Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Paul Betit email@example.com
Girls' soccer may not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Cheverus High sports, but it certainly should be in the conversation this fall.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hannah Kallis, Sanford junior: Kallis scored eight goals in less than 48 hours to help the Spartans get off to a 3-0 start. Last Thursday, Kallis scored four goals in a 7-2 win over McAuley in Portland. On Saturday, she scored four goals in an 8-0 win against Bonny Eagle at Standish.
Cece Hancock, Lake Region freshman: Scored both goals to lead the Lakers to a 2-1 win against Yarmouth.
Abby Maker, Cheverus junior: Scored four goals in each game to lead the Stags to lopsided wins against Biddeford and Bonny Eagle.
Kali St. Germain, Gorham senior: Scored all of the goals in a season-opening 3-0 win against Westbrook.
AREA TOP FIVE
While the football team, riding a 26-game win streak, has won the last two Class A state championships, the girls' soccer team is looking to claim its first title in its 11th varsity season.
"If we can avoid injury and stay healthy, I'd like to think we'll be playing (for the state championship) on Nov. 3," Coach Dan LaVallee said.
The Stags, 4-0 after beating Noble 11-0 on Wednesday, have all the ingredients of making a run at a title -- a high-scoring offense, experienced midfielders and a stingy defense.
Eight of the nine seniors are playing in their fourth varsity season.
"We've been playing together for four years, so we've had a good experience playing together," said Eden Monsen, a midfielder from Brunswick. "I think we can go all the way as long as we keep our heads in the game and not get too cocky."
Debby Rawcliffe, a senior midfielder from Portland, is one of the six players who have started for four seasons,
"I think playing my freshman year has really helped me play better now," she said. "Just having that experience will make a big difference."
This season, Cheverus, which allowed nine goals all last year, is using a new formation. The Stags have switched from a diamond defense with a stopper, sweeper and two wings, to a flat back four with two center fullbacks.
"We'll try it and see what it looks like," LaVallee said, "and if we need to adjust and move people around, then we can do that."
The offense, led by junior strikers Abby Maker and Sadie Lyons, hasn't been a problem for the Stags, who have outscored their opponents, 32-4.
"Abby and Sadie are two of the most talented players I've ever played with," senior Daniella Kane said. "The way they work to get the ball is unbelievable."
Maker, who is from Naples, has 15 goals in the four games, and Lyon, who is from Scarborough, also has shown that she has a scoring touch.
"They know how to score," LaVallee said. "If we can get the (midfielders) behind them to get them the balls they need, we're going to score a lot of goals."
The Stags realize it's still very early in the season and that they can't take anything for granted.
"We can't take any team lightly," Maker said.
"I give every team we play total props because they come out with the best game they can play."
GAME OF THE WEEK: Scarborough, the two-time defending Western Class A champion, will play at Cheverus at 4 p.m. Friday.
"I think it will give us a good challenge," Maker said. "It will let us know where we are."
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