(Ed. Note: For the complete Yarmouth-York boys’ soccer, Falmouth-Waynflete, Yarmouth-Freeport and Yarmouth-York girls’ soccer, Falmouth-Freeport and Freeport-Cape Elizabeth field hockey and Greely-Biddeford volleyball game stories, see theforecaster.net)
As the fall sports season chugs toward its midway point, local soccer, field hockey, cross country, golf and volleyball teams continue to show promise.
Here’s a look at what you might have missed and what’s to come:
Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer teams are all flying high.
The Rangers, the defending Class B state champion, took a 4-0-1 mark, good for first in the Heal Points standings, into a home showdown versus Cape Elizabeth Tuesday night. The Rangers were coming off wins at Gray-New Gloucester (1-0) and Kennebunk (3-0). At the Patriots, regulation and one overtime weren’t enough to settle matters. It took until three seconds remained in the final OT before Hunter Graham delivered the winning goal. In the victory over the Rams, Jacob Nason had two goals and Lucas Watt finished with one. Greely, which still hasn’t surrendered a goal, visits Freeport Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and plays host to Falmouth Tuesday of next week.
Yarmouth appears to be hitting its stride in a big way. Last week, the Clippers enjoyed a 5-0 home win over Freeport and a 3-1 home victory over York to improve to 4-1. Against the Falcons, Adam LaBrie had two goals, while Matt Beatty and Patrick Grant also scored and Nick Allen produced his first varsity goal. Against the Wildcats, Yarmouth fell behind, 1-0, early, on the only shot it would surrender. It took almost the whole first half to pull even, but the Clippers did so, when Grant set up LaBrie in the waning moments. LaBrie finished a header off a corner kick to give Yarmouth the lead and Connor Lainey iced it with a goal later in the second half.
“We dominated after we fell behind,” LaBrie said. “We have to fix (the slow starts). We know we can come back strong, but we can’t let it happen.”
“We’re progressing well,” said Lainey. “We’re playing more possession like we did last year. We have a lot of new players. It’s good to get big wins.”
“The kids did a good job,” Clippers coach Mike Hagerty added. “After (York’s) goal, I thought we responded well because we stayed calm. No one got frustrated, no one panicked.”
Yarmouth was at Kennebunk Tuesday, hosts Waynflete Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and goes to Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.
“I think we’ll be really good by October,” Hagerty said. “I feel like with the experience our kids are getting, they won’t get nervous in big games.”
Falmouth entered the week unbeaten after a 1-0 victory at Waynflete and a 0-0 draw at Cape Elizabeth last week. Matt Polewaczyk had the goal in the win. The Yachtsmen (3-0-2) were home against York Tuesday, go to Poland Thursday and visit Greely Tuesday of next week.
Freeport followed up its 5-0 loss at Yarmouth with a 2-0 home loss to Gray-New Gloucester to fall to 0-4-1. The Falcons sought their first win at home against Fryeburg Tuesday, host Greely Friday and visit Lake Region Tuesday of next week.
In Western C, North Yarmouth Academy was 3-1-1 entering Tuesday’s showdown at rival Waynflete (see theforecaster.net for game story). Last week, the Panthers romped at Traip (9-1) and settled for a 2-2 home draw versus Fryeburg. D.J. Nicholas had four goals and Bobby Murray added a pair against the Rangers. Nicholas and Jacob Sturgess found the net in the tie. NYA hosts Wells Saturday and welcomes Sacopee Tuesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Greely took a perfect record into Tuesday night’s showdown at Cape Elizabeth (see theforecaster.net for game story), a contest which was a rematch of last year’s regional final. Last week, the Rangers improved to 5-0 after blanking visiting Gray-New Gloucester (3-0, behind three goals from Jocelyn Mitiguy) and rolling to a 6-1 win at Kennebunk. Izzy Hutnak had two goals, while Mitiguy, Ellie Schad, Katie Steinberg and Courtney Sullivan each added one. Greely hosts Freeport Saturday and goes to Falmouth Tuesday of next week.
Yarmouth extended its win streak to three last week by downing host Freeport (4-2) and visiting Poland (6-0). Against the Falcons, the Clippers had to rally from an early 2-0 deficit, but Eavan O’Neill scored just before halftime, then drew a foul which led to a penalty kick early in the second. Cory Langenbach drilled it home to tie the score. Katie Clemmer later delivered the go-ahead tally and Gretchen Barbera scored late to account for the final score and give Yarmouth a measure of revenge for last year’s playoff ouster.
“We came for revenge,” Langenbach said. “We didn’t want to lose again.”
“In the second half, we just really turned it on,” Clemmer said. “We finished a lot better than we did in the first half. We got really fired up after that goal and picked up the pace.”
“We just needed to step up and play,” added Clippers coach Rich Smith. “The second half we played better and got some goals. We learned we can come from behind and win, which is important.”
Against Poland, Yarmouth got two goals from Clemmer, the first two goals of freshman Hannah Corey’s young career, a goal from Emma Torres and freshman Sara D’Appolonia’s first career goal. Saturday, the Clippers hosted York and took an early lead on the first career goal from senior Lane Simsarian, a defensive standout. Yarmouth had ample chances to add to its lead, but couldn’t do so and with 3:20 to play, the Wildcats drew even on a free kick. Ten minutes of overtime settled nothing and teams tied, 1-1.
“We have unlucky games sometimes, but we’ll build from this,” Simsarian said. “It could have been a loss. At least it was a tie. I’m pretty proud of what we did today.”
The Clippers (3-1-1) went to Kennebunk Tuesday and return to action Tuesday of next week when they visit Cape Elizabeth.
“This speaks well of what we’re capable of doing,” Smith said. “We’re on the right track, but we still have a lot of good teams to play against.”
Freeport got goals from Jill Baker and Maddie Squibb (both assisted by Julia Smith) in its 4-2 home loss to Yarmouth.
“We played hard,” said Falcons coach Elayna Girardin. “Once (the Clippers) got their first goal, it hurt us. Their second goal definitely made us question ourselves.”
Thursday, the Falcons fell to 1-4 after losing, 2-1, to visiting Gray-New Gloucester. Smith had the goal in that one. Freeport was at Fryeburg Tuesday, visits Greely Saturday and hosts Lake Region Tuesday of next week.
“We’re getting there,” Girardin said. “It’s early in the season. I look forward to what we’ll have later on.”
In Western A, Falmouth enjoyed a 4-0 home win over Waynflete and suffered a 3-0 home loss to Cape Elizabeth last week. In the victory, the Yachtsmen earned a penalty kick in the third minute and Georgia Babikian buried it for the only goal her team would need. Tyler Spence scored the next two and Emma England delivered the final tally.
“Coming out fast and strong and scoring a goal in the first five minutes was a great way to set the tone,” Spence said.
“Our midfield really connects well,” England said. “We were able to get in and finish.”
“We had to score in the first five minutes,” added Yachtsmen coach Andrew Pelletier. “We talked about building momentum going into a game instead of battling momentum and having to come back. We did well.”
Falmouth was at York Tuesday, hosts Poland Thursday and welcomes Greely Tuesday of next week.
In Western C, NYA lost at home to Traip (1-0), at Fryeburg (5-2) and played visiting Old Orchard Beach to a 2-2 tie last week. The Panthers (0-5-1) hosted Waynflete Tuesday, host Pine Tree Academy Friday and visit Sacopee Valley Tuesday of next week.
Yarmouth’s field hockey team took a 7-0 record into Tuesday’s home showdown against Cape Elizabeth. The Clippers continued their best start this century last week by defeating visiting Traip (4-0) and host Old Orchard Beach (7-0). Fiona Clarke, Georgia Giese, Kallie Hutchinson and Bre Morrill scored against the Rangers. In the win over the Seagulls, Hutchinson scored three times, Maggie Gunville, Abby McDowell, Cara Ricciardi and Molly Wilson all scored once. The Clippers are back in action Monday at Waynflete. They host Sacopee Valley Wednesday.
NYA, the defending Western C champion, is quietly putting together another great year. The Panthers improved to 6-1 after a 2-1 double overtime win at Sacopee Valley and a 3-0 home triumph over Traip. Mackenzie Sangster scored both goals at the Hawks, including the winner. Against the Rangers, Marina Poole scored twice and Charlotte Eisenberg also had a goal. NYA was home against Falmouth Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), hosts Wells Saturday and goes to Old Orchard Beach Wednesday of next week.
In Western A, Falmouth improved to 5-2 with wins last week over visiting Lake Region (2-0) and at Freeport (3-1). Scoring machine Elle Fitzgerald had both goals against the Lakers and scored all three against the Falcons, all in the second half.
“I think Freeport’s very talented,” Fitzgerald said. “They’ve come a long way from last year, but we stuck it out. We’re very good about digging out of a hole.”
“I’m really proud of how the girls came out in the second half,” Yachtsmen coach Robin Haley said. “This was a good test. The girls showed some real tenacity that was exciting to see and they kept it up.”
Falmouth was at NYA Wednesday, visits nemesis York Friday and plays host to Fryeburg Monday.
“We’re coming along,” Haley said. “We’re hoping to put the pieces together to take us into playoffs.”
In Western B, Freeport stretched its win streak to four games last Wednesday with a first-this-century 2-0 home victory over Cape Elizabeth. Hannah Williams and Chloe Davidson had the goals.
“This is a huge achievement,” said Williams. “We’re pretty stoked. We just pulled it together in the second half. We got our heads in the game. We really wanted it.”
“Beating Cape in anything is exciting,” Falcons coach Marcia Wood said. “I was nervous going in. I wasn’t sure we had it in us. We’ve played very well and put it together.”
The Falcons fell to 4-3 on the season after Friday’s 3-1 home loss to Falmouth. Dani Foster had the goal.
“We had three tough games this week,” Wood said. “I was nervous we’d go 0-3. The fact we won two, I’m pumped.”
Freeport was at Lake Region Tuesday, goes to Poland Thursday and hosts Gray-New Gloucester Monday.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Wood said. “Our goal is to have more wins than last year and to stay out of a prelim.”
Greely is coming around. The Rangers got in the win column last Wednesday with a 3-2 overtime win over visiting Gray-New Gloucester. Kayla Barry had two goals, including the winner. Maura Perry also scored. Friday, Greely improved to 2-5 after a 2-0 home win over Lake Region (Perry and Gina Richard had the goals). The Rangers were at Waynflete Tuesday, visit Kennebunk Saturday and play host to York Wednesday of next week.
Every once in awhile, we forget just how special the Greely volleyball program is and the Rangers jump up and remind us. The latest example of that phenomenon came last Thursday when they hosted Biddeford in a five-set instant classic.
Greely, which was coming off a 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-16, 25-13) home win over Gorham, dropped the first two sets to the Tigers, 21-25 and 21-25, but came alive to win the next two: 25-12 and 25-14. Prior to the start of the fifth set, a cage protecting one of the lights on the ceiling had to be replaced, causing a delay of nearly 20 minutes. The Rangers lost their momentum somewhat and fell behind, 10-7, but came back and had three chances to close out the match only to fail to do so. Then, finally, sophomore standout Kayley Cimino produced an ace to end it, 16-14, and give Greely one of its most memorable wins in years.
“I knew I just needed to get my serve in and if they got it back over, my team was behind me,” Cimino said. “It was extremely fun to play in this match. We were pumped. It’s one of our best games so far.”
“It was extremely exciting,” said Alex Tebbs, who had a stellar match. “Our communication was what took us through.”
“I’m just so excited that we pulled it out,” said Greely coach Kelvin Hasch. “It shows Greely still has some heart if we can come back from 0-2. Biddeford’s a good team.”
The Rangers (5-0) hosted defending Class A champion Falmouth in another showdown Tuesday. They visit Thornton Academy Thursday, go to Scarborough Monday and host Cony Wednesday.
Falmouth responded to its lone loss and improved to 4-1 with 3-0 wins last week at Cheverus (25-6, 25-19, 25-18) and at home over South Portland (25-9, 25-18, 25-15). The Yachtsmen were at Greely Tuesday, host Cape Elizabeth Friday and Ellsworth Saturday, then go to Biddeford Wednesday of next week.
In Class B, Yarmouth improved to 2-1 last week after a 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-22) home win over Lake Region. The Clippers were at Biddeford Tuesday, visit Gorham Thursday, host Bucksport and Sumner Saturday and welcome Kennebunk Wednesday of next week.
NYA fell to 0-3 last week after a 3-2 (11-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 14-16) home loss to Cony. The Panthers sought their first win Tuesday at home against Thornton Academy. After playing at Windham Thursday, NYA is home against Sumner and Bucksport Saturday and welcomes Lake Region Monday.
The cross country season continued last weekend.
Greely hosted Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Lake Region and Waynflete. The Rangers girls held off a talented field to come in first. The Clippers placed second. Katherine Leggat-Barr helped Greely win by placing first individually in 19 minutes, 28 seconds. Teammate Izzy Evans was second (19:59). Yarmouth was paced by Grace Cowles, who was third in 20:28. In the boys’ meet, Greely came in first, while Yarmouth third behind Cape Elizabeth. Individually, Yarmouth’s Luke Laverdiere came in third (17:32) and Greely’s Ryan Morrison was fourth (17:47).
Freeport hosted Merrriconeag, Poland and York. In the boys’ meet, Merriconeag was second and the Falcons placed third. Freeport’s Chandler Vincent was the top individual with a time of 16:51.30. Merriconeag was paced by Tucker Pierce (17:27.90). In the girls’ competition, Merriconeag (led by individual winner Olivia Skillings, 20:32.30) came in second and Freeport (led by fourth-place finisher Hannah Schnyder, 21:24) placed third.
Falmouth joined Sacopee Valley and Kennebunk. Both Yachtsmen teams came in first. The boys had the top five finishers. Bryce Murdick (15:54) was first and was followed by Ben Wyman (16:56), Connor Piers (17:19), Liam Tucker (17:20) and Adam Meyer (17:29). Paige Chamberlain was first in the girls’ race (20:12).
NYA joined Gray-New Gloucester, Traip and Wells at Fryeburg. Hannah Austin’s first place individual finish (19:46) helped the Panthers girls come in second. The boys were fourth, but Matt Malcom was first individually in 16:56.
Friday, Falmouth and Yarmouth join Traip and Wells at Poland. Saturday, Greely, NYA and Yarmouth run at the Manchester Invitational in New Hampshire.
On the links, powerhouse Greely remains undefeated. A recent wins over Bonny Eagle (10.5-2.5) lifted the Rangers’ record to 5-0. Greely was home against Westbrook Wednesday, plays at Thornton Academy Friday and visits Gorham Tuesday.
Defending Class A champion Falmouth suffered its first loss last week, 8-5, to Scarborough, but bounced back to down South Portland (11.5-1.5) and Deering (12-1) to improve to 5-1. After hosting Cheverus Wednesday, the Yachtsmen welcome Portland Friday and go to South Portland Tuesday.
Yarmouth took a 2-3 mark to Cape Elizabeth Tuesday after winning one match (5-2 over Wells) and losing two to York (4-3 and 4.5-2.5) last week. The Clippers go to Freeport Thursday.
NYA began the week 4-3 after blanking Freeport (7-0) and losing, 7-0, to Cape Elizabeth. The Panthers were home against Wells Tuesday and Waynflete Wednesday and close at Freeport Tuesday.
Freeport was 1-3 entering Tuesday’s match at York and a test Wednesday at Cape Elizabeth. The Falcons host Yarmouth Thursday and go to NYA Tuesday of next week.