Boys’ Soccer – Press Herald Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:23:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Maranacook boys soccer a family affair Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:58:45 +0000 HAMPDEN — There is a strong argument to be made that the Mohlars are the first family of Maranacook soccer.

After senior midfielder Silas Mohlar scored in the final minute of a 1-0 victory over Fort Kent in the Class C title game Saturday, the family added yet another crown on the pitch. Silas has been a part of two state championships, while older brother, Kent, was also part of two titles.

Together, they won the Class C title in 2014, when Silas was a freshman and Kent was a junior. Kent was a sophomore on Maranacook’s first championship side in 2013.

“We’ve put a lot of time into Maranacook soccer,” Silas said after the Black Bears’ third Class C title in the last five years. “My dad coached me all through travel, and I’ve had (Maranacook head coach Don Beckwith) since sixth grade. You can’t write a better picture right here.”

Phil Mohlar, Silas and Kent’s father, joined Beckwith’s coaching staff prior to Kent’s freshman season in 2012. He graduated from Maranacook in 1981 and went on to play college soccer at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Nobody was prouder than Phil to have watched one of his sons capture another championship Saturday.

“It couldn’t get any sweeter,” Phil said. “To win is the important part, but to see him knock it in after watching him run around at two feet high — words aren’t there to describe just how good it feels. I’m so happy for him, because I know how hard he’s worked for so long.”

The Mohlar brothers are different players. Both midfielders, Kent was the 2015 Kennebec Journal Player of the Year after scoring 23 goals as a senior, and he just completed his second season at NCAA Division I Siena College. Silas served as more of a backbone in the midfield, less inclined to lead the Maranacook attack than to do the little things that would build it.

His teammates took notice of Silas’ willingness to fill whatever role was required.

“I’ve been playing with him since I could walk,” senior center back Jackson McPhedran said of Silas. “We’ve had great chemistry, and I love playing with him. For anyone who scored that (championship) goal it’s huge, but especially for Si, you’ve just got to feel good for him. He’s put four years in and his time has come. It’s awesome.

“He puts in more of the hard, dirty work than Kent may have, but he’s able to use that to make those quick little things happen.”

Beckwith was emotional when talking about the contributions of the Mohlar family to his program.

“Supportive. Athletic. Phil’s always been here for the program, not just his kids,” Beckwith said. “He’s been here for all the kids. They’re really good people. They know the game.

“Both (Kent and Silas) will give you right out of their heart, they’ll give you all they’ve got. Kent’s probably a more dramatic player, Silas is always doing the little stuff all the time, consistently. Kent didn’t do that because he was such a great athlete, where Silas has to work — and he does, all the time. Both are great leaders, great teammates and really great players.”

Phil Mohlar said having two sons who approach the game in different ways doesn’t give more credence to any particular championship run. They all come from the same place.

“For me as a father, no. They’re both important parts of the team, as is every kid that’s here on the bench,” Phil said. “I look at it that way. I’m about the team stuff. None of it happens unless all these kids are out there busting their hump. You just want to get them to a point where they can compete and maybe have an opportunity to get in the playoffs, and whatever happens from there happens.

“They got a chance to compete, and it’s all them. They just work so hard.”

That’s an opportunity their father never got. Phil’s Maranacook teams in the early 1980s never qualified for the playoffs.

“We were never close,” Phil said. “We were always good and competitive, but never at the level these guys are.”

And with Silas scoring the winning goal Saturday, Beckwith believes there’s a lesson to be learned from the Mohlar family.

“It’s just going back and showing that you don’t have to be the greatest athlete, you have to be the hardest working kid. That’s who (Silas) is,” Beckwith said. “That’s what’s helped us in these state championships and these long runs. The guys can see the hard work and it pays off.”

Travis Barrett — 621-5621

Twitter: @TBarrettGWC

]]> 0 senior midfielder Silas Mohlar, left, goes head-to-head with Traip defenders during the Class C South championship game last Wednesday at Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams in Readfield.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 23:23:41 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Yarmouth wins fourth straight Class B title Sat, 04 Nov 2017 21:47:24 +0000 Yarmouth’s Eric LaBrie was set up for many scoring opportunities in the Class B boys’ soccer state championship game Saturday afternoon at Deering High. On the biggest play of the game, however, he set up a teammate.

LaBrie made a short pass to Jack Jones, who scored the winning goal with 14:10 left in the second half as the Clippers beat Winslow 2-1 to win their fourth straight state championship.

“It was a fabulous play by Eric as he played the ball through and passed it to me,” said Jones. “I had a pretty easy goal to score. Really, it was my teammates setting me up.”

The state title is the 12th overall for Yarmouth (18-0), which moves them ahead of Falmouth for the most in Maine boys’ soccer history.

North champion Winslow ends the season 15-4.

On the winning goal, LaBrie got the ball at the left side of the box on a short pass from the left wing. As Winslow goalie Jake Lapierre and a couple defenders moved in to defend, LaBrie slipped a pass to the middle to Jones, who scored into an open net from 10 yards out for his eighth goal of the season.

Yarmouth Coach Mike Hagerty, who won his ninth title in his 21st season as Yarmouth coach, knew from three scouting trips to see Winslow that the Black Raiders strength was up the middle.

So having the winning goal start out wide went according to his game plan.

“Eric is really is just so much to contend with,” said Hagerty. “Jack, Max (Coury) and Taj (Garvey) do a nice job when Eric collects two or three defenders by finding open gaps and thankfully he got it to Jack.

“We made a bit of a change in the second half and I thought we played cleaner and pushed the ball out wide more.”

The Clippers pushed their winning streak to 24 games and is unbeaten in 31 straight.

Yarmouth took a 1-0 lead with 12:31 left in the first half. LaBrie dribbled toward the middle of the field and scored his 26th goal of the season off his own rebound, after an initial save by Lapierre (19 saves).

Winslow came close to tying it less than a minute later when Jack Morneault clanged a shot off the post from 10 yards out.

The Black Raiders – who lost to the Clippers 5-2 in last year’s final – tied it with 9:07 left in the half when Michael Wildes curled in a free kick to the near post from 35 yards out.

After a even first half, Yarmouth controlled most of the final 40 minutes with a 16-1 shot advantage and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

“I thought we play better in the first half (compared to the second),” Winslow Coach Aaron Wolfe said. “We had that one good chance off the post. Against a good team you got to (convert) those breaks.

“In the second half they just wore us down. What makes (Yarmouth) so good is they’ve got skill but also got depth. We don’t quite have the numbers that they have and (I think) that played a role as the game wore on.”

Coury appeared to give the Clippers the lead in the 67th minute when his shot off a rebound of a free kick by LaBrie was saved by Winslow defender Max Spaulding, who came across the goal line.

Hagerty said he team is comfortable in close games because assistant coaches Matt Morrill and Justin Morrill have both scored in one-goal games in state championships and parlay those stories to the team.

“We’ve been in five other one-goal games this year,” he said. “For us, we don’t get nervous. We’ve been in this position before – in the playoffs and certainly state championships.”

Yarmouth’s Cal Owen made two saves, both in the first half.

]]> 0 what's becoming an annual scene, Yarmouth players celebrate after earning their fourth consecutive Class B boys' soccer state championship with a 2-1 win Saturday over Winslow, at Deering High.Sun, 05 Nov 2017 16:03:07 +0000
Class D boys soccer: Bangor Christian holds off Richmond Sat, 04 Nov 2017 21:10:32 +0000 HAMPDEN — One goal was enough.

The Bangor Christian boys soccer team avenged a 2014 loss to Richmond in the state final, riding a 12th-minute goal from Tyler Lehman to hand the Bobcats a 1-0 loss in the Class D state championship game Saturday evening at Hampden Academy.

Lehman scored off a header for Bangor Christian (16-2-0), as the Patriots won their second straight state title.

Richmond (16-2-0) had two chances to tie the game in the final five minutes of regulation, but the Bobcats came up short. In the 75th minute, Nate Kendrick’s 25-yard drive forced a diving save from Patriot goalkeeper Austin Keib, with Matt Rines just pushing his rebound chance wide of the left post.

In the final minute, Rines’ header from inside the 18-yard box just skipped over the crossbar by inches.

This story will be updated.

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Boys’ soccer: Lewiston earns Class A title with OT win over Portland Sat, 04 Nov 2017 16:27:51 +0000 Noralddin Othman usually takes free kicks for the Lewiston boys’ soccer team.

What’s not typical is Othman calling out teammate Warsame Ali’s name beforehand, as he did in overtime of the Class A state championship game Saturday against Portland.

“That was a first,” said Ali, a sophomore midfielder. “For a player like me, getting any goals is not me. I play, I assist. So getting the goal in the state game is amazing.”

From roughly 40 yards, Othman took the indirect kick and placed the ball in Portland’s box, where Ali headed it in with 5:49 left in the first overtime for a 1-0 victory at Deering High’s Memorial Field.

“The ball came in, and all I was thinking was, ‘Jump,'” Ali said. “I’m happy, especially for my brother (Muktar, a senior). This is his last year, so I had to do it for him.”

Under the leadership of Coach Rocco Frenzilli, who helped start Portland’s program in 1972, Portland (13-4-1) has advanced to three state championship games but has yet to win a title.

“It’s a cruel game,” Frenzilli said with a chuckle. “Every one of these kids – including the zero-minute kids – they gave us everything. That’s what got us here. … I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The Blue Devils (14-2-2) won their first state title just two years ago. But to Lewiston Coach Mike McGraw, that didn’t make this victory any less sweet.

“It means everything,” McGraw said, pausing as he choked up. “It means everything because they’re so special. I’m comfortably numb.”

With solid defense and aggressive goalkeeping, neither team got many shots on goal. Lewiston’s Dido Lumu finished with three saves, while Portland’s Rowan Daligan had two saves.

Fifteen minutes into the game, Portland’s Pedro Fonseca created his first of many scoring chances with a long throw-in. He launched the ball into the box, where Zekariya Shaib headed it just wide of the goal.

Lewiston defender Henok Citenga was charged with the difficult task of covering Fonseca, which McGraw said he did “tremendously.”

Lewiston controlled the latter portion of the first half, producing six corner kicks in the last 20 minutes. Daligan punched out back-to-back corner kicks to keep the game scoreless. Neither team put a shot on goal in those 40 minutes.

“Portland’s defense, most of them were tall, and they’re really good in the air,” Othman said. “In the second half, we started to communicate and get the ball down, and then we kept attacking them.”

Both teams had chances in the second half. Four minutes into the half, Portland’s Samuel Nkurunziza nearly converted an Alex Millones corner kick after Lumu failed to punch the ball away. In the chaos, though, Nkurunziza’s shot sailed just wide. Less than a minute later, Quinn Clarke headed a Tahn Tiparos corner kick on target, but Lumu caught it.

At the other end, Muktar Ali fired a low, hard shot that Daligan collected with a diving save.

Six minutes later, Fonseca fed a through ball to Dana Hinchliffe, who forced Lumu to make a diving stop.

With regulation time winding down and the intensity mounting, Daligan leaped up and snagged a Yusuf Mohamed cross, preventing a dangerous situation. A minute later, Lumu collided with Fonseca, who was on a breakaway, and Lewiston’s Alinoor Deqow cleared the ball before Portland could capitalize on the open net.

Lewiston’s final chance of regulation came when Mohamed got the ball downfield with just Daligan between him and the goal. But Daligan charged and slid for the ball, knocking it out of Mohamed’s possession.

“Their goalkeeper is phenomenal – he came up so big today,” McGraw said. “To beat him, it was going to take a beautiful moment and a brilliant play, and it happened.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

]]> 0 sophomore Warsame Ali is hoisted by teammates after his overtime goal on Saturday lifted the Blue Devils to a 1-0 win over Portland in the Class A soccer championship at Deering High School in Portland.Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:09:50 +0000
High school soccer championship games Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:53:06 +0000 LEWISTON (13-2-2) VS. PORTLAND (13-3-1)

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Deering Memorial Field

OUTLOOK: Portland has a chance to win its first state title under Rocco Frenzilli, who helped start the program in 1972 before taking over as coach in 1976. The Bulldogs have advanced to the Class A championship game twice – first in 1994 and again in 2010 – and lost both times by one goal. Portland has outscored opponents 35-11 and boasts a balanced offense led by Zekariya Shaib (seven goals), Alex Millones (five goals), Tahn Tiparos (five goals) and Pedro Fonseca (four goals). But anybody on the squad can step up when necessary, with Samuel Nkurunziza and Berrick Bobe accounting for the goals in a 2-1 semifinal victory against Thornton Academy. Portland has a solid defense backed by defender Quinn Clarke and goalkeeper Rowan Daligan, who has six shutouts. Lewiston, which grabbed its first state title in 2015, advanced to the Class A championship game by upsetting Bangor, the defending state champion, 2-1. Though it’s only his first season in goal, sophomore Dido Lumu stopped a point-blank shot in the final minutes to help end Bangor’s 31-game unbeaten streak. The Blue Devils outscored opponents 55-16 this season and like Portland, enjoy a wide range of threats. Six players accounted for their 10 postseason goals, with Bilal Hersi leading the team with three, and Noralddin Othman and Muktar Ali both contributing two apiece.


YARMOUTH (17-0) VS. WINSLOW (15-3)

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Deering Memorial Field

OUTLOOK: The Clippers are one win from a four-peat, which would make them one of just three large schools to win four consecutive state titles. The other two are Scarborough (Class A, 1973-76) and Falmouth (Class B, 2000-03). Along with that milestone, a win in the championship-game rematch against Winslow would give Yarmouth its 12th title – passing Falmouth for the most in state history – while extending the team’s two-season winning streak to 23 and its unbeaten streak to 30. The Clippers appear ready for the challenge, outscoring opponents 82-9 while getting goals from 24 players this season. Eric LaBrie leads the way with 25 goals and 10 assists, and Luke Groothoff, Max Coury, Tahj Garvey and Jack Jones have all seven goals. Yarmouth’s defense is anchored by goalkeeper Cal Owen, and defenders Silas Chappell and John D’Appolonia. Winslow has lost three times in the state championship game, including 5-2 to Yarmouth last season, but the Black Raiders returned 12 seniors – nine or 10 usually start. The veteran squad has outscored opponents 84-11, including 17 postseason goals. Offensively, they are led by Isaac Lambrecht (26 goals), Caleb Burbank (18 goals) and Jake Warn, who has five of his 17 goals in the playoffs – including a hat trick in a 3-1 victory against Washington Academy in the Class B North final. Anchoring the back line are center defender Mike Wildes and goalkeeper Jake Lapierre, who has notched eight shutouts for Winslow.



WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Deering Memorial Field

OUTLOOK: After winning its first state championship in 2016, Camden Hills has a chance to defend its Class A title. All but four girls played on last season’s team that defeated Gorham 1-0 in overtime in the state final. The Windjammers have 112 goals this season, topping the 109 they totaled last year. Sophomore Kris Kelly leads Camden Hills with 38 goals, while three upperclassmen – seniors Claire Pierce and Camryn Langille, and junior Grace Blackwell – anchor the defense. The Windjammers have allowed 12 goals this season but will face a dangerous pair of scoring threats in Scarborough forwards Gaby Panagakos and Molly Murnane. After falling to Gorham 2-0 in last season’s Class A South championship game, the Red Storm returned all but one starter and have 71 goals this year. Panagakos leads the Red Storm with 20 goals – including two in their 2-1 comeback victory against Windham in the regional semifinals. A transfer from Maryland, Murnane trails only Panagakos in goals with 16 – three in Scarborough’s 6-0 regional championship victory over Kennebunk. The Red Storm have allowed six goals all season and never more than one in a game, and goalkeeper Emily Royce has 10 shutouts. Scarborough will look to end its four-year title drought with a fifth state championship.



WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Deering Memorial Field

OUTLOOK: Only three teams have been able to get past Yarmouth’s defense, which has allowed just four goals all season while scoring 84. Sara D’Appolonia leads the Clippers’ offense with 32 goals – a school record. Olivia Feeley and Sophia Harpool anchor their back line, and goalkeeper Meredith Lane has recorded 14 shutouts. With new coach Chris Coleman at the helm, Yarmouth edged Cape Elizabeth 1-0 in Thursday’s regional championship game with a second-half goal from Ehryn Groothoff, earning an opportunity to defend its Class B state title. The Clippers are riding a 22-game winning streak, and one more victory would earn them their fourth state championship overall. Presque Isle has never won a state title, losing to Falmouth in both previous appearances (2008 and 2011). But the Wildcats are coming off a stunning 1-0 win over Hermon, preserved when goalkeeper Savannah Rodriguez made a diving save on a penalty kick in the second half by punching away the tying shot. Junior Madison Michaud leads the Wildcats’ offense with 34 goals this season for a total of 86 – breaking both the school’s single-season and career scoring records. Rodriguez has seven shutouts for Presque Isle, which has outscored opponents 53-15 this season.

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Soccer: Class A state championship games shifted to Deering High Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:16:27 +0000 The Maine Principals’ Association has changed the schedule for Saturday’s state championship soccer games, moving the Class A games to Portland’s Deering High.

Portland and Lewiston will meet in the Class A boys’ championship at 10 a.m. and Camden Hills will face Scarborough in the girls’ title game at 12:30 p.m. Both games are now at Deering High instead of Hampden Academy.

Those will be followed by Class B boys at 3 p.m. and Class B girls at 5:30 p.m.

The Class C and D championship games will be held at Hampden Academy.

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Boys’ soccer: Maranacook finishes off Traip Academy Thu, 02 Nov 2017 02:54:00 +0000 READFIELD — Top-seeded Maranacook set aside a helter-skelter first half and rolled over No. 7 Traip Academy with two goals after the break, sealing a 3-0 win in the Class C South final.

Captains Silas Mohlar and Jackson McPhedran each scored, sending the Black Bears (16-1) to the state championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday at Deering High, where they will face the winner of Thursday’s Class C North final between George Stevens Academy and Fort Kent.

“We knew (Traip was) a second-half team so we had to come out strong,” Mohlar said. “It feels good, for sure. We finished a lot better tonight.”

Both teams played a nervy game in the opening 40 minutes, most of which was played within 10 yards of the center of the park. The Rangers (11-5-1) tried to settle into the possession game that carried them into the final, while Maranacook was intent on banging the ball around with little coming from it.

It all changed in the second half, when a higher Maranacook back line borne out of tighter man-marking created two distinct advantages. The Rangers could no longer pick out the passes that built their attacking game, while greater numbers forward had Maranacook poised as a threat up top.

Maranacook’s Jackson McPhedran, center, is congratulated by teammates after his goal in the 67th minute closed the scoring in the victory against Traip Academy. Staff photo by Andy Molloy

Freshman striker Wyatt Lambert potted the rebound of a Mohlar shot in the 61st minute to give Maranacook a 2-0 lead, and center back McPhedran pushed forward on a deep throw-in to rip home Garrett Whitten’s feed six minutes later.

“We played a really terrible first half and we all knew it,” McPhedran said. “We had to push up to mark and execute, and that really helped. It made them almost step back toward their own goal, which created tons of pressure that they couldn’t handle in the second half.”

“I wanted more pressure on the ball, as far as defensively coming up and marking,” Maranacook Coach Don Beckwith said. “I thought it was proven in the second half. We had more control of the ball – not necessarily passing-wise – but we were getting the ball forward so it gave us more opportunities. That’s what I wanted.”

The final 40 minutes were Maranacook’s most complete half of soccer in three postseason games.

“It was because they’re a really good team. That’s a lot better team than a seventh (seed),” Beckwith said. “We had some kids that stepped up and made some plays. It was good to see.”

“We thought we could settle in in the second half, and they just ramped their energy up a little bit,” Traip Coach Mike MacLeay added. “The key was their energy. I know (Beckwith) is hard on them and pushes them to go through walls, and it obviously pays off.”

Maranacook opened the scoring through Mohlar in the 12th minute, when his header off a corner kick went to McPhedran along the goal line. McPhedran collected the ball in space and slid a soft ball to Mohlar, and Mohlar finished from 12 yards out with a low drive to the far corner.

Though the rest of the half was largely a stalemate, the Black Bears nearly put it away before halftime. In the 39th minute, junior midfielder Aric Belanger was left unchecked at the top of the 18-yard box, but his curler to the far bar was turned out by a diving save from Traip goalkeeper Jayce Nielsen (four saves). Less than a minute later, Lambert had a strike with Nielsen out of position, only to have his blistering bid cleared off the line by Traip back Jacob Gagner.

The near misses set the stage for the second half. In contrast to Saturday’s regional semifinal against Waynflete, when they let the Flyers hang around long enough to force overtime, the Black Bears were in position to finish this one off.

]]> 0's Mitchell Root, left, tries to defend Traip Academy's Ryan Perkins during the Class C South championship game Wednesday in Readfield. The Black Bears won 3-0 to move on to the state final.Wed, 01 Nov 2017 22:56:06 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Portland prevails over Gorham on penalty kicks Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:36:37 +0000 GORHAM – After Portland High clinched the Class A South boys’ soccer title Wednesday night after a round of penalty kicks, the Bulldogs rushed to the end zone to greet their fans.

“I’ve played four years and I’ve never had a moment like this,” said senior captain and back Quinn Clarke.

After regulation and overtime ended in a 1-1 tie, fourth-seeded Portland defeated third-ranked Gorham 4-2 on penalty kicks.

The Bulldogs are going to the state title game for the third time, their last appearance coming seven years ago.

The Bulldogs (13-3-1) will play Lewiston (13-2-2) – an upset winner over unbeaten defending champion Bangor – in the state final at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hampden Academy.

The Rams (13-3-1) also lost on penalty kicks in last year’s state championship game.

“You get to penalty kicks, who knows what’s going to happen? It’s an absolute crapshoot,” Gorham Coach Tim King said. “Unfortunately for us, that’s two in a row we’ve come out on the wrong end.”

Portland made all four of its penalty kicks, and goalkeeper Rowan Daligan made a pivotal stop on Gorham’s first attempt, diving left to block Kyle King’s hard shot.

“I guessed,” Daligan said. “I was completely numb. It was kind of hard to think. I just picked a side and went for it.”

Gorham made its next two attemts but missed its fourth, clinching the victory for Portland.

Daligan shined throughout the game, finishing with 13 saves, including six in the second half and three in the two overtimes.

“Every time they had a chance, I’m just so confident with a keeper like that behind us,” Clarke said.

While Gorham pressured much of the second half, it was Portland that got the jump at the start of the game.

Tim King was concerned with the Bulldogs’ speed, and Portland forward Pedra Fonseca got behind his defender in the box. Midfielder Alex Millones sent a perfect pass to Fonseca, who knocked it in seven minutes into the game.

“I was going to settle it first with my right foot but it hit my (left) shin,” Fonseca said. “It then hit my (right) heel and went in.”

The goal reminded Tim King of their September game, won by Portland 2-1 after the Bulldogs took a 2-0 halftime lead.

“We came out much like the first time we played them. We came out flat and they were quicker to the ball,” he said. “Eventually they’re going to poke one in. (Fonseca) is a great player. They caught us early.”

Portland kept coming, with Millones and fellow midfielder Than Tiparos creating chances. But Gorham stabilized and began putting its own pressure on. Midfielders Andrew Rent and Nolan Brown were directing the attack, sending balls to Kyle King and Sam Burghardt.

“What a great soccer game,” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said. “I thought our energy in the first part of the game helped us a little bit … But it went back and forth, forth and back. With Andrew (Rent) getting as much time with the ball on his foot and Kyle up top, it was a matter of time before they made something happen.”

In the second half, the Rams tied it. Brenden Waterman sent in a high pass and King headed it just under the crossbar with 21:40 left.

More shots came but Daligan was there.

“I tried to come out a little more and compete with Kyle and Sam,” said Daligan of his two friends (and teammates on their club team).

In overtime, Garrett Higgins passed to King, who headed to Burghardt, whose header was stopped by Daligan.

In the best-of-five penalty-kick round, Millones went first and scored to his left. Emmanuel Yugu, Tiparos and Zekariya Shaib also were successful.

Portland will be seeking its first soccer title after losing to Bangor in 2010. Lewiston won the championship in 2015.

UPDATE: This file was corrected on Nov. 2 at 4:25 p.m. to show this will be Portland’s third appearance in a Class A boys’ soccer state title game.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Boys’ soccer: Yarmouth remains perfect with 2-1 victory over York Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:46:21 +0000 YARMOUTH — The thing that Yarmouth Coach Mike Hagerty treasures most is not a potential fourth straight Gold Ball on Saturday, nor the satisfaction of Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over York in the Class B South boys’ soccer championship game.

“I’m more excited,” Hagerty said in the gathering darkness Wednesday night, “about two more practices. This senior class we’ve known since they were 3 years old, and it’s really kind of fun to be able to hang out with them for two more days.”

One of those 14 Yarmouth seniors, midfielder Max Coury, postponed autumn’s inevitable end by curling a shot inside the far post for a tie-breaking goal, the only score of the second half.

The top-seeded Clippers (17-0) advance to the Class B state title game against either Winslow or Washington Academy on Saturday at Deering High.

No. 2 York finishes 14-3. All three losses came against Yarmouth, all decided by one goal.

“It hurts to lose,” Wildcats Coach Eric Martens said, “but to a team like that, I think we’ll look back on it and say, ‘Wow, they’re a good team.’ We really respect them.”

Eric Loomis set up Coury, who was moving horizontally near the top of the box. He couldn’t get his stronger right foot in position to shoot, so he took a chance with his left.

“I couldn’t really see,” Coury said. “I just kind of took a shot in the dark and I turned around and saw it go in.”

Coury, Hagerty said, is the type of player who often provides the pass that sets up the pass leading to a goal. In hockey, that counts as an assist. In soccer, it gets you appreciated by teammates and coaches.

“He finds pockets and corners,” Hagerty said. “His game is about movement and skill. It’s not about power, and I thought he slotted that nicely.”

More than 29 minutes remained in the contest, but instead of falling back into a defensive shell, the Clippers kept up the pressure on York and keeper Brett Smith, who kept the game close with several leaping stops. He finished with nine saves.

“They were really savvy the way they managed the game after that,” Martens said. “We were caught defending for most of it. It was tough to find a tactical decision that really counteracted what they were doing, because most of it was just individual skill that was beating us.”

Each team scored in the first half. Yarmouth went ahead 1-0 in the 20th minute when junior Eric LaBrie banged home the rebound of a shot from his brother, freshman Ian LaBrie, that had been blocked by York defender James Peter.

“It all started with Tahj (Garvey) pressing the defender in the corner,” Eric LaBrie said. “He somehow got the ball and kicked it to my brother.”

The carom came so quickly that LaBrie barely had time to react.

“I’m not even sure what happened,” he said. “All I know is it went off my knee and into the net.”

Five minutes later, Peter made it 1-1 on a 26-yard free kick from directly in front of the net. With dangerous Alex Nickerson on the left of the ball, Peter approached from the right and poked it just inside the left post.

“I didn’t see it until it was too late,” Clippers keeper Cal Owen said. “And even if I had seen it, I’m not sure I would have gotten to it. It was a great shot.”

Yarmouth had three good chances to go ahead before intermission, but a Garvey blast sailed high, Smith tipped Silas Chappell’s shot over the crossbar and a rocket from Luke Groothoff whizzed just wide of the right post.

One minute into the second half, Nickerson threatened with a cross from Zach Westman, but Owen raced out to intervene.

“That was probably the best save I had,” said Owen, who finished with four. “My backs set me up well by not giving him a clean look inside, so he wasn’t in complete control of the ball when he got inside, and I just had to handle the bouncing ball.”

Now only one game – and two practices – remain.

]]> 0 celebrates after securing a 2-1 win over York on Wednesday in the Class B South regional championship. The Clippers advance to Saturday's Class B state final.Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:48:40 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Gorham seeks return to state title game Wed, 01 Nov 2017 01:26:24 +0000 Seems like these Rams got a taste of the big time and now they want more.

Last year the Gorham High boys’ soccer team reached the Class A state championship game for the first time in 33 years.

Gorham entered this season missing six players from the 2016 team. Still, the Rams are one step from the state title game again.

Third-seeded Gorham (13-2-1) will be home against fourth-ranked Portland (12-3-1) in the Class A South final at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The winner plays in the state title game Saturday in Hampden.

Wednesday’s game is a rematch of last year’s South final won by Gorham, 1-0.

The Rams may not feature the skills of last year but thave experience in the spotlight.

“I think it makes a big difference,” said Coach Tim King. “They’ve played in big games and felt that pressure. They’ve been behind and battled back.”

The Rams lost just twice this year – 1-0 to Falmouth (which they avenged with a 1-0 win in the South semifinals) and 2-1 to Portland on Sept. 9. The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead.

“They are incredibly fast to the ball. That gave us some problems,” King said. “By the second half we adjusted.”

Gorham usually adjusts with a sound defensive game – nine shutouts this year – a crafty midfield and strong, sizable forwards.

“This is a different team from last year, for sure,” King said. “Last year we were more technically sound; the skill level might have been higher.

“This team, in my opinion, is bigger and tougher. They battle.”

That battle is anchored by a defense featuring two returning players, sweeper Aaron Farr and outside back Garrett Higgins.

The offense begins with returning midfielder Andrew Rent, only a sophomore but already a force. It was Rent’s assist to Kyle King that provided the winner against Falmouth.

“We rely a lot on Andrew,” King said. “He keys a lot of what we can do.”

What Gorham likes to do is get the ball to the powerful feet of Kyle King (yes, he’s the coach’s son) and Sam Burghardt. Midfielder Nick Sturtevant also creates chances.

Portland is a team that looks for opportunities, especially with its speed.

“We try to put the ball where the guys can compete for it,” said Coach Rocco Frenzilli. “If we play our game, stay with our system of play … it all comes down to execution.”

Portland was 9-1 at one point before a tough stretch against South Portland and Scarborough (both 1-0 losses) and rival Deering (1-1 tie). Since then the Bulldogs are 3-0, including a 1-0 win over Scarborough in the quarterfinals and a 2-1 win over Thornton Academy in the semifinals.

Portland has a solid defense, backed by returning goalie Rowan Daligan and back Quinn Clarke.

The Bulldogs have spread around their scoring, although Zekariya Shaib has been getting big goals lately. Samuel Nkurunziza, Berrick Bobe and Alex Millones are also threats.

THE CLASS B South final features top seed and three-time defending state champion Yarmouth (14-0) at home against second-seeded York (12-2). The Clippers look all-powerful.

Only two opponents have stayed within one goal – and York is one of them. Cape Elizabeth was the other, and the Wildcats survived their semifinal with Cape, winning on penalty kicks.

During the season Yarmouth beat York 3-2 and 1-0, both games in September. Both games were tied with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Still, the Wildcats’ task is daunting. They need to penetrate Yarmouth’s defense, which boasts 10 shutouts, allowing one goal over its last seven games.

York’s offense starts with Alex Nickerson and Zach Westman. The deep Clippers are led by Luke Groothoff and Eric Labrie.

York last reached the state title game in 1998.

IN CLASS C South, top-seeded Maranacook (15-1) is home against seventh-seeded Traip Academy (11-4-1).

Don’t let the seedings fool you. Traip played a tough schedule (a loss to B power York and a 0-1-1 record against Waynflete), then beat second-ranked Monmouth Academy 2-1 and third-seeded Hall-Dale 2-0 in the playoffs.

Goalkeeper Jayce Nielson has played well. Teddy Driscoll, Pablo Zapata and Devon LaRoche all have scored in the postseason.

Maranacook, which lost only to Class A power Lewiston, beat Waynflete 2-1 in double overtime in the semifinals. The Black Bears won back-to-back state titles in 2013 and ’14.

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Buckfield bucks Temple from D South Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:44:46 +0000 BUCKFIELD — The best season in Temple Academy history came to an end Tuesday.

No. 2 Buckfield raced out to an early lead and then held the third-seeded Bereans at bay in the second half, en route a 3-2 win over Temple in the Class D South boys soccer semifinals.

The Bucks (15-1-0) will play No. 1 Richmond in a regional final Thursday. For Temple, the loss was the first of the season after having never advanced beyond the regional quarterfinals prior to this year.

Buckfield scored three times in the first eight minutes on Tuesday before Temple (15-1-0) gave chase late in the first half.

Micah Riportella and Will Paradis both scored with less than seven minutes remaining until halftime to pull the Bereans within a goal.

“You get down 3-0, and for them to have the fight in them like that, it could have just fallen apart,” Temple coach Phil Hubbard said. “I haven’t had a team before fight that hard, being down so much, and almost win this thing. It was incredible.”

Sawyer Deroche provided Temple’s best chance to force overtime, hitting the crossbar late, after Buckfield packed the box with five backs in the second half.

“We had a lot of time to pick away,” Hubbard said. “They bunkered in.”

]]> 0 Journal photo by Russ Dillingham Temple's Nathan Riportella (6) and Buckfield's Kaleb Harvey battle for the ball during Tuesday afternoon's Class D South semifinal game in Buckfield.Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:44:46 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Gorham knocks out Falmouth Sun, 29 Oct 2017 01:35:11 +0000 FALMOUTH — With scoring opportunities few and far between for both teams, Gorham striker Kyle King made sure he cashed in on one of the few chances he had to score Saturday night.

With less than 12 minutes to play, King pushed the ball inside the left post to lift third-seeded Gorham to a 1-0 win against No. 2 Falmouth in a Class A South boys’ soccer semifinal.

The Rams, the defending regional champions, will host No. 4 Portland in the regional final Wednesday.

“I was just making a hard run at the back post and it was a great ball by Andrew Rent,” King said. “It just took a lucky hop (past) a defender and I just (kicked) it. The goalie put his hand up, but I just went by the side of him.”

King’s goal brought a dramatic end to a very evenly played match.

“This had the feeling of a state match, honestly,” King said.

Last fall, Bangor pulled out a 2-1 win over Gorham in the state final at Fitzpatrick Stadium. That game was decided by penalty kicks, and King was glad Saturday night’s game ended before it got to that point.

“We knew we had played 80 minutes or more, and luckily we got the goal before the end of regulation and didn’t have to play any more,” he said.

Gorham Coach Tim King, Kyle’s father, credited the defense with providing the keys to victory.

“You always start with your defense and build from the back, and tonight we were great in the back,” he said. “Our outside backs, Cooper Lyons and Garrett Higgins, were phenomenal, which was great because (Falmouth) is so dangerous down the wings and we took that away for the most part. Aaron Farr was sweeping everything up, and (goalie) Trevor Gray was there when we needed him to be there.”

Gray made six saves while posting his 11th shutout of the season. The Rams (13-2-1) have allowed just five goals.

“There were not a lot of shots but there were dangerous situations, and you have to be on top of them,” Tim King said.

Neither team had many scoring opportunities in first half.

Falmouth was credited with two shots on net, but both came on direct kicks from 50 yards or beyond and Gray handled them easily.

Each team was awarded one corner kick during the first 40 minutes, but both attempts were quickly cleared out of the box by the defense.

During the seventh minute, King did get a foot on the ball inside the penalty area but his shot went just wide of the left post.

About 10 minutes later, Falmouth striker Nate Arrants got off a shot from among a cluster of players just beneath the bubble, but it went just wide of the left post.

With less than six minutes left in the first half, Gorham’s Sam Burghardt fought off two Falmouth defenders to get control of a long through ball, but he lined his attempt off the crossbar.

“We played them earlier in the year and they got us 1-0, but it was an evenly matched game, and tonight it was the same thing – two teams going at it hard,” King said. “It was just one play that we made and they didn’t.”

“We had our chances,” Falmouth Coach Dave Halligan said. “If we were dominated, then I would say that Gorham is just better than us, but we had our chances. Both teams left it all out on the field.”

Freshman goalie Alvaro Fuentes-Cantillana made four saves for the Yachtsmen (13-3).

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Boys’ soccer: Maranacook ousts Waynflete in double OT Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:48:21 +0000 READFIELD — When Maranacook needed him most, Mitch Root was in the right place at the right time.

Having subbed back in just seconds earlier, Root followed up Aric Belanger’s header off the crossbar, firing home a shot late in the second overtime to lift top-seeded Maranacook to a 2-1 win over Waynflete in a Class C South boys’ soccer semifinal Saturday night at Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams.

Connor Stockwell’s corner kick from the right side found Belanger, whose header had Waynflete keeper Max Winson cleanly beat. But as it rang off the crossbar, Root never stopped following the ball. His sure-footed strike lifted Maranacook (15-1) into its first regional final since 2014.

“Aric made a great header and I was there for the rebound,” said Root. “It went to my feet and I one-timed it in. I’m speechless.

“Coach always tells us to look at the next play and not focus on the last one.”

The Black Bears felt like their conditioning was a factor.

“I work them to death, and that’s really where it paid off,” Maranacook Coach Don Beckwith said. “Composure. Young kids in a good spot. It’s all good.”

Maranacook led 1-0 until late in the second half, thanks to Richard Down’s goal in the 25th minute. Down, a junior, scored his third goal in two playoff games by fighting through traffic in front.

Waynflete, with a dangerous counterattack that found its legs in the second half, equalized in the 67th minute on a goal by senior midfielder Christian Brooks. Brooks evaded the wall to the short side with his free kick from about 30 yards, and keeper Ryan Worster was unable to field it cleanly as the ball skipped through his grasp.

The Flyers carried the play through the remainder of regulation. Ilyas Abdi had two glorious chances to send Waynflete to the regional final, but Worster turned him away in the 80th minute, and Abdi’s hard shot in the first overtime smacked off the crossbar.

“You’re going to have moments,” Beckwith said. “You’re going to have peaks and valleys through games. We’ve talked about fighting through those for years. You’ve got to fight through the valleys and enjoy the peaks.

“We’re going to enjoy this peak.”

]]> 0's Miles Lipton, left, and Maranacook's Micah Charette battle for the ball during their Class C South semifinal Saturday in Readfield. Maranacook won in double overtime, 2-1.Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:01:42 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Traip upends Hall-Dale to reach Class C South final Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:04:08 +0000 FARMINGDALE — Traip Academy continued its run through the Class C South boys’ soccer tournament Saturday by knocking off another higher-seeded team.

Teddy Driscoll and Pablo Zapata scored second-half goals to lift the seventh-seeded Rangers to a 2-0 victory over No. 3 Hall-Dale. Traip (11-4-1) advanced to the regional final Wednesday, while Hall-Dale finished at 13-2-1.

Hall-Dale had several scoring chances in the first half that were turned away by either sophomore keeper Jayce Nelson or his defense. The best of Nelson’s six saves was on an Akira Warren header late in the first half.

“That’s the best game I’ve seen Jayce play,” Traip Coach Michael MacLeay said. “Some of those saves … were unbelievable.”

The Rangers came on strong in the second half and eventually capitalized on a defensive error by Hall-Dale.

“Just talking at halftime, we were all talking about how big the field was,” MacLeay said. “We weren’t really taking advantage of it in the first half with patience. In the second half we were a lot more patient with our offense and created looks rather than forcing looks.”

Three and a half minutes into the second half, Traip freshman Devon LaRoche stole a clearing attempt in the Hall-Dale defensive end, then fed the ball to Driscoll on the right wing. Driscoll found the top left corner of the net with a left-footed shot just over the outstretched fingertips of Sam Sheafer.

“I was talking to (Devon) on the bus, (saying that) we need that one last pass, that one diagonal,” Driscoll said. “It worked out. It was my left foot. You’ve got to take a hit from outside.”

The goal shifted the momentum to the Rangers, who held Hall-Dale to two shots on goal in the second half.

“It was a great shot,” Hall-Dale Coach Andy Haskell said. “You can’t complain about that. That’s what happens. Everybody wants a quick counter and they took advantage of it.”

Traip’s second goal, with 11:14 left, sealed the victory. Taking a long, left-to-right serve from Ryan Perkins, Zapata headed the ball past replacement Hall-Dale keeper Jett Boyer.

“That was a nice ball to the back post,” MacLeay said. “The finish was almost even better, though.”

Traip won its only state championship in 2006.

“I was telling them (Friday) at practice, I don’t think a Traip team has gotten even to the semifinals in a long time,” MacLeay said.

]]> 0 Warren, left, of Hall-Dale tries to shield the ball from Traip Academy's Jacob Gagner during a Class C South boys' soccer semifinal Saturday in Farmingdale. Seventh-seeded Traip advanced with a 2-0 victory.Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:02:37 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Portland edges Thornton in Class A South semifinal Sat, 28 Oct 2017 20:51:02 +0000 In the spirit of Halloween, the Thornton Academy boys’ soccer team gave Portland quite a scare Saturday in the second half of their Class A South semifinal at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Coming off a stunning quarterfinal victory over top-ranked South Portland that came down to penalty kicks, the eighth-seeded Golden Trojans cut the fourth-ranked Bulldogs’ lead to 2-1 with just over 21 minutes left.

But Portland goalkeeper Rowan Daligan turned away four shots in the final 10 minutes to preserve the 2-1 victory.

Portland will make its second straight regional final appearance Wednesday at Falmouth or Gorham.

“They’re an unbelievable eight seed. That was a very tough, competitive game,” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said.

“We knew coming in that they were going to play loose. I was really happy to look up and see we had the two before they scored the one.”

Down 2-0 with 21:27 left, Brogan Searle-Belanger of Thornton put away a cross from Jose Manuel Toraya, who ran down the right side of the field before sending the ball into Portland’s box from the corner.

“It would have been really easy for us to drop our heads and kind of give up and say, ‘OK, we’re satisfied,'” Thornton Coach Andrew Carlson said of the two-goal deficit. “We did the exact opposite, and that showed the heart, the character, the investment and the pride that the boys had.”

Daligan finished with six saves. Travis Snyder had five for Thornton (10-6-1).

Samuel Nkurunziza scored first for the Bulldogs (12-3-1) with 4:09 left in the first half, heading in a Tyler Lemay corner kick.

“I was actually fixing my shin guard. I didn’t even realize they were kicking the corner kick,” Nkurunziza said. “All of the sudden I just got up real quick. It was a surprise.”

It was a much-needed spark for the Bulldogs, who entered halftime with a 7-5 edge in shots but only managing to put two on goal.

“When it’s 0-0, anything can happen,” Frenzilli said. “They had their chances and we had ours. When Sammy knocked that header in, that gave us energy.”

Less than five minutes into the second half, Berrick Bobe sent a hard shot on the ground from roughly 25 yards out that flew beyond Snyder’s reach and into the goal with 35:27 remaining.

“I saw the ball bounce off the defender and it was coming my way, so I just stopped it with my chest and shot it,” Bobe said. “They were really ready for us so we just had to come out and do our job, and that’s what we did.”

On Wednesday, Thornton played South Portland for 110 scoreless minutes before giving the Red Riots their only loss of the season.

“We just didn’t have the same spring and energy in our step, and that’s a little bit to be expected after playing a long match like that,” Carlson said. “It’s hard to find your rhythm.”

But the Golden Trojans found it after scoring, and threatened to tie the game until the end.

With less than a minute remaining, Frantisek Vondrak fired off one last shot on goal, which Dalian stopped with a diving save.

“They never quit, our kids never quit. It’s the kind of soccer game you like to see,” Frenzilli said. “We were just fortunate to come out on top.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

]]> 0 Nkurunziza scores Portland's first goal off a corner kick from Alex Lemay, not shown, during a Class A South semifinal against Thornton Academy on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Portland won, 2-1.Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:00:50 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Cape Elizabeth edges Greely Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:06:48 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — The formula for the Cape Elizabeth High boys’ soccer victory Thursday night was simple.

Twice as many corner kicks meant twice as many goals, as the third-seeded Capers topped sixth-seeded Greely 2-1 in a rain-soaked Class B South quarterfinal at Hannaford Field.

The Capers scored the winner with 3:31 left when John O’Connor sent a corner kick into a scrum in front. The ball went off teammate Alec Riggle for a 2-1 lead.

O’Connor gave Cape Elizabeth (10-4-1) a 1-0 halftime lead when he faded a perfect corner kick into the net. Greely (9-6-1) answered with 26:48 left in the game when Evan Goettel headed in a corner from Silas Cunningham.

Cape had 10 corner kicks in all, five more than Greely.

“We told our players that corner kicks would be the key,” Greely Coach Mike Andreasen said. “You’ve just got to make plays and Cape made one more than we did.”

Cape Elizabeth will be at second-seeded York (13-2) in the semifinals Saturday. The Wildcats topped Cape 2-1 last month.

Cape played Greely twice during the season, a 2-1 win and a 0-0 tie.

“We’re pretty evenly matched,” Andreasen said. But he watched his Rangers be outplayed in the first half.

After O’Connor’s score only 6½ minutes into the game, the Capers kept attacking. O’Connor and fellow midfielders Oliver Moon, Nick Aceto and Sam Dresser pushed the ball upfield. Riggle and Matt Concannon created chances up front.

“We were on our heels,” Andreasen said. “To be honest, we were kind of happy to be down 1-0. It could have been worse.”

When Greely did attack, it usually came from midfielders Quinn Molloy or Matt Kramlich. The Rangers wanted to get the ball to forward Hazael Tshituka, but he was well covered.

“Nick Clifford did a great job marking Hazael,” said Capers Coach Ben Raymond, who lauded credit on his other defenders, David Hare, Ben Carroll and Charlie Dall.

In the second half, Greely put an extra man on the attack, which helped.

“We had the momentum going,” Andreasen said.

Both teams created opportunities as they tried to keep their footing on the soaked turf.

“It’s awfully tough to play in the wet conditions, for both teams,” Raymond said. “The ball is skipping all over the place. The second half turned into a back-and-forth. Both teams had good chances.”

Greely goalie A.J. Eisenhart made four saves in the second half. Sean Agrodnia had three saves for Cape.

Greely had a prime chance after a foul with six minutes left. Chris Theodores blasted a shot from 20 yards, but Agrodnia dove and slapped it away.

Cape kept getting corner kicks, playing into its strength.

“We’re dangerous on corner kicks because (O’Connor) is able to put it where he needs to,” Raymond said.

“It’s the advantage we have because our kids know where it’s going.”

O’Connor’s corner for the winner went toward the near post, where a crowd of players went for it.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: KevinThomasPPH

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Boys’ soccer: Falmouth shuts out Deering Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:36:56 +0000 FALMOUTH — In the pouring rain, an early one-goal deficit can be a steep hill to climb.

That was the case Thursday night for the seventh-seeded Deering boys’ soccer team in a Class A South quarterfinal against second-ranked Falmouth.

Nate Arrants scored one of his two goals in the first seven minutes, setting the tone for Falmouth’s 2-0 victory.

The Yachtsmen (13-2) will be home against third-seeded Gorham (12-2-1) in the semifinals Saturday night.

Arrants put the Yachtsmen ahead with a goal from Tom Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald drove down the left side of the field and crossed to Arrants, who was charging the goal. Arrants converted the pass with 33:21 left in the half.

“Tom made it easy for me. All I had to do was put my foot out,” Arrants said.

“Once you have the momentum on a night like this, it’s easier to keep it and it’s harder for them to come back.”

The Yachtsmen controlled most of the game, outshooting Deering 20-3. Falmouth keeper Alvaro Fuentes-Cantillana made one save, and Max Marrione had eight saves for Deering (10-5-1).

“We pretty much knew, especially because of the weather, that whoever scores early is going to keep that momentum,” Deering Coach Joel Costigan said. “What they did, they did so well, and that didn’t allow us to feel confident enough to push forward.”

Desperate for a goal, Deering finally pushed forward in the second half, which opened things up for Falmouth. The Yachtsmen created six dangerous opportunities in the second half, when they had seven shots on goal.

Falmouth was aware that top-ranked South Portland had fallen to eighth-seeded Thornton Academy on penalty kicks Wednesday.

“Crazy things happen in the tournament. You can’t play not to lose,” Falmouth Coach Dave Halligan said. “We were able to do a couple things early, but we had a couple chances that could have made things easier for us.”

With 26 minutes left. Ben Wuestoff of Falmouth took a hard shot along the ground that bounced off Morrione and landed at Arrants’ feet. But his shot curved just wide right.

“In downpours, balls can skip in and goalies don’t have as much control over it,” Arrants said. “You always want that insurance, especially on a night like this.”

With 24:45 left, Arrants finally got his second goal. Fitzgerald fed him a long pass, and Arrants broke loose down the center of the field before tucking the ball into the bottom right corner.

Falmouth only allowed Deering a handful of opportunities and didn’t give the Rams their first look until about 20 minutes into the game.

“We always play defense first,” Halligan said. “If we can keep it close to a one-goal game to give us a chance to win it at the end, that’s all you can hope for.”

Now, just Gorham stands between Falmouth and the regional final. The Yachtsmen edged Gorham 1-0 on Oct. 10.

“They’re a senior team, so they’ll be very difficult to play against,” Halligan said. “Those guys lost in the state game last year, so I’m sure they’ll be champing at the bit.”

While Arrants is grateful to play at home, he hopes the weather cooperates.

“I want a dry game,” Arrants said.

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Boys’ soccer: Traip ousts Monmouth, 2-1 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:41:19 +0000 KENTS HILL — If you’re going to travel 110 miles to play soccer in the rain, you might as well go home wet and happy.

That was the case for seventh-seeded Traip Academy of Kittery, which beat No. 2 Monmouth Academy 2-1 in a Class C South boys’ soccer quarterfinal Thursday on the turf at Kents Hill.

Traip (10-4-1) will play No. 3 Hall-Dale on Saturday. Monmouth closes its season at 12-1-2.

Freshman reserve Devon La-Roche scored both goals for the Rangers, the second following a dramatic three-way collision involving LaRoche, defender Nick Dovinsky and Monmouth keeper Brad Neal with 9:32 remaining.

The play began when a ball was chipped into the Monmouth end, leaving Dovinsky, LaRoche and Neal in a race for the ball.

All three converged near the top of the penalty circle.

“Me and (Dovinsky) were kind of arguing the whole game, so my adrenaline was really high,” LaRoche said. “All that was going through my mind was I need to beat this guy. I found an opportunity, and I just tapped it and it went into the goal.”

Monmouth Coach Joe Fletcher wasn’t sure exactly what happened as he watched Neal go down and stay on the ground for a minute after the collision.

“My goalie came out hard and he was still in the box because he was calling for it,” Fletcher said. “There was some contact. I don’t know who initiated it, but it’s unfortunate.”

The Mustangs played without striker Avery Pomerleau (31 goals this season), who missed the game because of an accumulation of yellow cards.

“We had three different players rotate in (for him) and they gave me what they could give me,” Fletcher said. “But Avery Pomerleau’s one of the best players in all of Maine.”

The Kents Hill turf held up well despite a steady rain that sometimes came down hard. The Rangers employed a short-passing, ball-control style, while the Mustangs often ran onto long passes.

“They’re a well-coached team and extremely physical, and I think our guys were a little taken aback at first,” Traip Coach Michael MacLeay said.

“When they scored (the first goal), they obviously went a little more defensive, and our guys kind of took the opportunity and went with it.”

Monmouth senior Cody Roy broke a scoreless tie 2:08 into the second half when he knocked a rebound past keeper Jayce Nelson (seven saves).

With just under 10 minutes gone in the second half, LaRoche evened the score off a penalty kick when he drilled a shot off Hunter Sawtelle’s entry pass. Neal (four saves) nearly made a fine diving save, but the ball squirted past him.

“The goalie got it and it just rolled in,” LaRoche said.

Nelson made a couple good saves, including a one-on-one stop of Nick Camire’s point-blank shot with just over 17 minutes left.

“It was nice to be on the turf,” MacLeay said. “I wish it wasn’t raining, but this definitely makes the bus ride home a little more fun.”

Monmouth players sat on the field in stunned silence for several minutes following the game.

“Our season was fantastic,” Fletcher said. “That’s the first loss in our regular season. This senior group is 57-8 now for four years, which is pretty impressive considering eight years ago, we were on the verge of collapsing.”

]]> 0's Gabe Martin gets inside position against Connor Reed, of Traip as they try to play a high ball. Traip advanced to face Hall-Dale in the semifinals on Saturday.Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:07:53 +0000
Thursday’s boys’ soccer roundup: Yarmouth wins playoff opener Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:26:14 +0000 YARMOUTH — Jack Jones redirected a low blast from Luke Groothoff past Freeport keeper Atticus Patrick 37 seconds into the match, and top-seeded Yarmouth went on to a 3-0 win over No. 8 Freeport in a Class B South boys’ soccer quarterfinal Thursday afternoon.

It was the 20th straight win for the three-time defending state champion, who will host a semifinal at 6 p.m. Saturday against No. 4 Lincoln Academy.

Groothoff also assisted on the second goal midway through the first half, as Tahj Garvey knocked in the rebound of a Groothoff shot.

Eric LaBrie made it 3-0 in the 34th minute, scoring off a corner kick.

The Yarmouth defense, anchored by center backs Silas Chappell and John D’Appolonia, allowed only five shots overall, and just four that were handled by keeper Cal Owen.

Patrick finished with six saves.

The Clippers improved to 15-0. Freeport finished 9-7.

EDWARD LITTLE 1, CAMDEN HILLS 0: Tyler Morin scored off a free kick by Ibn Khalid with 21 minutes remaining, lifting the third-seeded Red Eddies (11-3-1) over the No. 6 Windjammers (8-4-3) in a Class A North quarterfinal at Bates College.

Eli Thibodeau stopped a penalty kick in the first half to help Edward Little advance to a semifinal Saturday against No. 2 Lewiston.

HALL-DALE 3, LISBON 0: Josh Nadeau set up two goals in the first half, then added a goal in the 78th minute to lead the third-seeded Bulldogs (12-2-1) past the sixth-seeded Greyhounds (8-5-2) in a Class C South quarterfinal at Thomas College.

Nadeau, a sophomore, took a free kick in the 15th minute that was headed in by Alec Byron. Beaux Vachon made it 2-0 with another header, off a Nadeau corner kick.

Nadeau’s late goal came off a pass from Akira Warren.

Hall-Dale will host a semifinal Saturday against No. 7 Traip Academy.

WINSLOW 6, CARIBOU 0: Issac Lambrecht recorded a hat trick to spark the fourth-seeded Black Raiders (12-3) past No. 12 Caribou (7-9) in a Class B North quarterfinal at Husson University.

Jake Warn added a goal and two assists, and Max Spaulding and Austin Soucy also scored.

Jake Lapierre made three saves for the Black Raiders, who broke a scoreless tie with four goals in the first nine minutes of the second half.

Winslow will host No. 8 Erskine Academy in the semifinals Saturday.

]]> 0 Thompson, left, of Edward Little and Quinn Brown of Camden Hills wrestle with each other as they pursue the ball during a Class A North quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at Bates College. Edward Little won, 1-0.Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:40:38 +0000
Wednesday’s boys’ soccer roundup: Lewiston ousts Brunswick Thu, 26 Oct 2017 02:19:47 +0000 LEWISTON — Bilal Hersi scored twice in a 40-second span late in the second half to help second-seeded Lewiston finish off a 4-1 win over No. 7 Brunswick in a Class A North boys’ soccer quarterfinal Wednesday at Bates College.

Noralddin Othman’s unassisted goal with 1:44 left in the first half gave Lewiston (11-2-2) a 1-0 lead.

Muktar Ali extended the lead 3:30 into the second half before Everett Horch put Brunswick (7-6-1) on the board with 14:28 remaining.

Lewiston will host Camden Hills or Edward Little on Saturday.

YORK 7, LEAVITT 0: Alex Nickerson scored a pair of early goals, including one on a penalty kick, to start the second-seeded Wildcats (13-2) on their way to a win over the seventh-seeded Hornets (7-5-3) in a Class B South quarterfinal at Scarborough High School.

Zach Westman made it 3-0 late in the first half, and the Wildcats pulled away with four second-half goals.

York will host a semifinal Saturday against Cape Elizabeth or Greely.

LINCOLN ACADEMY WINS BY FORFEIT: The fourth-seeded Eagles (10-3-2) advanced to the Class B South semifinals without taking the field, as No. 5 Mountain Valley forfeited all of its victories and dropped out of the playoffs after informing the Maine Principals’ Association that it had been using a player who was ineligible.

Lincoln advances to face either No. 1 Yarmouth or No. 8 Freeport in the semifinals Saturday.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 1, PRESQUE ISLE 0: Chance Reed scored midway through the second half, lifting the eighth-seeded Eagles (11-4-1) over the top-seeded Wildcats (11-3-1) in a Class B North quarterfinal in Presque Isle.

Reed knocked in a half-volley after a Seth Reed through ball in the 62nd minute.

Not long after, Chance Reed received his second yellow card and was sent off, forcing Erskine to play with 10 men for the last 15 minutes. David McGraw had 11 saves to preserve the shutout.

“He was absolutely incredible,” Erskine Coach Carrie Larrabee said of McGraw. “The game was with him tonight, that’s for sure.”

The Eagles will play the winner of Thursday’s matchup between No. 4 Winslow and No. 12 Caribou in the regional semifinals Saturday.

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Boys’ soccer: Thornton Academy knocks off top-seeded South Portland, 1-0 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 01:46:46 +0000 Top-ranked South Portland lived up to its reputation as a defensive unit nearly impossible to crack. The Red Riots held eighth-seeded Thornton Academy scoreless for 110 minutes Wednesday night.

It wasn’t enough.

Junior keeper Travis Snyder saved two South Portland penalty kicks, and the Golden Trojans converted all four of their attempts following two 15-minute overtimes to give Thornton a 1-0 win in a Class A South boys’ soccer quarterfinal at rain-soaked Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Trojans (10-5-1) will return to Fitzpatrick on Saturday for a regional semifinal against No. 4 Portland.

South Portland, which allowed only four goals all season, finishes 13-1-1.

“Soccer is one of the most bizarre sports on the planet, and that’s why we love it,” said South Portland Coach Bryan Hoy. “You can get totally outplayed and win 1-0, or vice versa.

“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t get a goal, but Thornton played really well. Their defense stepped up and took away what we were trying to do. It’s unfortunate, but they outplayed us.”

South Portland had half a dozen decent scoring chances in the second half, none better than with nine minutes remaining when Anthony Perron intercepted a pass and fed striker Kyle Patterson, who set up Charlie Cronin for an open shot from 15 yards. It hooked wide of the left post.

In overtime, both teams had opportunities, but Thornton’s back line of Owen Hey, Samuel Edborg, Petra Zumar and Zachary Ahmida was equal to the task, along with Snyder, who made seven saves in regulation and four in overtime.

“We’re just a bunch of hard-working guys,” Thornton Coach Andrew Carlson said. “We don’t have any big names. We didn’t win the league. We don’t have the best offensive player in the league. We don’t have the best defensive player in the league. We just go out and play as a unit.”

Originally scheduled for South Portland’s natural grass field, the game was moved to the artificial turf in Portland because of persistent rain.

Riley Hasson made four saves in regulation for South Portland and four in overtime before the game came down to penalty kicks.

Chase Pierce, Hey, Jose Manuel Toraya and Eric McCallum each converted a penalty kick for Thornton Academy. Only Cronin, who led off for South Portland, scored on Snyder, who subsequently made a diving save to his left and another not far to his right.

“My coach is always telling me to react, not to anticipate” Snyder said.

“You don’t want to get caught going the wrong way. I’m explosive enough to just go for it instead of guessing.”

McCallum’s conversion gave Thornton an unbeatable 4-1 advantage in the five-round tiebreaker, setting off a wild celebration for the Trojans.

“We really didn’t want it to get to penalty kicks because we thought we had the advantage on the field,” said Hoy. “So when it went to penalty kicks, we were a little nervous, but we also felt pretty confident with Riley back there. He’s one of the better goalies. He didn’t quite get his hands on one because Thornton struck some really nice PKs.”

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or

Twitter: GlennJordanPPH

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Erskine boys soccer bounces top seed from playoffs Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:59:26 +0000 PRESQUE ISLE — The top seed is gone from the Class B North boys soccer tournament.

Chance Reed scored midway through the second half, lifting No. 8 Erskine Academy to a 1-0 win over No. 1 Presque Isle in a regional quarterfinal on Wednesday evening.

The Eagles (11-4-1) will play the winner of Thursday’s matchup between No. 4 Winslow and No. 12 Caribou in the regional semifinals on Saturday.

“We looked at this season as using every loss or bad play or bad decision as an opportunity to grow,” Erskine coach Carrie Larrabee said. “We’ve learned from those mistakes. Any situation we’ve found ourselves in, we’ve seen it before and built from it. Tonight was a result of that confidence from that.”

Reed’s half-volley on a Seth Reed through ball in the 62nd minute was soon met with plenty of anxious moments.

Not long after scoring the go-ahead goal, Chance Reed was sent off for his second yellow card of the match. Erskine played with 10 men over the final 15 minutes and relied on an outstanding effort from goalkeeper David McGraw (11 saves) to see the shutout through.

“He was absolutely incredible,” Larrabee said of McGraw. “The game was with him tonight, that’s for sure.”

Erskine turned several free kicks from dangerous areas into first-half scoring opportunities but could not cash in. In turn, Presque Isle (11-3-1) hit a crossbar and a post in the opening 40 minutes.

In the end, it came down to Erskine being able to successfully bunker down and hold the Wildcats at bay while playing down a man in the closing minutes. Presque Isle’s quickness on the ball and tactical organization made for some nervous moments.

“It was all about fending off their attack,” Larrabee said. “Man down, up 1-0, in a playoff game. Everybody had to come back and mark tight.”

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For better, for worse: Defense has Mt. Blue soccer in midst of impressive run Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:44:47 +0000 FARMINGTON — Every season is a story, and every story has its characters. For the Mt. Blue boys soccer team, every game is a lot like an episode of the old Fox television show “Married With Children.”

At least, that’s how Joel Smith describes his No. 5 Cougars, who will play unbeaten top seed Bangor in the Class A North semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

“There are so many married couples on this team,” Smith said, drawing laughs and fist bumps from center backs Dom Giampietro and Zach Gunther. “Maybe that’s not the best way to say it. Maybe it’s more of a brotherly bond, but they do remind me of old married couples. They know each other so well, and every player on this team seems to have his own counterpart.”

The duo of Giampietro, a senior, and the junior Gunther are Exhibit A. As the lyrics to the television show’s theme song “Love and Marriage” go, “You can’t have one without the other.”

“Zach and I, we have each other’s backs,” Giampietro said. “We work off of one another.”

The work is paying off, particularly on the back end for Mt. Blue (9-4-2). Including a quarterfinal win over Mt. Ararat on Tuesday night, the Cougars have allowed only four goals over their last five games while going 4-0-1. The run mirrors almost exactly the team’s five-game stretch to open the season, when it went 4-0-1 and outscored the opposition by a 12-6 count.

Both of those runs are a far cry from the middle third of the campaign, when the Cougars went 1-4-0, conceded 15 goals and only found success against a winless Skowhegan team.

In fact, take the Skowhegan blowout (an 8-1 win) out of the equation, and the Cougars gave up 14 goals while only scoring four of their own during the difficult stretch.

There was light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, of course. Junior Tucker Carleton emerged as the first-choice goalkeeper, and the move to a flat four in the back provided stability.

“When we played Bangor, it was the name ‘Bangor’ that scared us. We weren’t in the right mindset,” said Carleton, whose 1.57 goals against average over the last seven games has his GAA to the lowest its been in his career. “I know I’ve gotten a lot better, and the team has gotten better, too.”

Defending is as much an attitude as it is a tactical decision, something the Cougars are embracing. Carleton belies his soft-spoken nature by being a dazzlingly athletic keeper, and his play inspires his teammates.

“We’ve almost worked out a system,” Gunther said. “It doesn’t have to be pretty to be successful.”

Since dropping consecutive games to Bangor and Lewiston three weeks ago, in which it was outscored 7-2 over the the final three halves of those games, Mt. Blue has formed its identity.

“That entire game (against Bangor) opened our eyes and told us a lot about the flaws we had,” Giampietro said. “We’re ready to go now.”

Gunther tried to take the blame for the Bangor loss, though it likely wasn’t as simple as hanging so many deficiencies on a single player. The game against the Rams came five days after a two-goal halftime lead evaporated into an overtime loss at home against Lewiston.

“That was the worst game I’ve played all year,” Gunther said. “Now we know what to look for. Everyone seemed to be moving like they were in molasses in that game. We didn’t work as a team. The ‘process’ that coach always talks about wasn’t there for us, but we know we can grind things out if need be.”

They did it in a 1-1 tie against a Cony side desperate to qualify for the postseason in the regular season finale, and they did it again in the quarterfinals against Mt. Ararat, nursing a tie game all the way to a golden goal in overtime from junior Sam Smith. Carleton’s ability to get to get above traffic and get to aerial balls in the box played a significant role.

Joel Smith said he was certain even last season — when the Cougars barely made the tournament — that this team had a special year ahead of it.

“Absolutely,” Smith said. “Every year is its own story. Even two years ago, when we won three games, we won the sportsmanship award and that story was about the resiliency of these kids. This year’s team is playing in a northern Maine semifinal and that’s a really big deal. I had faith.”

After all these years together, to quote the “Married With Children” theme song, it’s a process you can’t disparage. These backs, and their goalkeeper — well, you can’t have one without the other.

Travis Barrett — 621-5621

Twitter: @TBarrettGWC

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Strong finish: Richard Down adds what Maranacook boys soccer needs Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:09:00 +0000 READFIELD — It is often said that it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Lately, Richard Down has been doing nothing but finishing.

The junior striker scored a pair of goals on Tuesday night against Carrabec, helping the top-seeded Maranacook boys soccer team advance to the Class C South semifinals with a convincing 6-0 victory. Down set the tone early against the Cobras, scoring a pair of goals in a span of less than 12 minutes before the contest was 15 minutes old.

“If there’s an early goal, it definitely pumps us up and gets us fired up,” Down said. “If we get goals in the beginning, it gets us going.”

Lately, Down himself has been what’s keeping Maranacook going.

In the regular season finale, Down scored in overtime against Winslow for the golden goal in a 1-0 win. He alone was responsible for three straight goals for Maranacook (14-1-0) over the course of the two games against Winslow and Carrabec.

“He’s a talented kid. He can make you look awful bad,” Maranacook coach Don Beckwith said. “I wish he’d be a little more selfish, to be honest with you. He can handle the ball. “

The season did not get off to a flying start for the tall, lanky attacker. Nagging injuries early in the year slowed his progression, but Down is hitting his stride just as the Black Bears need him most. Senior Micah Charette, who scored 30 goals a year ago while playing for Fort Kent, has been an inconsistent threat for Maranacook — a program that has always relied on supporting options to be at its best.

Carrabec coach P.J. Vicneire said that Maranacook’s depth is one of the things that separates it from other teams vying for the regional title this fall.

“They just attack with heavy numbers on the back side, which is hard to defend sometimes,” Vicneire said. “They have a whole lot of attacking options.”

With senior center backs Jackson McPhedran and Bryan Riley anchoring a back four that has conceded only five goals this season (three in a single loss to Class A power Lewiston), finding scoring from a number of different sources will be a key to Maranacook advancing through the postseason.

So far, Down is showing that he can be one of the go-to Black Bears.

“Richard’s playing really well, because he’s fit now,” Beckwith said. “Richard’s coming to the front and we’re going to depend on him a lot. He was banged up at the beginning of the year, but he’s peaking at the right time.”

Down credited the team’s backs for helping make the attacking side of things effortless at times.

“They always do a good job,” Down said. “They push it up and then we can move it up the field slowly. (Against Carrabec), we wanted it more direct. They played a lot of good balls to us, which led to some nice goals for us.”

They were often easy goals, too. Each of Down’s goals came after long services were knocked down deep inside the 18-yard box, seemingly right at Down’s feet for easy finishes in traffic.

Down’s game off the ball is also rounding into form, and opposing teams are clearly taking notice. Maranacook’s fifth goal in the 6-0 win over Carrabec, late in the second half, came from a bit of midfield brilliance courtesy of Down. With Charette in behind the Cobras back line, Down held the ball up at midfield just long enough for Charette to take a step back onside — then he played a deft through ball for Charette to send the speedy striker in alone on goal.

Beckwith praised Down’s intelligence in just such a situation.

“He sees that,” Beckwith said. “He almost did the same thing against Winslow, and he almost did it before that against Erskine. He’s a smart player.”

And, one, it seems, that the Black Bears can count on for a strong finish to the year.

Travis Barrett — 621-5621

Twitter: @TBarrettGWC

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Boys’ soccer: Portland edges Scarborough, 1-0 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:44:10 +0000 Rain or shine, Portland goalkeeper Rowan Daligan was ready to play Wednesday night in a Class A South boys’ soccer quarterfinal against Scarborough.

“The first thing he said to me coming into my office today was, ‘Coach, it’s game day today,'” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said of Daligan. “And he had that smile on his face – he always does.”

Daligan was justifiably all smiles after helping the fourth-seeded Bulldogs advance with a 1-0 win. He made six saves in the pouring rain as Portland shut out the fifth-seeded Red Storm.

Portland (11-3-1) will face No. 8 Thornton Academy in the semifinals on Saturday.

Zekariya Shaib scored the winner with 17:13 left, capitalizing on one of Portland’s six second-half corner kicks.

Alex Millones sent the ball into the box and a scrum ensued. Shaib fired a low shot through traffic that found the back of the net.

“He put his foot on the end of that one and knocked it to the corner through a maze,” Frenzilli said.

“Both teams exerted tremendous pressure on each other. We were fortunate to get that one.”

Each team put four shots on goal in the first half, but Scarborough’s shots were a bit more dangerous. The Red Storm (11-5) produced several scoring opportunities off free kicks from about midfield.

“With the weather and the way it was going, we knew set pieces – free kicks and corners – would be very important,” Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz said. “And they were for us, particularly in the first half.”

With two minutes left before halftime, Scarborough’s Liam Bridgham launched a free kick from about 40 yards that bounced into the box. Daligan lost sight of the ball in the cluster of players but recovered just in time to bat it over the crossbar before it could reach the back of the net.

“I saw it at the last second,” Daligan said. “It’s stressful. Really quickly, you have to make a decision whether to come out or not.”

Scarborough keeper Morgan Pratt also had six saves.

“We played really well tonight – we knew it would be close,” Diaz said. “We had some chances, but that’s the sport. You have to capitalize on those, and we didn’t tonight.”

Four minutes into the game, Scarborough’s Marco Manfra drove down the right side and took a shot that bounced off the left post.

Scarborough also nearly took the lead eight minutes into the second half when Brandon Wasser and Bridgham broke free with just Daligan between them and the goal.

While charging down the left side, Wasser fed a pass to Bridgham near the right post. Bridgham got a foot on the ball, but he was a step too late to control it, and his shot sailed out of bounds.

Portland also had a couple chances off set plays.

Less than a minute into the second half, Shaib nearly headed in a Millones corner kick, but the ball went over the crossbar.

The Bulldogs avenged a 1-0 loss at Scarborough on Oct. 12.

“I think the intensity was higher,” Daligan said. “Playing at home, having your friends watching you, it’s whole different feeling than being away.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Wednesday’s high school playoff postponements Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:55:23 +0000 Rain has forced postponement of some boys’ soccer quarterfinal playoff games until Thursday. Check back throughout the day for updates.

Deering at Falmouth … now 6 p.m. Thursday.

Freeport at Yarmouth … now 4 p.m. Thursday.

Greely at Cape Elizabeth … now 6 p.m. Thursday.

Camden Hills at Edward Little … now 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Bates College in Lewiston.

Lisbon at Hall-Dale … now 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Caribou at Winslow … now noon Thursday at Husson University in Bangor.

The Thornton Academy at South Portland game has been moved to Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Brunswick at Lewiston game has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bates College in Lewiston.

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Boys’ soccer: Gorham hangs on to beat Cheverus Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:49:56 +0000 GORHAM — The Gorham boys’ soccer players looked like they might coast to an easy win Tuesday night.

The Rams did win, but they looked exhausted doing it. Gorham twice held two-goal leads but had to fight to hold on, beating Cheverus 3-2 in a Class A South quarterfinal game.

“That game was tight,” said Gorham senior Sam Burghardt, who scored the first goal. “But Cheverus is a hard-working team. They played us that way both times.”

Just two weeks ago, Burghardt scored the only goal in a physical 1-0 win over the Stags during the regular season.

This time the stakes were higher, and now the third-seeded Rams (12-2-1) advance to the semifinals. They will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 2 Falmouth and No. 7 Deering.

No. 6 Cheverus finished 9-6-1.

Burghardt scored only eight minutes into the game, breaking free on the left side and blasting a shot into the far corner. Nolan Brown followed with a header nine minutes later – fed by Nick Sturtevant’s corner kick – and the Rams led 2-0.

“We had real good energy to start the game,” Gorham Coach Tim King said. “It’s always good to play with the lead.

“But Cheverus is a scrappy bunch. We couldn’t put that dagger in when we needed to, and then you’re in for a battle.”

Cheverus’ Ian Haines scored with 8:56 left in the half, rebounding Luc Dionne’s shot, to close to 2-1.

But in the second half, Gorham dominated early. On a throw-in from Michael Knight, Kyle King headed the ball off the crossbar, and Brenden Waterman headed in the loose ball, for a 3-1 lead with 24:06 left.

“They’re a tough matchup for us,” Cheverus Coach Matt Andreasen said. “We give up a lot of size and we’ve struggled all year defending set pieces. Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill for a growth spurt.”

Gorham kept possession much of the time, led by midfielder Andrew Rent.

Still, Cheverus rallied. With goalkeeper Harrison Bell (12 saves) keeping the Stags in it, Tanner LaFlamme’s goal closed Cheverus to 3-2 with 5:59 left.

“I think the kids displayed a lot of character,” Andreasen said. “You think you’re dead in the water, and they pull another one back, and give you that little iota of hope at the end.

“They’ve been gritty and tough all year. Tonight wasn’t our night. We lost to a better team.”

It was only the second time the Rams allowed two goals this season. Still, Gorham moves on. The Rams played both Falmouth and Deering in September, losing to the Yachtsmen and beating Deering, both by 1-0 scores.

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South Portland is unbeaten and No. 1 in boys’ soccer, but has bigger goals Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:21:24 +0000

Forward Kyle Patterson attacks the goal during practice on Monday. He says, “This team just has the chemistry.” Staff photo by Derek Davis

SOUTH PORTLAND — During the preseason, South Portland boys’ soccer coach Bryan Hoy worried about his team’s inexperience on defense.

But in the Red Riots’ second game, against Class A runner-up Gorham, Hoy got a glimpse of the potential in the back line when they shut out the perennial powerhouse.

“We knew we were going to be really good up top, we just didn’t know what we’d be able to do defensively,” Hoy said. “Not to take credit away from Gorham, our defense just played so well and they didn’t even really get a good, clean look off of us. That was kind of the trend all season.”

South Portland, which played Gorham to a 0-0 tie, has 11 shutouts in 14 games, allowing just four goals this season.

For the first time in program history, the Red Riots ended their regular season undefeated, taking a 13-0-1 record and Class A South’s top seed into the playoffs.

South Portland is looking to cap its season with a couple of other firsts: a regional and state title.

“We are competing for a state championship. I feel like we’ve been at that point for a couple years,” Hoy said. “Now I think everyone else sees it, too.”

The Red Riots haven’t competed in a regional championship game since 1988 and never have advanced to the state final. They also haven’t earned a bye in the playoffs since 2010, when only the bottom two teams faced each other in the prelims.

Charlie Cronin controls the ball during practice Monday. Cronin moved back into the midfield this season, and he’s got 18 goals. Staff photo by Derek Davis

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, South Portland will be home against eighth-seeded Thornton Academy (9-5-1) in the quarterfinals. The Red Riots shut out Thornton 3-0 in their opener.

“They’ve had a great season. They don’t have any weaknesses,” Thornton Coach Andrew Carlson said. “We’ll go up there and challenge them, and maybe if we can get a few breaks, extend the game and do something positive.”

After falling 1-0 to Scarborough in last season’s quarterfinals, the Red Riots returned seven starters, including goalkeeper Riley Hasson, who Hoy initially hoped would ease his team’s defensive weaknesses.

“With Riley back there, we know we’re ready for shots, but it’s almost like he hasn’t even faced many this year,” Hoy said. “Those back four guys work together and cover for each other so well.”

Anchoring the defense are seniors Riley Ellis and Sean Scott. Hoy said Scott is physical and “attacks the ball” while Ellis is fast and “cleans everything up.” On the outside are Dillan Bolduc and Jacob Milton – both of whom have stepped up after not playing many varsity minutes before this year.

Hoy also credits midfielders Aleks Kaurin and Dylan Houle with “stopping the attack before they can really get it started.”

Senior goalie Riley Hasson dives to stop a shot during practice Monday. South Portland recorded 11 shutouts in 14 games this season. Staff photo by Derek Davis

“It helps when our defensive center midfielders get back,” Ellis said. “Communication is big; we’re always talking with each other and letting each other know who has who and where guys are coming from.”

Hasson, a first-team All-SMAA pick, has faced an unexpected challenge this season.

“We’ve had such a strong defense that I’ve had long periods of time where I really haven’t had to do much,” Hasson said. “So staying focused has definitely been important this year.”

South Portland returned its top goal scorer in Charlie Cronin and added Kyle Patterson – a transfer from Gorham who said playing his old team was “super weird.”

“They know all my moves so I had to switch it up,” Patterson said. “This team just has the chemistry. We know each other’s movement on the field.”

Patterson filled the role of striker, allowing Cronin to move back into the midfield, which Hoy said is his “natural position.”

The pair leads the team with 18 goals apiece.

Other key offensive threats include midfielders Anthony Perron and Cooper Mehlhorn.

Head coach Bryan Hoy says he has seen his South Portland team as being good enough to compete for a state championship for the last couple of years. “Now I think everyone else sees it, too.” Staff photo by Derek Davis

“If teams try to key in on (Cronin), that almost helps us because now they’re leaving Cooper (Mehlhorn) or (Anthony) Perron or Kyle (Patterson) open,” Hoy said. “We can score in a number of different ways. If they take one thing away, we just find the next thing.”

Hoy, who began coaching at South Portland in 2007, notched his 100th career victory Oct. 3 when the Red Riots shut out Cheverus, 3-0.

But the Red Riots haven’t let success get to their heads.

“There’s such a small difference in skill between the top teams so every game can go either way,” Cronin said. “There’s really no telling what could happen. We just have to go in and give it our all.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

]]> 0 PORTLAND, ME - OCTOBER 23: South Portland boys soccer remains unbeaten this season as the prepare for a semifinal against Thornton Academy. Forward Kyle Patterson attacks the goal during practice on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (Photo by Derek Davis/Staff photographer)Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:19:07 +0000
Saturday’s high school boys’ roundup: Deering shuts out Westbrook in soccer prelim Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:42:37 +0000 Caleb Delano tallied two goals and Bill Turahimbawe also scored as seventh-seeded Deering beat 10th-seeded Westbrook 3-0 in a Class A South boys’ soccer preliminary-round match Saturday.

Delano got both of his goals in the first half. He rolled a shot from the left side inside the far post just a few minutes into the match, then sent a high chip over keeper Jacob Brackett from nearly the same spot with less than four minutes remaining in the half.

Turahimbawe scored 16 seconds into the second half when he intercepted a pass near the goal line and sent a low shot inside the far post.

Deering’s Max Morrione stopped a penalty shot taken by Ryan Shackley with under eight minutes remaining and handled several hard outside shots by Westbrook’s Grayson Post when the Blue Blazes (5-10) increased the pressure late in the second half.

Deering (10-4-1) will play No. 2 Falmouth in the regional quarterfinals Wednesday.

CHEVERUS 4, BONNY EAGLE 2: Luc Dionne scored twice, including the go-ahead goal just before halftime, and the sixth-seeded Stags (9-5-1) beat the 11th-seeded Scots (5-10) in a Class A South prelim in Portland.

Cheverus moves on to face third-seeded Gorham in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Stags opened the scoring 13 minutes into the match with a goal from Ian Shaines. Tayte Harris of Bonny Eagle and Michael Nason of Cheverus exchanged goals before Bonny Eagle’s Cameron MacDonald tied the game with an unassisted goal with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Dionne added his second goal midway through the second half.

FREEPORT 7, OAK HILL 0: Eriksen Shea set up the first goal and added two goals of his own as the eighth-seeded Falcons (8-7) defeated the No. 9 Raiders (5-8-5) in a Class B South prelim in Freeport.

Freeport dominated the first half, outshooting the Raiders 29-1 while building a 4-0 lead on goals by Caleb Arsenault, Shea and Jesse Bennell plus an own goal created by an Evan McKittrick free kick

The Falcons then added three goals in the first 5:20 of the second half – from Shea, Will Winter and Nate Thomas (penalty kick).

Freeport will face three-time defending state champion Yarmouth in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

GREELY 4, WELLS 1: Hazael Tshituka broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half with an assist from Matt Kramlich, and the sixth-seeded Rangers (9-5-1) beat the 11th-seeded Warriors (6-8-1) in a Class B South prelim in Cumberland.

Aiden Smith, Brendan Carrell and Jack Libby also scored for Greely, which moves on to play third-seeded Cape Elizabeth in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Liam Bell scored for Wells.

LEAVITT 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: The seventh-seeded Hornets (7-4-3) went to penalty kicks to eliminate the 10th-seeded Patriots in a Class B South prelim in Turner.

Leavitt had a 3-1 edge in penalty kicks after two scoreless overtimes.

Leavitt’s Connor Cyr scored the only goal of the first half with a 25-yard shot. Julius Rapp tied the game with seven minutes remaining in regulation, assisted by Cam Usher.


FRYEBURG ACADEMY 43, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Jared Chisari ran for two touchdowns and returned a blocked punt for a score as the Raiders (6-2) defeated the Patriots (0-8) at Fryeburg.

Oscar Saunders found Cody Gullikson for a 22-yard touchdown pass, then scored on a 14-yard run as Fryeburg raced to a 29-0 lead after one quarter.

Justin Daniels ran 20 yards for a touchdown that made it 43-0 in the second quarter.

Fryeburg finished third in Class C South and will host a quarterfinal next weekend against No. 6 York.

WINTHROP/MONMOUTH 41, MT. VIEW 6: Defensive lineman Trenton Wood returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game, and the Ramblers (4-4) added three more touchdowns in the first quarter on their way to a win over the Mustangs (2-6) in Winthrop.

Keegan Choate threw three TD passes – 68 yards to Cameron Gaghan on a screen pass on Winthrop’s first offensive play, 2 yards to Evan Burnell, and 33 yards to Greg Fay.

Kane Gould and Carson Camick each rushed for a touchdown.

Winthrop will be the No. 6 seed in the Class D South playoffs and will play at No. 3 Lisbon in the quarterfinals.

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Boys’ soccer: Scarborough starts fast, shuts out Kennebunk Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:57:56 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — Fifth-seeded Scarborough struck for two early goals and cruised to a 3-0 victory over No. 12 Kennebunk in the preliminary round of the Class A South boys’ soccer playoffs Saturday.

Scarborough (11-4) advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday at fourth-seeded Portland.

Scarborough wasted little time in seizing control. Just 3:13 into the game, striker Noah Drapeau took a beautiful cross-field pass from the left side by Liam Bridgham and found the upper left corner of the net.

“We thought we might get some opportunities; we were fortunate to get a couple in early. That really settled us down,” said Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz.

The Red Storm made it 2-0 with 22:17 left in the first half when Brandon Wasser blasted a left-footed shot, off an assist from Marco Manfra.

“We worked really well together,” said Wasser. “The defense played fantastic, really held down the fort back there, and we capitalized on our opportunities. It was a great team win.”

Freshman keeper Quinn Battagliese was busy for the Rams (5-10), making seven saves.

“Quinn has been great. You have to give him a lot of credit. We had a senior goalkeeper, Will Kenneway, unfortunately (get) injured early in the season, and it was one of those situations where Quinn stepped up and really earned the job,” said Kennebunk Coach Greg Cavanaugh.

Kenneway suffered season-ending concussion but made his impact on the team by mentoring Battagliese.

“Will continued to tutor (Battagliese), continued to work with him as he transitioned into the field,” said Cavanaugh. “Quinn’s success this year is directly linked to the work that Will put in with him. You can’t talk about Quinn’s efforts without talking about Will, and that’s a great legacy for Will to pass off because we’re going to have a very strong goalkeeper for quite a few years now.”

The Rams had a couple opportunities to cut into the 2-0 deficit in the second half, but a header by Alvaro Huezo Coto was saved by Morgan Pratt and a free kick by Tristan Wirth sailed high over the net.

“They never quit. This group is built on a workmanlike attitude; they don’t quit, they don’t stop, they’re persistent. That was the case again tonight, it’s just plain and simple (we) lost to a better side,” said Cavanaugh.

“Today was a good, solid playoff win. I thought we defended pretty well today, too, which is critical,” said Diaz.

Elliott Dumais scored the final goal, assisted by Brigham, with 9:07 left.

]]> 0 Drapeau of Scarborough tries to control a pass with his foot as Samuel Tartre of Kennebunk defends in the first half.Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:55:08 +0000
Boys’ soccer: Thornton Academy fends off Marshwood to advance, 1-0 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:14:22 +0000 SACO — Thornton Academy and Marshwood entered their Class A South boys’ soccer preliminary-round game Saturday with similar records and resumes, so it wasn’t unexpected that one goal would determine which team advanced to the regional quarterfinals.

Brogan Searle-Belanger scored the game’s only goal with 14:34 remaining, and eighth-seeded Thornton earned a 1-0 win over No. 9 Marshwood.

Searle-Belanger’s goal, off a pass from Chase Pierce, sends the Golden Trojans (9-5-1) to the quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 1 South Portland (13-0-1).

“I just got the through ball through and played it back to Brogan, who has been there all year, and he put it away,” Pierce said. “Feels good, we’re going to move on and see what we can do next week … it’s going to be tough, but we’ve got nothing to lose.”

Marshwood finished 8-7. The Hawks had several scoring chances, especially in the second half, but couldn’t break through against Thornton keeper Travis Snyder and the Trojans’ defense.

“We just missed some looks that we had, looks that we’ve been able to finish this season,” Marshwood Coach Ben Deschene said. “That’s soccer. You get opportunities, and the winner is just who puts them away.”

Snyder finished with 11 saves, while Chase Gagnon had 10 saves for Marshwood.

“We were struggling all day to kind of find our rhythm,” Thornton Coach Andrew Carlson said. “Marshwood is a good team; we’re pretty evenly matched. In a game like that, it’s not surprising that it ended one-nil.”

The Hawks threatened throughout the second half, producing seven shots and seven corner kicks.

With less than four minutes remaining, a corner kick by Marshwood’s Jason Janetos curved toward the Golden Trojans’ goal, but Snyder dove to punch it away. With Snyder on the ground, the ball landed in the box at the feet of Marshwood’s Connor McCoomb, who fired a shot. Snyder, though, popped up in time to make the save.

“He has been one of the best corner kickers I’ve ever had, and he put a good delivery in there,” Deschene said. “The keeper just made a really good save. He was athletic enough, when we took our second shot, to get up off the ground to get it.”

“Just always get up after the first hit,” Snyder said. “It was pretty intense. We played with a lot of heart and didn’t give up.”

Moments later, Marshwood tested Snyder again when Nevan Collins booted a shot on target from nearly 30 yards. Snyder batted down the ball, which landed in front of Marshwood’s Henry Honkonen. But Honkonen slipped before he could capitalize on the opportunity, and Snyder collected the loose ball.

While those were the last of Marshwood’s chances, they certainly weren’t the only ones. Janetos had a breakaway three minutes into the second half, but Snyder charged out and made a diving save before Janetos could strike.

With 23 minutes left, following a string of passes in the Golden Trojans’ box, Marshwood’s Mike LaSelva got open and took a shot that slammed into the crossbar.

“They were coming at us hard, but Travis and our defense really stepped up today,” Pierce said.

“We didn’t play our best soccer, but we came out and we fought hard.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Tuesday’s boys’ soccer: York triumphs on late goal Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:42:11 +0000 YORK — Quenton Convery scored with five minutes remaining Tuesday to give York a 1-0 victory against Waynflete in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer regular-season finale.

James Peter assisted on the goal for the Wildcats (12-2), which came from a scrum in front and was enough to defeat the Flyers (9-3-2).

GREELY 1, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Quinn Malloy scored in the second overtime as the Rangers (8-5-1) defeated the Patriots (4-9-1) at Gray.

Brandon George made four saves for the shutout. Brannon Gilbert stopped nine shots for Gray-New Gloucester.

PINE TREE ACADEMY 9, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 1: Jahiesh Stewart scored four goals as the Breakers (12-1-1) downed the Lions (4-9-1) at Freeport.

Chris Amisi and Aidan Smestad each scored twice for Pine Tree, which led 4-1 at halftime. Josiah Eaton added a goal. Mason Jones scored from Caulin Patterson for Greater Portland Christian.

FALMOUTH 3, MASSABESIC 0: Nate Arrants scored 8:02 into the game off a rebound and the Yachtsmen (11-2) totaled all of their goals in the first half to beat the Mustangs (3-11) at Falmouth.

Ben Wuesthoff extended the lead to 2-0 after 28 minutes from Sam Winkeler. Josh LeFevre scored an unassisted goal less than three minutes later.

Joshua Castonguay had six saves for Falmouth.

SCARBOROUGH 5. SANFORD 0: Liam Bridgham and Wyatt Keller each scored twice as Scarborough (10-4) beat the Spartans (3-11) at Sanford.

Bridgham opened the scoring in the first half, one-timing Noah Drapeau’s cross from the right flank inside the near post. Keller upped the lead to 2-0 before the half, with Bridgham, Alex Dobecki and Keller adding second-half goals.

Morgan Pratt and Nate Taggart combined for four saves for the Red Storm. Gavin Moyer recorded eight saves for Sanford.

LAWRENCE 5, NOKOMIS 3: Izak Collins scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs (2-11-1) over Nokomis (0-14) at Fairfield.

GORHAM 5, BONNY EAGLE 0: Kyle King scored three goals to help the Rams (11-2-1) defeat the Scots (5-9) at Standish.

King scored twice in the first half, and Sam Burghardt and Nolan Brown added goals to give Gorham a 4-0 lead.

Trevor Gray and Clayton Bassingthwaite combined to make six saves for the shutout. Connor Redlon stopped 12 shots for Bonny Eagle.

YARMOUTH 7, WELLS 0: Max Coury and Adam LaBrie each recorded a goal and an assist for the Clippers (14-0), who completed a perfect regular season by holding Wells (5-8-1) without a shot on net at Yarmouth.

Tony Cleaves converted Coury’s assist 12 minutes into the game to ignite a four-goal first half. LaBrie doubled the lead six minutes later from Jack Jones. Silas Chappell and Tahj Garvey, from Labrie, added goals before the break.

Coury, Eric Loomis and Gavin Hamm added goals in the final 15 minutes. Liam Ireland and Aidan Hickey had assists.

Eric Sousa recorded 11 saves for the Warriors.

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Monday’s high school roundup: South Portland finishes unbeaten regular season Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:19:41 +0000 WESTBROOK — Kyle Patterson set up both of Charlie Cronin’s first-half goals and South Portland shut out Westbrook 2-0 in a Class A South boys’ soccer game Monday night to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time ever.

Riley Hasson stopped five shots to preserve the shutout. The Red Riots will take a 13-0-1 record into the regional tournament as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

Jacob Brackett made nine saves for Westbrook (5-9).

DEERING 2, MARSHWOOD 1: Keto Tchiputo converted a penalty kick in the first half and Bill Turahimbawe made it 2-0 early in the second half as the Rams (9-4-1) defeated the Hawks (8-6) in South Berwick.

Jason Janetos scored late in the game for Marshwood, assisted by Turner Goodenough.

Deering keeper Max Morrione and Marshwood’s Chase Gagnon each recorded five saves.

WINDHAM 6, NOBLE 1: Jake Conley and Nick Rose each scored twice in the first half as the Eagles (4-10) cruised past the Knights (1-13) in Windham.

Tyler Woolston and Andrew Sawyer also scored for Windham. Noah McGilvery got a first-half goal for Noble.

MT. ARARAT 2, BRUNSWICK 2: Ethan Rac scored twice as Mt. Ararat (7-4-2) rallied for a draw against the Dragons (7-6-1) in Brunswick.

Mats Rasch opened the scoring just 33 seconds into the game for Brunswick, and Everett Horch extended the lead in the sixth minute before Rac scored his first goal midway through the first half.

Rac got the tying goal midway through the second half.

FREEPORT 4, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Eriksen Shea broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half as the Falcons (8-6) defeated the Raiders (5-9) in Freeport.

Jessie Bennell opened the scoring for Freeport early in the first half, before Noah Hart answered for Fryeburg.

Evan McKittrick and Shea Wagner added second-half goals for Freeport.

MESSALONSKEE 1, OXFORD HILLS 1: Christian Alley scored for Messalonskee as the Eagles (5-6-3) rallied to earn a draw against Oxford Hills (2-10-2) in Oakland.

Chase Warren assisted on Alley’s goal.

Will Dieterich scored for Oxford Hills.


WELLS 7, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 2: Hannah Cottis got three of her four goals in the first half as the Warriors (9-5) built a 5-0 lead and handled the Seagulls (6-6-2) in Wells.

Sydney Belanger, Franny Ramsdell and Katie Ready also scored for Wells.

Emily Greenlee and Shani Plante were the goal scorers for Old Orchard Beach.

CAMDEN HILLS 7, SKOWHEGAN 0: Kristina Kelley’s three goals lifted the Windjammers (13-0-1) over the Indians (0-13) in Rockport.

Ella Pierce and Eliza Roy added two goals apiece, and Alexandra Southworth made four saves for the shutout.

MESSALONSKEE 4, OXFORD HILLS 1: Brianne Benecke scored a pair of goals to help the Eagles (9-1-4) beat the Vikings (8-6) in South Paris.

Olivia Swift scored for the Vikings, while Jillian Douglass made 15 saves.


CHEVERUS 3, CONY 2: Julia Pomerleau had 21 kills to help the Stags (2-11) rally after losing the first two sets against the Rams (7-7), in Portland.

Maddie Geiger contributed 18 assists, Mary Jerome had 13 kills and Emily Haley recorded nine aces as Cheverus took the final three sets – 25-21, 25-18, 16-14. Cony won the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-22.

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Boys’ soccer: Strong finish pushes Portland past Thornton Academy Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:42:50 +0000 Portland found its scoring touch at just the right time Monday night to pull out a 2-1 win against Thornton Academy in an SMAA boys’ soccer game at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Zekariya Shaib and Alex Millones scored in the last six minutes as the Bulldogs won their regular-season finale, snapping a two-game losing streak. Portland (10-3-1) will get a bye in the first round of the Class A South tournament as one of the top four seeds.

“We just needed to find a scoring touch, and that was what I was looking for,” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said. “I was pulling my hair out, what little I have left, looking for the right combination. The coaching staff saw something and ran it by me. We moved (sweeper) Quinn (Clarke) up to defensive mid, and it gave us a little bit more energy up top.”

Shaib tied the score in the 74th minute when he redirected a rebound into the goal after Thornton keeper Travis Snyder stopped Millones’ hard shot from just inside the penalty area.

Then, with less than a minute remaining, Millones intercepted a clearing pass and sent a shot from 25 yards on the right side of the field into the upper left corner.

The Bulldogs were coming off a pair of 1-0 losses last week against South Portland and Scarborough.

“I’ve got to give our kids a lot of credit,” Frenzilli said. “They really responded.”

Until the final 15 minutes, it looked like the Trojans (8-5-1) were going to earn their most significant win so far this season, but Coach Andrew Carlson wasn’t surprised to see Portland rally.

“(Portland) had the better of the play for the last 20 or 25 minutes. They’re big, strong and physical, and they’re deeper than us, and they can be more dynamic than us at the end of the match,” said Carlson.

The Trojans opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Zachary Thyng took a feed from Eric McCallum during a two-on-one break and beat keeper Rowan Daligan from 10 yards.

“If you’re going to beat a team like that, you have to play the last 10 minutes of the match like you played the first 10 minutes, and we didn’t do that – physically and mentally,” Carlson said.

Portland held a 19-9 edge in shots, with most of that advantage coming during the second half.

“When you score, you’ve had a string of right things that happened, and when you get scored on, it’s because of a number of things you did, and that’s what happened late in the match,” Carlson said. “We didn’t play a complete game against those guys.”

Still Thornton Academy had chances to add to its lead.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Daligan stopped Frantisek Vondrak’s blast from 10 yards. Then he used his foot to deflect a shot by Brogan Searle-Belanger away from the goal.

“He’s been doing that all year, and the defense has been strong,” said Frenzilli, whose team hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any game this season.

“The way this league is now, it’s tough top to bottom. The tournament is going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”

]]> 0 Fonseca of Portland tries to hold the ball against Thornton Academy's Jake Nason during their SMAA game Monday at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Portland won, 2-1, and will take a 10-3-1 record into the Class A South playoffs.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:13:43 +0000
Saturday’s boys’ soccer: Waynflete shuts out Wells Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:12:39 +0000 Ilyas Abdi had a goal and two assists Saturday to lead Waynflete to a 5-0 victory against Wells in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer game.

Abdi opened the scoring six minutes into the game, then set up Oliver Burdick 13 minutes later as Waynflete (9-2-2) moved into a 2-0 halftime lead.

Thorne Keiffer scored from Abdi early in the second half, and Aidan Kieffer and Abdi Mohamed added goals.

Eric Sousa stopped 15 shots for Wells (6-6-1). Max Winson had four saves for the Flyers.

GREELY 7, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 1: Hazael Tshituka had a pair of first-half goals to propel the Rangers (7-5-1) to a 3-0 halftime lead against the Panthers (3-9-1) at Yarmouth.

Evan Wyman led Greely with three goals. Brendan Carrell and Andy Moore also scored.

Xander Kostlnik converted a free kick for NYA in the second half.

YARMOUTH 2, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: Luke Groothoff scored his second goal of the game off a corner kick by Jason Lainey with five minutes remaining, lifting the Clippers (13-0) over the Capers (8-4-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

Groothoff opened the scoring midway through the first half, with an assist from Eric LaBrie. John O’Connor tied it with a penalty kick early in the second half after a handball in the penalty box.

SACOPEE VALLEY 3, ST. DOMINIC 1: Michael Murphy scored the tying and go-ahead goals as the Hawks (3-10-1) rose above a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat St. Dominic (3-10) at South Hiram.

Kris Fossum added the final goal off Macaleb Reinhard’s second assist. Jake Adams also had an assist for Sacopee.

Alex Roy scored for the Saints.

Matt Day finished with seven saves for Sacopee. Bryton Kieltyka and Matt Gosselin combined for six saves for St. Dom’s.

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Thursday’s boys’ soccer roundup: Greely coach gets 200th win Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:34:42 +0000 FREEPORT — Hazael Tshituka and Brendan Carrell scored in the second half to lead Greely to a 2-0 win over Freeport in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer match Thursday afternoon.

It was the 200th career win for Greely Coach Mike Andreasen. The Rangers are now 6-5-1, while Freeport dropped to 5-7.

SOUTH PORTLAND 2, SANFORD 1: Kyle Patterson and Charlie Cronin scored the first two goals of the match as the Red Riots (12-0-1) defeated the Spartans (3-10) in Sanford.

Patterson’s goal came two minutes into the match on a pass from Cronin. Patterson set up Cronin’s goal 12 minutes into the second half.

Nicholas Ardonetto scored in the second half for Sanford.

Gavyn Moyer made 11 saves for Sanford, while Riley Hasson stopped three shots for South Portland.

SCARBOROUGH 1, PORTLAND 0: Marco Manfra scored with an assist from Brandon Wasser 15 minutes into the second half, lifting the Red Storm (9-4) past the Bulldogs (9-3-1) in Scarborough.

Morgan Pratt made eight saves for the shutout. Rowan Daligan stopped four shots for Portland.

THORNTON ACADEMY 1, BONNY EAGLE 0: Owen Hey scored with six minutes left in the first half off an assist from Chase Pierce, lifting the Trojans (8-4-1) over the Scots (5-8) in Saco.

Cam LaBrecque needed just three saves for the shutout. Connor Redlon made six saves for Bonny Eagle.

WINDHAM 6, MASSABESIC 1: Nick Rose scored twice, and the Eagles (3-10) raced to a 4-0 halftime lead on the way to a win over the Mustangs (3-10) in Waterboro.

Natan Lima, Evan Glicos, Andrew Sawyer and Braeden McCrillis each added a goal for Windham. Vireak Tray recorded two assists and Eagles keeper Alex Wilkins stopped four shots.

Antonio DeSimone scored in the second half for Massabesic, and Joshua Castonguay recorded eight saves.

KENNEBUNK 2, NOBLE 0: Ian Zogg and Alvaro Huezo Coto scored to lead the Rams (5-9) over the Knights (1-12) in North Berwick.

Quinn Battagliese recorded seven saves for the shutout.

SACOPEE VALLEY 6, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 2: Camden Bibro scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half and the Hawks (2-9-1) rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat the Panthers (3-8-1) in South Hiram.

North Yarmouth got first-half goals from Linus Maurer and Pierce Manchester, but Michael Murphy scored twice for Sacopee in the opening five minutes of the second half to tie the game.

Erik Fossum, Jared Jordan and Brad Spencer also scored for the Hawks, and Matt Day made nine saves. Connor Clock had six saves for NYA.

GARDINER 2, MORSE 0: Casey Bourque scored twice in the second half to lift the Tigers (4-8-1) over the Shipbuilders (1-10-1) in Gardiner.

Alic Shorey made eight saves to earn the shutout.

Jake Barre stopped eight shots for Morse.

GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 3, HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN 1: Sebastien Irish and Jeremy Powers each had a goal and an assist in the first half to lead the Lions (4-7-1) past the Knights (1-11) in South Portland.

Caulin Patterson also scored to help GPCS build a 3-0 lead by halftime.

Noah Kepple scored in the second half for Highview Christian.

PINE TREE ACADEMY 6, A.R. GOULD 2: Levi Miongo and Evan Owen each scored three goals as the Breakers (11-1-1) cruised past the Bears (1-7-1) in Freeport.

Garrett Cote and Tristin Chamberlain scored for A.R. Gould, and Ernie Loranger had 12 saves.

Liam Knowles made nine saves for Pine Tree Academy.

MT. BLUE 4, MESSALONSKEE 1: Sam Smith recorded a hat trick and set a school record with 19 goals this season as the Cougars (8-4-1) defeated the Eagles (5-6-2) in Oakland.

Smith opened the scoring in the seventh minute. After an own goal made it 2-0, Smith curled in a free kick from 25 yards into the upper left-hand corner.

Adam Loewen set up Smith’s third goal in the 31st minute.

Messalonskee averted a shutout when Cole Smith converted a free kick late in the second half.

WINTHROP 6, DIRIGO 0: Rowan Goebel-Bain and Jared McLaughlin each scored twice to lead the Ramblers (6-7-1) to a win in Dixfield.

Bryce Cummings and Colby Emery also scored for Winthrop in its regular-season finale, and Ben Boulay made six saves.

Wes Libby recorded 14 saves for Dirigo (0-13).

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 1, HALL-DALE 1: Avery Pomerleau’s goal with 10 minutes left in regulation enabled Monmouth (11-0-2) to rally for a draw against Hall-Dale (11-1-1) in Farmingdale.

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Boys’ soccer: Senior wins it for Gorham on Senior Night Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:54:05 +0000 GORHAM — On Senior Night, senior Sam Burghardt scored the lone goal Thursday to propel Gorham to a 1-0 victory against Cheverus in an SMAA boys’ soccer game.

Burghardt scored for Gorham (10-2-1) with 55 seconds remaining in the first half.

He stormed up the left side and executed a one-on-one move on a defender to open up a shooting lane, then took a hard shot that snuck past Cheverus keeper Harrison Bell on the right side.

“Toward the beginning of the game, we didn’t have a lot of energy. I just tried to pick it up and make a play, and I guess I made that play,” said Burghardt.

“(Burghardt) has been a little bit snake-bitten, so that felt good for him, I’m sure … and for us,” said Gorham Coach Tim King.

Bell, a sophomore, played a fantastic game for Cheverus (7-5-1), making 11 saves, including numerous diving stops.

“I give my backs credit, they really killed a lot of shots for me,” said Bell. “We communicated well, but they just made one more play tonight.”

About two minutes before the goal, Bell made an outstanding diving save to his right, denying Burghardt.

Midway through the second half, Bell again dove to his right to stop Burghardt, this time on a header.

“I can’t complain. I thought we gave it our all like every game,” said Bell.

The score easily could have been 3-0 or worse if not for Bell.

“We’re spoiled to have two more years of (Bell),” said Cheverus Coach Matt Andreasen.

Cheverus mustered few chances because of Gorham’s physical defense. The Stags did have an opportunity to tie the game with 4:10 remaining, but a direct kick by Luc Dionne was just wide and hit the side of the net.

“We’re definitely a physical team. From last year to this year, we’re definitely more body-oriented. I guess that’s how it works,” said Burghardt.

Gorham keeper Clayton Bassingthwaite earned the shutout with four saves.

The game had a playoff atmosphere, featuring the fourth- and fifth-ranked teams in Class A South.

Gorham was able to use its size advantage to control play for most of the first half and at crucial times in the second.

“(The game) was physical, it was very emotional. Unfortunately in this sport, like many other sports, it usually comes down to a play or two,” said Andreasen. “(Gorham) made a play tonight and we didn’t. They deserved to win.”

“(Cheverus) came real hard at us and gave us everything we could (handle),” said King. “That’s what it’s going to be in the playoffs.”

Cheverus closes out its regular season at home Tuesday against Biddeford.

“We want to be playing better a week from now, and hopefully our best is good enough to make a little run (in the playoffs). We’ll see,” said Andreasen.

Gorham will finish its regular season Tuesday night at Bonny Eagle.

“We’re looking just to win out the rest of the season, get the best possible placement we can for the playoffs,” said Burghardt. “From there on, we’ll see what we can do.”

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Schools probing alleged racial incident during soccer game in Topsham Thu, 12 Oct 2017 02:12:21 +0000 Cony and Mt. Ararat high school administrators are investigating an alleged racial incident that took place Sept. 28 during a boys’ varsity soccer game in Topsham.

“I’m aware of an issue that came up,” Mt. Ararat Athletic Director Geoff Godo said. “The administration at Cony made us aware of it. We take these types of situations very seriously. We are investigating accordingly.”

The incident reportedly involved a racial slur directed at one or more Cony players. The team features a number of players from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Haitian, Iraqi and Czech families.

Brad Smith, superintendent of Topsham-based School Administrative District 75, said Wednesday that the investigation is nearing completion.

“We are still waiting to hear from one or two more students before deciding on what disciplinary action should be taken,” he said.

“From our end, we are trying to determine what happened. We are trying to sort everything out.

“I do know that any form of discrimination is unacceptable. We take this very, very seriously. When people make decisions to make discriminatory comments to others, it’s completely unacceptable.

“This is a lesson we don’t want our high school students to learn, that they can treat people differently based on ethnicity or religious beliefs or their sexual orientation. It’s very disappointing.”

Godo wouldn’t say how many students in his school were involved but acknowledged that a Mt. Ararat soccer player and at least one spectator were being investigated.

“We don’t condone these types of comments,” he said. “We don’t tolerate them. We will investigate them. We are working to find a resolution because this is not the kind of thing anyone wants associated with their community or school. It’s unfortunate.”

According to the Maine Association of Soccer Officials, no red cards were issued for unsporting behavior. Red cards can be issued for insulting or abusive language and trigger an ejection.

Two yellow cards were given for reckless challenges.

Cony soccer coach Jon Millett declined comment and Vachon would not say what prompted Cony to report the incident to Mt. Ararat. Several phone calls to Cony soccer parents also were not returned.

Karen McCormick, whose son, Simon, plays on the team, said in a Facebook message that she wasn’t comfortable discussing the situation but was confident the schools were handling it.

“From what I know the coaches, (athletic directors) and principals are dealing with the issues,” Karen McCormick wrote in response to a Facebook message seeking comment. “I trust it will be taken care of.”

In a Sept. 28 Facebook post to the Cony boys’ soccer page, Millett praised his team after the game.

“I’m proud of our guys tonight of the way they played through a multitude of adversity,” Millett wrote.

“Like life, there were many things like fans and refs we couldn’t control and despite this the boys persevered as a team to the end.”

Smith, the schools’ superintendent, said there are ultimately lessons to learn.

“This is serious and it will be dealt with,” he said. “Discrimination of any kind is flat-out off limits.”

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Tuesday’s boys’ soccer roundup: Cape Elizabeth shuts out Waynflete, 2-0 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:40:41 +0000 John O’Connor broke up a scoreless tie with 8:58 to play in the second half from 25 yards out Tuesday to help Cape Elizabeth top Waynflete 2-0 in a boys’ soccer game.

O’Connor added an insurance goal with 2:55 remaining for the Capers (7-3-1).

Max Winson stopped eight shots for Waynflete (8-2-1); Sean Agrondia stopped seven for Cape.

FALMOUTH 1, GORHAM 0: Tom Fitzgerald lofted a pass to the outside onto the foot of Nate Arrants, who settled it down, entered the box and put it into the top right corner of the net with 18:19 left in the first half for the only goal of the game as the Yachtsmen (10-2) edged the visiting Rams (9-2-1) at Falmouth.

Trevor Gray had a pair of saves for Gorham, and Alvaro Fuentes-Cantillana stopped nine shots for Falmouth.

SCARBOROUGH 5, BONNY EAGLE 0: Marco Manfra had a pair of goals for the Red Storm (8-4) as they shut out the Scots (5-7) at Standish.

Elliot Dumais had a goal in each half for Scarborough and Brandon Wasser added a goal.

Connor Redlon turned aside 15 shots for Bonny Eagle, and Morgan Pratt had five saves for the Red Storm.

DEERING 3, SANFORD 0: Caleb Delano scored twice and Keto Tchiputo added a score to lead the Rams (8-3-1) over the Spartans (3-9) in Sanford.

YARMOUTH 7, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 0: Silas Chappell scored from Luke Groothoff three minutes into the game, setting the Clippers (12-0) en route to a 6-0 halftime lead. Yarmouth received goals from seven players while cruising past the Rangers (4-8) in Fryeburg.

Nick Kenerson had five saves for Fryeburg Academy; Cal Owen had one for Yarmouth.

MARSHWOOD 4, WESTBROOK 3: Jason Janetos scored three goals, including the winner with 2:00 remaining in overtime, as the Hawks (8-5) beat the Blue Blazes (4-8) in Westbrook.

Janetos scored twice in the opening 12 minutes to give Marshwood a 2-0 lead, but Westbrook responded with goals from Brandt Herbert and Grayson Post to tie the game going into halftime.

Turner Goodenough put Marshwood up 3-2, but Herber’s second goal of the game in the 50th minute forced overtime.

Jacob Brackett had eight saves for Westbrook. Chase Gagnon had six for Marshwood.

WINDHAM 4, BIDDEFORD 2: Andrew Sawyer and Evan Glicos scored during the opening 38 seconds of the second half as the Eagles (2-10) quickly overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit against Biddeford (1-11) in Windham.

Sawyer converted a Nick Rose assist to tie the game 10 seconds into the second half. Glicos scored the winner 28 seconds later when Rose beat a defender to the right side and crossed the ball to the far post for Glicos to tap in. Rose added the final Windham goal midway through the half.

Jerome Criado scored less than two minutes into the match for the Tigers, and Mustafa Najm made it 2-0 three minutes later. Micah Andujar pulled the Eagles to within 2-1 late in the half.

Alex Wilkins recorded four saves for Windham, and Josh Nagle 13 for Biddeford.

TEMPLE ACADEMY 5, A.R. GOULD 0: Sawyer Deroche scored four goals as the Berians (12-0) cruised past the Golden Bears (1-6-1) in South Portland.

Will Paradis scored and had two assists for Temple, which led 2-0 at halftime. Ernie Laronge had 16 saves for A.R. Gould.

BRUNSWICK 3, CAMDEN 2: Lane Foushee scored the winning goal in overtime to lift the Dragons (7-5) over the Windjammers (6-3-3) in Rockport.

THORNTON ACADEMY 3, CHEVERUS 3: Brogan Searle-Belanger scored twice, including the tying goal with 10:12 left in the second half, to lead the Trojans (7-4-1) to a double-overtime tie against the Stags (7-4-1) in Portland.

Cheverus took a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game on a goal from Luc Dionne. Ian Haines extended it to 2-0 less than two minutes later, but the Trojans responded with a goal from Frank Vondrak.

Jack Mullen scored with 2:06 left in the half to make it 3-1. Searle-Belanger put in his first goal off an assist from Frank Vondrak with 24:56 left. He scored his tying goal nearly 15 minutes later.

GARDINER 5, OCEANSIDE 1: Casey Bourque scored three goals to lead the Tigers (3-8-1) over the Mariners (0-11-1) at Rockport.

Garrett Lunt and Isaac Gammon also scored for Gardiner. Alic Shorey made two saves.

Uriah Thongsophaphone scored for the Mariners. Caleb Powell stopped eight shots.

MT. BLUE 3, MT. ARARAT 1: The Cougars scored twice in the second half to snap the tie and pull out the win.

Aidan Salisbury, Sam Smith and Mick Gurney scored for Mt. Blue (7-4-1). Tucker Carleton made five saves.

Max Velara scored for Mt. Ararat (6-4-2).

YORK 5, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: The Wildcats (10-2) scored five goals in the last 25 minutes to beat the Patriots (3-7-1) in York.

James Peter opened the scoring with 25 minutes remaining and Zach Westman scored a minute later.

John Bychok put York up 3-0 with 19 minutes left and Westman added his second score a minute later. Alexander Neilson also scored for the Wildcats.

RICHMOND 4, ST. DOMINIC 1: Zach Small scored three goals and Matt Rines added a goal and two assists to lead the Bobcats (12-0) in Richmond.

Michee Kikobo scored for the Saints (4-7-1).

MONMOUTH 3, WINTHROP 0: Wade Coulombe scored a pair of first-half goals to help lead the Mustangs (11-0-1) to the win in Winthrop.

Avery Pomerleau also scored for Monmouth.

MEDOMAK 3, WATERVILLE 1: Colby Wiley snapped a tie less than a minute into the second half to help the Panthers (6-6-1) to a win in Waldoboro.

Brandon Starr and Wyatt Post also scored for Medomak.

Nate Weir scored for Waterville (2-10-1).

HALL-DALE 6, MT. ABRAM 0: Tyler Nadeau scored a career-high four goals – all in the first 19 minutes of the match – and the host Bulldogs (11-1-0) cruised to a win at home.

Hall-Dale ran its winning streak to nine, while Mt. Abram’s 10-game unbeaten stretch ended.

CARRABEC 5, SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 0: Dylan Willette and Seth Padelford each scored two goals to lift the Cobras (7-5) over the Phoenix (2-10) in Jay.

MESSALONSKEE 2, HAMPDEN 1: Ryan McCarthy scored with under a minute remaining in overtime as the Eagles kept their postseason hopes alive with the win in Hampden.

Elijah Caret also scored for Messalonskee (5-5-2), and Chase Warren made seven saves.

Alex Ross scored for Hampden (3-8-1) on a penalty kick in the first half.

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Boys’ soccer: Portland, Deering settle for draw Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:21:38 +0000 With 13 minutes left in Thursday’s boys’ soccer game against Deering, Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli thought his team was about to score a tiebreaking goal.

Portland midfielder Dana Hinchliffe arched a shot over Deering keeper Max Morrione, who had charged the ball and left the net open.

“We all thought it was going in,” Frenzilli said. “A primary rule in soccer is: If you’re a defender, always rotate behind your teammates to help them out. In that case, if (the defender) wasn’t there, that’s in the back of the net.”

Deering’s Abdirizak Ibrahim swooped in front of the net to stop Hinchcliffe’s shot and keep the game tied. After two overtimes, Portland (9-1-1) and Deering (6-3-1) settled for a 1-1 draw at Memorial Stadium.

“In my mind, I thought, ‘What if the ball drops,’ and it did,” Ibrahim said. “You can’t take those types of risks – you have to be there 100 percent of the time.”

Zekariya Shaib put Portland on the board with 27:44 left in the first half, heading in a Pedro Fonseca throw-in.

“Pedro is a basketball player who can throw a distance,” Shaib said.

“This game was classic.”

Portland kept the Rams on their heels for most of the first half. Though the Bulldogs only put two shots on goal, they held the ball in Deering’s half of the field for most of the first 40 minutes. Jonathan Mukwa and Gracien Mukwa both nearly scored before intermission, with Jonathan Mukwa’s shot barely sailing over the crossbar and Gracien Mukwa’s shot slamming into the post before bouncing out of bounds.

“We had our chances and they had theirs,” Frenzilli said. “They came out in the second half and played the way we did in the first half, and the result was the equalizer.”

With 32:29 left in regulation, Chris Kombo tied the score 1-1 by using his body to redirect a Keto Tchiputo corner kick.

“After halftime, we wanted to come out hard, play our game and stay composed,” Kombo said. “Shout out to (Ibrahim); without him, we couldn’t have done it. He really stood out to the team and gave us that energy to come back in the second half.”

Ibrahim made multiple key defensive plays in the second half, helping thwart eight corner kicks.

Deering Coach Joel Costigan said all but one of the goals scored against the Rams this season have been on set plays.

“When somebody has a good throw-in like that, it’s just like a corner,” Costigan said. “So tonight was a big relief to be able to have such a high-powered team like Portland not be able to break through except for that early goal.”

In overtime, Portland nearly scored when an Alex Millones free kick from midfield reached Morrione, who made the save. Under pressure from Tahn Tiparos, Morrione dropped the ball but quickly recovered it.

Morrione finished with seven saves, and Portland’s Rowan Daligan had two saves.

“We had the discussion at halftime and reminded them of last year’s result,” Costigan said, referring to Portland’s 1-0 victory over Deering in last year’s Class A South quarterfinals. “We made a few adjustments tactically and lineup-wise, and (we) were able to put it together in the second half. … I think the guys are learning, and it’s the right time to learn before we go into the playoffs.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: South Portland coach gets landmark soccer win Wed, 04 Oct 2017 03:00:09 +0000 South Portland continued its undefeated boys’ soccer season Tuesday, giving Coach Bryan Hoy his 100th career victory as the Red Riots defeated Cheverus 3-0 in an SMAA game.

Charlie Cronin scored twice and Kyle Patterson added a goal for South Portland (9-0-1) against the Stags (6-4).

PORTLAND 3, MARSHWOOD 0: Alex Millones scored midway through the first half from Sam Nkurunziza, and the Bulldogs (9-1) beat the Hawks (6-5) at Portland.

Zekariya Shaib and Emmanuel Yugu also scored.

Chase Gagnon had eight saves for Marshwood.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3, POLAND 1: The Raiders (3-7) opened a 2-0 halftime lead and held off the Knights (0-10) at Fryeburg.

Gunner Gurnis opened the scoring for Fryeburg unassisted midway through the first half. Sam Darling made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the half.

Jacob Bernard scored early in the second half for Poland, but Noah Hart answered unassisted with 10 minutes to play.

Matthew Thebarge stopped 15 shots for the Knights. Henderson had three saves for Fryeburg.

TRAIP ACADEMY 1, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Charlie Driscoll set up Pablo Zapata for a goal midway through the second half as the Rangers (7-2) edged the Hawks (1-7-1) at Kittery.

Matt Day stopped six shots for Sacopee Valley. Jake Nielsen turned back four shots for Traip.

YARMOUTH 3, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Eric LaBrie scored twice, including breaking a scoreless tie less than two minutes into the second half as the Clippers (10-0) beat the Patriots (3-6) at Gray.

Labrie’s second goal extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the second half. Luke Groothoff added a late goal.

Brannon Gilbert and Kyle Curtis combined to make 14 saves for Gray-New Gloucester.

NOBLE 3, BIDDEFORD 0: Matt Chambers, Aidan Terravecchia and Nate DeWolf scored in the first half as the Knights (1-10) defeated the Tigers (1-9) at North Berwick.

Noah Safford needed six saves for the shutout.

FALMOUTH 2, SCARBOROUGH 1: Nate Arrants scored in the first overtime as the Yachtmen (8-2) defeated the Red Storm (7-3) at Falmouth.

Brandon Wasser scored 21 seconds into the second half for Scarborough to break a scoreless tie, but Tom Fitzgerald tied it for Falmouth.

Alvaro Fuentes Cantillana of Falmouth made two saves. Morgan Pratt of the Red Storm had 11.

THORNTON ACADEMY 2, WINDHAM 1: Brogan Searle-Belanger scored in overtime – his second goal of the game – to lift the Golden Trojans (7-3) over the Eagles (1-9) at Windham.

Searle-Belanger opened the scoring from Chase Pierce with 29:15 remaining in the first half. Windham tied it when Tyler Woolston scored with 36 seconds left before halftime.

Searle-Belanger’s overtime score came with 2:13 remaining from Zach Ahmida.

Camden Labreque recorded 10 saves for Thornton. Alex Wilkins had eight for Windham.

GORHAM 6, KENNEBUNK 0: Kyle King had two of his game-high three goals in the second half as Gorham (7-1-1) pulled away from Kennebunk (2-8) at Gorham.

Nolan Brown assisted on King’s early goal, and Ryan Farr set up Andrew Rent as Gorham opened a 2-0 halftime lead.

Rent added a second-half goal from Kevin Mollison, and Alex Ousback rounded out the scoring from Jonathan Scribner.

Quinn Battagliese stopped 10 shots for Kennebunk, Trevor Gray and Clayton Bassingthwaite combined for eight saves for Gorham.

MESSALONSKEE 7, LAWRENCE 3: Ryan McCarthy and Jacob Perry each scored two goals, and Christian Alley added a goal and two assists as the Eagles (4-5-1) cruised past Lawrence (1-9-1) at Oakland.

Tucker Charles and Chase Warren each had a goal and an assist for Messalonskee. Christian Adams scored all three goals for Lawrence.

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Thursday’s boys’ soccer roundup: South Portland shuts out Falmouth, stays undefeated Fri, 29 Sep 2017 03:25:46 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — Kyle Patterson scored off a scrum after a corner kick in the first half, and Charlie Cronin added an unassisted goal in the second half as South Portland earned a 2-0 win over Falmouth in a Class A South boys’ soccer match Thursday night.

South Portland, ranked fourth in Class A South, is now 8-0-1. Top-ranked Falmouth dropped to 7-2.

Red Riots keeper Riley Hasson and Falmouth’s Alvaro Fuentes-Cantillana each made five saves.

CHEVERUS 1, DEERING 0: Michael Nason scored from a scramble in the box midway through the first half, and the Stags (6-3) held on to defeat the Rams (6-3) at Deering’s Memorial Field.

James Shimansky assisted on the goal.

Cheverus keeper Harrison Bell made nine saves, including two when Deering threatened late. Max Morrione stopped three shots for the Rams.

SCARBOROUGH 5, WINDHAM 0: Alex Dobecki scored twice in the first half, and the Red Storm (7-2) cruised past the Eagles (1-8) in Scarborough.

Brandon Wasser and Eliot Dumais each added a goal to help Scarborough build a 4-0 lead going into halftime. Wyatt Keller scored in the second half, and Colin MacLeod and Marco Manfa each had two assists.

MARSHWOOD 3, BONNY EAGLE 0: Henry Honkonen scored twice in the opening 14 minutes, and the Hawks (6-4) rolled past the Scots (5-4) in South Berwick.

Jason Janetos assisted on Honkonen’s second goal, then made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute, scoring off a pass from Sam Fitzgerald.

PORTLAND 3, WESTBROOK 1: The Bulldogs (8-1) took the lead on an own goal early in the second half and went on to beat the Blue Blazes (3-7) in Westbrook.

Westbrook took the lead midway through the first half on a goal by Ryan Shackley, assisted by Jean Marc Lohomboli.

Tahn Tiparos got the tying goal, and Emmanuel Yugu converted a penalty kick for Portland’s final goal.

Rowan Daligan made eight saves for the Bulldogs.

THORNTON ACADEMY 3, KENNEBUNK 2: Chase Pierce scored two goals and broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half as the Trojans (6-3) edged the Rams (2-8) in Saco.

Pierce’s first goal, assisted by Frank Vondrak, opened the scoring midway through the first half. Ian Zogg tied it with an unassisted goal.

Goals by Pierce and Vondrak put the Trojans ahead 3-1 before Tristan Wirth scored for Kennebunk with less than 10 minutes to go.

GORHAM 7, NOBLE 0: Kyle King powered the Rams (7-1-1) with four goals in a win over the Knights (0-10) at North Berwick.

Ryan Farr contributed a goal and an assist, and Andrew Rent and Jonathan Scribner also scored.

Trevor Gray and Clayton Bassingthwaite combined for six saves for the Rams. Noble’s Noah Safford made 10 saves.

TRAIP ACADEMY 1, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: The Rangers (6-2) received an own goal in the first half and edged the Patriots (3-5) in Gray.

Jayce Nielsen made five saves for the shutout. Brannon Gilbert stopped six shots for Gray-New Gloucester.

EDWARD LITTLE 1, CAMDEN HILLS 0: Tyler Morin knocked in a loose ball with less than 10 minutes remaining to give the Red Eddies (7-1-1) a win over the Windjammers (4-2-2) in Auburn.

The goal came with keeper Lucas Boetsch caught out of position as the Windjammers tried to defend a cross by Joel Musese.

Boetsch finished with four saves, while Edward Little’s Noah Sterling stopped three shots.

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Boys’ soccer: Yarmouth shuts out York to stay unbeaten Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:56:38 +0000 YARMOUTH — Max Coury scored his fourth goal of the season less than six minutes into the second half to propel unbeaten Yarmouth to a 1-0 win over York in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer game Tuesday night.

The two teams are ranked one-two in the Class B South Heal point standings, and it was the Clippers’ second win of the season over the Wildcats. On Sept. 12, Yarmouth (8-0) handed York its only other loss this season with a 3-2 win at York.

“We play some real good teams, but (York) is the real deal,” said Coury, who finished a series of passes on a counterattack by sending a shot from the 6-yard line inside the left post after receiving a feed from Jack Jones. “They do everything fast and they make you make mistakes … For the whole team, it makes us better.”

In the end, it was Yarmouth’s depth that was the difference.

“(Yarmouth is) a very deep team,” York Coach Eric Martens said. “When they’re sending subs on they’re getting better if anything, so it was tough on my guys to defend as long as we did tonight … I have great players on my side, but I think it was tired legs tonight, a little fatigue and that’s part of soccer.”

Each team got off 13 shots, but most of the Wildcats’ shots came from outside the penalty area.

“I thought our back line did a nice job of coming forward against some fast forwards,” said Yarmouth Coach Mike Hagerty, crediting backs Silas Chappell, John D’Appolonia and Aiden Hickey with blunting York’s offense. “We really didn’t have (their strikers) get behind us too often.”

With about 10 minutes left to play, D’Appolonia hustled back to deflect the ball over the end line to the left of the goal after the speedy Alex Nickerson beat goalie Cal Owen to a through ball to the left of the goal and sent a shot toward the wide-open goal line.

Most of the scoring opportunities for York (7-2) came on set pieces.

“We gave them some poor fouls, and I think part of it was us being out of position before the ball was played,” Haggerty said.

Owen made six saves to post his fifth shutout of the season.

“We could never really get enough numbers up there to really create the attack we wanted tonight,” Martens said. “We possessed the ball pretty well at moments and then we had cheap giveaways as well.”

York goalie Alex Neilson, a freshman filling for the injured Brett Smith, came up big on several occasions. He made nine saves in his second start since Smith suffered a broken left wrist while warming up for a game at Gray-New Gloucester last Saturday.

“He’s played forward for me all year,” Martens said. “He’s scored goals and he’s been good up there. As far as depth goes, we lost something, but he did a heckuva job in the net. He kept us in the game.

“We’re going to be better for this (game). We saw things we needed to work on, and we’re happy about that.”

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: Marshwood gains overtime soccer victory Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:32:29 +0000 Jason Janetos scored with two minutes left in the second overtime Tuesday to lift Marshwood to a 2-1 victory against Cheverus in an SMAA boys’ soccer game.

Nevan Collins scored from Janetos in the first half to give the Hawks (5-4) the lead. Jack Mulllen tied it for Cheverus (5-3) five minutes into the second.

Chase Gagnon made six saves for Marshwood. Harrison Bell stopped three shots for Cheverus.

THORNTON ACADEMY 8, NOBLE 2: Chase Pierce, Brogan Searle-Belanger and Eric McCallum each scored twice to lead the Trojans (5-3) past the Knights (0-9) at North Berwick.

Frank Vondrak and Zack Thyng each added a goal for Thornton. Duncan McGilvery scored twice for Noble.

PORTLAND 3, SANFORD 0: The Bulldogs (7-1) grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead and cruised by the Spartans (3-6) at Portland.

Tahn Tiparos opened the scoring on a header, converting a throw-in by Pedro Fonseca. Later in the half, Zekariya Shaib scored off a scramble.

Alex Millones made it 3-0 on a direct kick with 22 seconds remaining.

Garrett Gallant stopped eight shots for Sanford. Henry Flynn made three saves for the Bulldogs.

FREEPORT 2, WAYNFLETE 1: Colby Wagner scored with 10 minutes left to lift the Falcons (5-3) over the Flyers (4-1-1) at Freeport.

Waynflete took a 1-0 lead six minutes into the second half on an unassisted goal by Ilyas Abdi. Freeport tied it minutes later when Jacob Dumont scored 8:30 into the half from Jesse Bennell.

SOUTH PORTLAND 7, WINDHAM 2: Charlie Cronin and Kyle Patterson each scored three goals as the Red Riots (7-0-1) defeated the Eagles (1-7) at Windham.

Cooper Mehlhorn added a score and Riley Hasson had four saves for South Portland.

Tyler Woolston and Evan Glicos scored, and Alex Wilkins stopped nine shots for Windham.

TRAIP ACADEMY 3, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Charlie Driscoll had a goal and an assist for the Rangers (6-2), who grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead and downed the Panthers (2-5-1) at Kittery.

After Hunter Sawtelle gave Traip an early lead from Ryan Perkins, Driscoll made it 2-0, also from Perkins.

Frankie Driscoll added a second-half goal from his brother, Charlie.

Connor Clock stopped 10 shots for NYA. Jayce Nielsen recorded four saves for the Rangers.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: John O’Connor scored twice to lead the Capers (4-2-1) over the Patriots (3-4) at Cape Elizabeth.

O’Connor opened the scoring from Matthew Concannon after 16:48. The Capers made it 2-0 with 14:50 left in the half when Concannon scored from O’Connor.

O’Connor added his second goal after three minutes of the second half, and Keegan Brooks scored for the Patriots with 25:13 remaining.

Brannon Gilbert had 13 saves for Gray-New Gloucester. Sean Agrondia stopped three shots for Cape Elizabeth.

WESTBROOK 4, BONNY EAGLE 0: Caleb Barlow scored two goals for the Blue Blazes (3-6), who scored three times in the second half to pull away from the Scots (5-3) at Standish.

Westbrook took a 1-0 lead into halftime on Barlow’s early first goal, and extended its lead midway through the second half when Grayson Post scored.

Barlow put in his second goal of the game shortly after, and Mahamed Sharif scored with less than 10 minutes remaining. Nick Beaulieu had 10 saves for Bonny Eagle.

WELLS 4, ST. DOMINIC 0: Liam Bell and Ryan Norton each scored twice as the Warriors (3-3-1) beat the Saints (2-5) at Wells.

Joe Eremita had six saves for the Warriors.

LINCOLN ACADEMY 6, MORSE 2: Will Shaffer and Nate Simmons each scored twice as the Eagles (6-1-2) cruised past the Shipbuilders (1-7-1) at Newcastle.

Terry Matsuda and Martin Stojka added goals for Lincoln.

RANGELEY 2, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 2: Sebastien Irish scored in the second half as the Lions (3-3-1) tied the Lakers (1-5-1) at South Portland.

Caulin Patterson scored from Irish in the first half.

Ian Lillis and Leo Perez had second-half goals to put Rangeley ahead, 2-1.

HALL-DALE 5, TELSTAR 0: Beaux Vachon scored two goals, and Josh Nadeau added a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs (6-1) rolled past the Rebels (4-4-1) at Bethel. Alec Byron and Tyler Nadeau also scored.


This report was updated at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 to correct the name of the Gray-New Gloucester goalie.

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Boys’ soccer: Falmouth edges Deering on a late penalty kick Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:26:15 +0000 FALMOUTH — Moments before Falmouth’s Nate Arrants delivered the winning goal on a penalty kick to beat Deering 2-1 in boys’ soccer Tuesday night, he was reminded by teammates to remember a recent team dinner they had at Eli Friedman’s house.

“One of the guys just kept telling me to think of Eli’s house, think of Eli’s house, because I just kept putting them in on a kids goal there,” said Arrants. “It made me think to myself, ‘yeah, I can do this. I can place this in the corner.'”

Taking aim on a regulation-size net, Arrants showed no trouble burying a low drive into the bottom left corner with 2:45 left in the game. He’s making something of a habit of finishing those chances, having scored twice on penalty kicks earlier this year in a win over Noble.

“Since the Noble game, I’ve put in a lot of work to make sure I can finish those,” said Arrants. “I was so nervous in the Noble game and I wanted to make sure I’d be more comfortable because they’re usually in big spots. We practice them a lot, and sometimes after practice we’ll just stick around and make sure we’re placing them well.”

The penalty shot came a result of a handball in the box – a call many on the Deering side didn’t agree with.

“I couldn’t tell from this angle,” said Deering Coach Joel Costigan. “I know that handballs are always discretion and interpretation. I wasn’t there to see it but I would say one of the things I always want is the referee to call the game as they see it. If it’s a handball, it’s a handball; If it’s a penalty it’s a penalty; If it’s a penalty kick, it’s a penalty kick.”

The Yachtsmen (7-1) opened the scoring with 10:13 to play in the first half. Arrants took a corner kick and sent a perfect pass into the middle of the box, connecting with Brendan Hickey. Hickey headed the ball past Deering sophomore keeper Max Morrione (six saves).

The Rams tied the game when Louange Turahimbawe stole the ball in the attacking zone and sent a blast into the bottom left corner.

“Falmouth controlled the play tonight,” said Costigan. “They spread us wide and controlled the center midfield spots. We tried to transition on them, which is why we were able to score that goal. We had a couple other opportunities that just didn’t click.”

Falmouth got a very strong defensive showing from its midfielders and defensive backs, despite losing seniors Sam Winkeler and Hickey to injury in the first half. Seamus O’Brien, Sam Manganello, Owen Mahoney and Joe Dye anchored the performance

“We have a lot of kids and Coach Halligan tells them all the time ‘you don’t know when you’re going to step up and it might be your time,'” said assistant Todd Whitcomb, who was filling in for David Halligan. “That’s part of being a great team – you need to be able to move a couple of slots.”

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Girls’ soccer: Freeport figures out Waynflete for 2-0 win Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:58:22 +0000 FREEPORT — Abbi King and Becca Cameron scored second-half goals to propel Freeport to a 2-0 win over Waynflete in a Western Maine Conference girls’ soccer game Monday.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Falcons, who are vying for a spot in the Class B South playoffs.

“Our history with Waynflete is that they’ve all been close games,” Freeport Coach Elayna Girardin said. “They’ve gone into overtime or they’ve been one-goal games.”

Last season, the two teams played to a scoreless tie.

“The year before that they scored with 30 seconds left and knocked us out of the playoffs,” Girardin said.

It took the Falcons (6-2) half the game to figure out how to deal with the Flyers (3-3-1).

“We came out with a very specific game plan in terms in how we would organize the back and the midfield,” Waynflete Coach Jon Shardlow said. “We executed that exceptionally well. Unfortunately, they were able to break that down in the second half on the field.”

It took some time for Freeport to figure how to play against the short passing game employed by Waynflete, which is contending for a berth in the Class C South playoffs.

“Waynflete has very strong center mids, so our center mids had to defend,” Girardin said. “It took (our midfielders) a while to learn that they couldn’t get away with playing the higher-up style of play that we’ve been able to play our last two games.”

King opened the scoring in the 51st minute when Cationa Gould’s crossing pass from the left side came directly to her after the ball deflected off a defender. She put a shot inside the right post.

“I was sitting around the top of the box around the 18, and I just tried to hit (the ball) toward the goal,” King said.

The Falcons didn’t sit on their lead. Instead, they carried play for the rest of the game.

“In the first half, we had a little bit of a slow start, and the second half we just picked it up,” King said.

With less than 10 minutes left, Cameron curled in a direct kick from 30 yards out to the left of the goal. Waynflete goalie Ya Stockford was able to get one hand on the ball at the top of a tremendous leap but was unable to keep it out of the goal.

Freeport held an 18-6 edge in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Freeport freshman goalie Carly Intraversato made three saves to post her fifth shutout of the season.

Midway through the scoreless first half, Intraversato outraced Ava Farrar to a through ball that had reached the top of the box. That turned out to be Waynflete’s best scoring opportunity.

Stockford made 10 saves to keep the Flyers close.

“(Stockford) was really, really good with her hands,” King said. “She would come out and switch fields.”

“Ya has done an exceptional job this year,” Shardlow said. “She’s a young lady who has been a field player throughout her career and is making the transition to playing full time in goal this year.”

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Boys’ soccer: Yarmouth overcomes Cape Elizabeth, 2-1 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:46:03 +0000 YARMOUTH — Unbeaten Yarmouth turned it up a notch in the second half to pull out a 2-1 victory against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer game Friday night.

Max Coury and Jack Jones scored a little more than seven minutes apart to give the Clippers (7-0) the lead.

“At halftime our kids realized they didn’t need to do anything but play harder,” Yarmouth Coach Mike Hagerty said. “Cape came out hard, winning 50-50 balls and playing well. In the first half I think we were thinking too much and not playing soccer. At halftime we said let’s forget about tactics and let’s go win some balls.”

Yarmouth, the three-time defending state champion, made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute when Coury’s hard shot from inside the penalty area went in off a defender hustling back to the line to help goalie Sean Agrodnia.

In the 59th minute, Jones moved into the goalie box to push the rebound of Luke Groothoff’s direct kick from near the top of the bubble into the goal to snap the tie.

“I don’t know what the possession was in the first half, but in the second half I think we came out and played territorially smarter,” said Hagerty. “Even though we didn’t play poorly in the first half, I didn’t think we played as fast as we can.”

The Clippers picked up the pace in the second half, forcing Cape Elizabeth to spend most of its time playing defense.

“They had more possession than we did,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Ben Raymond said. “That’s what they tried to do, and they’ve got a couple of guys up top who are very good.”

The Clippers held an edge in play in the first half, when they had an 8-4 advantage in shots and a 7-0 edge in corner kicks, but it was the Capers (3-2-1) who clung to a 1-0 lead.

That goal came in the 16th minute when John O’Connor sent a rising shot from near the top of the bubble in off the fingertips of the leaping goalie, Cal Owen. Matt Concannon set up the goal with a short pass, one of a series during a Cape counter-attack.

The Clippers brought the ball into the Cape Elizabeth end on numerous occasions in the first half but were unable to get the ball past Agrondia, who made seven of his 11 saves in the first half.

In the 15th minute, Agrodnia deflected Eric LaBrie’s blast from the right side of the penalty area over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Agrodnia came far off his line to stop a promising run by LaBrie.

David Hare, a Cape Elizabeth defender, cleared the ball away before another Yarmouth attacker could pounce on it and shoot at an open net.

“Sean does a great job and he played really well in goal,” Raymond said.

“He communicated well with his teammates. He came off his line well and made some great saves.”

Owen finished with five saves for the Clippers.

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Thursday’s boys’ soccer roundup: Falmouth turns back Marshwood Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:56:56 +0000 SOUTH BERWICK — Thomas Fitzgerald’s tiebreaking goal six minutes into the second half gave Falmouth a 2-1 win over Marshwood in a Class A South boys’ soccer match Thursday.

Marshwood’s Jason Janetos opened the scoring 16 minutes into the match, with an assist from Turner Goodenough. Nate Arrants answered eight minutes later.

Alvaro Fuentes-Cantillana stopped eight shots for Falmouth (6-1), which has shut out five of its seven opponents. Chase Gagnon of Marshwood (4-4) recorded 15 saves.

GORHAM 3, BIDDEFORD 0: Kyle King scored two second-half goals to lead the Rams (5-1-1) past the Tigers (1-7) in Gorham.

Nolan Brown opened the scoring with 29:30 left in the second half off a pass from Ryan Farr. King’s first goal was assisted by Mike Knight with 22:52 remaining, and Farr set up King’s second goal less than two minutes later.

Clayton Bassingthwaite made eight saves for the shutout. Josh Nagle had 14 saves for Biddeford.

THORNTON ACADEMY 7, MASSABESIC 0: Brogan Searle-Belanger scored four goals and Chase Pierce added two as the Trojans (4-3) cruised past the Mustangs (0-7) in Saco.

Colten Brown got a late goal to complete the scoring for Thornton, which led 4-0 at halftime.

CHEVERUS 4, WESTBROOK 0: Luc Dionne scored twice in the second half to lead the Stags (5-2) over the Blue Blazes (2-5) in Westbrook.

Michael Nason also scored, and the Stags were aided by an own goal.

Kevin Ly stopped five shots for the shutout. Jacob Brackett and Kyle McKone combined to record 12 saves for Westbrook.

SCARBOROUGH 11, NOBLE 0: Brandon Wasser recorded a hat trick and the Red Storm (6-2) rolled past the Knights (0-8) in Scarborough.

Marco Manfra added two goals and four assists while helping Scarborough build a 7-0 halftime lead.

Justyn Sears, Ryan Jacquet and Nick Anderson also scored.

WELLS 6, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 0: Ryan Harris scored three goals and Liam Bell added two as the Warriors (2-3-1) downed the Raiders (1-6) in Wells.

Spencer Poulin tallied the other goal and Eric Sousa stopped 14 shots for the Warriors.

LINCOLN ACADEMY 5, OCEANSIDE 0: Nate Simmons and Will Shaffer each had a goal and an assist as the Eagles (4-1-2) downed the Mariners (0-7) in Newcastle.

Nolen Michael, Gus Hunt and Jorge Pulido Fernandez also scored.

PINE TREE ACADEMY 5, A.R. GOULD 1: Evan Owen scored twice to lead the Breakers (5-1) past the Bears (1-4) in South Portland.

After Joseph Knowles gave Pine Tree a 1-0 lead, Damian Walter answered for A.R. Gould. But the Breakers got goals from Levi Miongo and Owen for a 3-1 halftime advantage.

Chris Amisi and Owen scored in the second half.

Liam Knowles stopped six shots for Pine Tree. Ernest Loranger had 13 saves for A.R. Gould.

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Boys’ soccer: Portland pulls out 2-1 win in OT over Bonny Eagle Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:53:03 +0000 STANDISH — Portland controlled play in most of Tuesday’s game but needed a goal in overtime to beat Bonny Eagle 2-1 in Class A South boys’ soccer.

Portland continued controlling play in both overtimes and finally broke through when Zekariya Shaib flicked in a header off a long throw-in from Pedro Fonseca with 3:09 remaining in the second overtime.

Portland had the advantage in shots on goal (20-3), corner kicks (7-1) and ball possession. But the Scots jammed the defensive zone with 10 players to stymie the skilled Bulldogs. They blocked numerous shots and cleared a couple at the goal line.

“(Bonny Eagle Coach) Larry (Robertson) had his kids ready,” said Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli, whose team improved to 6-1. “He had a perfect game plan for us – defensive oriented and ready for the possibility to break it out against us. We fortunately had enough to quell their attacks against us.”

Robertson explained that he leaned on an experienced back line.

“We have good leadership (on the back line),” said Robertson, singling out David Byrne, James Conley, Deytric Enking and Ethan Hamilton. “I think they knew what the game plan was and they executed it.”

As the game wore on, Frenzilli moved up a defensive player to get even more opportunities. On the winning goal, there were too many options for the Scots (3-2) to defend.

The goal came against backup goalie Nick Beaulieu, a freshman who entered the game with 8:44 left in the second half after starter Connor Redlon (16 saves) was injured when a ball was knocked out of his hands.

“We moved (a player) up top to get more looks. We got more looks, but if you don’t put it in the net it doesn’t mean anything,” said Frenzilli. “Fortunately, Pedro was able to get one into Zek and he skimmed one in.”

Shaib, a senior midfielder, acknowledged the defensive-minded home team.

“We were playing attack all game but their defense was tough to play against,” Shaib said. “Finally we were able to break through on (Pedro’s) great throw-in.”

Bonny Eagle opened the scoring with 7:36 left in the first half. Byrne’s free kick at midfield induced a penalty kick. Byrne took it, and his shot to the top right corner was successful.

It was the second converted penalty kick of the young season for the Scots.

“Penalty kicks are a difficult situation to be composed in a high school game, especially in a game so close,” Robertson said. “We earned it and he did well (converting it).”

Daniel Hanley tied it for Portland 6½ minutes later. He chipped a shot to the far top corner from 35 yards, just out of the reach of Redlon, with 1:08 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs almost ended the game in the first overtime when Fonseca’s shot from 10 yards deflected off a defender and headed toward the goal line, only to be cleared by Enking.

Bonny Eagle’s best chance in the extra sessions came in the first minute of the second 5-minute overtime, on Chris Westgate’s hard shot from the right side of the box that forced Rowan Daligan (four saves) to make his most challenging stop. It led to the Scots’ only corner kick of the game, but Maccoy Freeman’s header went wide.

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Tuesday’s boys’ soccer roundup: Cheverus edges Sanford Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:32:30 +0000 Luc Dionne scored both goals for Cheverus in a 2-1 Class A South boys’ soccer win Tuesday over Sanford.

Dionne got the only goal of the first half, off a feed from Nolan Doherty with 4:45 remaining.

Doherty set up Dionne again in the 53rd minute.

Cole Randt scored for Sanford (3-4) with 6:02 to play.

Harrison Bell stopped five shots for the Cheverus (4-2), while Garrett Gallant turned aside nine shots for the Spartans.

FALMOUTH 3, WESTBROOK 0: Ben Wuesthoff scored twice and set up the other goal to lead the Yachtsmen (5-1) over the Blue Blazes (2-4) in Falmouth.

Wuesthoff opened the scoring on a pass from Nate Arrants with 17:44 remaining in the first half.

Tom Fitzgerald put Falmouth up 2-0 eight minutes into the second half. Wuesthoff added his second goal with 10:30 left.

SOUTH PORTLAND 6, NOBLE 0: Charlie Cronin scored three goals to lead the Red Riots (5-0-1) past the Knights (0-7) in North Berwick.

Kyle Patterson opened the scoring five minutes into the game after a long punt by Riots keeper Riley Hasson.

Cooper Mehlhorn and Quinn Watson each added a goal.

DEERING 2, KENNEBUNK 1: Bill Turahimbawe scored twice and Max Marrione made nine saves to lead Deering (5-1) over Kennebunk (2-5) in Kennebunk.

Tristan Wirth scored for Kennebunk, which got four saves from Quinn Battagliese.

CAPE ELIZABETH 0, GREELY 0: Sean Agrondia made four saves for the Capers (3-1-1) and Michael Geary stopped nine shots for Greely (2-3-1) in a scoreless draw in Cape Elizabeth.

FREEPORT 4, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Eriksen Shea had a goal and an assist in the second half as the Falcons (3-2) pulled away from the Panthers (2-2-1) at Yarmouth.

Will Winter’s unassisted goal gave Freeport a 1-0 halftime lead.

Joe Ashby scored an unassisted goal early in the second half, before Shea added his goal and then set up a goal by Shea Wagner.

Atticus Patrick made three saves for the shutout. NYA’s Connor Clock stopped five shots.

SACOPEE VALLEY 3, WAYNFLETE 3: Macaleb Reinhard scored twice in the final 23 minutes of regulation as Sacopee Valley (0-4-1) rallied to tie Waynflete (3-0-1) in Hiram.

Reinhard’s tie goal was a direct kick from about 25 yards with 14 minutes left.

Ilyas Abdi and Diraige Dahia scored to put Waynflete ahead 2-0. After Kyle Sprague answered for Sacopee, Lucas Antolini made 3-1 with 24 minutes remaining in regulation.

Ryan Meggison had nine saves for Sacopee Valley. Max Winson made seven saves for Waynflete.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 3, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Cam Usher broke a scoreless deadlock five minutes into the second half, and the Patriots (3-2) pulled away from the Raiders (1-5) at Kittery.

Alec Brooks added an insurance goal 10 minutes later, and Oliver Grant made it 3-0 in the 65th minute.

Nick Kenerson scored for Fryeburg off a corner kick with five minutes to play.

Brannon Gilbert stopped seven shots for the Patriots, while Cullen Pietrantonio had five saves for the Raiders.

GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 3, CHOP POINT 1: Sebastian Irish scored in each half as the Lions (2-2) defeated the Blue Bears (0-4) in South Portland.

Micah LaSalle opened the scoring for Greater Portland Christian with an unassisted goal 4:36 into the contest. Irish followed with his first goal just 1:10 later after a pass from Caulin Patterson, but Connor Leonard put Chop Point on the board with an unassisted goal in the 15th minute.

LaSalle assisted on Irish’s second goal early in the second half.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 4, MEDOMAK VALLEY 1: Alex Cleaves had a goal and an assist to lift the Eagles (6-0-1) to a win in South China.

Wyatt Post scored for Medomak (3-3-1), while Aiden Starr stopped 14 shots.

MT. VIEW 1, LINCOLN ACADEMY 0: Elijah Allen scored with less than three minutes remaining to give the Mustangs (6-1) a win in Thorndike.

Sam Laemmle made 14 saves for Lincoln (3-1-2).


This report was updated at 7:10 p.m. on Sept. 21 to correct the name of the Gray-New Gloucester goalie.

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