Good times continue for local teams
(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Yarmouth boys' soccer game story, with additional photos, please visit theforecaster.net)
The first full week of the fall sports season is now behind us and not surprisingly, local athletes have made strong initial statements.
Here's a glimpse:
South Portland's boys' soccer team continues to turn heads. Following its tie against perennial powerhouse Scarborough, the Red Riots improved to 3-0-1 after recent victories at Biddeford (4-0) and Westbrook (4-0). Against the Blue Blazes, Dillon Burns scored three times, while Danny Fox also tickled the twine. Damjan Draskovic had three assists. South Portland was at Sanford Thursday and returns home Tuesday to face Deering.
Scarborough was 2-0-2 at press time. The Red Storm hosted rival Gorham Saturday and the teams played to a scoreless draw. Scarborough got back in the win column Tuesday, with a 6-1 home victory over Portland. Sam Cekada scored twice, while Chris Cleary, Charlie Mader, Wyatt Omsberg and Trevor Sparda had one goal apiece. The Red Storm was home with Cheverus Thursday and visits Kennebunk Tuesday.
Cape Elizabeth is 1-2-1 after a 4-1 loss at Yarmouth and a 1-1 home draw with York. Against the Clippers, the Capers fell behind, 1-0, in the fifth minute, but drew even on Florian Krause's goal with 7:53 left in the first half. Unfortunately for Cape Elizabeth, the tie lasted all of 82 seconds as Yarmouth retook the lead. The Clippers added two more in the second half.
"We had mistakes and they capitalized," said Capers coach Ben Raymond. "They did a great job. Sometimes mistakes don't cost you and sometimes they do. We weren't aggressive enough. They picked up on our mistakes tonight. We're working things out. Getting people in the right spots. We start five sophomores. It's a young group. Finishing has been a problem for us. We're just not very dangerous. We put some balls in dangerous spots tonight, but not as much as we hoped. Each game we've played well at times, but each game, we've made mistakes."
Cape Elizabeth rallied to tie York on Griffin Thoreck's goal in the second half. The Capers have a rematch with Yarmouth at home Saturday night.
In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School beat host Rangeley, 2-1, in its opener Friday. Ethan Spaulding and Ryan Waugh had the goals. James Perkins made 15 saves. It's believed to be the Lions' first ever win at Rangeley. Monday, GPCS fell to 1-1 with a 6-0 loss at Pine Tree Academy. The Lions host Highview Christian Friday, Islesboro Saturday and Rangeley Tuesday.
Scarborough's two-time defending Western Class A champion girls' soccer team got a huge lift Saturday with a 3-0 victory at rival Gorham. Sarah Martens (from Sam Sparda) scored to make it 1-0 in the 24th minute. Jess Meader (from Taylor LeBorgne) scored for a 2-0 halftime advantage. Meader (from Ashley Gleason) scored in the second half to account for the final score.
"We got off to a fairly flat start for the first 15 minutes, but Gorham came out strong, so that certainly had something to do with it," said Red Storm coach Mike Farley. "Gorham had the first chance on a corner kick and our keeper, Sydney Martin, dove to her right and smothered the ball. It was one of those saves that changes momentum. We came out and played much better in the second half, really doing a great job of settling the ball down and playing it to each other with a good rhythm. Defensively, we were solid."
Scarborough was coming off a 3-0 victory at Marshwood, where Gleason, LeBorgne and Meader scored. The Red Storm hoped to improve to 4-0 Wednesday when it hosted Portland. Friday brings a showdown at dangerous Cheverus (please see theforecaster.net for game story). Tuesday, Scarborough welcomes Kennebunk.
South Portland fell to 0-3 after a 4-0 loss at Massabesic and a 2-0 home setback to Biddeford. Emma Russell made 13 saves against the Mustangs. The Red Riots sought their first victory Thursday at home versus Westbrook. Saturday, South Portland welcomes Sanford. Tuesday brings a trip to McAuley.
Cape Elizabeth is on a three-game win streak and improved to 3-1 with recent victories over visiting Yarmouth (2-0) and at York (1-0). Against the Clippers, Kathryn Clark had both goals. Addie Wood had the winner at the Wildcats. The Capers hosted Wells Thursday and go to Yarmouth Saturday.
In Western D, GPCS is 0-3 after losses at Rangeley (7-0), Pine Tree Academy (2-0) and Buckfield (4-0). The Lions are back in action Tuesday versus Rangeley.
Scarborough's field hockey team made it four wins in a row Tuesday with a 6-0 home triumph over Portland. Abby Walker and Rachael Wallace both scored twice, while Katie Granzier and Elly Walker had one goal apiece. The Red Storm was at Sanford Thursday, hosts defending Western A champion Marshwood Saturday, goes to South Portland Monday and has a showdown at Cheverus Wednesday.
South Portland dropped to 1-3 after a 6-0 home loss to Massabesic and a 5-1 setback at Marshwood. Lani Edwards made 11 saves against the Mustangs and 13 versus the Hawks. Sarah Mileson had a goal against Marshwood. The Red Riots went to Kennebunk Thursday, visit Gorham Saturday, play host to Scarborough Monday and welcome McAuley Wednesday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth took a 2-2 record into Wednesday's home game with Traip. The Capers were coming off a 5-1 win at Wells. Hannah Newhall and Lauren Steidl both had two goals and Jane Coffrin scored one. Cape Elizabeth is at Lake Region Friday and visits Fryeburg Tuesday.
On the trails, the SMAA regular season began Friday and Scarborough hosted Massabesic and South Portland.
In the boys' meet, the reigning Class A state champion Red Storm placed second behind the Mustangs, while the Red Riots were third. Individually, South Portland's Max Knutsen was first in 17 minutes, 49 seconds. Scarborough was paced by Jacob Terry (third, 17:57). Massabesic also took the girls' meet, but the Red Riots leapfrogged the Red Storm for second. Individually, South Portland's Nyajock Pan was first in 20:46. Scarborough's top finisher was Marisa Agger (third, 21:47).
Cape Elizabeth played host to Freeport, Lake Region, Traip and Wells. The Capers won the boys' race, as Liam Simpson was first individually (16:31). The girls also plaed first, as Emma Inhorn had the top time (20:55).
This week, South Portland hosts Gorham and Kennebunk, Scarborough (with Portland) runs at Marshwood and Cape Elizabeth joins Merriconeag and Poland at York.
On the links, Scarborough continues to make its claim as a team to beat in not just the conference, but in the whole state after knocking off Cheverus, 9-4, Tuesday. The 3-1 Red Storm was coming off 13-0 wins over South Portland and Deering. Scarborough gets another crack at Class A champion Falmouth, the lone team it's lost to this fall, Monday. South Portland took an 0-4 mark into Thursday's match at Deering. Cape Elizabeth improved to 4-1 on the year with a 4-3 win over York Tuesday. The Capers welcome powerhouse Yarmouth, which handed Cape Elizabeth its only loss so far, Thursday of next week.
Scarborough's volleyball team lost 3-0 (13-25, 23-25, 13-25) at Biddeford last Thursday, then bounced back Monday with a 3-0 (25-9, 26-24, 25-8) triumph over visiting first-year Cheverus. The Red Storm (3-1) hosts Mt. Desert Island Saturday and goes to Gorham Wednesday.
Cape Elizabeth fell to 0-3 with a 3-0 (10-25, 18-25, 18-25) loss at defending Class B champion Yarmouth in its last outing. The Capers are at Kennebunk Wednesday.