Fall sports activities season has begun- Northern version
It was a very long time in coming, however the begin of the autumn sports activities season has been definitely worth the wait.
Whereas soccer and volleyball aren’t taking part in countable video games this autumn, area hockey and soccer are and cross nation and golf are additionally underneath approach.
Right here’s a glimpse:
Falmouth and Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer groups are each defending state champions, whereas North Yarmouth Academy gained a regional title a yr in the past. These squads, together with Freeport and Greely, have both began play or have been about to at press time.
Falmouth, which beat Lewiston, 5-2, to win a Class A state championship and end 15-2-1 a yr in the past, performed its first recreation Tuesday at Portland (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for recreation story). Saturday, the Yachtsmen welcome Yarmouth within the historic rivals’ first countable assembly for the reason that 2016 marketing campaign.
Talking of the Clippers, who blanked Caribou, 3-0, to go 15-0-3 final autumn and win a fifth Class B crown in six seasons, they started with a decisive 7-0 house victory over Mt. Ararat. Aidan Kamm scored within the fifteenth minute, however that was the one first half aim Yarmouth might muster. The Clippers then erupted within the second half, getting a pair of objectives from Cam Merrill, Davis Younger’s first profession aim and objectives from Sutter Augur, Will Cox and Steve Fulton as effectively.
Yarmouth returns to motion Saturday at Falmouth (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for recreation story).
NYA, which misplaced, 2-1, to Central Aroostook within the Class D state remaining to wind up 9-8-2 final season, opened Saturday at house versus two-time defending Class C champion Waynflete. The Panthers mustered a aim on a penalty kick, however the Flyers prevailed, 5-1.
NYA hopes to get within the win column Thursday at St. Dom’s.
Greely, which went 10-3-4 in 2019, shedding, 5-1, to Yarmouth within the Class B South Ultimate, started its season Friday at longtime rival Cape Elizabeth. The Rangers surrendered two objectives within the recreation’s first 9 minutes, then settled down, however regardless of eight nook kick alternatives, couldn’t put the ball within the web and misplaced, 2-0.
“I did assume we had higher possibilities within the second half,” longtime Greely coach Mike Andreasen stated. “We’re a younger workforce. We simply have to search out the aim.
“It was good to be out right here taking part in. You simply don’t know what is going to occur going ahead.”
The Rangers hope to get within the win column Thursday after they host Freeport.
“Each recreation is a troublesome recreation for us,” Andreasen stated. “We now have Cape, Falmouth, Freeport and Yarmouth. There are not any simple ones.”
Freeport, the 2018 Class B South champion, which went 9-4-3 in 2019, falling, 2-0, at Yarmouth within the semifinals, performs its first recreation Thursday at Greely. Saturday, the Falcons welcome Brunswick, within the groups’ first-ever countable recreation. Tuesday of subsequent week, Freeport hosts one other unfamiliar foe, Mt. Ararat.
On the women’ facet, two-time defending Class D champion NYA (which beat Penobscot Valley, 1-0, to wind up 16-2 final fall) began its season in memorable type Friday, rallying to knock off visiting Waynflete. After a scoreless first half, the Panthers fell behind early within the second half, however Angel Huntsman tied the rating with a penalty kick,.
“I’m not the perfect shooter, however Coach knew I used to be assured,” Huntsman stated. “I used to be pondering left nook and that’s the place I put it. I hit it the way in which I wished to.”
Then, with 3:58 to go in regulation, Hunstman arrange her sister, Jazzy Huntsman, for the successful tally and NYA prevailed, 2-1.
“I noticed (the ball) coming throughout and I simply thought, ‘Get it within the web,’” stated Jazzy Huntsman, of her go-ahead aim. “I believed Rylie (McIntyre) would get it, nevertheless it bought previous her knee and I simply targeted on hitting it into the online. I simply wished to get my foot on it. It felt nice.
“We picked it up within the second half,. We’ve labored on conditioning and we would have liked it. Waynflete’s a superb workforce. We’re right here to play for the NYA identify. We now have plenty of delight. We need to present everybody what we’ve bought.”
“It was superior to play a recreation,” stated Angel Huntsman. “I didn’t assume we’d have a season. It was an ideal day to play.”
“It’s wonderful to be out right here,” added Panthers’ coach Ricky Doyon. “You might see in each groups’ faces, they wished to be out right here and have some normalcy. That is all the time a battle. Waynflete moved the ball rather well in comparison with the previous couple years. They’re extra finesse and did a superb job. They took our regular stress and used that towards us. We would have liked just a few changes.”
NYA performs once more Thursday at Morse, then visits Sacopee Valley Monday.
“We now have plenty of delight,” stated Doyon. “It’s an ideal group. We’re having enjoyable. Each recreation, we play prefer it’s our final, as a result of we don’t know what would possibly occur.”
Yarmouth additionally opened with a win, 3-1, Saturday at Mt. Ararat. The Clippers, who went 13-3-1 a yr in the past, shedding, 3-0, to Cape Elizabeth within the Class B South Ultimate, bought objectives from Ava Feeley, Macy Gilroy and Kadin Davoren.
Yarmouth hosts Falmouth Wednesday in a countable recreation for the primary time since 2016 (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for recreation story).
Greely, which went 7-8-1 in 2019, shedding, 6-0, to Cape Elizabeth within the Class B South quarterfinals, began with a 5-0 house loss to the two-time defending Class B champion Capers. The Rangers look to get within the win column Thursday at Freeport. Tuesday of subsequent week, Greely goes to Falmouth.
Falmouth, which went 9-4-3 final season, shedding, 1-0, to eventual regional champion Scarborough within the Class A South quarterfinals, opens Wednesday at Yarmouth, then performs host to Greely Tuesday of subsequent week.
Freeport, which went 11-4-1 final season, shedding, 4-0, to Cape Elizabeth within the Class B South semifinals, performs its first recreation Thursday at house versus Greely. The Falcons go to Brunswick in a first-time-ever countable contest Saturday, then go to Mt. Ararat Tuesday of subsequent week.
Yarmouth’s area hockey workforce started with a formidable 4-1 victory at Cape Elizabeth. The Clippers, who went 6-8-1 final season, shedding, 2-0, to Fryeburg Academy within the Class B South quarterfinals, welcomed new coach Molly Saunders this fall. Saunders performed in New Hampshire and beforehand coached on the College of New England and earned a win in her debut.
Lizzie Guertler scored a primary half aim for Yarmouth, however the Clippers and Capers have been tied, 1-1, coming into the fourth interval, the place Yarmouth’s offense roared to life. Twice, Guertler arrange Abby Hill for objectives, then, late in regulation, Anna Pires scored as effectively and the Clippers earned a 4-1 triumph.
“We simply need to play our hardest,” Guertler stated. “That hasn’t modified. We need to win and play our greatest. The seniors need to exit and do effectively. It’s been a very long time, so it was good to play. It’s been nice having (Saunders) as a brand new coach. She’s allow us to present her what Yarmouth’s all about and she or he’s are available and introduced new stuff which has made us higher.”
“There are positively plenty of obstacles, however our ladies have come collectively and have adopted the rules effectively,” stated Saunders. “We’re simply so grateful to be out right here taking part in once more. Sometimes in a preseason, you get two to a few (observe) periods a day for 2 weeks and we’ve had most likely eight practices whole. It’s been one thing to get used to, however we’re studying and searching ahead to having a enjoyable yr.”
Yarmouth is again in motion Wednesday at Falmouth.
“Successful is certainly a plus, however proper now, we’re simply trying to make reminiscences,” Saunders stated. “We now have 15 seniors. Giving them one thing to recollect the remainder of their lives is my aim.”
Falmouth, which wound up 7-9 in 2019 after a 3-1 loss at Gorham within the Class A South quarterfinals, opens the 2020 marketing campaign Wednesday at house versus Yarmouth. After taking part in at Westbrook Friday, the Yachtsmen go to Cheverus Tuesday of subsequent week.
Freeport, which is coming off a 10-4-2 season, which ended with a 3-2, double-overtime loss to Fryeburg Academy within the Class B South semifinals, opens at Brunswick Wednesday. The groups have by no means earlier than performed a countable recreation. The Falcons go to in one other first-ever countable assembly with Mt. Ararat Saturday.
Greely, which missed the playoffs final yr with a 5-9 mark, welcome new coach (and one-time star participant) Burgess LePage Wednesday at house towards Cape Elizabeth. The Rangers then welcome NYA Friday.
NYA, a 5-10 workforce in 2019, which misplaced, 5-2, to Wells within the Class C South quarterfinals, started its season Tuesday at house versus St. Dom’s. The Panthers go to Greely Friday.
The cross nation season bought underway final weekend.
Greely met NYA and the Rangers’ ladies had the highest 5 particular person finishers for the workforce victory. Abby Irish was the highest particular person (ending the course in 22 minutes, 2 seconds). Greely additionally gained the boys’ meet, as Sam Wilson was first individually in 17:35.
Freeport and Maine Coast Waldorf opened towards one another. The Falcons gained the boys’ meet by a single level, as Martin Horne was first individually in 16:25.76. Within the ladies’ meet, MCW was first and was paced by particular person champion Olivia Reynolds (19:45.40).
Yarmouth hosted Grey-New Gloucester. The Clippers boys have been first as a workforce. Colin Senger was second individually (17:48). The Yarmouth ladies additionally positioned first and featured particular person winner Maddie Marston (21:24.90).
Falmouth opened towards Westbrook and swept the Blue Blazes. The boys’ workforce was led by particular person winner Ben Greene (16:51.60). The women’ squad additionally had the highest particular person in Sofie Marston (18:24.10).
Falmouth’s golf workforce opened with a 7-6 loss to Scarborough.
Freeport defeated Poland in its first match, with a stroke whole of 160 to the Knights’ 211. The Falcons hosted NYA Tuesday.
Greely began with an 8.5-4.5 loss to Gorham, then defeated Windham, 11-2.
Yarmouth beat NYA within the groups’ mutual opener, 5.5-1.5.
Sports activities Editor Michael Hoffer will be reached at [email protected] Comply with him on Twitter: @foresports.