Local teams impress in early action-Southern edition

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Cape Elizabeth’s Ryan McKean tries in vain to tackle Wells’ Tyler Bridge during the Capers’ 40-14 loss last Friday.

South Portland’s Lydia Grant fires a shot during the Red Riots’ 1-0 overtime loss to Bonny Eagle last week.

Cape Elizabeth’s Kaitlin Norrad battles Greely’s Hannah Perfetti for the ball during the Rangers’ 5-0 win last week.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Greely field hockey game story, see theforecaster.net)

The first full week of the fall sports season is in the rear-view mirror and results continue to reflect strong play from local squads. 

Here’s a look back and a glimpse at what’s to come as the action continues to heat up:

Football

Defending Class A state champion Scarborough improved to 2-0 last Friday with its second consecutive decisive win, 46-7, over visiting Deering. The Red Storm held an 8-7 lead early before pulling away to the easy victory. Jarett Flaker ran for one touchdown and returned a punt for another, Zach Alofs and Jacob Keim had rushing TDs and quarterback Chase Cleary threw for two scores and ran for another. Scarborough hosts 1-1 South Portland Friday night. 

South Portland got in the win column in dramatic fashion last Friday, edging host Massabesic in overtime, 20-14. Anthony Poole ran for a couple early touchdowns to put he Red Riots up, 14-6, but the Mustangs drew even in the fourth quarter. In OT, Poole hit Caden Horton with the winning touchdown pass. South Portland plays at Scarborough Friday.

Cape Elizabeth, the defending Class C South champion, fell to 1-1 last Friday after a 40-14 loss at reigning Class D champ Wells. The Capers were tied, 7-7, after one quarter when Jack Tower returned an interception 74 yards for a score, but the next 33 points went to the Warriors. A 1-yard Tower TD run in the fourth quarter accounted for the final margin. Cape Elizabeth looks to return to form Friday night when it hosts 2-0 Leavitt (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team won at Thornton Academy (2-0) and Westbrook (3-0) last week. Tony Clavette and Elliot Dumais scored in the win over the Golden Trojans. Against the Eagles, Clavette, Dumais and Wyatt Keller all found the net. Tuesday, the Red Storm fell to 3-1 after a 4-0 home loss to Gorham. Scarborough was at Biddeford Wednesday and hosts Massabesic Tuesday of next week.

South Portland suffered shutout losses last week at Gorham (2-0) and Marshwood (1-0). Tuesday, the Red Riots evened their record at 2-2 after a 5-0 home win over Biddeford. Cooper Mehlhorn had two goals and Damir Brkic, Alberto Kissaka and Anthony Rigo had one apiece. South Portland goes to Massabesic Friday and hosts Noble Tuesday of next week.

Cape Elizabeth was 2-1-2 at press time following a scoreless home tie versus York Saturday, a 4-0 victory at Fryeburg Academy Monday and a 6-1 home win over Wells Tuesday. Against the Raiders, Nick Aceto had two goals, while Stewart Kelley and Phil Tarling had the other goals. In the win over the Warriors, Nick Clifford, Tiernan Lathrop, Archie McEvoy, John O’Connor, Jack Sands and Calvin Stoughton tickled the twine. The Capers go to Gray-New Gloucester Saturday and host Freeport Monday.

Greater Portland Christian School evened its record at 1-1 last Wednesday with a 3-2 home win over Seacoast Christian. Micah LaSalle scored twice. The Lions were home with Pine Tree Academy Thursday and go to Chop Point Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

Cape Elizabeth’s highly-touted girls’ soccer squad continues to live up to billing. Saturday, the Capers rolled, 5-0, at York and Tuesday, Cape Elizabeth blanked host Wells, 3-0, to improve to 4-0. Against the Wildcats, Prezli Piscopo had two goals, while Abby Agrodnia, Maggie Cochran and Laura Rye also scored. In the win over the Warriors, Agrodnia, Karli Chapin and Sammy Olsen had the goals. The Capers welcomed Gray-New Gloucester Thursday and host Freeport Monday.

Scarborough, the defending Class A South champion, took a 3-0 record into Wednesday’s home game versus Kennebunk following wins last week at Westbrook (8-1) and at home over Thornton Academy (4-0). In the win over the Blue Blazes, Grace Pettingill and Ashley Sabatino each scored twice, while Sarah Callahan, Emily Johnson, Molly Murnane and Maddie Wallace had one apiece. Against the Golden Trojans, Murnane had two goals, while Callahan and Sabatino each scored once. The Red Storm go to resurgent Bonny Eagle Saturday and visit Deering Thursday of next week.

South Portland got in the win column last Wednesday, 8-0, at Massabesic, then lost, 3-0, to visiting Cheverus Friday to fall to 1-2. In the win, Brooklyn Ortiz scored three times while Julia Banks, Mackenzie Farnham, Jordyn Hulsey, Jena Leckie and Evelyn Selser all had one goal. Maria Buck made four saves against the Stags.  The Red Riots were home with Marshwood Wednesday, visit Thornton Academy Friday and play at Kennebunk Tuesday of next week.

GPCS took a 1-0 record into Thursday’s home game versus Pine Tree Academy. The Lions welcome North Yarmouth Academy Friday.

Field hockey

Scarborough’s field hockey team is off to a 4-0 start following recent wins over visiting Falmouth (2-0), host Thornton Academy (1-0) and visiting Sanford (2-0). Hannah Dobecki and Kelby Woolverton had the goals against the Yachtsmen. In the win over the Golden Trojans, Carrie Timpson had the lone goal. Against the Spartans, Dobecki and Woolverton each rattled the cage. The Red Storm went to Portland Thursday, host defending regional champion Westbrook in a compelling showdown Saturday and visit Marshwood Monday.

South Portland fell to 0-4 after recent losses at Noble (3-2, in double-overtime), at home to Bonny Eagle (1-0, in overtime) and at Windham (1-0, in double overtime). Mary Conley scored both goals against the Knights. Abbie Jellison made 27 saves in the loss to the Eagles.

“We may be 0-4, but we have come a long way,” said Red Riots first-year coach Olivia Madore. “We’ve only lost by a goal each game and gone into three overtimes. I believe in my team and know they have the potential to win.”

South Portland was home with Cheverus Thursday, goes to Kennebunk Saturday and hosts Massabesic Monday.

Cape Elizabeth fell to 0-3 after recent 5-0 losses at Greely and at home to Freeport. Against the Rangers, the Capers were outshot, 37-0, but got 32 shots from goalie Christiana Pinette. 

“Christiana did a great job keeping us in it,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Maura Bisogni. “We were much more competitive in the second half.”

Pinette made 11 saves against the Falcons. The Capers were at Lake Region Wednesday, host defending Class B South champion York Saturday and welcome Yarmouth Tuesday of next week.

Volleyball

Cape Elizabeth’s defending Class B state champion volleyball squad improved to 3-0 and stretched its win streak to 20 after blanking visiting Brunswick, 3-0 (25-9, 25-15, 25-14), last week. The Capers are now in the midst of a challenging stretch. After playing at Biddeford Wednesday, Cape Elizabeth visits Yarmouth Friday and welcomes Falmouth Tuesday of next week.

Scarborough, the defending Class A champ, improved to 4-0 after downing visiting Bonny Eagle in straight sets (25-14, 25-7, 25-15) and host Cheverus in five sets (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 15-8). Against the Scots, Mayne Gwyer had 20 service points, including 17 straight during the second set. The Red Storm were at Falmouth Thursday (see theforecaster.net for story) and host Massabesic Tuesday of next week.

South Portland fell to 1-3 after recent losses to visiting Yarmouth in straight sets (17-25, 19-25, 10-25) and Falmouth in three sets (23-25, 20-25, 13-25). The Red Riots were at Deering for a playoff rematch Thursday and host Cheverus Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Scarborough and South Portland’s cross country teams took part in the Southern Maine Classic in Gorham last week.

In the boys’ meet, won by Greely, Scarborough finished runner-up and South Portland was 20th out of 26 scoring teams. The Red Storm were paced by Connor Coffin (seventh, 16 minutes, 6 seconds). The Red Riots’ top runner was Cliff Robbins-Sennewald (22nd, 17:01.55). 

The girls’ meet was won by Bonny Eagle. Scarborough finished ninth and South Portland placed 25th. The Red Storm were paced by Kayla Werner (24th, 20:28.59). The Red Riots’ top finisher was Rachel Kingsley (93rd, 23:00.16). 

Thursday, South Portland joined Bonny Eagle, Noble and Windham at Gorham. Friday, Scarborough hosts Deering, Kennebunk and Marshwood and Cape Elizabeth joins Old Orchard Beach and St. Dom’s at Fryeburg Academy.

Golf

Cape Elizabeth’s defending Class B state champion golf team took a 2-0-1 record into Thursday’s match versus Fryeburg Academy and Yarmouth. Tuesday, the Capers tied Gray-New Gloucester, 3.5-3.5. Austin Legge was the medalist with a nine-hole round of 35. The Capers visit St. Dom’s Tuesday of next week.

Scarborough, the defending Class A champ, improved to 5-0 with a 13-0 victory over South Portland and a 12-1 win over Deering. Anthony Burnham shot a nine-hole round of 37 and was the medalist against the Red Riots. Burnham also had the low score against the Rams (37). The Red Storm went to Portland Thursday and hosts Falmouth Tuesday of next week.

South Portland fell to 0-4 following a 13-0 loss to Scarborough last week. Alex Leupold shot a team-best round of 45. The Red Riots were home with Falmouth Thursday and go to Deering Tuesday of next week.

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

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