As the Foxcroft boys soccer team arrived at Medomak Valley high, all odds were against them. They had been on the bus for two hours, they arrived only twenty minutes before game time, they were playing on an unfamiliar field and they were ranked below Medomak in the heal point standings but, “the odds have never won a game” said junior captain Logan Butera. As the starting whistle sounded, both teams began the battle. Sophomore Tobias Hogfeldt took a shot from the corner of the eighteen and it sailed over the goalies head into the back of the net just five minutes into the game.
Assistant coach Larry Butera later recalled that, “as a team, that was one of the prettiest goals we have scored all season.” Medomak answered back just ten minutes later when Medomak senior Cameron Leach fired a shot from close range past Foxcroft goalie. The game remained tied until Foxcroft’s Hogfeldt crossed a free kick and Harmon-Weeks deflected it past the Medomak goalie with the back of his head.
Hogfeldt added an insurance goal midway through the second half. During the contest Foxcroft had twenty-two shots on goal while Medomak had eighteen. This win marks the second year in a row that they have made it to the Northern Maine quarter finals. They will travel to Ellsworth high school on Wednesday to take on the top seeded Ellsworth Eagles. Both teams are very familiar with each other as they saw each other once in the regular season last year and in the quarter finals last year. They also saw each other earlier this season which the Eagles won 5-2, but the Ponies were leading 2-1 with only twenty-five minutes remaining. This game was a hard fought match and the Ponies still believe that if they preform to the best of their ability they have a great chance to win. Their head coach Ayala says, “this is the moment we have been waiting for all season. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best.” Ayala has changed the formation to try to slow down the high powered Ellsworth offense. “If we capitalize on our opportunities to score and limit their scoring opportunities we can win,” continued Ayala. Kick off is set for 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening.
Photos taken by Angela Ayala