Local teams impressing in early action-Northern edition

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Falmouth’s Joe Dye boots the ball during the Yachtsmen’s 2-1 loss at Cheverus last week.

Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer team celebrates a goal during last week’s 2-1 home win over Cape Elizabeth. The Clippers entered this week having won 26 straight contests.

Greely’s Wren Payne plays the ball up the field during the Rangers’ 5-0 home win over Cape Elizabeth last week.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Cheverus, Greely-Yarmouth and Yarmouth-Cape Elizabeth boys’ soccer, Greely-Yarmouth girls’ soccer and Greely-Cape Elizabeth field hockey game stories, 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

Greely’s football team is up to its usual tricks. After the Rangers’ lost, 14-0, at Noble in their opener, few gave them a chance last Friday when they opened the home portion of their schedule against Mt. Blue, but Greely erupted for eight touchdowns and prevailed, 56-18, to even its record at 1-1. The Rangers led, 12-0, after one quarter and 28-0 at halftime. After three periods, the score was 48-12 and Greely closed it out in the fourth quarter. Will Schumacher had touchdown runs of 3-, 28- and 20-yards, Joey Cassella ran for TDs from 6- and 55-yards, Brady Nolin had a 20-yard scoring run and Nick Male threw a touchdown pass to Naveen Caron. Greely has a huge test this coming Friday when 2-0 Marshwood, the defending Class B state champion, comes to Cumberland.

Falmouth also got in the win column and evened its record at 1-1. One week after a narrow 27-25 loss at Brunswick, the Yachtsmen handled visiting Brewer, 27-15. Coleman Allen got things started with a 32-yard fumble return for a score and a 7-0 lead after one quarter. Sam Pausman sandwiched field goals of 20- and 21-yards around a 63-yard Riley Reed touchdown run before the half to make it 20-0 and after the Witches pulled within 20-15 after three periods, Nick Mancini scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to clinch it. Reed ran for 105 yards and 12 carries to lead the way. Falmouth visits 1-1 Gorham Friday night.

Freeport is also 1-1 after losing, 43-12, at Poland. Adam Ulrickson returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Anthony Panciocco hit Aidan Michaud with a 13-yard scoring pass for a 12-7 lead after one quarter, but the Falcons didn’t score again, as the Knights went up, 21-12, at halftime, 36-12 after three quarters, then added one final score in the fourth period. Freeport visits Camden Hills (2-0) Saturday.

Yarmouth fell to 0-2 after a 46-8 home loss to Leavitt. The Clippers avoided the shutout with a late 4-yard Henry Venden touchdown run and Venden two-point conversion rush. Yarmouth visits 0-2 John Bapst Friday.

Boys’ soccer

Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer team entered the week with its three-year win streak at 26 games and its unbeaten run at 33 following a 2-1 home victory over Cape Elizabeth and a 4-1 win at Greely. Against the Capers, the Clippers fell behind right before halftime, but standout Eric LaBrie scored twice (the first goal from Michael Guertler and the second from Cam Merrill) to provide the winning margin.

“Coach (Mike Hagerty) said at halftime that (the Capers) were everything we expected,” said LaBrie. “We just had to play our game.”

“Coach said we didn’t have a bad (first) half, so we needed to come out with more intensity and move the ball and play as a team,” Yarmouth defensive standout Aidan Hickey said.

“LaBrie was alone a lot in the first half, so we wanted to make sure we partnered him up with somebody,” Hagerty added. “We added a body up there to give him someone to play off of.”

In the win over the Rangers, Jack Romano scored early and Jack Jones added a second half hat trick as the Clippers made it seven straight wins in the series.

“We know we’ll always get everyone’s best game,” Jones said. “I don’t think of it as pressure. It’s extra motivation.”

“We’re a different team than last year, but the kids have worked hard in practice, Hagerty said. “They’re working well together, which is tough with so many new kids. It’s all working out.”

Yarmouth hosted Freeport Tuesday, goes to Wells Thursday and visits Fryeburg Academy Tuesday of next week.

Freeport settled for a scoreless home tie against Greely last Wednesday, then improved to 2-0-1 Saturday with a 9-0 victory at Lake Region. Against the Rangers, in the Falcons’ first ever night game on their new turf, goalkeeper Atticus Patrick made eight saves. In the victory, Jake Dumont got things started with a penalty kick, Will Winter had three goals and Jesse Bennell, Liam Grogan, Griffin Johnson, Ericksen Shea and Cam Strong finished with one goal apiece. After going to Yarmouth Tuesday, Freeport hosts York Friday and goes to Cape Elizabeth Monday.

Greely settled for scoreless ties in its first two games, at Cape Elizabeth and Freeport, then lost at home to Yarmouth Saturday, 4-1. The Rangers’ got a goal in the final minute from Charlie Saffian, who was seeing his first varsity minutes.

“We had the Cape, Freeport, Yarmouth triple and got two ties and a loss,” said Greely coach Mike Andreasen. “It could have been worse. Now, hopefully it gets a little easier.”

The Rangers are home against Fryeburg Academy Thursday, visit Waynflete Saturday and play at Gray-New Gloucester Monday.

Falmouth opened with a 2-1 loss at Cheverus, but bounced back to blank visiting Bonny Eagle (3-0) and Noble (5-0) to improve to 2-1. In the loss, Gus Ford scored, but the Yachtsmen surrendered two goals on corner kicks.

“We made some young mistakes at bad times,” said longtime Falmouth coach Dave Halligan. “That what happens in a first game. Some guys try to do too much or look for someone else to do it. They’ll sort it out.”

In the win over the Scots, Josh Lefebvre scored twice and Ford added a goal. Lefebvre, Charlie Adams, Tom Fitzgerald, Ben Greene and Nik Hester all scored against the Knights. The Yachtsmen were at Portland Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), host Sanford Friday and visit Westbrook Monday.

North Yarmouth Academy is off to a sizzling 4-0 start. The Panthers started with a 5-0 home win over Poland, then downed visiting St. Dom’s (5-1), host Traip Academy (2-1) and host Sacopee Valley (9-4). Against the Saints, Chas Rhode had two goals, while Ryan Baker, Julian Etuari and Xander Kostelnik scored one apiece. Baker scored twice in the second half to rally the Panthers at the Rangers. In the win over the Hawks, Baker scored four times, Alasdair Swett had a hat trick and Kostelnik and Cam Goodrich had one goal apiece. NYA visits Buckfield Thursday and goes to Lake Region Wednesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

Freeport’s girls’ soccer team played host Greely to a 2-2 draw in last Tuesday’s playoff rematch, then improved to 2-0-1 with a 3-0 home win over Lake Region Friday. Catriona Gould and Rachel Wall scored against the Rangers. Gould had all three goals in the victory. The Falcons were home with two-time defending Class B champion Yarmouth Tuesday, go to York Thursday and visit Cape Elizabeth Monday.

Yarmouth lost its first two outings, including a 1-0 double-overtime setback at Cape Elizabeth last Tuesday, then improved to 1-2 Saturday with a 6-1 win at Greely. Hannah Dwyer had three goals, Parker Harnett scored twice and Abi Hincks had a goal as well.

“It was a relief to get that first goal, then it was just excitement,” Dwyer said. “Then, we knew we’d get more.”

“If we hadn’t been creating chances, we’d be more worried, but we did create chances, so we knew, sooner or later, the goals would come,” said Clippers coach Chris Coleman.

Yarmouth looked to even its record when it went to Freeport Tuesday. The Clippers host Fryeburg Academy Tuesday of next week.

Greely tied visiting Freeport, 2-2, last Tuesday, then fell to 0-3-1 with losses at York (4-0) and at home to Yarmouth (6-1). Katherine Clancy scored against the Clippers.

“We don’t have any excuses, they just played a lot better than we did today,” said Greely coach Josh Muscadin. “It’s part of life. We’ll learn and see them next time. I had some different people in different spots. It’s good I could see what we have.”

The Rangers hosted Poland Tuesday and visit Fryeburg Academy Friday.

Falmouth evened its record at 1-1 last Wednesday with a 1-0 overtime win at Sanford. Madison Wolf had the goal. The Yachtsmen were home with Noble Wednesday and welcome Cheverus Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

NYA fell to 1-2 after losses last week at St. Dom’s (3-2) and at home to Sacopee Valley (1-0). The Panthers were home with Rangeley Tuesday, go to Buckfield Thursday, visit Greater Portland Christian School Friday and play host to Old Orchard Beach Wednesday of next week.

Field hockey

Greely’s field hockey team surrendered five goals to Freeport in a season-opening loss, but bounced back to down host Gray-New Gloucester (3-2) and visiting Cape Elizabeth (5-0) to improve to 2-1. Megan Beaulieu, Hannah Perfetti and Maddy Perfetti all scored once in the win over the Patriots. Against the Capers, Delia Knox scored 38 seconds into the game and Beaulieu, Zahria McLean, Maddy Perfetti and Courtney Rog all scored as well.

“Coach asked who would score the first goal and I wanted to score, so I said, ‘Me,’” Knox said. “I felt confident and I knew I could do it. I just went down and did the work. I just stayed with it.”

“In our first game against Freeport, we got scored on right away,” Perfetti said. “We liked being the team to do that today.”

“We’ve been waiting to tap into our full potential,” first-year Rangers coach Chelsea Morley added. “We talk every practice about starting off strong and about consistency and we came out with something to prove and I’m so proud of them.”

Greely went to Yarmouth Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), plays at Poland Saturday and hosts Lake Region Monday.

Freeport suffered a 2-1 home loss to Fryeburg Academy last Tuesday, then avenged a playoff loss with a 2-0 victory at Lake Region Thursday and improved to 3-1 Monday after a 5-0 win at Cape Elizabeth. In the setback, Natalie Anderson scored early, but the goal didn’t hold up. Anderson scored twice more against the Lakers. In the win over the Capers, Alexa Koenig had three goals, all off penalty corners. Autumn Golding and Ally Randall also scored. The Falcons were at Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday, host Traip Academy Saturday and welcome defending Class C champion St. Dom’s Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth opened with a 3-1 win at Poland, then lost at home to York in overtime (1-0) and at Fryeburg Academy (3-0). The Clippers welcomed Greely Wednesday, go to Gray-New Gloucester Friday, host Lake Region Saturday and visit Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth took a 2-1-1 record into Tuesday’s game at Noble. Last week, the Yachtsmen lost at Scarborough in a playoff rematch, 2-0, then downed visiting Deering, 1-0. Keller Gardner had the goal in the victory. Falmouth hosts Bonny Eagle Thursday and welcomes Cheverus Monday.

NYA downed visiting Sacopee Valley, 5-1, then lost at home in overtime to Poland, 5-4, last week. Amber Rose had three goals and Katie Larson and Emilia McKenney each had one in the victory. Against the Knights, Larson had two goals, while McKenney and Caroline Gepfert had one apiece. Monday, the Panthers evened their record at 2-2 with a 4-1 win at Traip Academy. NYA was at St. Dom’s Wednesday.

Volleyball

Falmouth’s volleyball team improved to 2-0 last Tuesday with a straight set (25-11, 25-7, 25-9) home win over Cony. Annika Hester had eight aces and five kills, Katherine Phillips had nine kills and 13 assists, Sophie Goldberg had seven aces and Hilary Bouchard added five. The Yachtsmen were at South Portland Tuesday, host defending Class A champion Scarborough Thursday (see theforecaster.net for story) and go to Cape Elizabeth for a rematch of last year’s Class B state final Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth improved to 3-0 with straight set wins last week at Brunswick/Mt. Ararat (25-15, 25-19, 25-9) and South Portland (25-17, 25-19, 25-10). Maggie Murray recorded eight kills and six aces and Dominique Moran finished with 10 assists in the first victory. Marie LeBlanc and Kaitlyn Bennett each had eight kills and Moran collected 24 assists against the Red Riots. The Clippers host Greely Thursday, welcome Cape Elizabeth Friday and play host to Cony Tuesday of next week.

Greely earned its first win last Tuesday, 3-2, at Kennebunk, then fell to 1-2 after a straight set (24-26, 21-25, 17-25) home loss to Biddeford. After going to Yarmouth Thursday, the Rangers host Gardiner Friday and play at Gorham Monday.

NYA started with a four-set (22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 21-25) loss at Wells, then evened its record with a dramatic five-set (17-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17, 15-13) home victory over Brunswick/Mt. Ararat. Sydney Plummer led the way with 18 digs and 13 kills. Elizabeth Kennedy added seven kills, Afton Morton had 11 assists, Holly Akey had 10 assists and Avery Jackson came up with 15 digs. Monday, the Panthers improved to 2-1, avenging their earlier loss with a three-set (26-24, 25-19, 25-20) win over visiting Wells. Plummer had 12 digs, Kennedy added eight kills, Morton finished with nine aces and nine digs, Akey had seven assists and Jackson contributed 10 digs. NYA hosts Gardiner Thursday.

Cross country

Local cross country teams took part in the Southern Maine Classic in Gorham last week.

Greely won the boys’ meet, which featured 29 scoring teams. Falmouth placed third, Freeport was ninth, Maine Coast Waldorf 11th, Yarmouth 12th and NYA 24th. The Rangers were led individually by Luke Marsanskis, who completed the five-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 56.4 seconds, good for fourth place. Falmouth’s John Auer was second individually to Alec Troxell of Deering (15:49.72). The Falcons were paced by Martin Horne (14th, 16:39.11). The Clippers’ top finisher was Ben Cox-Faxon (24th, 17:03.16). MCW was led by Aiden Kusche (45th, 17:36.63). The Panthers’ fastest runner was Chris Hamblett (57th, 17:49.64).

The girls’ meet was won by Bonny Eagle. Falmouth came in second, Yarmouth was third, Freeport fourth, Greely eighth and Maine Coast Waldorf 13th. The Yachtsmen featured individual champion Sofie Matson (18:15.53). Falcons standout Lily Horne came in third (18:36.73). The Rangers were led by Carolyn Todd (sixth, 19:04.67). MCW’s top finisher was Olivia Reynolds (eighth, 19:11). The Clippers’ top runner was Maddie Marston (19th, 20:07.88). NYA didn’t score as a team. Emma Collins finished 149th (24:18.52).

Friday, Falmouth joins Portland and Thornton Academy at Sanford, Freeport joins Gray-New Gloucester and Traip Academy at Wells, Greely hosts Lake Region, Sacopee Valley, Waynflete and York and Yarmouth plays host to MCW, NYA and Poland.

Golf

Greely’s golf team improved to 4-0 last week after downing Windham (13-0) and Westbrook (7-6). Ben Rosenthal had a nine-hole round of 39 and was the medalist versus the Eagles. In the win over the Blue Blazes, Andrew Klein had a team-best score of 42. The Rangers were at Thornton Academy Tuesday, go to Gorham Thursday and host Bonny Eagle Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth took a 3-1 record into Tuesday’s match at Portland after wins last week over Deering (10.5-2.5) and Cheverus (7-6). Tyler Baker (37) was the medalist against the Rams and he had a team-best score of 41 against the Stags. The Yachtsmen go to South Portland Thursday, then visit defending Class A champion Scarborough Tuesday of next week.

Freeport took a 2-0-1 mark into Tuesday’s match at St. Dom’s. The Falcons beat Wells last week, 7-0. Freeport hosts Gray-New Gloucester Thursday and visit Fryeburg Academy Tuesday of next week.

NYA dropped to 0-3 after a 5-2 loss to Cape Elizabeth last week. Reed Silvers shot a team-best 37. The Panthers were at Lake Region Tuesday, host St. Dom’s Thursday and visit Wells Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth improved to 2-0-1 after a 4-3 win over Fryeburg Academy last Tuesday. The Clippers hosted York Tuesday, go to Wells Thursday and welcome Gray-New Gloucester 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.