Koby Searles makes a leaping save at Monday’s game against Wisdom. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

ST. AGATHA, Maine — August 23, 2021 — Van Buren’s Sam Hebert crosses in front of Wisdom’s goal, but the ball is gobbled up by goal keeper Kaden Daigle. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

ST. AGATHA, Maine — August 23, 2021 — Wisdom senior Jordan Clavette carries the ball into Van Buren’s penalty box. Later in the half, he would score one of Wisdom’s three goals. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

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