Cheverus and Waynflete, the city of Portland’s two remaining girls’ soccer teams, each made it to their respective semifinals, but no further.
The Stags were ousted in the Western A semis for the fourth time since 2004. Ranked fifth, Cheverus won at No. 4 Sanford, 1-0, in the quarterfinals, but couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead at top-ranked Scarborough Saturday in the semifinals and fell, 2-1.
Against the Redskins, sophomore Victoria Nappi scored early and the Stags made it stand up. In the semifinals, Cheverus produced the first goal allowed by the Red Storm in 16 games this fall when junior Allison Thomas converted a first half penalty kick. The Stags couldn’t hold on, however, as Scarborough scored twice in the second half and ended their season at 11-4-1 with a 2-1 decision.
In Western C, Waynflete finished 7-6-1 and earned the No. 6 seed. The Flyers upset No. 3 Georges Valley, 1-0, in overtime (freshman Ella Millard had the winner), in the quarterfinals, avenging last year’s playoff loss, but was ousted, 2-0, at second-ranked Sacopee in the semifinals Friday to wind up 7-7-1.
“Sacopee got us early with a PK,” said Waynflete coach Todd Dominski. “We had a good opportunity late in the first half, but couldn’t put it in. They got us on a counter at the end to put us away.
“It was a tough transition for us this year after losing two-thirds of our goal scoring (Sasha Timpson and Morgan Woodhouse) to spreading goals around to younger players. In all, it was a good season. The younger kids got a taste of what it’s like. We return 14 and they’ll know how we play. We’ll have another new goalie, but we have kids who are ready to step in and hopefully shine.”
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