Scarborough’s eyeing another trip to the Class A field hockey state final, while Cape Elizabeth is hoping to get hot at the right time as the Western B playoffs get underway.
South Portland, meanwhile, got to the postseason for the first time in four years, but was ousted in its first game.
Scarborough just doesn’t lose in the regular season and the Red Storm extended their regular season unbeaten streak to 61 games after going 14-0 this fall. As the top-ranked squad, Scarborough opened the playoffs Wednesday night against No. 8 Biddeford (7-8). In the regular season, the Red Storm handled visiting Biddeford (8-0). Scarborough previously beat the Tigers, 2-0, in the 2007 quarterfinals and 2-0 in the 2008 quarterfinals.
If, as expected, the Red Storm advances, they would host either No. 4 Thornton Academy (11-3) or No. 5 Falmouth (10-4) in the semifinals Tuesday. Scarborough had to go to overtime to beat the visiting Golden Trojans, 1-0, Sept. 26 and did face the Yachtsmen this year. The Red Storm have no playoff history with Falmouth. They beat Thornton Academy in the 2009 quarterfinals (2-0) and the 2012 quarterfinals (4-0).
The Western A Final is Thursday of next week at Scarborough High. The Class A state game is Saturday, Nov. 1 at Thomas College in Waterville.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth wound up fifth with a 6-7-1 record. The Capers were supposed to go to No. 4 Kennebunk for the quarterfinals Wednesday, but poor weather moved the game to Saturday at 3 p.m. During the regular season, Cape Elizabeth won at home, 2-1, in double overtime, Sept. 19, then fell, 3-0, at the Rams 10 days later. The Capers beat Kennebunk in the 1990 quarterfinals (2-1) and again in last year’s quarterfinals (1-0), while the Rams beat Cape Elizabeth in the 1997 quarterfinals (2-1, in double overtime).
If the Capers were able to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals, they will almost certainly go to seemingly unbeatable York (14-0), the top seed and defending regional champion. Cape Elizabeth gave the host Wildcats a game in the regular season finale Oct. 9, losing, 2-0. The teams’ last playoff meeting came in the 2004 quarterfinals (a 2-1 York victory). The Capers are 5-2 all-time versus the Wildcats in the postseason.
The Western B Final is Thursday at Scarborough High School. The Class B Final is Saturday, Nov. 1 at Thomas College in Waterville.
South Portland made the playoffs with a late four-game win streak. The Red Riots then took the No. 12 seed to fifth-ranked Falmouth for a prelim Saturday. In the first ever meeting between the schools, the Yachtsmen scored twice in each half and South Portland couldn’t answer as its season ended at 5-10 with a 4-0 loss.
“On a positive note, we fought a good battle today,” Red Riots coach Leslie Dyer said. “We started out struggling, but we came together as a team at the end. I’m very proud of what we overcame. We met our goal of playoffs.
“Next year, I want to go longer. It shouldn’t have to come down to the last game. We don’t want the last seed. We graduate three and have a lot back. Overall, I think the girls are happy, but we’re not satisfied yet.”
Scarborough senior standout Maddy Dobecki was named Tuesday as one of four finalists for the state’s most prestigious awards, Miss Maine Field Hockey. Dobecki is a midfielder who hasn’t lost a single regular season game in her varsity career. She has nine goals and 12 assists this fall. Cony’s Arika Brochu, Mt. View’s Kersey Boulay and Skowhegan’s Rylie Blanchet are the other finalists. The winner will be announced at the state field hockey banquet in early December.
“The qualities that Maddy has developed over the years include leadership, self-confidence, persistence, and pride,” said Red Storm coach Kerry Mariello. “Her skills are very polished and refined and she is incredibly accurate with how she creates space for herself and successfully sets up her teammates. Her vision down the field and the way she reads defenses, makes her complete player, but what I think what separates her from others is her conviction, the heart and soul that she bleeds on a daily basis.”