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Welcome to Lynx Soccer!

We hope you will enjoy your experience with our program and the benefits it has to offer. Our purpose is to provide the participants with the opportunity to develop soccer skills, participate in practice and game situations, develop sportsmanship and mostly, have fun!

Soccer at LCS is generally offered to students in grades 6-8 who are interested in interscholastic competition. Our teams compete in the Busline League which includes 20 schools in mid-coast Maine extending from Woolwich to Searsport. Athletes are expected to be available to practice and play five or occasionally six days per week throughout the regular season. The Busline League sponsors tournaments at the conclusion of the regular season in each sport. All teams are invited to participate in the tournaments and a champion is crowned. The league also promotes good sportsmanship by awarding banners to the schools that are recognized by their opponents to be outstanding representatives of their school and community.

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[Oct 23 2019]   Lynx & Jammers share the championship!

            While it was a near run thing, the Lincolnville Lynx succeeded in extending their undefeated record in championship games on the artificial turf at the Point Lookout Resort field in Northport making it now six championships in six tries.  They did have to share the honors with an impressive Camden 6th grade team, however, as they battled to a 1 to 1 tie on a pleasant, sunny Wednesday, October 23rd.  The Lynx have definitely been a never-say-die team this year as they racked up a 14-0-0 record during the regular season and their two prior playoff games but never more so than in the championship game.  The Camden team, a group that has been playing together for years—and therefore who know each other’s styles extremely well—certainly showed their mettle by exhibiting a hustling, skilled ball movement style of play that made it difficult for the Lynx to dominate them as they have been able to do to other teams this year.

            The first half was scoreless, though both sides staged a number of dangerous drives, but both defenses managed to hold the line with LCS keeper, Avery Luft, also making several fine saves to deny the Jammers.  The Lynx initially struggled to adapt to Camden’s aggressive style of play, but then definitely stepped it up in the second half, and Lincolnville ended up dominating the two five minute overtime periods.

Both scores came in the second half, with Camden nailing the nets first at 45:56 when they got a clean break up their left side of the field.  A cross through the Lynx defense to Camden’s right winger allowed him to slam it home despite a desperation dive made by Luft who really had no chance for the save.  This was only the second time this season that Lincolnville has been behind, but that only served to motivate the Lynx.  Refusing to fold, they showed a great deal of class by continuing to exert extreme pressure on the Jammers’ defense.  Finally, a long clear out of Lincolnville’s end went to striker Mikayla Talbot who deftly controlled it before sending an angling through pass forward from right to left.  Striker and team leading scorer Owen McManus ran the ball down, eluding a defender on the way, and as he reached a spot about three yards from the end line on the right of the goal, he cut a fine finish back to the far post for the tally at 56:09.  Both teams continued to strive for the win for the last four minutes of regulation time and the two overtimes, but neither side cracked.

The entire Lincolnville team could not have put forth a more tremendous effort than they did.  The Lynx offense, consisting of strikers McManus and Talbot, supported by midfielders Sage Burgess, Bryce Curtis, Nathan Oxley, Liam Day-Lynch, and Jaden Johnson, kept running to the final whistle giving their all to get that winning goal.  In addition the defense, featuring Luft in goal and Roo Boetsch, Canyon Palise, Chloe Day-Lynch, and Mason Clark—and supported by the midfielders—played the same hard nosed, tenacious game they have all year, a definite factor in keeping such a fine offensive unit as the Jammers fielded to a single goal.  In a way, a tie was perhaps a perfect ending for this game because both teams truly played like champions.

[Oct 21 2019]   Lynx ground Hawks to earn championship berth

            On a beautiful Monday, October 21st at the LCS pitch, the Lynx of Lincolnville earned their way back to the Coed Busline League Championship game for the ninth time in the last 13 years care of a dominant first half performance that yielded all three of the goals scored against their frequent playoff rivals, the Hope Hawks.  As they did in the quarterfinals, the Lynx eleven started quickly and almost totally controlled the first ten minutes of the game.  That flurry on Lincolnville’s part only yielded a single goal, but it was a quick one tallied at the 1:33 mark.  Midfielder Jaden Johnson started it with a lovely angled, airborne, cross-field pass from the right that landed just behind the Hope defense on the left.  Striker Owen McManus, the Lynx’s leading scorer with 30 points so far this season, ran the ball down and tucked a no angle shot past the keeper just inside the near post.  After the ten-minute LCS burst, Hope got their running legs back, and the rest of the half played reasonably evenly.  A high foot dangerous play call at 22:65 gave Lincolnville an indirect kick from about 12 yards over centerfield.  Stopper Mason Clark hammered the ball into a crowd clustered in the front of the net that somehow made its way through almost untouched except for finally brushing a Hawk player that redirected the ball past the keeper for a hard luck own goal.  Finally, midfielder Bryce Curtis sent a through pass into McManus who drove nicely around the defense and sent an excellent crossing finish to the far post to beat the keeper.

            While the second half did not feature any goals, it did provide a great deal of excitement as the play moved rapidly from end-to-end as each team in succession gained possession and staged dangerous drives in the other’s end.  LCS’s stalwart keeper, Avery Luft made a number of critical saves to preserve the shutout and assure Lincolnville’s ultimate victory.  Disaster almost struck when an LCS defender dropped a Hawk in the LCS box, but the ensuing penalty kick was not successfully converted.  Time and again, the Hawk’s offense put pressure on the Lynx defensive four of sweeper Roo Boetsch, stoppers Clark (who moved to midfield midway through the half) and Bryce Curtis, and wing defenders Chloe Day-Lynch and Canyon Palise, but they proved equal to the task of containing the persistent Hope players.  In addition, the LCS midfielders—Johnson, Sage Burgess, Nathan Oxley, Liam Day-Lynch, and Clark—showed their stamina by constantly running the field to support both the offense and the defense.  Lincolnville will now move on to contest the championship game with a 3:45 kickoff on Wednesday, October 23rd, at Point Lookout.

[Oct 18 2019]   Lynx triumph in the battle of the Cats

            On a slightly rainy day that the forecasters miscalled, the Lincolnville Lynx exhibited a dominating performance—by far their strongest game of the season—to defeat the Wildcats of Appleton on the Lincolnville pitch 5 to 0 in a Coed Busline League’s quarterfinal game.  LCS’s start was so strong that the Wildcats were barely able to get out of their end during the first 10 minutes.  The Lynx also tallied their first score at 3:45 when an errant Appleton goal kick found its way to the foot of winger Jaden Johnson.  Johnson drove quickly towards the goal and launched an excellent chip shot that soared over everyone to nestle in the upper part of the Appleton net out of the keeper’s reach.  Despite the dominance that resulted in many superb drives in the Wildcats’ end, the Lynx did not capitalize on any of them.  Appleton then rallied, and although LCS retained a distinct edge in play, the rest of the half was far more evenly played although the Lynx added an insurance goal with 26:30 gone.  That drive started on the left, but Appleton covered well forcing a bit of a battle royale before midfielder Nathan Oxley broke free and sent a pass to striker Owen Markowitz who quickly converted with a high punch that eluded Appleton’s excellent keeper.

            Lincolville came out strong again in the second half notching their third at 34:44 when midfielder Liam Day-Lynch corralled the ball outside the Wildcats’ box and sent it in on an angle.  After ricocheting off several players, striker Mikayla Talbot ended up racing the keeper for the ball across the mouth of the goal.  When they both reached the ball, Talbot was able to bounce it in off the keeper’s legs.  Talbot followed that up at 39:30 after Johnson bounced a corner kick off the keeper.  It fell at Talbot’s feet and she rapidly converted from short distance.  Finally, Day-Lynch staged a dribbling clinic as he drove through the center of the Appleton defense at 51:03, pulled up short and fired a shot through the remaining Appleton players to bury the ball in the net.

            Avery Luft, supported by the defense of sweeper Roo Boetsch, stopper Mason Clark, and wing defenders Canyon Palise and Chloe Day-Lynch, turned aside all of Appleton’s efforts on net to record the shutout.  Lincolnville will play in the semifinals this coming Monday at Lincolnville with a kickoff at 3:45.

[Oct 08 2019]   Lynx hold on to clinch first place!

            In a battle for first place on the Lincolnville pitch, the Lynx emerged victorious against a skilled and aggressive Camden 7 team on Tuesday, October 8th, by a score of 3 to 2.  The first half played very evenly, but LCS nonetheless dominated the scoreboard despite a number of excellent tries by the Windjammers.  It took the Lynx awhile to get started, but finally with 16:54 gone, midfielder Mason Clark sent a long clear up to striker Owen McManus who outran his coverage, curled in towards the net, and hammered home a fine shot inside the near post.  That was followed four minutes later again by McManus.  This time midfielder Liam Day-Lynch fought for possession a few yards outside the Camden box midway across the field, broke to his right and dribbled wide before breaking to the corner.  From there, Day-Lynch crossed a lovely ball to a wide open McManus who had stationed himself near the far post allowing him to convert with relative ease.

The second half saw a dramatic turn around but not until after McManus completed his hat trick at 33:55.  This time it was midfielder Nathan Oxley who sent a long clear that bounced over the Jammers defense.  The alert McManus flew past the defense, chested the ball forward as he ran, established control of the ball on the fly, and drove in alone on the keeper before blasting it home.  A good thing too because Camden staged a resurgence of epic proportions.  A fair amount of the rest of the half was spent in the LCS end, and far too many excellent tries were attempted for the comfort of the home team fans.  Finally, Camden sent in two scores, one at 54:05 and the second with only four seconds left in the game, falling only just short of achieving a tie.

The LCS defense of sweeper Roo Boetsch, stopper Hayden Clark, and wing defenders Canyon Palise and Chloe Day-Lynch had a fine day but definitely found themselves stretched and stressed as the game drew to a close.  Jaden Johnson provided strong support at midfield, as did Clark, L. Day-Lynch and Oxley.  Finally, keeper Avery Luft had his best game of the season, keeping the Lynx in the game with a number of excellent saves.

By nailing down first place, the Lynx guarantee themselves home field advantage in the playoffs.  In addition, they earned a bye for the preliminary round of the playoffs giving them a week to prepare to meet the challenge of postseason play beginning on Thursday, October 17th.

[Oct 02 2019]   LCS staves off Bristol rally for a tight win

            The Lincolnville booters emerged victorious again on a blustery, cold day on the LCS pitch, defeating the Blue Devils of Bristol 3 to 2 but not before Bristol gave the Lynx a real scare.  It took a while for the Lincolnville offense to get untracked, and during that time both teams staged several challenging drives into their offensive ends.  Finally, at 12:26, midfielder Mason Clark sent a long corner in which a Blue Devil defender hip checked into the nets for an own goal.  Just under a minute later, Clark received a throw in on the right side deep in the Bristol defensive zone, turned it and sent it over to winger Mikayla Talbot open off the far post.  Talbot controlled the ball and promptly sent it into the back half of the net.

            The Lynx got off the mark quickly in the second half, getting their third at the 35:30 mark when striker Owen McManus bounced a corner off the keeper.  An alert Clark jumped on the ball and buried it deep in the net.  Both teams played evenly for a while although LCS midfielder Hayden Clark managed to bounce a short clear off the cross bar, but then Bristol staged a quick resurgence.  Taking advantage of a Lynx failure to clear at 50:57, the Blue Devils got their first tally, followed 50 seconds later by a hands call in the LCS box with a resulting score on a penalty kick.  At that point, the Lynx defense stiffened and ran out the last nine minutes of the game to preserve the win.

            The improving defense had a good day as Chloe Day-Lynch, Canyon Palise, Liam Day-Lynch, sweeper Roo Boetsch, and keeper Avery Luft kept Bristol at bay for most of the game.  With this win, LCS has nailed down at least a third place finish as they head to Camden on Monday to play the Camden 6th grade team.

[Sep 30 2019]   Lynx clip Seahawks

            The Lincolnville Lynx traveled to Boothbay to take on the Seahawks on a brisk fall afternoon and emerged triumphant once again.  It was by no means an easy win as the young but very game Seahawks kept the Lynx offense at bay for almost 23 minutes while also staging several dangerous drives on the LCS end.  After having a goal nullified at seven minutes by an offsides call and kicking several shots right to Boothbay’s very adept keeper, the Lynx finally got on the board when midfielder Mason Clark sent a long pass forward with 22:51 gone to striker Owen McManus who promptly relayed it to winger Mikayla Talbot.  Talbot calmly set her shot up and buried it in the nets.  That was it for the first half, an unusual result for the LCS eleven this season and a testament to the effort put forth by the Boothbay squad.

            The Seahawks continued to hold out while the overeager Lynx had two more drives cancelled by offsides, but finally Lincolnville struck again with 45:20 gone when winger Jaden Johnson intercepted a goal kick and sent the ball across the box to Talbot just off the far post.  Talbot’s initial shot was blocked and rebounded out to McManus who sent it right back to Talbot who forcefully nailed her second effort in.  The scoring finished at 48:00 when midfielder Mickey Nowell controlled a loose ball near midfield and then sent a through pass forward for winger Jaden Johnson in the clear.  Johnson beat the defense by dribbling in quickly before sending a fine cross to McManus who adroitly touched it in. 

            Roo Boetsch received credit for the shutout in the nets.  She was solidly supported by the defensive unit of Liam Day-Lynch, Chloe Day-Lynch, Canyon Palise, and Sage Burgess.  LCS will be hosting Their long-term rival Bristol this Wednesday at the LCS pitch.

[Sep 27 2019]   Lynx beat Eagles

            The Lincolnville booters posted another dominant win over Islesboro at Islesboro 7 to 2 on a lovely day for a cruise on the bay.  While spending a lot of time in their offensive end, the Lynx kept coming frustratingly close for the first quarter of the game including hitting the crossbar and having an early goal called back for offsides.  They finally found the net with 17:27 gone when midfielder Nathan Oxley sent a long pass up to midfielder Mason Clark who successfully converted his ensuing shot.  Things began continued to look up for the Lynx when another long kick from the defensive zone, this time by Clark, found striker Owen McManus all alone at about the three-quarter field mark.  He settled the ball, fed it to winger Mikayla Talbot who sent a leading pass to winger Jaden Johnson.  Johnson took one dribble than nailed a beauty past the keeper.  The Lynx experienced a setback at 20:45 after Islesboro launched a strong offensive effort that put one past keeper Avery Luft.  The Lynx got back on track a few minutes later when McManus in the middle picked up a loose ball and sent an alert shot through a crowd to tickle the nets.

            The second half opened with a very quick Lynx score at 30:31 when Talbot, having driven into the corner, sent an intelligent back pass to Oxley who shot a long ball over the defense into the back end of the goal.  LCS followed that up two-and-a-half minutes later when Oxley returned the favor by feeding a pass into Talbot who dribbled in on the left and sent in a fine shot for the tally.  There was a goal drought for both sides for almost 20 minutes until 51:20 when winger Maren Johnson sent a ball up to striker Mickey Nowell who dribbled in unmolested and sent a shot across the goalmouth to the far post.  It was then Liam Day-Lynch’s turn to celebrate his birthday at 52:10 after he received a pass from midfielder Iain Larsen-Leavins.  Day-Lynch skillfully maneuvered through a set of defenders before launching a fine finish for the score.  Three minutes later, The Eagles of Isleboro notched the final tally after a failed breakthrough.  In the ensuing scramble in front of the net, the ball was punched in from short range.

            Avery Luft and Mikayla Talbot shared the keeper honors and both played extremely well in the nets.  LCS will be traveling to Boothbay on Monday for their next contest.

[Sep 25 2019]   Wildcats fall t Lynx after a batlle

            Facing an Appleton eleven that just refused to lie down and die, Lincolnville managed to prevail on Wednesday, September 25th, at Lincolnville.  The hustling Appleton certainly upset the Lynx’s usual calm, unruffled style of play, and although they never trailed, Lincolnville did not finally shake the Wildcats off until late in the second half.  They did get off to a fine start, however, racking up the first score at 3:36 when winger Jaden Johnson drove the right sideline before sending a fine cross into striker Owen McManus who tipped it on to winger Mikayla Talbot.  Talbot finished with a drive across the goal to the far post.  Appleton came right back taking advantage of an LCS defensive lapse with 10:52 gone to beat keeper Avery Luft.  The Lynx managed to get back on top at 27:46 when McManus controlled the ball in the box just right of center and sent a quick pass over to midfielder Nathn Oxley who tipped it out to a wide open Talbot who once again sent a high shot to the far side of the nets.

            It was Appleton that took early advantage in the second half after only a minute of play with an excellent cross from the left that made it all the way to their weak side winger who was able to send it into the open back end of the LCS goal.  The Lynx surged ahead to stay at 40:46 when a long kick was sent up between Talbot and McManus.  Talbot took a shot that bounced off the charging keeper but fortuitously fell right in front of McManus who alertly punched it in.  That was followed just over five minutes later when the offense combined for a very pretty passing combination started by a pass from center field and went through two players to end up with Johnson.  She sent it on to Talbot open once again who beat the keeper to the near post.  The final score came from midfielder Mason Clark who took a pass from stopper Sage Burgess and immediately sent it long and high towards the goal to nestle just inside the near post.

            It was definitely a fine effort on the part of the Wildcats and took every ounce of skill for the Lynx to finally prevail.  LCS will be continuing its campaign this Friday against Islesboro.

[Sep 23 2019]   Vinalhaven falls to dominant Lynx

            It was another step closer to a successful season for the Lynx of Lincolnville as they defeated the Vinalhaven Vikings by a score of 5 to 0 at Vinalhaven on Monday, September 23rd.  While LCS dominated the first half, the scrappy Vikings defense forced a number of Lynx offensive errors that kept the score down.  In fact, it was a 1 to 0 game for most of the half after the Lynx scored with 5:27 gone off a short goal kick that was controlled by striker Owen McManus and slipped quickly to winger Mikayla Talbot on the far side of the net.  She nailed it in next to the unguarded far post.  It took Lincolnville almost 20 more minutes before they could net another one.  That play was initiated by a clear up to winger Jaden Johnson who then sent the ball on to midfielder Mason Clark who had executed an overlap run to Johnson’s right.  Clark drove the sideline before sending a fine cross to McManus who tipped the ball in for the tally.

            The Lynx finally found the key to unlock the Vikings’ defense at 33:59 in the second half when Talbot sent a pass into Clark in the middle who hammered a shot from 30 yards out that beat the keeper to his right.  A mere five minutes later Clark picked up a ball at the top of a scrum in the box, found an opening to penetrate on the right, made a smooth move to shift the ball to his right foot and cut his shot back across the goal to the far post to rack up his second of the game.  Just under a minute later, defender Chloe Day-Lynch sent a clear up to Johnson again who passed it on to McManus.  He managed to glide his way through the defense before sending it home once more.  The remaining 20 minutes of the game played more evenly with multiple efforts by both sides before the final whistle brought the game to a close.

[Sep 20 2019]   Lynx nip Hawks!

            Under a clear blue sky, traditional league rivals Hope and Lincolnville met at the LCS field on Friday, September 20th, and staged a typically tense battle with the Lynx emerging the ultimate winners by a score of 4 to 2.  The game was a classic back and forth contest but particularly so during the first half.  For the first time this season, an LCS opponent scored the first goal with 8:39 gone when the Lynx defense was called for a charge in the box.  The resulting penalty kick was calmly fired away leaving LCS keeper Avery Luft no chance for a save.  The lead did not last long as the Lynx surged back to temporarily take control of the game.  At 11:13, a clear out of the box went to midfielding stalwart Mason Clark who popped the bounce up and over the Hope defense allowing striker Owen McManus to control the ball with a chest push and then drive in alone on the net.  The keeper charged but McManus coolly slide the ball past his right to nestle it in the net.  It only took a minute-and-a-half for keeper Luft to launch the next scoring effort by booming a soaring kick that flew past the centerfield line and bounced over the Hawk’s defense.  The ever-alert McManus again gained control of the ball and flew in towards the keeper who decided to tough it out on the goal line.  Once again McManus fired home to his right to give the Lynx the lead.  McManus assumed the assist role at 19:33 when he adroitly moved the ball across to Clark who fired home for an insurance goal.  Hope then staged a resurgence exerting significant pressure on the Lynx defense and forcing them to scramble allowing the Hawks to take advantage of a defensive lapse up the middle for their second tally.

            After adjusting play during half time, the Lynx defense solidified and despite the numerous Hawk offensive thrusts, they were able to hold them scoreless.  Meanwhile a long ball was sent up to winger Jaden Johnson at 32:30.  Johnson drove the line and sent the ball into Clark in the middle near the top of the box.  Clark dribbled to his left looking for an open shooting lane, reversed and moved back to the right to find the perfect spot before cannoning the ball across the box to the far post for the last score.  The remaining 17 odd minutes of the game saw both sides driving and penetrating, but the scoring was done for the day.

            Lincolnville’s offensive unit turned in an excellent performance against a strong defense.  Johnson, McManus, Clark, and winger Mikayla Talbot—supported by wing midfielders Nathan Oxley and Mickey Nowell—moved the ball well all day and completed multiple excellent combinations to penetrate the Hawks’ defensive unit.  LCS’s maturing defense—sweeper Liam Day-Lynch, stopper Sage Burgess, wing defenders Chloe Day-Lynch and Canyon Palise backed up by keeper Luft—showed their growing mastery of the game especially during the shut out second half.  Lincolnville continues its season on Monday afternoon at the Vinalhaven pitch.

[Sep 18 2019]   Lynx devour Dragons

            The sun shined both literally and figuratively on the Lincolnville eleven at the St. George pitch as they defeated the Dragons on Wednesday, 9/18, by a score of 4 to 1.  The scoring opened early as midfielder Mason Clark stole the ball from a Dragon midfielder and sent an accurate pass to winger Mikayla Talbot on the left.  Talbot beat her coverage down the line, angled in towards the net, and sent a cross angling across the goal.  Winger Jaden Johnson caught up to the ball and tipped it in just inside the far post.  LCS then dominated play for the next 18 minutes but was unable to convert through the crowded St. George defense until a defender committed a hands ball on the right just outside of the box.  Clark rapidly teed the ball up and before the defense had set up sent a decisive ball to the far post for the tally with 18:51 gone.  Almost exactly four minutes later, winger Maren Johnson threw in the ball from the left to Clark who made an angling drive through the defense to close on the goal and once again finished with a hard punch inside the far post.

            The second half opened with Clark throwing in the ball from the left to striker Owen McManus who broke straight through the defense and beat the keeper with a quick shot just inside the near post at 32:30.  The game then settled down and played reasonably evenly with the Lynx holding a slight edge for the balance of the game.  Both teams penetrated and had several nice tries on net.  The Dragons finally notched one with only 2:38 to play when they took advantage of an LCS failure to clear the ball from the box thus ending the scoring.

            Led by Liam Day-Lynch, who moved back to the sweeper position in place of the absent Roo Boetsch, and Sage Burgess taking Day-Lynch’s stopper place, the defense—including Canyon Palise and Chloe Day-Lynch—played their usual stalwart game.  This is a good sign as the Lynx prepare for their 3:45 kickoff against local rivals Hope this Friday at the Lincolnville field.

[Sep 16 2019]   LCS on top again

            It was another good day for the Lynx of Lincolnville on their own pitch as they hosted the scrappy South Bristol Mariners and came out on top by a score of 5 to 1.  As has happened in every game so far this year, the Lynx jumped off to an early start when midfielder Mason Clark sent a bouncer out to winger Jaden Johnson on the right.  Johnson literally popped the ball up and over a Mariner defender, swung around her and sent a shot arching over the keeper’s outstretched hands to land just inside the far post for the tally at the 2:24 mark.  The next to tickle the nets was striker Owen McManus with 5:03 gone.  McManus started it off by finding open space in the center of the South Bristol box and sending in a shot that caromed off the keeper to Johnson.  Johnson immediately sent an angling shot back in, and although the keeper tipped the ball, McManus was in the perfect spot to nail the ball in.  It took another 54 seconds before Clark hammered a nice corner kick into the center of the box in front of the nets where McManus was ready to angle the shot home.  Finally, at 8:33, a short header clear by the Mariners went to midfielder Nathan Oxley who headed the ball right back and over the keeper for the last score of the quarter. 

            One thing you can say for the Mariners, they do not give up.  It was a much more evenly played second half with both sides staging a number of surges into the other team’s defensive end.  South Bristol got on the boards first when their attempt was deflected in by the LCS defense for an own goal at 36:52.  The Lynx got it back with 48:20 gone when winger Maren Johnson sent a pass into winger Thomas Pickford who controlled the ball, took a quick dribble to set up his shot, and cleanly beat the keeper to end the scoring.  It was a fine effort by both teams as they played their hearts out until the final whistle.

[Sep 13 2019]   Lynx strike again in Jefferson

            Lincolnville traveled Friday, September 13th, to Jefferson on a lovely sunny day and triumphed 7 to 1.  Things got started early when winger Jaden Johnson drove deep on the right side and crossed a ball in that the keeper tipped but could not catch.  When it came down behind the keeper, striker Owen McManus was Johnny-on-the-spot to block the ball into the net from close range at the 0:23 mark, beating the previous LCS record for quickest opening goal by one second (though not the fastest goal from a kickoff).  It took an additional eight minutes before the Lynx were able to record another tally started by stopper Liam Day-Lynch stealing the ball from a Jefferson midfielder in LCS’s offensive end and feeding winger Mikayla Talbot on the left.  Talbot drove the left line and centered a ball past the keeper’s outstretched hands to find McManus who again blocked the ball in.  The LCS eleven then seemed to slack off some which allowed the Jefferson team to drive deeply and dangerously into the Lynx’s end forcing keeper Avery Luft—who until that point had not touched the ball—to make a number of saves.  Lincolnville finally got back on track with 23:12 gone when midfielder Nathan Oxley stripped a defender of the ball, fought and dribbled through two more opponents to break free behind the defense, and finished with a powerful shoot past the keeper.  Ending the Lynx's scoring for the half at 21:30 was Johnson after corralling a pass from midfielder Sage Burgess.  She drove the left side beating all the coverage and finished with a shot high to the back post.  It was Jefferson’s turn next at 26:13 following a pushing call in the box.  The Jefferson shooter hit a well-positioned penalty kick that Luft had no chance to save.

            LCS struck early in the second half—at the 32:11 mark—when Oxley fed a pretty pass to Talbot who drove the left into the clear, angled in towards the goal, and again sent a cross into McManus who caught the goalie cross footed by unexpectedly sending his shot to the near post as the keeper moved towards the far post.  A minute and ten seconds later, Johnson received a feed, again from the busy Oxley, and followed it with a long shot in that fooled the keeper.  Next was earned by Luft, now playing midfield, who received a pass just over centerfield from midfielder Thomas Pickford and used a combination of skilled dribbling and blazing speed to blow by the entire Jefferson defense to go in alone on the helpless keeper.  His fine finish to the keeper’s right concluded the scoring.  Luft was assisted in goal by Mason Clark, and Roo Boetsch, Canyon Palise, L. Day-Lynch, and Chloe Day-Lynch played their usual stalwart defense to turn aside most of Jefferson’s thrusts into the LCS end. 

[Sep 11 2019]   Lynx defeat Nobleboro

            Despite a strong but brief rain, the Lincolnville booters dug in to deliver a dominating 5 to 1 win against the Nobleboro Lions on Wednesday, September 11th, at the Lincolnville pitch.  As the weather cleared up, the Lynx began to put on the pressure scoring their first at 4:11.  That came when the defense sent a pass up to midfielder Mason Clark who drove forward before sending a fine pass to winger Jaden Johnson on the right.  Johnson took one dribble to set the pass up and then squared the ball across the mouth of the goal to winger Mikayla Talbot who punched a short one into the nets.  A minute-and-a-half later, a virtual repeat was staged with Johnson driving to the right corner and again sending a solid cross to Talbot on the left who punched another one in.  Things were pretty quiet until 21:01 gone when stopper Liam Day-Lynch drove the middle with striker Owen McManus paralleling him and slightly ahead.  Day-Lynch sent a perfectly timed through pass that McManus was able to catch on the fly allowing him to drive in alone on the goal.  He finished with a simple grounder slid just inside the far post.  Two minutes and 20 seconds later, a fluke goal occurred when the Lions’ keeper was unable to hold onto a shot and McManus was positioned to easily slip the loose ball in the open net.  Then with 40 seconds left in the half, Nobleboro got on the board when LCS keeper Avery Luft was unable to hold onto a hard shot and a Lions’ player popped the rebound in for the tally.

            The second half only produced two more, the first at 38:26 when McManus, now playing stopper, drove forward and sent a pass to Talbot on the left.  Talbot made a nice move to dump her coverage, angled in towards the goal, and tucked her earning shot inside the far post to complete her hat trick.  Finally, Day-Lynch, now playing striker received a pass in the middle of the box from midfielder Mason Clark and converted with a firm shot to the far post.

            Avery Luft once again had a fine day in the nets, with Roo Boetsch firmly anchoring the defense in front of him at sweeper.  Canyon Palise and Chloe Day-Lynch completed the defensive unit which helped keep any really significant trouble from occurring in front of Luft.  Next up for the Lynx is Jefferson, playing away this Friday.

[Sep 10 2019]   Enthusiastic Lynx start with a win

            The Lincolnville Lynx started their season off on a very positive note on Monday, September 9th, defeating Searsport 4-0 at Searsport on a cool, cloudy day.  The teams started off reasonably evenly matched although LCS was able to establish a clear possession advantage from the beginning of the game.  As a result, it took the Lynx a while to get untracked with their first tally coming at the 19:07 mark when midfielder Mason Clark corralled the ball in the box, broke out past the Searsport forwards, drove the tight sideline past the Vikings’ midfielders all the way into the offensive end, and centered to striker Owen McManus who one touched the ball past the keeper.  It only took one minute and 31 seconds more before the second goal was recorded.  This came unassisted from winger Jaden Johnson who gained possession on the right, dribbled center, cut through the defense, and nailed a short, sharp shot to the back of the net.  Searsport staged a rally towards the end of the half forcing keeper Avery Luft to make several alert saves to preserved the shutout.

            LCS opened the scoring in the second half with 38:57 gone when Luft, now playing sweeper, sent a long pass up to McManus who controlled the ball and sent it out to the right to Johnson.  She beat one defender with a dribble before sending a cross right to the foot of an open Mikayla Talbot—playing the opposite wing—who had found a hole in the defense on the far side of the goal.  Talbot calmly tipped the ball into the open net.  Finally, Clark added an unassisted goal to his assist at 48:38 when he snagged the ball just outside the box and drove through the defense.  As he emerged in the clear, he found a sliding keeper coming at him and quickly chipped the ball up, over, and into the net.

            Roo Boetsch, playing keeper during the second half, shared the shutout honors with Luft, and Liam Day-Lynch, Chloe Day-Lynch, and Canyon Palise along with various other substitutes provided the necessary defensive skills to support the keepers’ efforts.  Even more impressive than the score, however, was the enthusiasm that the entire team brought to the game, which is likely to stand them in good stead as they continue throughout the season.

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