Busline League soccer playoffs kick into high gearBoys, girls North, South Division finalists set; coed in semifinals
The Busline League middle school soccer playoffs have heated up with boys, girls and coed teams moving on to the next round of the playoffs.
In boys and girls play, the North and South Division finals are set. All four quarterfinal games also have been played in the Coed Division, setting up semifinal matches.
For boys, No. 1 Camden-Rockport will host No. 2 Searsport on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3:45 p.m., while for girls, No. 1 Camden-Rockport will host No. 2 Oceanside 8th on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:45 p.m., both in the North Division finals.
The South Division boys final will feature No. 2 Wiscasset at No. 1 Great Salt Bay on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
The South Division girls final also is set with No. 1 Oceanside 7th to host No. 3 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:45 p.m. The Mariners defeated No. 4 Wiscasset 5-2 Thursday, Oct. 10, while the Cougars beat No. 2 Boothbay 2-1 in double-overtime on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
In coed quarterfinal play, No. 3 Lincolnville defeated No. 6 Nobleboro 8-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, while No. 2 Hope defeated No. 7 Appleton 6-0 on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Thus, the No. 2 Hawks will host the No. 3 Lynx in a semifinal game on Wednesday, Oct. 16, time to be determined.
Also in coed play, No. 4 Jefferson defeated No. 5 Camden-Rockport 7th 3-0 and will face the winner of No. 1 Bristol and No. 8 Vinalhaven in an upcoming semifinal game.
The Busline League championships will be Monday, Oct. 21 for coed (4:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Oct. 22 for boys (4:15 p.m.) and Wednesday, Oct. 23 for girls (4:15 p.m.), all at Point Lookout in Northport.
Click for photos from the Wiscasset at Oceanside girls game. See video below.
The following is a recap of reported playoff results:
No. 1 Oceanside 7th 5, No. 4 Wiscasset 2
At Thomaston Oct. 10, the host Mariners built an early lead and rode the scoring skill of Abby Veilleux to the victory. Veilleux tallied four goals — a hat trick plus one — and Hope Butler one, while Chloe Jones, Jackie Hall and Gabby Straka added assists, as Oceanside beat Wiscasset.
Grace Webber and Cassidy Colby tallied goals for Wiscasset.
Kalli Grover played in goal for the Mariners and Maisey True in net for Wiscasset.
No. 1 Camden-Rockport 6, No. 4 Medomak 1
At Rockport Oct. 9, the Schooners sailed to victory and onto the North Division finals with a win over the Riverhawks. CRMS led 2-1 at halftime before scoring four times in the second half.
Leading the CRMS offense were Kassie Krul (2 goals, 2 assists), Eliza Roy (3 goals, 2 assists) and Eve Gutheinz (goal, 2 assist). Maddy White scored the lone goal for Medomak.
“The Camden girls played a really strong second half today against a very young and talented Medomak middle school team,” said CRMS coach Robbie Krul. “The girls from Waldoboro played very hard and provided us with their very best game out of our three matchups this season. They are younger than our players, but are very talented and quick.”
No. 2 Oceanside 1, No. 3 Searsport 0 (OT)
At Thomaston Oct. 9, the Mariners sailed into the North Division finals in dramatic fashion over the visiting Vikings.
The two teams were scoreless through two 30-minute halves before Mariner Cassidy Boynton knocked in the game-winning goal, on an assist from Emily Tyler, with 11 seconds remaining in the first overtime. The goal was set up on a cross from Mackenzie Murray.
Anna Thorbjornson and Olivia Orff played in net for Oceanside. The Mariners led 11-0 in corner kicks. Information for Searsport was unavailable.
No. 1 Camden-Rockport 4, No. 4 Oceanside 0
At Camden Oct. 9, the Schooners had no trouble with the Mariners and punched their ticket for the North Division finals.
Tucker Grinnell scored two goals for CRMS, while Simon Morin added two assists. Noah Heidorn also scored and Elliot Matlack provided an assist. Oceanside also had an own-goal in the loss.
Camden-Rockport outshot Oceanside 21-9. Lucas Boetsch was in net for the Schooners.
CRMS jumped to a 2-0 lead when Morin booted two perfectly-placed corner kicks to Grinnell and Heidorn, respectively, in the first 10 minutes of the match.
“I was extremely proud of the performance today from all of the players,” said Schooner coach Dwight Pitcairn. “The passing was much better and the defense and keeper Lucas Boetsch were outstanding. The most pleasing thing is that three of the goals originated from corners. Great headers and effort from the team. It will be a tough match in the Northern Final but we look forward to the challenge.”
No. 2 Searsport 6, No. 3 Troy Howard 3
At Searsport Oct. 9, the Vikings moved on to the North Division final as they doubled up the visiting Lions.
Connor Kneeland and Liam MacMillan both scored twice for the winners, while Chris Evans and Jason Frazee also creased the net for the hosts.
Finn O'Malia scored two goals for Troy Howard, while Nathaniel Johnson added one and Matthew Kelley two assists.
No. 3 Lincolnville 8, No. 6 Nobleboro 1
At Lincolnville Oct. 9, the Lynx had no trouble with the visiting Lions and advanced to the semifinals.
Leading the Lincolnville offense were Matt Czuchra (2 goals, 2 assists), Kris Kelly (goal), Ionut Gerhardt (goal), Andy Pitcairn (goal), Dawson Allen (goal) and Drew Kelly (goal). The Lynx also benefited from an own-goal by Nobleboro.
Lincolnville coach Ben Edes said he was pleased with his team's performance and is looking forward to the team's semifinal game against either Appleton or Hope.
“Once again, sweeper Dan Lydon's services were invaluable as he owned the defensive end of the field, supported as usual by Pitcairn with Lulu Lydon and Brinley Harrison on the defensive wings,” he said “In addition to Czuchra, Gerhardt and Kris Kelly, Kasey Wood played a standout game at the left midfield spot, and Colt Magri assisted up front in the second striker position.”
No. 2 Hope 6, No. 7 Appleton 0
At Hope Oct. 10, the Hawks soared to victory and eliminated the Wildcats from the playoffs.
Daniel Peabody had two goals and Laticia Billings two assists, while Aiden Roberts, Brayden Swan, Bryce Tyler and Macy Pushaw all creased the net for the hosts.
Thomas Griebel minded the net in the shutout for Hope. Information on Appleton was unavailable.