(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Yarmouth boys’ soccer, Cape Elizabeth-Yarmouth girls’ soccer and Scarborough-Greely volleyball 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:
Scarborough’s two-time defending Class A boys’ soccer team extended its two-year win streak to 25 games with recent victories at Noble (13-0) and Massabesic (3-0). Against the Knights, Matt Caron and Ian Corey both scored twice, while Wyatt Bridgham, Sam Elliott, Alex Giles, Jake Kacer, Brendan Kane, Josh Morrissey, Elliot Nordstrom, Noah Stracqualursi and Cam Thibault each added one, giving the Red Storm 11 different scorers in the game. Kacer had two goals and Caron finished with one in the win at the Mustangs. Scarborough (8-0 and fifth in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at press time) began a critical two-game test Thursday when it hosted Gorham. The Red Storm then welcome Deering Tuesday before playing at Westbrook Thursday of next week.
South Portland was sixth at 4-3-1 after a 1-0 double overtime home loss to Deering and a 6-0 home victory over Biddeford. Ahmed Suja had three goals in the victory, while Max Carr, Bryan Currie and Khalid Suja also tickled the twine. The Red Riots were at Portland Thursday, visit Cheverus Tuesday and host Massabesic Thursday of next week.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth handled host Lake Region, 6-0, last Friday, then dropped a tough 2-1 home decision to Yarmouth Tuesday to fall to 4-3-1 (fourth in the Heals). In the victory, Noah Haversat had two goals, while Jacob Allen, Cole Caswell, Nicolai Sabatini and R.J. Sarka each had one. Against the Clippers, Caswell tied the score late in the first half with a rebound goal, but Yarmouth went ahead with 26 minutes left and held on.
“Both teams played well at times and had chances,” Capers coach Ben Raymond said. “They were just better in the box than we were. That was the difference. We didn’t get tired, but we got a little out of shape and as time ran out, we did things we don’t normally do, like kick everything long. We didn’t have the possession we wanted at the end.”
Cape Elizabeth was at Kennebunk Thursday and visits Falmouth Tuesday.
“Our group of kids is great,” Raymond said. “It’s nice being in Class B where there’s not the urgency to collect all the Heal Points like there was in Class A. If we keep winning, we’ll make the playoffs. We’re getting better.”
In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School began the week 7-0-1 and second to Richmond in the Heals. The Lions host Temple Academy Friday, visit A.R. Gould Monday and play host to Greenville Thursday of next week.
On the girls’ side, defending Class B state champion Cape Elizabeth had a week to lick its wounds after a home loss to Greely and responded with a 1-0 home win over Yarmouth Tuesday night. The Capers got a goal just after halftime from Mariah Deschino and thanks to a strong effort from goalkeeper Tessa Goldstein and their defense, managed to hold on.
“We knew (Greely) was a tough loss and that we had to get right back it,” said Deschino. “We’ve had tough losses before, so we knew what to do.”
“We’re getting back in the groove of things,” Goldstein said. “Emotionally, (Greely) was a tough loss, but it put our heads in the game. We want to go back and get another state championship.”
“We’ve targeted Yarmouth, York and Greely, who beat us,” added Cape Elizabeth coach Craig Fannan. “We wanted to get back even with them. We’ve got one down. I definitely feel a lot better today than I did last Tuesday.”
The Capers (5-3 and fourth in the Western B Heals) hosted Kennebunk Thursday and welcome Falmouth Tuesday.
“This should give the girls confidence,” said Fannan. “We’re excited.”
In Western A, Scarborough extended its win streak to four and improved to 7-1 with recent victories at home over Noble (7-0), at McAuley (7-1) and at home over Massabesic (6-0). Against the Knights, Katherine Kirk scored three times, while Mairead Clonan, Mary Farnkoff, Ashley Gleason and Emma Koukos also had goals. Kirk and Ashley Perriello had a hat trick apiece versus the Lions, while Maddie Chen also scored. In the win over the Mustangs, Chen, Gleason, Kirk, Perriello and Gaby Panagakos and Sam Sparda all scored once. The Red Storm (fifth in the Heals) go to Gorham Friday and have a showdown at Deering Wednesday.
South Portland was 1-5-1 and 15th (only 12 teams make the playoffs) at press time after an 8-0 home loss to defending state champion Windham last week. The Red Riots were home against Biddeford Wednesday, go to Portland Saturday and play host to Cheverus Wednesday of next week.
In Western D, GPCS fell to 0-8 and eighth (only six teams qualify for the playoffs) after losses at Highview Christian (3-1) and Buckfield (8-0) and at home to Rangeley (3-0). The Lions were home with Highview Christian Wednesday, visit Pine Tree Academy Friday and Thursday of next week, welcome Greenville.
Scarborough’s bid to repeat as the Western A field hockey champion rolled on last week as the Red Storm blanked host South Portland (6-0), visiting Thornton Academy (1-0, in overtime) and host Westbrook (5-0) to improve to 9-0 and first in the Western A Heals. Against the Red Riots, Maddy Dobecki had two goals, while Emma Crovo, Gabby Farino, Lily Nygren and Abby Walker also scored. Walker had the winner against the Golden Trojans. Against the Blue Blazes, Kristen Murray scored twice, while Farino, Nygren and Grace Bailer had one goal apiece. Scarborough was home with Biddeford Wednesday, visits Bonny Eagle Saturday and plays host to McAuley Wednesday of next week.
South Portland was 1-8 and 14th (12 teams make the playoffs) after losses to visiting Scarborough (6-0), host Windham (1-0) and host Thornton Academy (3-1). Kelby Doyle scored against the Golden Trojans. The Red Riots hosted Westbrook Thursday, go to Biddeford Monday and welcome Bonny Eagle Wednesday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth fell to 5-5 with a 3-0 loss at Kennebunk Monday. The Capers (sixth in the Heals) hosted Falmouth in a pivotal contest Wednesday night (see theforecaster.net for game story), welcome Fryeburg Academy Monday, visit Greely Tuesday of next week, then play the regular season finale at powerhouse York Thursday.
Cape Elizabeth’s Mitch Morris came in third individually in the boys’ small school race the Manchester Invitational in New Hampshire last week with a time of 16 minutes, 30.90 seconds. Teammate Kyle Kennedy placed 10th (17:15.04). The Capers girls’ team ran with Sacopee Valley and Waynflete at York and came in first behind Rhoen Fiutak’s individual victory (20:46).
Scarborough welcomed Deering, Marshwood and Thornton Academy. The boys were first, as Jacob Terry had the best individual time (16:30). The girls were also first as Bethany Sholl had the fastest time (20:43).
South Portland joined Portland and Sanford at Gorham. The girls came in first, as Casey Loring was runner-up individually in 20 minutes even. The boys were second to the hosts, as Gavin Damian-Loring was third individually (17:53).
This weekend, local teams will take part in the Festival of Champions, Saturday in Belfast.
On the links, Cape Elizabeth took a perfect record into Thursday’s finale, at home versus Wells. Last week, the Capers blanked Yarmouth, 7-0.
Scarborough improved to 9-0 with recent wins over South Portland (10-3), Deering (13-0) and Portland (11-2). The Red Storm hoped to cap a perfect campaign Thursday when they hosted defending Class A champion Falmouth.
South Portland fell to 1-8 after recent losses to Scarborough (10-3), Cheverus (10.5-2.5) and Falmouth (13-0). The Red Riots closed at Deering Thursday.
The Southwestern Maine Activities Association and Western Maine Conference are holding their state qualifiers Monday. 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.
Scarborough’s volleyball team finds itself third (at press time) in the Class A Heals with a 6-2 record after a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-23) home win over Kennebunk and a gutwrenching 3-2 (25-12, 19-25, 17-25, 25-19, 8-15) home loss to Greely. Against the Rangers, Kayla Savage had eight kills and two aces. Jordyn Cowan had five kills and Emily Hanson’s serving almost allowed the Red Storm to pull it out.
“It’s a very disappointing result,” said Scarborough coach Jon Roberts. “I thought we should beat them. I have one senior who is mentally tough and their whole team is mentally tough. I have good volleyball players, but they’re not mentally tough.”
After playing at Lake Region Wednesday, the Red Storm host South Portland Friday, go to Cape Elizabeth for a makeup match Monday and welcome Biddeford Tuesday.
“Our biggest challenge is getting mentally tough,” Roberts said. “We still have some big matches to come.”
Cape Elizabeth won, 3-1 (25-19, 12-25, 25-11, 25-13), at Cheverus, lost, 3-0 (14-25, 22-25, 17-25), at Falmouth, then won, 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-23), at home over Windham and 3-1 (25-19, 17-25, 25-14, 25-21), over visiting Biddeford to improve to 5-2 and seventh in Class A. Lydia Brenneman had 20 digs and five aces against the Stags, Maddie Bowe finished with 10 kills and three blocks versus the Eagles and Maggie Dadmun had 39 assists, Bowe nine kills and four blocks, Monika Scheindel a dozen kills and Katie Connelly 10 kills in the key win over the Tigers. The Capers are home against Thornton Academy Friday, host Scarborough Monday, go to NYA Tuesday and visit Gorham Thursday of next week.
South Portland was 2-6 and 12th in Class A (10 teams qualify for the playoffs) at press time. Last week, the Red Riots blanked host Cheverus (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) behind seven kills from Paige Carter and Holly Black’s six kills and six aces. Monday, South Portland lost at home to Windham, 3-1 (25-14, 12-25, 14-25, 13-25). Carter finished with nine kills. The Red Riots go to Scarborough Friday and visit Kennebunk Thursday of next week.