Buckle up, playoffs right around the corner

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Waynflete and South Portland-Cheverus boys’ soccer game stories, please visit theforecaster.net)

Even though we were treated to a delicious taste of summer in recent days, the fall sports season is coming to a close.

Golf is in the process of determining its team and individual champions. Field hockey’s playoffs begin this weekend, while soccer, volleyball and cross country will soon follow suit.

Here’s where things stand as we approach the middle of October:

Golf

Golf held its team state championships Monday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

In Class A, Scarborough shot a 336 to come in fourth behind Falmouth (312), Cheverus (331) and Deering (332). Brendan Hall led the Red Storm with a 79. Dan Slavin shot an 85, Zach Pelczar 86 and Kyle Parrott 86. Hunter Sackville (98) also took part.

In Class B, Cape Elizabeth (357) wound up eighth behind York (322). Individual scores weren’t available at press time.

The golf season concludes Saturday, back at Natanis, with the individual championships. Scarborough’s Pelczar, Sackville and Slavin will all take part in the boys’ Class A match. Cape Elizabeth’s Reese McFarlane, Will LeBlond, Zander Schonewolf and Connor Logan (83) will vie for Class B honors.

The girls’ match will include Scarborough’s Kathleen Huffines and South Portland’s Elizabeth Canarie.

Field hockey

Field hockey’s regular season has come to a close.

In Western A, a familiar name, Scarborough, will once again be the top seed for the playoffs. The Red Storm won, 5-0, at Noble last Thursday as Ellen Walker scored three times. Scarborough closed the regular season at home versus Kennebunk Wednesday.

South Portland was 1-12 (and 15th in the latest Heals, four spots out of the playoffs) entering Wednesday’s home finale versus Noble. Last week, the Red Riots suffered losses to host Deering (2-1) and visiting Windham (3-0). Elizabeth Albert scored against the Rams.

In Western B, Cape Elizabeth took a 2-10-1 mark into Wednesday’s final regular season game at Wells. The Capers were 11th in the Heals and only 10 teams qualify, but with the Warriors clinging to 10th, a Cape Elizabeth victory would have likely meant a playoff spot. Last Friday, the Capers lost at Greely, 2-0. Tuesday night, they fell at home to Falmouth, 4-1 (Bella Robinson had the lone goal).

The preliminary round of the playoffs begins Saturday. The quarterfinals are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team played its first game in eight days Tuesday and improved to 8-1-2 with a 7-2 home win over Westbrook. Jose Gonzalez Cantu, Austin Downing and Sam Cekada all had two goals. The Red Storm (first in the Western A Heals, as of Wednesday morning) went to Biddeford Thursday, hosts Sanford Saturday and closes the regular year at Massabesic Tuesday of next week.

South Portland continues to surge. The Red Riots rallied to tie host Cheverus, 1-1, last Thursday, as Nem Kaurin scored in the first minute of the second half and goalkeeper Shawn Shannon made the save of the season on a Stags’ breakaway in overtime.

“It was just two really good teams,” said Shannon. “Their goal, we’ve never had anyone that close on a corner kick. One goal was too many. It would have been a win for us if we had someone back there.”

“It was a great game,” said South Portland coach Bryan Hoy. “It was a great effort by my guys. By both teams, actually. Cheverus is a really good team. We’re a good team. It showed today. I thought they actually outplayed us. We did a good job to stay in the game.”

Saturday, the Red Riots held off visiting Gorham in a playoff rematch, 2-1. Damjan Draskovic and Jack Lano each had a goal and an assist. Tuesday, South Portland improved to 8-2-2 (sixth in the standings) with a 2-0 win at Thornton Academy. Lano and Akiba Davis had the goals. The Red Riots hosted Portland Thursday and close at Marshwood Tuesday of next week.

Cape Elizabeth blanked visiting Poland, 3-0, last Thursday (James Barlow scored twice, Macklin Sweeney once). Tuesday, the Capers fell to 6-4-2 after a frustrating 1-0 loss at Waynflete. Cape Elizabeth controlled play most of the game, but just couldn’t finish.

“We had quite a bit of possession, but it’s not getting us anywhere,” Capers coach Ben Raymond said. “We had plenty of chances. It’s frustrating, definitely. We’ve been in every single game all year. The level of competition doesn’t seem to matter. It’ll be a one-goal game no matter who we play. That’s an issue. We struggle in the offensive third without a doubt.”

Cape Elizabeth (fifth in the Western A Heals) has two huge games to close the season, Friday at home versus Greely and Tuesday of next week at Falmouth.

“This would have gone a long way to putting us in the right spot,” Raymond said. “Now, we’ll be eight or nine at best.”

In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School was 7-5 and sixth in the Heals after a 7-1 home loss to Buckfield (Ryan Waugh had the goal) and a 10-1 victory at Acadia Christian last week. The Lions were home against Richmond Wednesday and close the regular season with a game at A.R. Gould Friday.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Cape Elizabeth improved to 10-0-2 Tuesday with a 5-1 home win over Waynflete. After the Flyers tied the game on a goal late in the first half, the Capers broke it open with four second half goals. Melanie Vangel had three for the game, while Talley Perkins and Maddie Riker also scored.

“I really love Cape so far,” said Vangel, who transferred from Camden Hills. “There’s a lot more support with soccer. It’s more competitive and more exciting. I came in with the mindset to contribute a little more offense since I’m a forward.”

“Waynflete’s a good team,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Luke Krawczyk. “When they scored the goal, it woke us up a little bit. There really isn’t any pressure on us. The girls have done well. We’ve already surpassed what we wanted to do. The most important thing is to finish the games with no injuries.”

The Capers (clinging to first in the Western A Heals as of Wednesday morning) were coming off a 4-1 victory at Poland (a game which saw both Perkins and Vangel score twice). After going to Greely Friday, Cape Elizabeth finishes the regular season at home versus Falmouth Tuesday of next week.

“We’re really looking forward to playoffs,” Vangel said. “We want to keep our undefeated record until playoffs, then hopefully keep going from there. It would be so much fun to have homefield advantage.”

Defending Class A state champion Scarborough blanked Noble (10-0) and McAuley (6-0), both on the road last week to improve to 8-1-2 (fourth in the standings). Against the Knights, Andrea Tolman and Hadlee Yescott both had three goals. Tolman, Haley Carignan and Meghan Tyson all had a pair of goals in the win over the Lions. The Red Storm hosted Westbrook Thursday, visits Biddeford Saturday and closes at home against Massabesic Tuesday.

South Portland lost 5-1 to Gorham last week (Emily Masters had the Red Riots’ goal), then fell at home to Massabesic, 2-1, Tuesday to drop to 5-5-1 (ninth in the standings). Masters had the lone goal.  South Portland was home with Thornton Academy Wednesday, visits Portland Saturday and closes at home versus Marshwood Tuesday of next week.

In Western D, GPCS was 0-10 and sixth in the Heals after Monday’s 2-1 loss at Sacopee Valley. The Lions hosted Richmond Wednesday in the regular season finale.

Volleyball

Scarborough’s volleyball team will likely be ranked third for the Class A tournament. The Red Storm has won three straight matches and is 11-2. Last Wednesday, Scarborough downed Cony in three games (25-14, 25-8, 25-15), as Brittany Bona had 10 kills, Emily Robbins 20 assists, Rachel Webber 19 services points and eight aces and Meghan Bickmore 18 service points.

Last Friday, the Red Storm beat host Cape Elizabeth in four games (25-12, 24-26, 25-17, 25-10). In that one, Bona had 10 kills, six digs and six aces, Robbins 15 assists and Hallie O’Donnell 11 assists.

Tuesday, Scarborough defeated host Yarmouth in three close games (25-23, 25-20, 25-21). Bona had 15 kills and seven assists, Robbins 27 assists and Bickmore eight service receptions. The Red Storm closed the regular season at home Thursday versus defending Class A champion Biddeford.

Cape Elizabeth has shown nice improvement this fall, but will likely finish out of the playoffs. The Capers lost in four games to Scarborough last week, then downed Cony, 3-0, Tuesday to improve to 4-9 and ninth in the region. Cape Elizabeth closes at home Friday against Lake Region.

Cross country

The cross country regular season has come to a close for Cape Elizabeth. Last weekend, the Capers joined Falmouth and Yarmouth at Greely, where the girls (ranked seventh in the latest coaches’ poll) were second and the boys fourth. Individually, Catherine Tierney came in fifth in the girls’ race with a time of 21 minutes, 37 seconds. On the boys’ side, Liam Simpson was 13th (18:03). Cape Elizabeth next takes part in the Western Maine Conference championship meet Friday in Falmouth.

Scarborough (with Thornton Academy) went to Cheverus last Friday. The second-ranked boys came in first and the girls were second to the Stags. Wout Moulin won the boys’ meet in 17:14. Maggie Smith (sixth, 21:22) was the top female. The Red Storm will host Bonny Eagle, Gorham, Westbrook and Windham in the regular season finale Friday.

South Portland joined Bonny Eagle and Biddeford at Marshwood last weekend. The boys (ranked seventh by the coaches) came in first. The girls’ team was third. The Red Riots join city rivals Cheverus, Deering and Portland at a regular season-ending meet at McAuley Friday.

The regional championships are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at Twin Brook in Cumberland. The state championships are Saturday, Sept. 29, also at Twin Brook.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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South Portland senior Jack Lano heads the ball during the Red Riots’ 1-1 tie at Cheverus last week.

Cape Elizabeth’s Ellen Best seemingly has the course to herself at last weekend’s meet in Cumberland. Best wound up 10th individually and the Capers were second as a team.

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