October's arrival means posteason's near

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Waynflete-NYA and Waynflete-Yarmouth boys’ soccer and Cheverus-Marshwood field hockey game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net)

Autumn is definitely upon us and the games are taking on greater importance.

Local squads remain very competitive in all sports and look to keep winning as the stretch runs nears.

Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ soccer

Waynflete’s boys soccer had a very eventful week last week, losing at rival North Yarmouth Academy, 2-0, then shocking visiting, undefeated, defending Class B champion Yarmouth, 2-1.

At NYA, Waynflete gave up a penalty kick goal early and another goal late in the contest. The Flyers had a 20-10 shots advantage and finished with seven corner kicks to NYA’s four, but couldn’t convert. 

“At least we played with some intensity in the second half,” said Waynflete coach Brandon Salway. “The first half, I’m not sure what it was. They took it to us. It was disappointing. We didn’t resemble what we’ve been in the past in the first half. Hopefully it’s lesson learned. We woke up and probably carried the second half, but it was too little, too late.”

Against Yarmouth, the Flyers struck early on a highlight reel goal from Jack Weston, who one-timed a feed from Tommy Silk over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net for a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.

“It got played up to Tommy and it was a nice pass from him to me up in space,” Weston said. “I just took a really nice swing at it. I wasn’t really thinking. It was just emotion. I was excited. It’s the biggest goal I’ve scored.”

With 32:59 left in regulation, Ilyas Abdi headed home Ahmed Mohamed’s cross and the lead was 2-0. Yarmouth got a goal back, but the Flyers held on for their first ever victory over the Clippers, 2-1.

“It’s a huge rebound for us,” said Waynflete goalkeeper Milo Belleau, who made eight saves. “We know we’re a talented team. We knew we could play with anyone. We knew they were used to playing on turf and we felt like we had a great chance playing at home.”

“For a regular season win, it’s as good as it gets,” said Salway. “It’s a compliment to Yarmouth. Who they are always and who they are this year, especially. We measure ourselves against those programs.” 

Waynflete (sixth in the Class C South Heal Points standings at press time) was at Poland Tuesday, visits Kennebunk Friday and hosts Sacopee Valley Tuesday of next week.

Defending Class A champion Cheverus Stags settled for ties in their first two outings, then won four straight, capped by a 5-0 win over visiting Windham. Brady Levesque scored twice and Luc Dionne, Mackenzie Hoglund and Andrei Vile had one apiece. The Stags then lost at home to Thornton Academy, 2-1, and downed host Biddeford (5-1) to improve to 5-1-2 and sixth in Class A South. Cheverus was at Scarborough for a regional final rematch Tuesday, hosts Bonny Eagle Thursday and visits Gorham Tuesday of next week.

Portland enjoyed a 4-0 win over visiting Massabesic last Monday, as Wade Faria, Diquilutilo Mambo, Erick Molina-Garcia and El-Shadai Ngandu had the goals. Thursday, the Bulldogs improved to 5-0-2 after a 1-0 win at Westbrook behind an “own goal” and a seventh successive shutout from senior goalkeeper Bobby Brittingham. Portland (third in Class A South) was home with South Portland Tuesday, has a showdown at Scarborough Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and goes to Bonny Eagle Tuesday of next week.

Deering has hit its stride after starting 0-2. Last Monday, the Rams downed visiting Bonny Eagle, 5-3, as Matthew Alvarez and Patrick Runezerwa had two goals apiece and Paolo DeMarco had the other. Thursday, the Rams dropped a tough 2-0 decision at Gorham. Saturday, Deering settled for a scoreless time at Westbrook. The Rams (3-3-1 and 11th in Class A South) were home with Windham Tuesday, host Noble Thursday and go to Marshwood Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Portland snapped its three-game skid last Wednesday with a 4-2 win at Massabesic behind three goals from Chessa Hoekstra and another from Kate Johnson. The Bulldogs improved to 4-3 and 12th in the Class A South Heal Points standings Friday with a 6-1 home win over Westbrook. Johnson had three goals, Hoekstra added a pair and Morgan Kierstead finished with one. Portland goes to South Portland Wednesday and welcomes Scarborough Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Deering had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped last Monday with a 3-1 loss at Bonny Eagle. Ewka Varney had the lone goal. The Rams then got a huge 2-1 home win Friday over Gorham to improve to 4-2-1. Varney and Meghana Clere had the goals. Deering (seventh in the Heals) was at Noble Monday and plays at Windham Wednesday.

Cheverus lost at Windham (4-1), then shocked host Thornton Academy (1-0) last week. Emily Turner scored against the defending Class A champion Eagles. Mackenzie Johnston had the goal in the victory. The 3-3-1 Stags (who were eighth in Class A South at press time) welcome Scarborough Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and go to Bonny Eagle Friday.

McAuley dropped to 0-7 and 17th after a 4-0 home loss to Scarborough and a 5-3 setback at South Portland last week. Maddy Beaulieu scored twice against the Red Riots. The Lions seek their first win Wednesday when Massabesic pays a visit. McAuley hosts Windham Saturday.

In Class C South, Waynflete enjoyed a 7-0 home win over NYA last Tuesday. Ava Farrar scored four goals, while Amelia Bertaska, Arianna Giguere and Elizabeth Lualdi all tickled the twine once. The following day, the Flyers eked out a 2-1 victory at Lake Region, as Farrar scored early and Lydia Giguere delivered the game-winner with just under eight minutes to play. Friday, Waynflete extended its win streak to three and improved to 5-1 with a 5-0 victory at Old Orchard Beach. Arianna Giguere had three goals, while Lydia Giguere and Isabel Canning had one apiece. The Flyers (sixth in the region) hosted Poland Tuesday, welcome Old Orchard Beach Thursday and Kennebunk Friday and play at defending Class C champion Sacopee Valley in a playoff rematch Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Cheverus’ field hockey team stayed undefeated with a 3-0 win at Portland last Tuesday (Becca Archer scored twice and Hannah Abbott had the other goal), then finally met its match Thursday when it lost at home to nemesis Marshwood, 2-0. The Hawks, who eliminated the Stags from each of the past two postseasons, grabbed a quick 1-0 lead and added a goal in the second half. Cheverus didn’t muster many chances and fell to 8-1.

“I’m disappointed in our effort, but that’s been our effort all week,” said Stags coach Amy Ashley. “I had a feeling coming in it wouldn’t be pretty. We came out flat. We were complacent. They beat us to every ball. Marshwood played great and we couldn’t adjust. It was frustrating.”

The Stags (second to Scarborough in the Class A South Heal Points standings at press time) went to Massabesic Monday, host Deering Wednesday, go to Gorham Friday, then visit Bonny Eagle Tuesday of next week.

“Massabesic’s good, another scrappy team,” Ashley said. “That’ll be a good test for us. Hopefully we can generate more desire and passion.”

Deering snapped its three-game losing streak last Monday, winning at Noble, 5-0. Thursday, the Rams improved to 4-5 with a 3-0 home victory over Gorham. Kaytlin DiBiase, Mia Thurston and Kerry Wells had the goals. Deering (ninth in the region) was at Marshwood Monday, visits Cheverus Wednesday and hosts Biddeford in a playoff rematch Saturday.

Portland followed up a 3-0 loss at Cheverus with a 2-1 win at Windham Thursday to improve to 4-5. Lauren McIntyre and Taylor Sargent had the goals in the victory. The Bulldogs (10th in the Heals) visit Thornton Academy Wednesday. After hosting Westbrook Thursday, Portland hosts defending Class A champion Scarborough Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, the McAuley/Waynflete “CMW Flying Lions” co-op team fell to 0-8 and 14th in the standings after recent losses to visiting Wells (1-0) and at Sacopee Valley (5-0) and Traip Academy (4-0). CMW was at NYA Monday, hosts Old Orchard Beach Wednesday, goes to Greely Saturday, Wells Monday of next week and Old Orchard Beach the following day.


Deering’s first-year volleyball team is in the hunt for a playoff spot. Last week, the Rams lost in three sets (10-25, 10-25, 11-25) to visiting Thornton Academy, then lost, 3-0 (15-25, 23-25, 22-25), to Cheverus to fall to 3-4 and 13th in the Class A Heal Points standings (only 12 teams make the postseason). Deering was at Wells Tuesday, hosts Windham Thursday, welcomes Cheverus Saturday and plays at Portland Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus got its first victory of the season last Wednesday, holding on for a grueling five-set (25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 15-25, 15-11) home win over Bonny Eagle. Friday, the Stags improved to 2-6 (and 11th in Class A) after a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-22) win over visit Deering. Cheverus is at Kennebunk Thursday and goes to Deering Saturday.

Portland lost at home to Wells in five sets (25-21, 21-25, 16-25, 25-22, 11-25) last Monday, then was blanked at South Portland Thursday (22-25, 18-25, 19-25) and fell, 3-0 (20-25, 7-25, 13-25), at Windham Saturday. The Bulldogs (1-6 and 16th in Class A) hosted South Portland Tuesday, go to Bonny Eagle Thursday, welcome Wells Friday and play host to Deering Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Cheverus’ cross country team joined Bonny Eagle and Biddeford at Noble. The boys came in third, but Josh Veroneau was the top individual (17 minutes, 32 seconds). The girls didn’t score as a team. Rosie Train was fifth (22:05) and Ashley Turner came in sixth (22:15).

Deering ran with Marshwood and Scarborough at Thornton Academy. The boys placed third, as Abdi Hassan was fifth as an individual (16:59). The girls were fourth, as Grace Tumavicus came in third individually (20:13).

McAuley was third at a four-team meet at Westbrook. Sonni Hackett finished 13th individually (24:53).

Portland joined Gorham and Sanford at South Portland. The boys were third as Brad Ravenelle finished sixth in 15:33. The girls came in third. Raven Bradenday was seventh individually in 20:10.

Waynflete, along with Cape Elizabeth, Old Orchard Beach and Sacopee Valley, ran at York. The boys finished third. Wilson Moore was 11th individually in 18:23. The girls placed third behind Abby Pipkin’s ninth-place finish (21:27).

League races take a hiatus this weekend as teams will converge on Belfast for the Festival of Champions.


Cheverus’ golf team enjoyed a 9-4 win over defending Class A champion Scarborough last week, then was knocked from the unbeaten ranks by Falmouth, 9-4, falling to 7-1 on the year.

Deering lost to visiting Falmouth, 11-2, and to Portland, 9.5-3.5, to fall to 3-5.

Portland enjoyed an 11-2 home win over South Portland, then defeated Deering, 9.5-3.5, to improve to 5-3.

Waynflete got a win last Tuesday, 4-3, at Freeport, then fell to 2-4-1 after a 6-1 home loss to Yarmouth, a 6-1 loss at York and a 7-0 setback at Cape Elizabeth.

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

Sidebar Elements

Waynflete senior Jack Weston is mobbed by his teammates after a highlight reel goal put the Flyers ahead to stay en route to a historic 2-1 home win over Yarmouth Friday.

Cheverus’ Colleen Slattery plays the ball between two Marshwood defenders during the Stags’ 2-0 home loss last week.

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