Tuesday, December 10, 2013
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
Chandler Reagan, left, and his brother, Connor, have shown their scoring ability for the undefeated Gorham High soccer team.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Max Watson, Yarmouth junior: Last Saturday night, Watson scored his second goal of the game 1:01 into overtime to lift the Clippers to a 2-1 victory against previously unbeaten Falmouth. Earlier in the week, Watson put in a header early in the first half to produce all the scoring in a 1-0 victory against Greely.
Peabo Knoth, Waynflete senior: Scored three goals in the Flyers' 4-1 victory against Traip Academy.
Tim Rovnak, Portland senior: Scored all of the goals in the Bulldogs' 3-0 win against Massabesic.
Robbie Small, Mt. Ararat sophomore: Scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift the Eagles to a 2-1 win against Messalonskee.
AREA TOP FIVE
1. Gorham 2. Scarborough 3. Falmouth 4. Yarmouth 5. York
The Rams, who are 8-0-2 after beating South Portland at home Tuesday night, already have defeated Windham, the defending state champion, and played Kennebunk and Scarborough, two of the SMAA's top teams, to ties.
"We stay close together and we feed off each other," said Connor Reagan, a senior striker.
"We both like to score," said Chandler Reagan, a sophomore striker in his second varsity season playing alongside his older brother.
"We both have that mentality, so I guess that can get in the way, but we find each other."
The brothers are Gorham's leading scorers.
"They both are unselfish and they both want to make the right play," said Gorham Coach Tim King, who is in his 13th season.
"They're both capable of dribbling by a lot of players, but they will pass the ball and look for each other. They try to make the right soccer play all the time."
But the Reagans aren't just offensive machines.
"Most of the time we play two strikers up top. That's our base formation, so most of the time they're up there working together," King said.
"I don't ask them to play a whole lot of defense, but in that formation, too, they have to chase the ball a lot. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense. You see them and make one mistake and the ball is in the back of their net. It's good the way they chase the ball up front, how they work in tandem and try to create a turnover and come right out of that and score."
EVEN YARMOUTH Coach Mike Hagerty is surprised how well the Clippers have played this season.
"Now that we've had the success we've had I can see why, but I am surprised," he said.
"If you asked me a month ago how we would be doing a this stage of the season, I would have been happy with five or six wins."
Yarmouth is 7-0-3 after a scoreless tie against Freeport on Tuesday.
Last month the Clippers beat Cape Elizabeth twice, earned 1-0 victories against highly regarded York and Greely, and handed Falmouth, the defending Class B state champion, its first defeat after playing the Yachtsmen to a 2-2 tie just a week earlier.
"We don't have any superstars," Hagerty said.
"We're a young team and everyone has to contribute for us to win."
No Yarmouth player had scored more than four goals this season.
Last week's hero, Max Watson, who missed all of last season because of a back injury, scored the first three goals of his varsity career to lead the Clippers to two victories.
"We have players who really like and trust each other," Hagerty said. "When we're all on the same page, we're as good as anyone."
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