First first week of fall action in the books

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The fall sports season is now in full flower and last week produced some interesting results in soccer, field hockey, cross country and golf (for the football recap, please see story).

Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed:

Boys’ soccer

Cheverus’ boys’ soccer team is off to a very good start in 2011.

The Stags opened with a 4-1 win at Sanford, then dispatched of host Biddeford, 5-0, as Eliot Maker had three goals, and Nick Melville and Nate Palmer one each.

“The starters played less than half the game,” said Cheverus coach Bill LeBlanc.

The Stags were at Noble Tuesday and have a huge home test with Scarborough Thursday. Bonny Eagle visits Saturday at 11 a.m., in a rematch of last week’s rained out contest. Cheverus then goes to Windham next Tuesday.

Defending Class A champion Portland bounced back from its season-opening 3-2 home loss to Windham with a 4-2 victory at Noble (junior Tim Rovnak had two goals, sophomore Tony Yekah and senior Alan Tuyishime one apiece) and a 2-0 home triumph over rival Deering (Rovnak had both goals). The Bulldogs had a big showdown at Scarborough Tuesday, welcome Gorham in a regional final rematch Thursday and host Biddeford Tuesday of next week.

Deering, which edged visiting Massabesic 1-0 in its first outing, was a 2-0 home winner over Westbrook Tuesday (senior Brandon Saucier had both goals and senior goalkeeper Jamie Gullbrand had the shutout). After falling at Portland, the 2-1 Rams were scheduled to visit Gorham Tuesday, host Noble Thursday and South Portland Tuesday of next week.

Waynflete (1-0 after a 9-0 win at A.R. Gould in the opener) did not compete last week, due to the school’s Outdoor Experience program, but the Flyers are in the midst of a busy stretch this week. After going to Wells Monday, they host North Yarmouth Academy in a rematch of last year’s heartbreaking regional final loss Wednesday. Saturday brings a visit from Richmond and next Tuesday, Waynflete is home against Traip.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Deering took a 2-0 mark into Monday’s game at Westbrook. The Rams, who defeated host Massabesic, 3-2, in the opener, enjoyed a 1-0 home win over Portland Friday as sophomore Cole Spike scored the lone goal on an assist from senior Alexis Sivovlos. Deering is home against Gorham Wednesday and plays at Noble Saturday.

Portland fell to 0-3 after the loss to the Rams, which followed on the heels of an 8-0 setback at Windham and a 1-0 home loss to Noble. The Bulldogs host Scarborough Wednesday, and play at Gorham Saturday and Biddeford Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus was a 5-0 home winner over McAuley in its first game, but had last Wednesday’s home contest with Biddeford postponed by rain and moved to Monday. The Stags host Noble Wednesday, go to defending Class A champion Scarborough Saturday and welcome Windham Tuesday of next week.

McAuley followed its season-opening 5-0 loss at Cheverus with a 5-0 setback at Sanford. The Lions were home against Windham Monday, seeking win number one. Friday, McAuley hosts Thornton Academy. A trip to South Portland looms next Tuesday.

Waynflete (0-1 after losing, 8-0, to York in its first outing) played its first game in 10 days Monday when Old Orchard Beach paid a visit. The Flyers host rival NYA Wednesday, Richmond Saturday and visit Traip Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Cheverus’ field hockey team was affected by graduation, but so far you wouldn’t know it as the defending regional champions are off to another strong start.

The Stags, who dominated host Thornton Academy, 5-0, in the opener, won three times last week, 2-0 at Deering, 5-1 over visiting Windham and 6-2 at Biddeford. Against the Rams, Cheverus had a 10-1 edge in corners, but only mustered goals from sophomore Alex Logan and junior Staci Swallow (assisted by Logan). Coach Amy McMullin was far from pleased afterwards.

“If you’re going to be a good team, you have to come out every day and play well you can’t have these letdowns,” she said. “I expect more. Hopefully, this is a learning game. I have high standards. I’ve seen so much out of these kids. We need to show what Cheverus can be every day.”

The Stags did that versus the Eagles, as senior standout Sarah LaQuerre had a hat trick and junior Emily Rodrigue rattled the cage twice. At the Tigers, LaQuerre, Rodrigue and sophomore Julia Lambert all had two goals.

Cheverus (4-0) was at Bonny Eagle Monday, hosts Massabesic Wednesday, Portland Friday and Marshwood Tuesday of next week.

Deering, which fell in its first game, 5-0, at Windham, was very encouraged by its effort in the Cheverus loss. The Rams were led by standout senior goalie Caley Presby, who stopped 15 first half shots and 25 overall.

“(Caley) just keeps us in the games,” said Deering’s second-year coach Marcia Wood. “She just has such a good head on her shoulders. She rarely gets flustered or down. She’s phenomenal.

“We’re making progress. There’s more confidence on our part. Cheverus is a fantastic team, so to keep them to 2-0 is impressive.”

The Rams scored their first goals of the season Thursday, but had to settle for a 2-2 home tie with Biddeford. Seniors Lauren Blinsinger and Tori Adams had Deering’s goals, but the Rams couldn’t hold a second half lead.

Deering (0-2-1) was at Kennebunk Monday, hosts McAuley Wednesday, plays at Sanford Friday and welcomes Westbrook Tuesday of next week, as it seeks its first win since Oct. 8, 2009.

“We have to get over the hump,” Wood said. “They need to know how it feels to win a game. They work so hard and have such great attitudes. We have some winnable games.”

Portland, which lost at Massabesic, 4-1, its first time out, fell to 0-2 last Tuesday after a 3-1 setback at Marshwood (despite senior Raechel Allen’s tally). The Bulldogs got their initial victory Thursday, 4-1, over visiting South Portland (Allen had two goals, senior Cat Flaherty and junior Leanne Reichert one each and  seniors Natalie Anderson and Kylie Dalbec both had assists). Saturday, Portland fell to 1-3 with a 3-0 home loss to powerhouse Scarborough.

The Bulldogs hosted Gorham Tuesday, go to Cheverus Friday and welcome Thornton Academy Monday.

McAuley began the week 1-3. After losing 7-0 to Scarborough in the opener, the Lions edged visiting Biddeford 2-1 last Tuesday to give new coach Alexandra Murphy her first win. Senior Lulu Hawkes and junior Liz Houston rattled the cage. McAuley was then blanked at Marshwood (4-0) and at home by Thornton Academy (3-0). The Lions went to Windham Monday, go up Stevens Avenue to play at Deering Wednesday, visit Noble Friday and return home Tuesday of next week to meet Sanford.

Waynflete (1-1) was back in action Tuesday at Traip. Thursday, the Flyers welcome Poland, Sacopee visits Friday and Waynflete is at Yarmouth Monday.

Cross country

Portland High School hosted a cross country meet Friday for the first time in a long time. The Bulldogs were joined by Bonny Eagle and Thornton Academy. The boys came in first, the girls second on a three-mile course at Deering Oaks.

Individually, the boys had the top three finishers as sophomore Ben Allen won with a time of 18 minutes, 4 seconds, senior Dexter Morse was runner-up (18:47) and sophomore Jake Morrow-Spitzer placed third (19:16). In the girls’ meet, won by Bonny Eagle (by a single point), Portland was paced by senior Alice Lala (fourth, 23:09).

Cheverus began its season in dominant form as both teams were first over visiting Gorham and Sanford. The boys were led by runner-up senior Lukas Temple (18:13). The girls featured individual champion senior Emily Durgin (18:30).

Deering joined Kennebunk and Marshwood at Westbrook. The Rams won the boys’ meet as senior Sean Perry was second individually (17:27). The girls were second to the Hawks and senior Ella Ramonas had the second-best individual time (21:54).

McAuley joined Biddeford at Windham and wound up second to the hosts. Senior Taxia Arabatzis was runner-up individually (21:55).

This week, Deering hosts Massabesic, Thornton Academy and Windham, Cheverus (along with Biddeford and Westbrook) is at Noble. McAuley joins Sanford at Bonny Eagle, Portland (with Marshwood) goes to Scarborough and Waynflete (which was off last week) joins Greely and Sacopee Valley at Lake Region.


Action on the links was relatively quiet last week due to some matches that were lost to rain.

Cheverus, which beat Deering in its opener, had matches postponed versus South Portland and Falmouth. Monday, the Stags returned to action, at Scarborough. They host Portland Wednesday.

Deering got its first victory Thursday, 11-2, at Portland. The 1-1 Rams hosted Falmouth Monday, went to Scarborough Tuesday and welcome South Portland Wednesday.

Portland is 0-2 after 11-2 losses to powerhouses Falmouth and Deering. The Bulldogs looked to get in the win column Monday at home against South Portland. Portland is at Cheverus Wednesday.

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

Sidebar Elements

Portland senior Ralph Houanche appears to be wearing the ball as he moves upfield during last week’s 1-0 home win over Deering.

Portland senior Eleni Anderson leaves a Scarborough player in her wake during Saturday’s 3-0 home loss to the Red Storm.

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