Tuesday, March 11, 2014
From Staff Reports
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Kristen Levesque reaches to steal the ball from Marshwood’s Lindsey Poirier during undefeated Scarborough’s 1-0 win in a Western Class A field hockey semifinal Saturday.
Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer
The Red Storm have allowed a few goals this year (five opponents have scored once), but they’re still riding an unbeaten streak in Western Class A. With Saturday’s 1-0 regional semifinal win against Marshwood, Scarborough is 15-0-1 this year and 32-0-1 against the West over the last two seasons.
Rachael Wallace scored Scarborough’s semifinal goal. Wallace, cool-headed sweeper Mikaela Coombs and forward Maggie Carbin are Scarborough’s senior starters. Juniors Maddie Dobecki and Abby Walker are also returning regulars.
“I think everyone thought it could be a building year for us but we really didn’t want that,” Wallace said. “Everyone wanted it so badly that we worked so hard in the offseason, and in the regular season and I think it really paid off in the end. Every person had a role and they do this role perfectly, and together we make a great team and it’s the best thing in the world.”
YARMOUTH’S SEASON ended Saturday with a 2-0 loss to North Yarmouth Academy in the Western Class C semifinals.
It was the third loss of the season to NYA for the Clippers, who finished 10-5-1.
Asked what the difference between the teams was, Yarmouth Coach Mandy Lewis said, “I think that they’re stepping to the ball. One thing we talked about at halftime is that (NYA’s players) stepped to every ball. And there were times we stepped behind and didn’t get possession of it. Those small, 1-versus-1 situations, they wanted it more than us.”
The Clippers played NYA hard and had a territorial edge. They just couldn’t beat NYA goalie Elizabeth Coughlin, who made several pivotal saves.
“Those were big ones, which is what we always count on her for,” said NYA Coach Tracy Quimby.
The Panthers scored just 58 seconds into the game, and Coughlin said it took a lot of pressure off the defense.
“It relieves a lot of pressure,” she said. “It just makes things a lot more settled. My defense is a lot more settled. But I know I still have to play my game because it’s easy to come back from one goal.”
Thornton Academy was hit hard by injuries this season, but if any team could handle it, it was the Golden Trojans. It all started with an injury to Andrew Libby, who entered the season as the favorite to win the Fitzpatrick Trophy as the best senior player in the state. Libby, a running back, was the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Player of the Year last fall when he led the Golden Trojans to the Class A state title. But he went down with an ACL injury early in the opening game of the season against South Portland.
After Libby came injuries to the line. Three games ago, Jesse Meikle, Libby’s replacement at running back, was injured in against Cheverus. He missed his second game in a row Saturday but should be back for the playoffs, as Thornton has two weeks until its next game because of a first-round bye.
Thornton is loaded with backfield depth, and that’s a reason the team has been able to lessen the impact of injuries. Junior Demel Ruff ran for four touchdowns Saturday in a 54-6 rout of Biddeford. Justin Boure, another junior, scored two late touchdowns. Boure, a solid 185 pounds, showed moves as good as anyone on the field.
The Golden Trojans also used Derek Boissonnault, Ben Lambert and Andrew Smith in the backfield. Those three are track stars with speed to burn.
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