Saturday, March 8, 2014
From staff reports
The Cape Elizabeth girls' soccer team didn't simply open the season with a 5-0 victory at Freeport on Saturday. They started Year 3 of a three-year plan to re-establish the Cape program as one of the best in the state.
In 2011, Luke Krawczyk led the Capers (12-2-2) to the Western Class A semifinals, where they fell to Scarborough 2-1 in double overtime. Last year, the Capers (15-2-1) reached the regional final, where they lost 1-0 to eventual state champion Scarborough.
Progress might have been derailed this summer when Krawczyk left for a job coaching premier soccer in South Carolina. But Cape hired Craig Fannan, Krawczyk's friend and colleague on the premier scene. About the only thing that's changed is Cape's move from Class A to Class B.
"We're just trying to continue with the plan," Fannan said. "We want to become hard to beat, come out strong but have bodies behind the ball. We want to pass it, possess it, find our forwards' feet, then it's a go to the goal. We hope to get better as the season progresses."
The Capers are buying in.
"Craig's adding to what Luke started," said senior back Phoebe Shields. "There's definitely pressure, expectations to get the program back to the (championship) level of the 1990s for this year and the years to come."
Saturday was a good first step.
"We had some chances we didn't finish," junior forward Kathryn Clark said. "But 5-0 with five girls scoring in the opener, I'm content. This is a good start."
The Capers host York on Tuesday.
FREEPORT, MEANWHILE has expectations of its own after a run last season into the Western Class B playoffs, where the Falcons led their quarterfinal against Morse 2-0 at halftime before falling 3-2.
Coach Elayna Girardin said the Falcons are feeling the loss of center midfielder Jocelyn Davee, who graduated.
"That's caused us to shift some players around, and we're still looking (for an anchor)," she said. "This was a tough game to start that (process) with."
The Falcons play the second of three straight home games on Tuesday when Sacopee Valley comes to town. They host Wells on Friday.
SANFORD'S OFFENSE no longer has the explosive Alex Shain to take handoffs. But the Spartans are managing, to the tune of 200 rushing yards in their 21-6 win over Scarborough on Friday night.
"Our kids have a little chip on their shoulder," Coach Mike Fallon said. "People think because Alex is not here, we can't perform. The kids have something to prove."
Josh Schroder was the designated workhorse (29 carries for 123 yards) against Scarborough, but Colby Perigo and Edward Michetti contributed some nice runs.
"The strategy all week was just to pound the football," Schroder said. "Our O-line is our main weapon."
That offensive line consists of center Dan Anatra, guards Chase Smith-Roberts and Ryan Tapscott, tackles Jed Scott and Dakota Chapman, and tight ends Nick Veino and Nick Love.
SCARBOROUGH'S FIRST play against Sanford was an attempted deep pass from Ben Greenberg to Chris Cyr. The pass was on target but tipped away by the Spartans.
"We were very concerned about their skill kids," Fallon said.
But that first play was indicative of the Red Storm's night. There was always something holding Scarborough back, whether it be a strong defensive play, dropped pass, fumbled snap, misplaced pass or penalty.
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