November 5, 2012

Falmouth remains soccer's title town

From staff reports

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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.

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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.

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Wolfgram ripped into his team during its postgame huddle, delaying his "give me an S, give me a T" cheer for a second team huddle moments later. Top-ranked Cheverus won 35-7 to advance to another Western Class A final Saturday against No. 2 Thornton Academy. It was the Stags' 34th straight win over three seasons, but Wolfgram had other things on his mind besides the victory, namely his team's lack of discipline.

Later, Wolfgram said: "We just lost control of our emotions. There is no excuse for that. We have to control our emotions and play better."

Portland was called for two personal fouls. Tempers can flare in a game between longtime rivals, particularly when one team has a distinct advantage over the other.

"I think it was because Portland is our big rival," quarterback Liam Fitzpatrick said of the personal fouls. "But it was uncharacteristic of us. We'll have to keep a level head against Thornton Academy."

Cheverus will be playing in its fourth straight regional final. In 2009, the Stags lost 7-6 at Windham in rainy, muddy conditions. Windham went on to win the state title. Cheverus hasn't lost since.

Two years ago, Cheverus and Deering engaged in an epic final, won by the Stags, 35-34. A week later, Cheverus beat Bangor for its first state title since 1985. The Stags repeated last year, beating Thornton Academy in the regional final and Lawrence for the state championship.

THORNTON ACADEMY'S only football loss was three weeks ago against Cheverus, 28-14. For Trojans running back/defensive back Andrew Libby, time has gone by slowly while the team's headed toward another showdown.

"I've been waiting for (the rematch) for a long time," Libby said Saturday after the Trojans beat Scarborough 49-14 to advance to the Western Class A final against Cheverus.

Quarterback Eric Christensen was extremely efficient against Scarborough, completing 6 of 6 passes for 140 yards. And the Trojans showed they can pound the ball inside, with 248 yards rushing.

"We want to show that we're a physical team," Libby said. "We can run all day if we need to."

LIKE WOLFGRAM, Marshwood Coach Alex Rotsko is a master of coaching the wing-T offense. Rotsko is in his first year with the Hawks after building a dynasty in 19 season at Longmeadow High, where his team won 11 Western/Central Massachusetts Super Bowls.

Marshwood's execution of the wing-T Friday night against Wells was something to watch. The sweeps, the counters and quarterback Cameron Roll's deft pitches to his running backs kept the Hawks on the move. The gains wouldn't have happened without the strong blocking up front. Marshwood eliminated the defending Class B state champions with a 15-13 win.

Coupled with York's 21-14 victory over Westbrook in the other Western Class B semifinal, the results set up a classic regional final between old Southern York County League rivals. Marshwood and York will square off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in South Berwick.

Rotsko, a graduate of Springfield College, was the head coach at American International College in Springfield, Mass., for 10 years. He left the college ranks for high school and said it was the best move he made.

– Staff Writers Mike Lowe, Paul Betit, Kevin Thomas and Tom Chard contributed to this report.


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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.

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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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