Halfway home and a lot of excitement to come

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Waynflete-NYA and Waynflete-Yarmouth boys’ soccer, Deering-South Portland girls’ soccer and Cheverus-Deering field hockey game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net)

The entertaining fall sports season has hit the midway pole and there are still a ton of questions to be answered.

While football turned its share of heads last week (see story), soccer, field hockey, golf, cross country and volleyball produced drama as well.

Here’s a look at what just happened, what’s to come and where local teams stand in the big scheme of things:

Boys’ soccer

Waynflete’s boys’ soccer team came out of showdowns versus North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth last week unscathed. The Flyers hosted their longtime rival Panthers Tuesday and after Harry Baker-Connick started the scoring with a rocket, Willy Burdick and Clancy Mitchell each scored twice, while goalkeeper Milo Belleau held the Panthers in check as Waynflete went on to a 5-0 triumph, avenging last year’s playoff ouster in the process.

I’m very happy with our performance,” Mitchell said. “I’m extremely proud and I think we can improve even more.”

It’s huge for us,” Burdick said. “This is a huge conference win.”

There’s definitely a different look on the kids’ faces when NYA comes up,” added longtime Flyers coach Brandon Salway. “No matter which team has changed faces, who’s graduated. It’s a fun rivalry.”

At Yarmouth, Waynflete fell behind, 2-0, early, and the game almost got out of hand, but Baker-Connick provided a spark with a goal late in the first half, Burdick tied it with a penalty kick in the second and the Flyers played the powerhouse Clippers to a 2-2 tie.

“It was good to see we could play with them,” Baker-Connick said. “We talked at halftime about having a chance and playing hard. Our defense played tremendous.”

“I think probably everybody thought (we’d get blown out when it was 2-0), but we showed great fight and resiliency,” said Salway. “Being able to battle back from down two goals and doing it on their field was really impressive.”

Waynflete (4-1-1 and third in the Western Class C Heal Points standings as of press time) was home versus Poland Tuesday and welcomes Gray-New Gloucester Monday.

In Western A, Deering improved to 7-0-1 and was second behind Gorham in the Heals after a 4-0 victory at Bonny Eagle and a 1-0 (double overtime) win at South Portland last week. Against the Scots, Hany Ramadan scored twice, while Ahmed Adnan and Stephan Ochan also tickled the twine. Jonata Mbongo had the winner against the Red Riots. The Rams were home with Westbrook Tuesday, welcome Marshwood Saturday, then will face their biggest test yet, at two-time defending state champion Scarborough Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus was 10th in the standings with a 4-2 mark when the week began after a 1-0 home win over Sanford last week on Mackenzie Hoglund’s goal. After going to Thornton Academy Tuesday, the Stags visit Massabesic Thursday and host South Portland Tuesday of next week.

Portland romped over visiting Massabesic last Tuesday, 10-1, to improve to 3-3-1 and 12th in Western A. The Bobe brothers, Jonathan and Pavel, along with Alex Frank and Haron Habibzai all had two goals, while Matt Alvarez and Sam Farr also scored. The Bulldogs were at Marshwood Tuesday, host South Portland Thursday and play at Gorham Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Deering continues to set the bar.

The Rams came into the week ranked sixth in Western A with a 6-1 record. Last week, Deering blanked visiting South Portland (2-0) and doubled up host Bonny Eagle (4-2). Against the Red Riots, Simone Lauture scored two early goals and goalkeeper Emily Mooney made six saves to preserve the victory.

“We’ve done a lot of work in practice and it showed here,” Lauture said. “A lot of our practice drills, we did here today. We definitely do a lot of passing. That’s one of the strongest components we have.”

“I think defensively we did a good job,” said Mooney (six saves). “(The defenders) help me. There were a few breakdowns, but we managed to stay composed and regroup.”

In the win over the Scots, Lauture had three goals, while MiCary Verville also scored. The Rams go to Westbrook Wednesday and host Marshwood Friday in a pivotal test.

“We still have a big stretch upcoming,” Deering coach Kevin Olson said. “We hope to keep winning. I like the direction we’re heading. I know the girls want more.”

Portland has hit its stride of late. The Bulldogs extended their win streak to four games and improved to 5-3 with recent victories at Massabesic (3-0) and at home over Cheverus (3-1). In the win over the Mustangs, Madison Bolduc, Maggie Hosmer and Kate Johnson scored. Johnson scored a goal against the Stags, while Isabel Stehli added a pair. Portland (10th in Western A) is idle until Saturday, when it hosts South Portland. A home tilt versus Gorham follows Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus played host Sanford to a 3-3 tie and lost at Portland, 3-1, last week. In the draw, Katie Gordon had two goals, while Abby Goodrich had the other. Mackenzie Johnston scored versus the Bulldogs. The Stags (2-3-2 and ninth in Western A) host Thornton Academy Wednesday and visit Massabesic Friday.

McAuley fell to 2-4-1 after a 3-1 loss at Gorham and a 7-1 home setback to Scarborough last week. Ayla Tartre continued her strong season, scoring goals in both losses. The Lions (12th in Western A) host Noble Wednesday and go to Bonny Eagle Saturday.

Two-time defending state champion Waynflete began the week 4-1-1 and eighth in Western C after blanking host NYA (3-0) and Old Orchard Beach (2-0) last week. Arianna Giguere, Ali Pope and Beata Vest scored against the Panthers. Giguere had both goals against the Seagulls. The Flyers went to Poland Tuesday, host Old Orchard Beach Thursday and visit Gray-New Gloucester Monday.

Field hockey

If the field hockey playoffs began today, three city teams would qualify, with a fourth right on the cusp.

In Western A, Cheverus began the week seventh in Western A, despite coming off an 0-2-1 week. The Stags went to Deering Monday and a back-and-forth battle ended in a 2-2 tie. Amanda Jiminez and Charlotte Noyes had the goals.

“I was hoping for a different outcome, but it was a good effort,” said Cheverus coach Amy Ashley. “I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made so far.”

The Stags then lost at home to Gorham, 1-0, and at Marshwood, 5-1. Carrie Hight had her first varsity goal against the Hawks. Cheverus (5-2-1) hosted Massabesic Tuesday, goes to Noble Thursday and welcomes Portland in a pivotal contest Monday of next week.

“I hope we can keep getting better every single day,” Ashley said.

Deering got goals from Pisey Chhorn and Kaytlin DiBiase in the tie against the Stags, but couldn’t beat them for the first time since 2008.

“I would have been happier if we won, but I was so impressed with everybody,” said Rams coach Liz Koharian. “It was a good game. I’m not disappointed in the result. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of the way we played today. You can’t ask for anything more than 100 percent and that’s what we gave.”

Deering then won at Windham, 3-1, and lost, 4-0, to visiting Gorham. Chhorn, Mia Thurston and Kerry Wells had goals in the victory. The Rams (4-3-1 and eighth in Western A) were home against Marshwood Monday, go to Massabesic Thursday and welcome Noble Monday of next week.

Portland was 10th with a 4-3 record when the week began. The Bulldogs lost at home to Thornton Academy (4-1) and won, 2-1, at Westbrook last week. Lauren McIntyre scored in the loss. Holly Hinchliffe and Gabby Wagabaza rattled the cage in the victory. Portland hosted Biddeford Monday, went to Bonny Eagle Tuesday, hosts McAuley Thursday and visits Cheverus Monday of next week.

McAuley fell to 0-8 and 17th in Western A (only 12 teams qualify for the postseason) after recent losses at Gorham (9-0), at home to Marshwood (5-0) and at Massabesic (9-0). The Lions were home with Noble Tuesday, go to Portland Wednesday and host Sanford Monday.

In Western C, Waynflete began the week 2-5-1 and 11th in the Heals, but only 10 teams make the playoffs. Last week, the Flyers lost at home to Greely (3-1) and prevailed at Old Orchard Beach (7-0). Against the Rangers, Randall Seder scored. Madison Pellow sparked the victory with three goals. After hosting undefeated Yarmouth Monday (see theforecaster.net for game story), Waynflete goes to Sacopee Valley Thursday and welcomes NYA Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Deering’s cross country team joined Marshwood and Thornton Academy at perennial power Scarborough last week where both Rams teams came in second behind the Red Storm. The boys were led by Iid Sheikh-Yusef (who had a time of 16 minutes, 48 seconds) and Yahya Hussein (17:02), who were second and third respectively, individually. The girls top finisher was Lucy Turnavicus (fourth, 21:55).

Cheverus ran with Biddeford and Noble at Bonny Eagle. The boys were first behind individual champion Parker Montano (17:23). The girls were also first, as Kaitlyn Dostie (20:58) and Georgia Caso (21:27) went 1-2.

Portland competed with Sanford and South Portland at Gorham. The girls placed second behind the Red Riots, as Darcy Hinck was fourth individually (20:53). The boys came in fourth. Brad Ravenelle was fourth individually (18:02).

McAuley went to Windham (along with Massabesic and Westbrook) and came in fourth. Taylor Whaley was the top individual (20th, 24:56).

Waynflete (along with Cape Elizabeth and Sacopee Valley) ran at York. The boys were third as Wilson Moore came in ninth individually (19:01). The girls finished fourth. Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig led the way with an eighth-place finish (21:35).

This weekend, city teams will take part in the Festival of Champions, Saturday in Belfast.

Golf

On the links, Portland had won three matches in a row entering the week. Last week, the Bulldogs beat host South Portland, 8-5, and handled visiting Deering, 10-3, to improve to 4-4. Portland went to Scarborough Tuesday and closes the regular season Thursday at Cheverus.

Cheverus lost at Scarborough (9-4) and Falmouth 10.5-2.5), then beat South Portland (10.5-2.5) and took a 3-5 mark into Tuesday’s home match versus Deering. The Stags close the regular season Thursday at home against Portland.

Deering fell to 1-7 after losses last week to Falmouth (12-1), Portland (10-3) and Scarborough (13-0). After going to Cheverus Tuesday, the Rams close the season Tuesday of next week at home against South Portland.

Waynflete downed Old Orchard Beach (4.5-2.5) and lost to NYA (6.5-0.5) last week. The 3-2 Flyers went to Old Orchard Beach Tuesday and finish at NYA Wednesday.

The Southwestern Maine Activities Association and Western Maine Conference are holding their state qualifiers Monday of next week. The team state match is just over a week away, Saturday, Oct. 10, at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The individual championships are Saturday, Oct. 17, also at Natanis.

Volleyball

Cheverus’ volleyball team fell to 0-8 after losses last week to visiting Cape Elizabeth, 3-1 (19-25, 25-12, 11-25, 13-25),and South Portland, 3-0 (23-25, 20-25, 22-25). The Stags (14th in the Class A Heals, only 10 teams qualify for the playoffs) were at Cony Monday, host Gorham Wednesday, welcome undefeated powerhouse Greely Friday and go to Lake Region Tuesday of next week.

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

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Portland senior Madison Bolduc collides with Cheverus junior goalkeeper Hannah Tyson during the Bulldogs’ 3-1 win Saturday morning.

Deering senior Rylie Turner dribbles past Cheverus senior Kelsey Masselli during the teams’ 2-2 tie last week.

Waynflete’s Will Nelligan launches a shot during last week’s 6.5-0.5 loss to North Yarmouth Academy.

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