Girls Soccer

Scarborough 1

Cheverus 0

Scarborough overcame difficult conditions on a waterlogged field at Cheverus, defeating the Stags Friday, 1-0.

A pregame downpour left players soaked and standing water on the field.

“It was a very awkward game,” said Scarborough coach Mike Farley “The sloppiness of the field, balls bouncing everywhere; it’s a tough way to play a game.”

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Sarah Gordon scored, finishing off a shot by Janessa Carlson that was misplayed by the Cheverus goalie.

Scarborough (8-2) took a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute when Alex Laniewski scored on a breakaway after receiving a well-timed pass from Lexi Udeh.

“She works hard all the time” Farley said of Laniewski. “The first half she took a digger and slid about six yards. She’s a hard-working player all the time. We had to see if we could stretch the field and she is probably the only player that gives us that ability to stretch with her speed.”

Alex Pastore scored the Red Storm’s third goal with three minutes remaining in the game.

The shutout was goalie Brittany Kane’s fourth of the season.

“She’s played big-time all year,” said Farley. “She has had a couple of tough breaks; some goals scored off the post and in. Her confidence was a little down the last few games. A game like this could get her going in the right direction. It was not an easy game to get a shut out. One missed play, a sloppy ball off your finger tips and it’s easy to give up a goal.”

In front of Kane, fullbacks Libby Bracket and Jess Babino along with sweeper Alex Hoy anchored the Red Storm defense. According to Hoy, having a coach that listened to his defense helped them on the sloppy field.

“He had been telling us to pull up a lot,” she said. “At halftime we told him that was uncomfortable because the ball was skipping past us easily He said ‘Alright, whatever’s comfortable for you.”

Cheverus (6-3-1) had yet to be held scoreless this season. They had scored three or more goals on five different occasions.

The Red Storm were on the losing end of a 1-0 score two days prior, falling to undefeated Sanford (9-0) at home last Wednesday.

Sanford’s Hannah Lawrence scored the decisive goal in the 37th minute on a pass from Kayla Plante, driving a left-footed shot from 20 yards out.

“All three of my goals this season have been pretty much the same shot,” said Lawrence. “It has been working.”

The game was another test aced by the Redskins.

“(Scarborough) is a top team and they have been for a couple of years now,” said Sanford coach Kendra Brown. “A lot of my seniors said they had never beaten Scarborough; it was a goal of theirs.”

Scarborough’s only other regular-season loss came to Gorham, the defending Class A state champions, in overtime. Like Sanford, the Rams are undefeated.

Scarborough was scheduled to face Portland (7-2-1) at home Wednesday and travels to Bonny Eagle (2-6-2) Friday to play the Stags.


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