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Greely freshman Brooke Obar beats Waynflete goalkeeper Ali Pope for one of her two goals in Saturday’s 4-0 victory.

Yarmouth’s Ally MacLeod tries to get a shot past the Fryeburg Academy goalie during the Clippers’ 2-1 win Friday.

Greely senior Kayley Cimino goes up for a kill as Falmouth juniors Lydia Abbott, left, and Danielle Casavant defend during the Rangers’ 3-0 win last week.

Falmouth’s John Auer and Freeport’s Yacob Olins run together during last week’s meet at Freeport. Auer came in fourth individually and Olins was fifth. The Falcons were second to Wells as a team and the Yachtsmen placed third.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Waynflete and Yarmouth-Falmouth girls’ soccer, Yarmouth-Fryeburg Academy field hockey and Falmouth-Greely volleyball game stories, with additional photos, see theforecaster.net)

Like the weather, fall sports action has been quite enjoyable so far.

Last week, local teams and individuals continued to do big things and as the season’s midway point approaches, the fun figures to continue.

Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ soccer

Falmouth’s boys’ soccer team registered the most seismic victory of the young season Friday night, when it crushed visiting Yarmouth, 5-0, the Yachtsmen’s most lopsided win in the series since 2000. Nate Arrants led the way with three goals. Andrew Muscadin and Sam Winkeler also tickled the twine. Falmouth then blanked Waynflete by the same score Saturday to improve to 4-0-1. Jonah Speigel scored twice in the win over the Flyers and Hayden Farr, Thomas Fitzgerald and Michael Sanzari had the other tallies. The Yachtsmen went to Greely Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), play at Yarmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story), then go to Wells Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth fell to 2-1 after the 5-0 loss at Falmouth. Goalkeeper Cal Owen did make nine saves.

“We were outworked for sure and simply got beat, but the score was not indicative of the difference between us,” said longtime Clippers coach Mike Hagerty. “They are better now, but I think we can be as good as them by the end of the season.”

The Clippers hoped to get back on track Tuesday at Cape Elizabeth (see theforecaster.net for game story). They welcome Kennebunk Thursday, host Falmouth Saturday and play at Waynflete Tuesday of next week.

Greely evened its record last Tuesday with a 7-0 win at Fryeburg Academy, then fell to 2-3 with a 1-0 home loss to Cape Elizabeth 48 hours later. Hunter Graham had three goals in the victory, while Alvaro Obregon and Chris Theodores both scored twice. The Rangers were home with Falmouth Tuesday, go to Cape Elizabeth Saturday and return home to meet York Tuesday of next week.

Freeport suffered its first loss last week, 2-1, at Kennebunk, then improved to 3-1 Saturday with a 2-1 home victory over Wells. Eriksen Shea scored in both games and Joe Ashby also had a goal against the Warriors. The Falcons were home against Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, go to Fryeburg Academy Thursday and Traip Academy Saturday and host Poland Tuesday of next week.

North Yarmouth Academy blanked visiting St. Dom’s (2-0) and lost at home to Gray-New Gloucester (1-0) last week. Xander Bartone and Finn Murray scored in the victory. The Panthers were at Traip Academy Tuesday, visit defending Class C South champion Waynflete Thursday, welcome Poland Saturday and play host to Sacopee Valley Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

Yarmouth’s girls’ soccer team continues to impress. The Clippers won three times last week to improve to 4-0-1. Yarmouth blanked host Lake Region (4-0), erupted in the second half for a 4-1 win at rival Falmouth, then enjoyed a 4-1 home victory over Gray-New Gloucester. Callie Decker, Cory Langenbach, Hannah Merrill and Adriana Whitlock all scored against the Lakers.

In the win at Falmouth, Sara D’Appolonia, the junior playmaker extraordinaire, opened the scoring in the 15th minute after getting set up by Olivia Feeley, but the hosts drew even late in the first half. Katie Clemmer, the senior standout, then gave her team the lead for good with 36:53 to play, somehow winning the ball from a defender before finishing. Three minutes later, D’Appolonia struck again after taking a nice lead pass from Langenbach. Then, with 8:35 left, D’Appolonia’s corner kick found the foot of Decker, who finished to complete the impressive attack and the Clippers prevailed, 4-1

“Sara and I have been switching back and forth and it’s really paid off,” Clemmer said. “Once we switched the formation, we found gaps in the corners and Sara and I could play even better.”

“Playing up top is different than playing in the midfield,” D’Appolonia said. “Katie and I read each other so well and create so many opportunities for each other and our teammates and we’re able to finish.”

“We have some weapons up top,” added Clippers first-year coach Josh Thornton. “We’re very lucky to have the two best forwards in the state. They move and play well together and we only need one opportunity.”

In the win over the Patriots, Feeley had a goal and two assists, while Clemmer, Langenbach and Eva Then also scored. Yarmouth was home with Cape Elizabeth Tuesday, visits Kennebunk Thursday and hosts Falmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Falmouth went 1-2 last week, losing at home to York (2-0) and Yarmouth (4-1), then winning at St. Dom’s (4-0). Madison Wolf had the goal against the Clippers.

“No doubt about it, (the Clippers) were the better team tonight,” said Yachtsmen coach Andrew Pelletier. “They’re the better team probably, but we made four mistakes and with four mistakes, you’ll never beat them.”

Wolf scored two more goals in the win at the Saints. Falmouth (2-3) was at Greely Tuesday, visits Yarmouth Saturday and welcomes Wells Tuesday of next week.

Defending Class B champion Greely sandwiched a pair of home wins around a loss at Cape Elizabeth last week. The Rangers were 4-1 home victors over Fryeburg Academy (Skylar Cooney, Sawyer Dusch, Ellie Schad and Anna DeWolfe had the goals) and after a 2-1 loss at Cape Elizabeth (despite a goal from Cooney), Greely handled visiting defending Class C South champion Waynflete Saturday, 4-0.

In that one, the Rangers got the only goal they’d need when freshman Brooke Obar scored in the sixth minute. Riley Soule added a goal in the 13th minute and by halftime, Greely extended its advantage to 4-0 thanks to a tally from junior Courtney Sullivan and a second goal from Obar. The Rangers held the fort from there and returned to the win column with a 4-0 victory.

“We’re starting to jell more as a team, which is really important since we lost a lot from last year,” Obar said. “We have a lot of big games coming up. We have to work hard in practice, communicate and keep our energy up in both halves of the game.”

“We showed some signs today, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Rangers coach Josh Muscadin. “I’d like to see more consistency and communication and better decisions to help the team. It’s a very young team. We have to look forward to.” 

Greely (4-1) was home with Falmouth Tuesday, looks to avenge its lone loss when Cape Elizabeth pays a visit Thursday, hosts Lake Region Saturday and is at York Tuesday of next week.

Freeport suffered its first loss, 2-0, to visiting Kennebunk last Thursday, then improved to 3-1 Saturday with a 2-0 home win over Wells. Catriona Gould scored both goals in the victory. After hosting Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, the Falcons are at Fryeburg Academy Thursday, welcome Traip Academy Saturday and play host to Poland Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Falmouth’s field hockey team suffered its first loss last Wednesday, 3-1, at two-time defending Class B champion York (Sydney Bell had the goal, from Kate Kelley). Friday, the Yachtsmen bounced back and improved to 6-1 with a 2-0 victory at Lake Region behind goals from Bell and Liberty Ladd and a pair of assists from Maddie Rouhana. Falmouth was home against NYA Tuesday, welcomes Poland Thursday, goes to Yarmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and has a home showdown versus York Monday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Yarmouth bounced back from its home loss to York with a 2-1 home win over Fryeburg Academy Friday. The Clippers got goals in the first six minutes from Abby McDowell and Molly Wilson, but couldn’t score again. Strong defensive play from Nicole McDowell and Taylor Robison in the second half helped Yarmouth hold on.

“I don’t know what changed,” Nicole McDowell said. “We need to have more energy. We were excited to play a game, but I don’t know what happened after that. We were off today, but it’s a win and that’s all that matters.”

“We didn’t play our way,” said Yarmouth first-year coach Amy Ashley. “We were complacent and it’s very frustrating. We had a great week in practice and I feel like we took a step back today and we were lucky to come out with a win.”

The 4-2 Clippers were at Kennebunk Tuesday, visit Freeport Thursday, host Falmouth Saturday and play at Cape Elizabeth Monday.

Freeport took a 3-2-1 mark to Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday after a 3-0 home victory over Lake Region and a 2-1 home loss to Poland. Natalie Anderson, Maya Bradbury and Chloe Davidson scored in the victory. Anderson had the goal against the Knights. The Falcons host Yarmouth Thursday, go to York Saturday and visit Yarmouth Wednesday of next week.

Greely played its fourth overtime game in six outings last Wednesday, but lost, 3-2, at Cape Elizabeth .Lizzie Brown and Sydney Meredith-Pickett scored for the Rangers, but they surrendered the tying goal with under a minute to go in regulation. Greely was at Lake Region Tuesday, hosts Kennebunk Thursday and visits Fryeburg Academy Monday.

NYA improved to 4-0-2 last week with 6-0 wins at Maine Girls’ Academy/Waynflete and at home over Wells. Amber Rose erupted for five goals in the first game, while Kiersten Marr and eighth grader Olivia Juve also rattled the cage. Marr had three goals and Rose one against the Warriors. The Panthers went to Falmouth Tuesday, visit Old Orchard Beach Thursday, play at Sacopee Valley Saturday and go to St. Dom’s Monday.

Volleyball

Greely, NYA and Yarmouth’s volleyball teams all entered the week undefeated.

The Rangers improved to 5-0 at press time after downing first-year varsity program Brunswick and rival Falmouth by 3-0 scores.

Against the Yachtsmen, a long service run from Morgan Selby hoped Greely open up the first game and the passing and power game of standout Kayley Cimino led the Rangers to a 25-16 victory. In the second set, Falmouth made it much more difficult and the Yachtsmen even led, 17-16, but Greely ran off five straight points to seize control and a Cimino kill allowed the Rangers to prevail, 25-23. Greely took a quick 3-0 lead in the third game, but again, Falmouth hung tough and led 23-22, but the Rangers got the final three points, capped by a Selby block, and their 25-23 win gave them the match in three games.

“Falmouth’s always a good team to play,” said Cimino, who had 12 service points, 12 assists, nine kills and three blocks. “Their defense is great, so there were a lot of rallies. That’s the closest match we’ve had all season.”

“We’re working pretty hard,” said longtime Rangers coach Kelvin Hasch. “I’m looking for us to improve every day. I didn’t really know where we’d be this year, but I think we’ve really jelled early. The kids are close and they’re backing one another. They play in practice harder than this. It’s a good group of kids.” 

Greely hasn’t lost a set this season.

“We’re superstitious about not having lost a set,” said Molly Chapin, who had eight kills. “We use that to keep us focused. We focus on staying calm and remaining motivated.”

Selby, who is new to Greely this fall, was superb at the service line, scoring 13 points. She also had 15 assists and six kills.

“I just moved from Colorado where we had five teams at my previous high school and varsity was really intense,” Selby said. “I’m really enjoying playing for Greely. I’m happy I can be on this team. It’s fun playing with the seniors. They’re talkative and welcoming.”

The Rangers hosted Windham Tuesday, go to Cape Elizabeth Thursday and welcome Yarmouth Tuesday of next week.

The Clippers were also 5-0 after 3-0 wins at Massabesic (25-9, 25-18, 25-3) and Windham (25-18, 25-19, 25-19). Rachel Chillé and Alison Clark both had 11 service points and eight kills against the Mustangs. In the win over the Eagles, Andrea St. Pierre had 10 aces and Chillé registered 15 kills, including one which was memorable.

“There was one really long rally where the ball and kids were all flying around,” Yarmouth coach Jim Senecal said. “Rachel had just dived and made a great dig and the ball came right back to her as she was sitting down. She hit it over the net for a kill. We were all laughing about it, but it was one heck of a play. It was our first real test of the year. Windham played great.”

The Clippers were home against defending Class A champion Scarborough Tuesday, welcome Gorham Thursday and go to Greely Tuesday of next week.

NYA improved to 3-0 after a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19) home win over Wells last Tuesday. Zelda Clegg registered 11 kills, Maggie Larson finished with 10 assists, Suzanna Butterfield had nine digs and Jordan Ackerman added seven aces. The Panthers hosted Gardiner Tuesday, go to Cony Thursday and Bonny Eagle Saturday, then welcome York Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth was undefeated entering last week, then lost in three sets at Biddeford and at home against Greely. Amanda Watson had 32 digs and Alaina Birkel 13 assists against the Rangers. 

“Greely knows how to win,” said Yachtsmen coach Molly Northway. “Our girls have confidence, but it’s more the execution piece. They’re not afraid.”

Falmouth was at Brunswick Tuesday, hosts Thornton Academy Thursday and Mt. Desert Island Saturday, then plays at Windham Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Falmouth and Freeport’s cross country powerhouses squared off Friday in a meet at Freeport, which also included Lake Region and Wells. 

The Yachtsmen won the girls’ meet with the Falcons coming in third. Falmouth had the top individual (Malaika Pasch, 19 minutes, 24.61 seconds). Freeport’s Lily Horne was second (20:43.61). In the boys’ meet, won by Wells, Freeport came in second and Falmouth was third. The Yachtsmen had the top individual (Jeremiah Sands, 16:30.40), while the Falcons were paced by runner-up Henry Jaques (16:33.97). 

Greely and Maine Coast Waldorf joined Cape Elizabeth and Traip Academy at Poland. In the boys’ meet, the Rangers came in first, while MCW was second. Individually, Tucker Pierce of MCW was first (17:19), while Luke Marsanskis of Greely placed second (18:14). The girls’ race was won by Greely’s Kate Curran (20:47). Olivia Skillins of MCW was third (21:26). The Rangers were first as a team, while MCW came in fifth.

Yarmouth’s boys edged Kennebunk and Waynflete by a point at a four-team meet at Sacopee Valley. The Clippers had the top finisher in Sammy Potter (18:20). In the girls’ race, won by Yarmouth, the Clippers produced the first place individual in Anneka Murrin (19:29). 

NYA joined Gray-New Gloucester, Old Orchard Beach, St. Dom’s and York at Fryeburg Academy. The Panthers boys came in fourth as a team and were led individually by Brennan Flatt (10th, 19:15). The girls didn’t score as a team. Megan Alberding had the ninth-fastest time (21:33).

This weekend, Freeport, Greely and NYA travel to the Manchester (New Hampshire) Invitational, Yarmouth hosts Falmouth, Lake Region and Sacopee Valley and MCW (along with Poland and St. Dom’s) runs at Gray-New Gloucester.

Golf

Greely’s golf team stayed perfect last week with wins over Gorham (7.5-5.5) and Bonny Eagle (9-4) to improve to 6-0. The Rangers were home with Windham Tuesday, go to Westbrook Thursday, then close the regular season with matches at Thornton Academy and at home versus Gorham.

Falmouth beat South Portland (9.5-3.5), then suffered its first loss (7-6) to Scarborough to fall to 4-1. The Yachtsmen were at Deering Tuesday and visit Cheverus Thursday. 

Yarmouth took a 6-0 record into play this week.

Freeport fell to 2-4 after a 6-1 loss to NYA last week.

NYA improved to 3-2 after beating Freeport, 6-1.

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

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