Abbey Sports: Shorthanded boys soccer team plays tough

With two of four starting defenders sidelined, the Abbey boys soccer team arrived in Concord with some serious questions to answer. Although they enjoyed plenty of ball possession and generated dangerous chances around the Concord goal, a couple defensive miscues left the Ravens down 2-0 at the half. But, the Abbey regained its poise and scored early in the second to make an exciting game of it. The Ravens dominated and seemed on the verge of tying it until a late Concord goal sealed the victory 3-1 for the EIL’s second-place side.

With two senior starters still sidelined Saturday, the defensively uncertain Ravens fell behind to the motivated hosts at Landmark 3-1 in the first half. But the Abbey stormed back in the final 40. Three straight goals erased the deficit and put the Ravens ahead. The determined home side would not be denied, though, and scored twice off scrambles on the small pitch in the final 15 minutes to earn the wild win 5-4. Four different players tallied for the Abbey including Jeff Okoro with his first of the season.

• The Portsmouth Abbey girls’ varsity soccer team traveled to Wheeler  Saturday and played an excellent match despite losing 3-1.  Though it gave up three goals in the first half the Abbey girls were competitive, especially in the middle of the field behind the play of Annie Kirscht and Maggie Ingraham.  In the second half the Abbey played its best soccer of the season with outstanding play from Maggie Stark and Ari Lowney.  Perhaps the play of the season was the goal by Amberlee Majewski who broke free behind the defense and simply outran the defenders leaving little chance for the goalie to stop a quick ground shot that found the back of the net.  It was a beautiful goal that was the result of a lot of effort from the whole team.  The Abbey moves to 2-12-1 on the season as it hosts Soutfield-Dexter on Wednesday for its last game.

• The Ravens football team improved to 4-3 with a 26-20 win Saturday over Evergreen rival Dexter School.Dexter falls to 4-3 on the year. The game saw seven lead changes with the Abbey scoring the come-from-behind TD with 2 minutes remaining in the game. All 23 Ravens who travelled to the game contributed in a hard fought win. Abbey scored first on a blocked punt by Carlin Page and Zach Pray that went out of the end zone for a safety. Austin Kreinz scored three touchdowns and three  2 point conversions. Steve Foster carried seven times for 53 yards and Will Locke blocked well coming out of the backfield. The offensive line had an exceptional day with Zach Pray, Hunter Harries,Severin St. Claire, Jordan Kenny, Malik Bernadeau , Brian Fredericks, Michael Stark and Carlin Page all playing well. On defense linebackers Steve Foster, Hunter Harries, Ben Wilson, Kevin Ellicks and Jacob Mercier along with defensive backs Fletcher Bonin and Ben Quick defended the Dexter passing game. Rob Tuite and Austin Kreinz had key interceptions.

The Abbey finishes their season at home on Saturday vs Vermont Academy at 1:30.

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