Soccer, cross country, volleyball playoffs set to begin

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Cheverus-Deering boys’ soccer and Waynflete-Sacopee Valley girls’ soccer game stories, with additional photos, see

The playoffs are underway in field hockey (see story) and it’s time for soccer, volleyball and cross country to commence their postseasons.

Another action-packed week set the stage for what promises to be a postseason to remember.

Here’s a look at what you might have missed and a look ahead.

Boys’ soccer

Waynflete’s boys’ soccer team was in the top spot of the Class C South Heal Points standings at press time, although the Flyers will likely be leapfrogged by Hall-Dale before all is said and done. Last week, Waynflete settled for a 0-0 tie at Sacopee Valley, then beat host Traip Academy, 2-1, and visiting Gray-New Gloucester, 3-0, to improve to 10-2-1. Abel Alemayo and Aaron Lee had the goals against the Rangers. Christian Kabongo, Ilyas Abdi and Lee scored in the win over the Patriots. The Flyers closed the regular season at home versus Freeport Tuesday.

In Class A South, Portland began the week 7-1-5 and fifth after a 5-2 win at Biddeford and a 1-1 home tie against Sanford last week. Pedro Fonseca had two goals against the Tigers, while Wade Faria, Alex Frank and Erick Molina-Garcia each tickled the twine once. El-Shadai Ngandu had the goal in the tie. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with a home showdown versus rival Deering Tuesday.

Speaking of the Rams, they fell to 6-5-2 and 10th in the region after close losses at Thornton Academy (3-2) and Cheverus (1-0) last week. Jonata Mbongo and Fernando Lopez-Pereira both scored against the Golden Trojans. In the loss at the Stags, Deering surrendered an early goal and had some great chances, including one which hit the post, but it suffered a frustrating loss.

“We need to do better finishing,” Rams coach Joel Costigan said. “We hit the post once, missed a couple passes that could have been goals. We didn’t follow our game plan. It’s been a constant struggle all year with discipline on the field, executing the game plan. We want to do it ourselves when we get the ball, instead of using teammates. We constantly talk about doing things together. It’s been a struggle. The talent is there.”

Deering closed at Portland Tuesday.

Defending Class A champion Cheverus wrapped up its regular season at 7-3-4 after a 6-0 victory at Sanford and a 1-0 home win over Deering. Brady Levesque scored twice against the Spartans. Luke Trickey had an early tally against the Rams and the Stags’ defense and goalkeeper Jake Tomkinson made it stand up.

“It would have been nice to get more goals because it’s nervewracking holding a lead,” Trickey said. “We kept it together defensively and I think we played really well.”

“We got some breaks in the second half,” Stags coach Colin Minte said. “When we play a top tier team like Deering, we can’t let them hang around. They’ll get their chances. Thankfully, their best chance went off the post and didn’t go in.”

Cheverus (sixth in Class A South at press time) is hoping for more late-October, early-November magic, but still has a lot of work to do.

“I know we can compete with every team,” Tomkinson said. “We got unlucky in some of our games. The league’s so good this year. We want it. Last year gives us so much confidence. If we play the way we’ve played the last three games, goals will come. I’m excited.”

The playoffs start Friday and Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Those games will be played on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Deering continued its strong recent play with home wins last week over Thornton Academy (3-0) and Cheverus (1-0, in overtime). Sinead Scott, Ewka Varney and Meghana Clere scored against the Golden Trojans. Simone Lauture’s score was the difference versus the Stags. The Rams (8-4-1 and seventh in the Class A South Heal Points standings at press time) closed at Portland Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s agonizing preliminary round playoff loss, which came on penalty kicks.

Portland beat visiting Biddeford, 1-0, on Chessa Hoekstra’s overtime goal (assisted by Kate Johnson), then fell to 7-6 and ninth in the region after a 2-1 loss at Sanford. Johnson had the goal (from Hoekstra). The Bulldogs closed at home versus Deering Tuesday.

Cheverus fell to 4-7-2 and 11th in Class A South (where 12 teams make the playoffs) after 1-0 losses last week to visiting Sanford and at Deering. The Stags closed with a home game versus McAuley Tuesday.

McAuley dropped to 0-13 and 18th in Class A South after recent losses to visiting Westbrook (4-1), at Marshwood (11-0) and at Thornton Academy (6-0). Claire Reed had the goal against the Blue Blazes. The Lions finished at Cheverus Tuesday.

In Class C South, Waynflete was 9-4 and seventh in the Heals at press time after a 2-0 home loss to defending state champion Sacopee Valley and a 2-0 home win over Traip Academy. In the loss, eight days after falling by seven at the Hawks, the Flyers played them much tougher, but couldn’t generate any goals despite ample opportunities. 

“We had our opportunities, but it comes down to finishing,” said Flyers coach Todd Dominski. “They put their chances away and we didn’t. 

Arianna Giguere had two goals in the victory.

Waynflete closed the regular season at Freeport Tuesday.

The playoffs start Friday and Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Those games will be played on the fields of the higher seeds.


At press time, with final Heal Points still to be calculated, it appears that Cheverus’ volleyball team will make the playoffs, but Deering and Portland will fall short. 

The Stags were 4-9 and 10th in Class A at press time (12 teams qualify for the playoffs) after a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-22) win at Portland and a 3-1 (29-27, 17-25, 14-25, 16-25) setback at Windham last week. Cheverus closed the regular season Monday at home versus South Portland.

Deering’s first varsity season produced a 7-7 record, capped by 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21) home win over Wells Thursday, behind five aces from Delaney Donovan. The Rams were 13th in the Heals at press time, but look as if they’ll fall just short of the playoffs.

“The team exceeded our expectations in multiple areas,” said Deering coach Larry Nichols. “The girls really worked hard on developing their individual skill sets as needed, but the more impressive thing for me to watch was the development of those players who hadn’t played any sport before and hadn’t been on a team of any type. 

“We were so very fortunate to have two captains, Delaney Donovan and Kaylee Helmick, who really understood how important it was to lay the right foundation for the new players and new team. 

“We lose six seniors and while that will be difficult, thanks to the great job that our JV coach, Jim Ferrara, has done, we have kids working hard to fill those roles.”

Portland also took part in its first varsity campaign and wound up 1-13 and 17th after 3-0 home losses to Cheverus (23-25, 17-25, 22-25) and Thornton Academy (11-25, 12-25, 10-25) last week.

The playoffs begin Thursday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Saturday.

Cross country

Waynflete’s cross country team took part in the Western Maine Conference championship meet Friday in Standish. In Division II (smaller schools), the Flyers girls finished third behind Yarmouth and Fryeburg Academy. Waynflete was paced individually by Abby Pipkin, who was ninth in 22:17. Ellie Chidsey placed 10th with the same time. The boys were fourth (Wells was first) and were paced by Wilson Moore’s seventh-place showing (18:21).

The other city teams capped their regular season at a meet at McAuley last week.

In the boys’ race, Deering placed first, while Cheverus came in second and Portland was third. Stags senior Josh Veroneau was the fastest individual (17:23). The Rams were paced by runner-up Abdi Hassan (17:25) and third-place finisher Alex Troxell (17:51). Brad Ravenelle paced the Bulldogs with a fourth-place showing (18:07). Teammate Joe Harrington was fifth (18:17). 

Cheverus’ Rosie Train won the girls’ race in 20:34, but the Stags didn’t have enough runners to score as a team. Teammate Ashley Turner also competed and was third (21:21). Deering was first, McAuley came in second and Portland was third. The Rams were paced by freshman Grace Tumavicus, who was individual runner-up in 20:34. The Lions’ top runner was Sonni Hackett, who was seventh for scoring purposes in 24:28. The Bulldogs were led by Raven Bradenday (third for scoring purposes in 22:13).

The regional championships for Classes A, B and C South are Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland. The state meet is Saturday, Oct. 31, also at Twin Brook.

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

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Cheverus’ Luke Trickey heads a shot past Deering goalkeeper Orey Dutton for the only goal of the defending Class A champion Stags’ 1-0 win last week.

Waynflete’s Sophia Mayone (left) and Leeza Kopaeva take part in Friday’s Western Maine Conference cross country championship meet.

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