Fall season comes to a close
The final three Mid-Coast fall sports teams all met their demise last weekend, bringing the curtain down on the season.
Mt. Ararat's boys' soccer team ran the gamut of emotions last week, first beating Lewiston in a draining regional final, 2-1, in double overtime, then losing to Scarborough in the Class A Final, 4-0.
The top-ranked Eagles hosted No. 2 Lewiston in the Eastern A Final last Wednesday. The teams split two regular season meetings, with Mt. Ararat suffering its lone loss, 3-1, at the Blue Devils Sept. 5 and winning at home, 2-1, Oct. 2. The Eagles would prevail again by that margin in the regional final, but it didn't come easily.
After a scoreless first half, Robbie Small gave Mt. Ararat a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute. It stayed that way until Lewiston drew even with 46 seconds to go. The tying goal led to Blue Devils fans storming the field and the ultimate disqualification of a Lewiston player after he took off his shirt. After a scoreless 15-minute overtime, the teams played a second and finally, 2:10 in, Small struck again, heading in an Eric Bowie throw, to give the Eagles a 2-1 win.
"I can't take all the credit," said Small. "We have two really strong throwers. It was really the throw that got to me. I was there at the right time. I tried to flick it to the left because I was in the middle and that's where the open goal would be."
"I give my kids a lot of credit," said Mt. Ararat coach Rick Renaud. "They kept battling. When you get scored on with 46 seconds left, that can be a heartbreaker. We talked about what we're real dangerous at and what we needed to do. That's what we started to do. We got that throw. That's what we're dangerous at and it worked out for us. Lewiston is a very good team, a very skilled team. We just battled."
Saturday, Mt. Ararat and Scarborough met for the third time in the state game (the Eagles won in PKs in 2003 and the Red Storm returned the favor in PKs two years later). This time, it was all Scarborough from the get-go.
Dan Ornstein had three goals, the first coming 88 seconds in, and the Red Storm rolled to a 3-0 lead at halftime. Austin Downing added a goal in the second half and Mt. Ararat couldn't respond as its season ended at 15-2-1 with a 4-0 loss.
On the girls' side, top-ranked Morse hosted two-time state champion Falmouth in the Western B Final last Wednesday. The top-ranked Shipbuilders and No. 2 Yachtsmen don't meet in the regular season, but last year, Falmouth rallied past Morse, 2-1, in the regional final.
This time around, the Shipbuilders had a golden chance to go on top when sophomore Brianna Williams slipped behind the Yachtsmen defense and went one-on-one with Falmouth senior goalkeeper Caroline Lucas. Williams launched a shot over Lucas that appeared goal-bound, but it kept rising and hit the crossbar with a thud, bouncing back and out of harm's way.
The Yachtsmen took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute on a header off a corner by senior Alex Bernier and delivered a dagger with 3.3 seconds to go in the half when Mary Catherine Kowalsky's shot deflected off a Morse defender and into the goal. The Shipbuilders couldn't answer and their season ended at 14-2-1 with the 2-0 setback (Falmouth went on to win a third straight championship, 2-1, over Hermon).
Brunswick's football team has been very entertaining this fall and the Dragons produced plenty of drama in their Eastern A semifinal round game at Cony Saturday afternoon. Third-ranked Brunswick had lost, 34-7, at home to the second-seeded Rams back on Sept. 28, but this time, the Dragons raced to a 14-0 lead only to see Cony score 21 straight points. Brunswick got back to 21-20 on standout Jared Jensen's third touchdown, but the extra point hit the upright and the Dragons weren't able to score again, finishing 7-3 after a painful 21-20 loss.
The New England cross country championships are Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.
Brunswick's Tessa Cassidy will compete as an individual in the girls' race, which begins at 12:30 p.m.
Sun Journal staff writer Kevin Mills contributed to this story.