Fall sports season begins
(Ed. Note: For the complete Freeport-Cape Elizabeth girls' soccer and Yarmouth-Waynflete field hockey games, please visit theforecaster.net)
By press time, almost every local fall sports team will have begun play. Football got plenty of attention last weekend (please see story), but there's a lot more to the fall landscape than just the gridiron.
Here's a glimpse.
Two-time defending Class B state champion Falmouth (now in Class A for postseason purposes) opened its season with a 4-0 win over Gray-New Gloucester. The Yachtsmen hosted Kennebunk Tuesday, have a showdown at Greely Thursday and welcome Cape Elizabeth Wednesday of next week.
Yarmouth began its season with a 4-0 home win over Poland Saturday. The Clippers outshot the Knights, 39-0. It took 53 minutes for Yarmouth to break through, but Wyatt Jackson broke the ice, added a second goal and David Clemmer and Chandler Smith also scored. Yarmouth then went to Greely for a highly anticipated showdown Tuesday night (see theforecaster.net for game story). The Clippers are at Freeport Monday and host York Wednesday.
Greely opened by blanking Fryeburg, 7-0. Jacob Nason and Nick Pronovost both scored twice. After hosting Yarmouth Tuesday, the Rangers welcome Falmouth Thursday, host Gray-New Gloucester Monday and go to Kennebunk Wednesday.
Freeport had its opener at Sacopee Tuesday. The Falcons visit Poland Thursday, host Yarmouth Monday and play host to Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday.
In Western C, North Yarmouth Academy was a 2-0 winner at Traip in its opener. Jackson Cohan-Smith and D.J. Nicholas had the goals. The Panthers visited Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, go to Wells Thursday and host Traip Monday.
Three-time defending Class B state champion Falmouth (now in Class A for postseason purposes) began the Andrew Pelletier Era with a 4-0 win over visiting Gray-New Gloucester. Mia Cooney, Megan Miller, Taylor Russell and Tyler Spence had the goals. The Yachtsmen went to Kennebunk Tuesday, host Greely Thursday and go to Cape Elizabeth Wednesday of next week.
Greely passed its first two tests: 2-0 over visiting Fryeburg and 3-0 at home over Yarmouth. Against the Raiders, Jocelyn Mitiguy had both goals. Mitiguy, Anne Ross and Kristina Volta had the goals versus the Clippers. The Rangers hosted Yarmouth Tuesday, go to Falmouth Thursday, visit Gray-New Gloucester Monday and host Kennebunk Wednesday.
Yarmouth got six saves from goalkeeper Shannon Fallon in its 3-0 loss at Greely, its first outing. The Clippers host Freeport Monday and go to York Wednesday.
Freeport had high hopes entering its opener, at home versus Cape Elizabeth Saturday, but the Falcons went down to a 5-0 defeat.
"We had a few errors, they were just little mistakes, but Cape capitalized on them," said Falcons coach Elayna Girardin. "They made errors and we didn't capitalize on them.
Freeport was back in action Tuesday when it hosted Sacopee. Wells pays a visit Friday. The Falcons go to Yarmouth Monday and Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday.
"Our skill's getting there and our mental game is catching up," Girardin said.
In Western C, NYA got off to a promising start with a 2-0 win over visiting Traip. Chloe Leishman and Jillian Bjorn-Caron scored. The Panthers were home with Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, go to Traip Monday and welcome Old Orchard Beach Wednesday.
Yarmouth's field hockey team is coming off its first winning season since 2000 and has high hopes this fall. The Clippers certainly dazzled in their opener, getting two quick goals from Kallie Hutchinson and going on to a 6-0 win at Waynflete. Lily Daggett also scored twice, while Katie Overhaug and Taylor Robison also rattled the cage.
"It was a great first game," Yarmouth coach Mandy Lewis said. "One thing I love about this team is that we just don't give up. We're very persistent. We take each game really seriously."
The Clippers (who are new to Class C this fall) opened the home portion of their schedule Wednesday versus Sacopee, then go to NYA Friday. Yarmouth hosts Wells Tuesday.
"We're excited to play teams we haven't played before," Hutchinson said. "Our game at NYA will be like a home game for us. Can we make it to states? I'm not sure yet. We need a lot more work. Hopefully, we'll be able to put things together and make it there. For now, the (Western Maine Final) is my goal."
Perennial Western C contender NYA opened with 5-0 home win over Traip. Marina Poole had three goals and Olivia Madore added two. The Panthers were at Wells Tuesday, host Yarmouth Friday and play at Traip Monday and Waynflete Tuesday of next week.
In Western A, Falmouth has certainly gotten off to a hot start. The Yachtsmen beat visiting Fryeburg (5-0), then edged host Cape Elizabeth (1-0, in double overtime). Morgan Allen and Mikey Richards each scored twice against the Raiders, while Elle Fitzgerald also scored. Fitzgerald had the winner against the Capers. Falmouth hosted Greely Wednesday (see the forecaster.net for game story), goes to Kennebunk Friday and visits longtime tormentor York Tuesday.
Greely opened with a 5-0 home loss to Lake Region, but bounced back to even its record with a 5-0 home win over Poland. Anna Fitch exploded for four goals, while Cassie Demick also scored. Sabrina Thompson made 10 saves. The Rangers were at Falmouth Wednesday, welcome York Friday and play host to Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.
Freeport started with home losses to York (6-0) and Kennebunk (3-0). The Falcons looked for their first win Wednesday at Fryeburg. After hosting Gray-New Gloucester Friday, Freeport is at Poland Tuesday.
Falmouth and Freeport went to Cape Elizabeth for a regular season-opening cross country meet last Wednesday.
The Yachtsmen girls were first and the Falcons second. Freeport's Sydney Ambrose had the fastest time (20 minutes, 18 seconds over the three-mile course). Falmouth was paced by Antoinette Lambert (second in 20:27).
The boys' race was won by the hosts with Falmouth second and Freeport third. Individually, the Yachtsmen featured Bryce Murdick, who was second (16:34). The Falcons were led by Chandler Vincent (11th, 17:33).
Greely welcomed Merriconeag, NYA, Kennebunk, Poland and Sacopee last week. The Rangers won both the boys' and girls' meets.
Merriconeag came in second in the boys' race, with the Panthers third. Individually, NYA's Matt Malcolm was first (17:48), Greely's Troy Cochrane came in second (17:57) and Merriconeag's Zach Neveu was third (18:07).
In the girls' meet, NYA placed third and Merriconeag fourth. Rangers senior standout Kirstin Sandreuter was first (18:46). Hannah Austin of NYA placed second (21:07). Merriconeag was led by Samantha Pierce (seventh, 23:13).
Yarmouth joined Fryeburg and Gray-New Gloucester at York. The girls were first, the boys fourth. The girls featured Caitlin Teare, second individually in 20:12. The boys were led by Braden Becker, second in 15:58.
Friday, Greely and Yarmouth join Cape Elizabeth at Lake Region, Falmouth and Kennebunk run at Fryeburg, Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York and NYA (along with Gray-New Gloucester, Traip and Wells) is at Sacopee.
Falmouth's highly touted golf team opened with impressive 11-2 victories over Deering and Cheverus. The Yachtsmen hosted Portland Wednesday. Greely easily handled Windham (11.5-1.5) and Westbrook (13-0) to start the year. The Rangers hosted Thornton Academy Wednesday and welcome Gorham Monday. Yarmouth dropped its opener to Cape Elizabeth, 5.5-1.5, then edged York, 4-3.5. The Clippers were home with Wells Tuesday and Cape Elizabeth Wednesday. NYA lost to Cape Elizabeth, 7-0, but beat Freeport (6-1) and Gray-New Gloucester (4-3). The Panthers were at Sacopee Wednesday. Freeport fell to 0-5 with a 6-1 loss to Sacopee Monday.
Greely's two-time defending Class A state champion volleyball team began its quest for another title Tuesday evening when it hosted Biddeford in a rematch of last year's state final. The Rangers welcome Scarborough Thursday, Windham Saturday and play at Falmouth Wednesday of next week.
The Yachtsmen were at Gorham in their first match Tuesday. After hosting Thornton Academy Thursday, Falmouth plays host to Biddeford Monday and Greely Wednesday.
In Class B, Yarmouth and NYA opened Tuesday at NYA.
The Clippers go to Lake Region Thursday, host Cape Elizabeth Monday and visit Cheverus Wednesday.
The Panthers welcome Cheverus Thursday, go to Cony Monday and play host to Kennebunk Wednesday.