First week of fall action in the books

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(Editor’s note: For the complete Scarborough-Portland boys’ soccer story, please visit theforecaster.net)

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

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

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team faced a showdown Tuesday night when defending regional champion Portland paid a visit.

The Red Storm, shutout winners over South Portland (2-0), Marshwood (5-0) and Gorham (1-0, Andrew Jones scored the goal as Scarborough avenged a loss from last season), held the visiting Bulldogs scoreless, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

“The guys aren’t too happy about  it,” said Red Storm coach Mark Diaz. “Especially when you work that hard, which both teams did. I think we played hard enough to win. Their keeper made some nice saves and the ball didn’t bounce our way.”

Scarborough was at top contender Cheverus Thursday and hosts Kennebunk – the team that upset the Red Storm in last year’s quarterfinals – next Wednesday.

“These are big (Heal Points) games,” said Diaz. “These are games to get Points and set yourself up for the tournament and getting the right spot. We’re still figuring things out. I have four or five sophomores. Only three returning starters. They’re giving me all I’m asking for. This group won’t stop.”

South Portland bounced back from its loss to Scarborough in the opener with shutout victories over host Massabesic (4-0) and visiting Biddeford (7-0). Against the Tigers, Nem Kaurin had two goals and Will Bushey, Akiba Davis, Damjan Draskovic, Jack Lano and Ryan Pelletier each had one. Tuesday night, the Red Riots played visiting Westbrook to a 2-2 draw. Kaurin had both goals and senior goalkeeper Shawn Shanoon made several clutch saves.

South Portland (2-1-1) hosted Sanford Thursday and visits Deering Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth took a 1-0-1 record into Wednesday night’s home showdown versus perennial powerhouse Falmouth (see theforecaster.net for the game story). After winning, 2-1, at Yarmouth in the opener, the Capers settled for a 1-1 draw against visiting York last Thursday. James Barlow had Cape Elizabeth’s goal.

The Capers visit Greely Friday and host improved Fryeburg Tuesday.

Greater Portland Christian School is 0-3 in the early going, losing to Pine Tree Academy (7-1), Traip (7-0) and A.R. Gould (3-0). The Lions look for win number one Friday when Highview Christian pays a visit. Saturday, GPCS hosts Chop Point. Monday, the Lions go to Buckfield.

Girls’ soccer

Scarborough’s girls’ team is beatable. Finally.

The Red Storm, winners of 14 regular season and four playoff contests in 2010, a season which saw it surrender exactly one goal (and that came on a penalty kick against Cheverus in the playoffs), extended its win streak to 19 with an 8-0 home win over Marshwood last Wednesday (Haley Carignan erupted for four goals), but Saturday, visiting Gorham brought the fun to an end with a 1-0 triumph.

“Gorham came out very aggressive and ready to play,” said Scarborough coach Mike Farley. “They won almost every 50/50 ball in the first half and caused us to turn the ball over at a very high rate which is unlike us. Gorham did a great job seizing the momentum of the game in the first half and though we played better in the second half, we really could never get the game turned around to get the equalizing goal. You have to give Gorham a lot of credit, they had a good game plan and which seemed to put us on our heels and we really could never get going. Overall, we are trying to find our identity on the attacking side right now. We are not moving the ball quickly enough and we are having trouble stringing passes together which is unlike our team. I have confidence that we’ll find our way and when we do, I think we’ll be one of the more dangerous teams to play.”

Monday, Scarborough got back in the win column and improved to 2-1 with a 3-0 blanking of host South Portland behind two Carignan goals and another from Jessica Broadhurst.

The Red Storm were at Portland Wednesday, have a big home test versus Cheverus Saturday and go to Kennebunk Tuesday.

South Portland’s loss to Scarborough was its second straight to start the year, following in the footsteps of a 5-1 home loss to Biddeford (Shae O’Brien had the team’s lone goal in that one). After going to Westbrook Thursday, the Red Riots visit Sanford Saturday. They host McAuley Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth continues to dazzle in the early going. After downing visiting Yarmouth (4-0) and Wells (4-1), the Capers took their show on the road last Thursday and upset host York, 2-1, as standout sophomore Melanie Vangel had the first goal and classmate Addie Wood won it with a late strike.

Cape Elizabeth (3-0) went to defending Class B champion Falmouth Wednesday, hosts Greely Friday and visits Fryeburg Tuesday.

GPCS lost its opener, 10-0, at Richmond. Tuesday, the Lions fell to 0-2 after a 6-4 setback at Calvary Chapel. Elaine Beech had all four goals in the loss. GPCS goes to Rangeley Friday, Buckfield Monday and Traip Wednesday.

Field hockey

Scarborough’s field hockey juggernaut rolls on in 2011.

The Red Storm, 7-0 home winners at McAuley and 2-1 home victors over Bonny Eagle, behind goalie Shannon Hicks, blanked Westbrook and Portland by 3-0 scores in a three-day span last week to improve to 4-0. Against the Blue Blazes, Katie Granzier, Rachel Wallace and Grace Whalen had the goals. Versus the Bulldogs, Lindsey Dobecki, Karli-Ann Gilbert and Abby Walker scored.

Scarborough was home against Sanford Wednesday, visits Marshwood Friday and plays host to South Portland Tuesday.

The Red Riots are seeking their first victory of 2011. South Portland has fallen to Westbrook (2-0), Portland (4-1), Massabesic (4-0) and Marshwood (3-0). Brianna Bower has the team’s lone goal this year. The Red Riots hosted Kennebunk Wednesday, welcome Gorham Friday and play at Scarborough Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth has experienced a little of everything in the early going. After playing Yarmouth to a scoreless tie in the opener, the Capers erupted for an 8-0 home win over Gray-New Gloucester. Sophomore Hailey Petsinger stole the show in that one with four goals. Last Friday, at Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth lost, 4-1, despite freshman Hannah Sonesson’s goal. Tuesday, the Capers fell to 1-2-1 with a 2-0 setback at York.

Cape Elizabeth hosted Wells Thursday, goes to Traip Monday and welcomes Lake Region Wednesday of next week.

Volleyball

Scarborough’s volleyball team won its first three matches by 3-0 scores, but Tuesday, the Red Storm had to go to Falmouth, a state finalist in 2010. Scarborough got a huge dose of confidence there, winning 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20), to improve to 4-0. Brittany Bona had 14 kills and 13 digs. Emily Robbins went off for 26 assists and five digs. Rachel Webber added eight kills and four digs and Lauren Piper finished with seven aces and five digs.

The Red Storm hosted Greely Thursday and go to defending Class A champion Biddeford Monday.

Cape Elizabeth is seeking its first win of the season. The Capers, fell at Yarmouth, 3-0 (20-25, 13-25, 20-25), last Thursday, then got in the win column and improved to 1-4 after a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Kennebunk Tuesday. Cape Elizabeth hosts Gorham Friday and goes to North Yarmouth Academy Monday.

Cross country

Scarborough and South Portland’s cross country teams made the trip to Massabesic for a meet last weekend.

The boys’ competition was won by the Red Storm, ranked first in the latest coaches’ poll. The fifth-ranked Red Riots were second. Individually, Scarborough senior Nick Morris was first (17 minutes, 19 seconds). South Portland senior Darryl Wilkinson placed third (17:57). In the girls’ competition, the Red Riots were second to the host Mustangs, while the Red Storm placed third. Individually, South Portland junior Nyajock Pan came in second (22:38), while Scarborough was paced by senior Kat Gadbois (sixth, 23:47).

Cape Elizabeth joined Lake Region, Traip and Wells at Freeport Saturday. The girls came in first, the ninth-ranked boys second. Individually, senior Catherine Tierney was first (22:48) in the girls’ meet, while senior Thomas Bottomley came in second (17:56) in the boys’ competition.

This weekend, Scarborough plays host to Marshwood and Portland, South Portland joins Kennebunk at Gorham, while Cape Elizabeth joins Merriconeag and Poland at York.

Golf

Cape Elizabeth’s golf team shook off an 0-2 start with three straight wins. The most recent were 5-2 over visiting Wells last Thursday and 6-1 at Poland Monday. The Capers were at Fryeburg Wednesday and hosted Wells Thursday. A trip to York looms Monday.

Scarborough broke hot from the gate with impressive wins over South Portland (13-0) and Cheverus (7.5-5.5). Tuesday, the Red Storm made it three straight with a crucial 8.5-4.5 victory over Deering. Scarborough hosted defending Class B champion Falmouth Wednesday and goes to Portland Monday.

South Portland has dropped 13-0 decisions to Falmouth, Scarborough and Portland. The Red Riots visited Deering Wednesday and Cheverus Thursday. They go to Falmouth Monday.

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

Cape Elizabeth’s sophomore sensation Melanie Vangel appears to balance the ball on her head during Wednesday’s game at Falmouth. Vangel continued to tickle the twine with regularity with a first half goal, but the Capers had to settle for a 1-1 tie with the defending Class B state champion Yachtsmen.

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Scarborough senior Kelsey Howard plays the ball upfield during the Red Storm’s 3-0 win at Portland Saturday.

Scarborough’s Grace Whelan tries to keep pace with Portland’s Eleni Anderson during Saturday’s game.

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Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.