November 5, 2012

Falmouth remains soccer's title town

From staff reports

Minutes after the Falmouth High girls' soccer team received the Gold Ball for winning its third consecutive Class B state championship, players and coaches gathered in the goal for the traditional team photo.

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Falmouth players hold the Gold Ball aloft, again, after capturing their third straight Class B girls’ soccer state championship Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Hermon.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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Cooper Lycan, right, of Falmouth plays the ball in front of Camden Hills’ Tristan Fong during the Class B boys’ soccer final Saturday. Falmouth fell behind early in the second half but quickly regrouped, defeating the Windjammers for the second year in a row, 2-1.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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They were joined by Falmouth's boys' soccer players and coaches.

Both teams proudly posed together, with the Gold Balls won Saturday by the Yachtsmen at Scarborough High's Mitchell Sports Complex.

The boys won their second consecutive Class B championship, beating Camden Hills for the second straight year by a 2-1 score.

The girls won their third title in a row, beating Hermon 2-1.

Asked if there was a contest between the programs to see who can win the most championships, Wally LeBlanc, the girls' coach, said no.

"We'll have a celebration with the boys," he said. "But no contests."

The girls have won eight championships since 2001 and 11 overall, including three in Class C.

The boys have nine state championships since 2000 and also 11 overall, including two in Class C.

"It's just a friendly contest," said Cassie Darrow, a senior midfielder for the girls. "We definitely joke, but it's all in good fun."

Bri DiPhillipo, a senior defender who had an outstanding game in the championship match, said, "We're in it together. It's kind of fun. It's just awesome for both of us to win it again."

ASKED THE secret to his team's success, Falmouth boys' coach Dave Halligan gave all the credit to his players.

"I think success perpetuates itself," he said. "The younger players, even the ones who didn't get in the game today, saw what these seniors had to do over the last four years to be successful. It's working hard, doing the extra stuff.

"Everyone sees what happens on the field in the state game, but they don't see the sweat and the blood and the effort that goes into the summer sessions, the preseason, the training. Year after year. And they do it the right way."

But J.P. White, the senior captain who scored the winning goal on a penalty kick, had another reason:

"It's Halligan," he said. "He prepares us to win. He knows how to train us. He gets us ready for every game, to play every game like it's our last. We're ready for anything."

FALMOUTH'S BOYS battled Camden Hills for the second year in a row and came away with another impressive win.

But the Windjammers caught some attention, too. Playing without three starters out because of injuries, they hung with one of the best teams in the state.

"I knew we could do it," said Coach Ryan Hurley. "I couldn't be more proud of my boys. And we had them, we had them 1-0."

"That was a great high school soccer game," said Halligan. "They gave us as much as we could handle. It could have gone either way."

IN ADDITION TO winning their third state soccer title in five seasons Saturday, the Scarborough boys received the Western Class A sportsmanship award.

"We found out about that a couple of days ago, and we're as proud of that as anything else we've accomplished," Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz said. "We try real hard. We're not perfect, but we try real hard to do the right thing. Sometimes, if you're winning, that's not always an easy thing, so we worked real hard on that."

Mt. Blue won the Eastern Class A banner for boys' soccer.

The Class A sportsmanship awards for girls' soccer went to Kennebunk in the west and Skowhegan in the east.

CHEVERUS COMMITTED four personal fouls in its football game with Portland on Saturday, and Coach John Wolfgram let the Stags know he wasn't happy about it.

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Ainsley Jamieson of Scarborough plays a header during the Class A girls’ soccer championship game against Bangor. Scarborough won 2-1 in overtime, avenging a loss to the Rams in last year’s state final.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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Isabel Agnew, center, gets a hug from Sadie Cole after Cole scored Waynflete’s first goal Saturday in the Class C girls’ soccer final against Fort Kent. Agnew assisted on Cole’s goal, then scored the winner midway through the second half as Waynflete rallied for a 3-2 victory.

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Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team celebrates after it capped an unbeaten season with a 4-0 triumph over Mt. Ararat in the Class A state championship game.

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