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Local schools kick off fall sports season

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Local schools kick off fall sports season

Under beautiful blue skies with a nip in the air, the 2009 fall sports season kicked off last weekend.

It didn't take long for local standouts to make their mark, suggesting that this autumn will prove to be yet another full of triumph.

Here's a glimpse:

Football

Brunswick was the lone local football team to capture its season-opener last weekend. The Dragons enjoyed a 32-12 home win over Edward Little. The Dragons go to Skowhegan Friday. Morse and Waterville engaged in a thriller, but the host Shipbuilders came out on the short end, 21-20, in overtime. Morse seeks to get in the win column Friday when it plays at Gardiner. Mt. Ararat fell 28-7 at Cony in its first outing and now has to host powerhouse Bangor Friday night.

Boys' soccer

The Brunswick boys' soccer team is expected to contend for a Class A crown. The Dragons got off to a good start Friday with a 4-1 win at Cony. Mt. Ararat tied its opener, 1-1 at Erskine. Morse fell to 0-1 with a 2-0 loss at Lewiston.

Girls' soccer

The girls' soccer story saw all three local teams win their opener. Mt. Ararat drubbed visiting Erskine 7-2 behind Jaymee Wallace's four goals and a pair from Randi London. Morse took care of host Lewiston 2-0. 
Anna Lozano had both goals. Brunswick had no trouble with visiting Cony, winning 8-3. Hilary Champagne and Allison Walton both scored three times. Rebekkah Miller added a pair and Lydia Caputi stopped 15 shots.

"It was a great game to watch and was well played by both teams in sweltering conditions," said Brunswick coach Martyn Davison. "I thought the girls were outstanding in the first half. They passed the ball very well."

Field hockey

Mt. Ararat hosted Morse in the teams' opener Friday and the Eagles came away with a 1-0 victory. Mt. Ararat then hosted Brunswick Tuesday (too late for print). The Dragons were 2-1 home losers to Edward Little in their first contest.

Cross country

Brunswick and Morse's cross country teams (along with Lewiston and Mt. Blue) competed at Edward Little Friday. The Dragons won the boys' race and came in third on the girls' side. The Shipbuilders were runners-up on the girls' side and third in the boys' race. Mt. Ararat competed at Maranacook with several other schools. The Eagles girls came in first and the boys were second.

Golf

Brunswick's golf team downed visiting Gardiner in its opener, 9-0. Mt. Ararat was an 8.5-0.5 victor over Gardiner.

Games to watch

There are several compelling matchups coming up in the next few days. Brunswick and Mt. Ararat's soccer teams square off Tuesday, with the boys doing battle at Brunswick and the girls meeting in Topsham. Morse boys' soccer is home against Erskine Saturday. Wednesday, Morse hosts Mt. Ararat in golf.

Photo:
Morse senior Jay Cavanaugh drives into Waterville's Kyle Bishop at the goal line Friday night. Cavanaugh scored, but Morse lost in overtime 21-20.

Photo:
Morse quarterback Michael Walton escapes from Waterville senior Derek Allen late in Friday night's game. 

Photo: Roger S. Duncan
Mt. Ararat senior captain Meghan Carr lunged for the ball under the stick of Brunswick's Erica Paulette in the second half of Tuesday's 1-0 Dragons' victory in overtime.

Photo: Roger S. Duncan
Brunswick's Kyia Jensen (16) celebrated with Eliza Brooks after Brooks scored the game-winner in overtime Tuesday.