The Brunswick football and Brunswick and Morse girls’ soccer teams all had high hopes entering last week, but all saw their seasons come to a disappointing close.
The Brunswick football team entered 2011 as one of the favorites in Eastern Class A. In the opener, at home, the Dragons dominated Bangor in most facets of the game, but lost six fumbles and suffered a 21-20 defeat. Brunswick then rattled off six straight wins (by an average score of 33-10) before losing at Lawrence, 10-7. The Dragons closed with a 51-0 win at Mt. Ararat to finish 7-2 and earn the No. 3 seed in the region.
Brunswick had to go to No. 2 Bangor Friday night and expected to reverse the result from the first meeting, but it wasn’t to be. The Rams struck early, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Bangor went up 14-0 minutes later, before the Dragons answered on a long TD run from Jared Jensen. The Rams then ended all doubt with 14 points in both the second and third periods and, although Dylan Walton had a fourth period touchdown run, Brunswick’s year ended at 7-3 with a 42-14 setback.
Morse’s girls’ soccer team stole headlines all season. In their first season in Western B, the Shipbuilders won all 14 contests and earned the top seed for the regional playoffs. After eliminating No. 9 Lake Region (4-0) and No. 5 Maranacook (3-1), Morse hosted defending Class B state champion Falmouth in the regional final last Wednesday.
The Shipbuilders and Yachtsmen had no postseason history. The game was a great opportunity for Morse to prove it was legitimate, even though the Shipbuilders play what is perceived to be a lesser schedule.
After 80 minutes, there was no doubt Morse was for real, but unfortunately for the Shipbuilders, they weren’t able to advance.
Morse did take a 1-0 lead on a goal from Katie Henrikson and had chances to extend it, but that was it for the offense. Falmouth then got a pair of second half goals from Cassie Darrow and went on to a 2-1 win, ending the Shipbuilders’ campaign at 16-1.
Brunswick’s girls were 13-1 in the regular season, losing only at home to defending regional champion Bangor (5-1). The Dragons earned the No. 2 seed for the Eastern Class A playoffs and advanced with home wins over No. 7 Hampden Academy (6-1) and No. 3 Oxford Hills (5-0).
Brunswick then had to go to undefeated, top-ranked Bangor for last Wednesday’s regional champion. The Dragons played the Rams closer than in the regular season meeting, but Bangor got one goal in each off and held Brunswick at bay, winning, 2-0. The Rams went on to beat Scarborough,4 -0, to win the Class A championship.
The Dragons season ended at 15-2.
Morse goalkeeper Sadia Crosby goes over the back of captain Kerry Cummings to make a save during last week’s Western Class B Final versus Falmouth. The Shipbuilders scored first, but couldn’t hold on and lost, 2-1.