Playoffs near for soccer, volleyball and cross country

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Portland-Westbrook boys’ soccer game story, with additional photos, see theforecaster.net)

Field hockey’s postseason is already underway (see story) and soccer, volleyball and cross country get started this weekend. Golf put a bow on its season this past weekend.

The high school sports spectrum just gets busier and more compelling and here’s a glimpse at where locals stand:

Boys’ soccer

Waynflete’s boys’ soccer team is finishing strong. Last week, the Flyers improved to 10-1-2 (and fourth in the Western Class C Heal Points standings) with victories over visiting Sacopee Valley (4-1) and Traip Academy (5-0) and another at Gray-New Gloucester (2-0). Against the Hawks, Harry Baker-Connick scored twice, while Christian Kobongo and Ahmed Mohamed also tickled the twine. In the win over the Rangers, Baker-Connick again had two goals, while Ilyas Abdi, Abel Alemayo and Clancy Mitchell had the others. Baker-Connick and Mitchell had the goals versus the Patriots. Tuesday, Waynflete closed the regular season at Freeport. The Flyers will likely host at least one playoff game.

In Western A, Deering began the week third in the Heals behind Scarborough and Falmouth after improving to 11-1-1 with a 5-0 home victory over Biddeford a 3-2 home win in a monsoon over Marshwood. Against the Tigers, Jonathan Bujambi, Ez Cordeiro, Paulo DeMarco and Hany Ramadan scored (the Rams also benefited from an “own goal.”) DeMarco, Ahmed Adnan and Fernando Lopez scored versus the Hawks. Deering closed the regular season at Sanford Tuesday.

Cheverus was seventh at 6-3-4 after a 7-2 home win over Noble and a 1-1 tie at Westbrook. In the victory, Brady Levesque had three goals, while Mackenzie Hoglund added a pair. Ben Petrson and Gerry Wagner also tickled the twine. The Stags finished the regular season Tuesday at Gorham, as they had a chance to move further up the standings.

Portland will likely have to travel for the playoffs. The Bulldogs were 5-6-2 and ninth in Western A at press time after a come-from-behind 2-1 double overtime home win over Westbrook and a 2-1 double overtime loss at Windham. In the victory, Portland was able to overcome its offensive struggles just at the right time.

With 11:18 to play in regulation, Brady Cyr took a pass from Erick Molina-Garcia and fired a perfect shot into the net. Portland’s difficulties returned when Haron Habibzai shot wide on a breakaway in the first overtime, but the Bulldogs simply wouldn’t settle for anything short of a victory and two minutes into the second OT, Alex Frank intercepted a pass, beat a defender, then fired a low shot into the goal for a much-needed 2-1 victory.

“It felt great to score,” Frank said. “I knew it would happen. We’ve been coming close every game. I trusted myself that I could put it past (the goalie). I saw him set up at the post and decided to hit it (back post). I thought it was going in.”

“We just had to keep working,” Cyr said. “Coach said it best, ‘Why not us?’ It was frustrating, but we knew it would come sometime.”

“These kids have just battled,” added longtime Bulldogs coach Rocco Frenzilli. “They’ve been snake-bitten so many times, they just haven’t been able to get one in. I’m so happy for them. They work hard. They definitely deserve it.”

Pavel Bobe scored in the overtime loss at Windham. Portland finished its regular season at home versus Biddeford Tuesday.

The boys’ soccer playoffs begin Friday with the preliminary round on the fields of the higher seeds. The quarterfinals are Tuesday of next week, also hosted by the higher seeds.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, two-time defending Class C champion Waynflete only has one loss, but the wins aren’t coming as often as the Flyers would like. Last week, Waynflete settled for ties at Sacopee Valley (1-1) and Traip Academy (2-2). Arianna Giguere had the goal against the Hawks. Giguere and Ali Pope scored in the win over the Rangers. The Flyers (7-1-5 and sixth in the Western C Heal Points standings) closed the regular season with a home game versus Freeport Monday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

In Western A, Cheverus, Deering, McAuley and Portland weren’t just jockeying for playoff spots, they were also vying for the possibility of hosting a preliminary round playoff game.

At press time, the Rams were eighth with a record of 7-5-1 after a 2-1 home loss to Marshwood, a 1-1 home tie with McAuley and a 1-0 win at Biddeford. Ewka Varney scored against the Hawks, Simone Lauture had the goal versus the Lions and Meaghan Wells, in her return from injury, had the winner against the Tigers. Deering closed the regular season at home versus Sanford Tuesday.

Portland was ninth at 7-6 after a back-and-forth 4-3 win at Westbrook and a 2-0 home loss to undefeated, defending Class A champion Windham. In the victory, Kate Johnson scored twice and Chessa Hoekstra had the winner. The Bulldogs closed at home against Biddeford Monday.

Cheverus moved into the No. 10 spot at 5-6-2 after following up a 5-3 loss at Noble with a 3-1 home win over Westbrook. Olivia Mull had two goals and Abby Goodrich one in the victory. The Stags closed at Gorham Tuesday.

McAuley is hoping to snap a three-year playoff drought. Last week, the Lions rallied to tie host Deering, 1-1, on Ally Tillotson’s goal, then lost at home to Marshwood, 3-1. McAuley (3-7-3 and 11th in Western A, where 12 teams qualify for the playoffs) closed at Westbrook Tuesday.

The girls’ soccer playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round on the fields of the higher seeds. The quarterfinals are Wednesday of next week, also hosted by the higher seeds.

Volleyball

Cheverus’ volleyball team entered its regular season finale Monday versus visiting Kennebunk with a record of 2-11 and a ranking of 14th in Class A, but only 10 teams make the playoffs. The Stags were coming off a 3-0 (21-25, 14-25, 21-25) loss at Yarmouth last week and will miss the postseason after qualifying a year ago.

Cross country

Waynflete took part at the Western Maine Conference cross country championship meet at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.

The Flyers girls were second to Yarmouth in Division II, as Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig came in eighth for scoring purposes with a time of 21 minutes, 39 seconds. Also scoring for Waynflete were Ellie Chidsey (10th, 21:44), Gail Johnson (12th, 22:19), Sophie Mayone (13th, 22:20) and Abby Pipkin (19th, 23:41).

Waynflete’s boys came in fourth (Fryeburg Academy placed first). Wilson Moore (12th, 19:07) led the Flyers. Also scoring were Sam Harbison (19th, 20:04), Julian Ireland (20th, 20:09), Peter Michalakes (21st, 20:10) and Peterson Silk (25th, 20:27).

Deering hosted a regular season-ending city meet last week.

In the boys’ competition, Cheverus placed first, the Rams were second and Portland came in third. Individually, Deering’s Yahya Hussein (16:47) and Iid Sheik-Yusef (16:49) were first and second respectively. Cheverus’ Josh Veroneau (17:58) and Kevin Hall (18:08) came in third and fourth respectively. The Bulldogs were led by Brad Rasvenelle (fifth, 18:15).

In the girls’ race, Deering edged Portland by a point, while Cheverus came in third and McAuley was fourth. Individually, Rams freshman sensation Lucy Turnavicus placed first in 21:06). Portland’s Darcy Hinck (21:37) came in second. The Stags were paced by Sarah Terrano (third, 21:58). Kiera Kenneally led the Lions by coming in ninth (23:47).

The regional championships will be contested Saturday at Twin Brook in Cumberland. Class C starts things off with the boys running at 10 a.m. and the girls at 10:35 a.m. Class A boys start at 12 p.m. The Class A girls compete at 12:35 p.m. Class B boys run at 2:30 p.m. The Class B girls start at 3:05 p.m.

The state championships will be the following Saturday, Nov. 1, in Belfast.

Golf

The final act of the 2014 golf season was held Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, as individuals vied for glory.

Two boys from the city of Portland took part in the Class A individual state match.

Cheverus’ Chris Billings, last year’s co-champion, was one shot short of doing it again, as his solid round of 73 left him one stroke shy of Bangor’s Drew Powell and Oceanside’s Nick Mazurek.

Portland’s Phil McCallum had a round of 79 and finished in a sixth-place tie along with Bangor’s Cavan Hagerty, Greely’s Aidan Roberts and Oxford Hills’ Mac Kim.

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

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Portland’s Brady Cyr fights for possession during last week’s 2-1 double overtime home win over Westbrook. Cyr forced OT with a goal in the second half.

Waynflete’s Ellie Chidsey (left) and Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig run in Friday’s Western Maine Conference championship meet. Colvin-Oehmig placed eighth individually, while Chidsey was 10th. The Flyers were second to Yarmouth as a team.

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