Mariners, Windjammers, Mustangs, Vikings qualify for pitch playoffsAdditionally, Camden Hills squads battle for KVAC Class B crowns Oct. 24
Augusta — Seven Midcoast high school soccer teams have earned spots in the upcoming regional tournaments, while several other area pitch squads fell short of their goals of qualifying for the playoffs.
The Camden Hills of Rockport and Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston boys and girls, the Vinalhaven-North Haven and Mount View of Thorndike boys and Searsport girls have qualified for postseason play.
On the flip side, the Belfast and Medomak Valley boys and girls, Vinalhaven-North Haven and Mount View girls and Searsport boys did not attain their goals of making the playoffs.
Also, the Islesboro coed team did not qualify for the playoffs.
In Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (13-0-1, 133.0357 points) finished second, Oceanside (9-3-2, 78.1250 points) sixth, Mount View (5-7-2, 44.6429 points) 12th, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (3-8-3, 28.5714 points) 16th and Belfast (2-11-1, 18.3036 points) 19th (last). Ellsworth (13-0-1, 153.1250 points) finished first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thus, Camden Hills, Oceanside and Mount View qualified, while Medomak Valley and Belfast did not.
Camden Hills earned a bye into the quarterfinals and will face No. 7 Erskine Academy of South China (12-3), a prelim playoff winner over No. 10 Hermon (4-10-1) on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. on Don Palmer Field in Rockport. The Windjammers did not play Hermon or Erskine Academy during the regular season.
Oceanside and Mount View battled in — and lost — prelim playoff games on Saturday, Oct. 26. Oceanside hosted No. 11 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (7-7-1) and fell 2-1 on Sam Pendleton Field in Thomaston. The same day, Mount View played at No. 5 Old Town (9-5-1), losing 3-0.
Oceanside and Mount View did not play the Ponies or Coyotes, respectively, during the regular season.
In Western Class D, Vinalhaven-North Haven (6-6, 33.9583 points) finished seventh, Searsport (4-10, 18.9966 points) ninth and Islesboro (4-8, 10.5952 points) 11th. Pine Tree Academy of Freeport (12-1, 99.3032 points) finished first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thus, Vinalhaven-North Haven advances, while Searsport and Islesboro did not.
Vinalhaven-North Haven will play at No. 2 Richmond (10-2-2, 91.5728 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. The Bobcats are a longtime nemesis of the islanders. Richmond beat Vinalhaven-North Haven in two competitive games this season — 4-3 and 2-1.
In Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (11-1-2, 121.7474 points) finished third, Oceanside (10-3-1, 106.5689 points) fourth, Medomak Valley (3-9-2, 31.4413 points) 14th, Mount View (1-11-2, 15.5612 points) 16th and Belfast (1-12-1, 10.7143 points) 17th. Waterville (13-1, 145.0255 points) finished first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thus, Camden Hills and Oceanside qualified for the playoffs, while Medomak Valley, Mount View and Belfast fell short.
Camden Hills earned a berth straight to the quarterfinals, while Oceanside hosted No. 13 Gardiner (3-9-2, 48.7883 points) Oct. 25, winning 4-0, in a prelim playoff game on Sam Pendleton Field in Thomaston. Interestingly, host Gardiner beat Oceanside 1-0 in the teams' lone regular-season game.
The quarterfinals will be Tuesday, Oct. 29, as Camden Hills will host No. 6 Mount Desert Island (10-4-1), a prelim playoff winner over No. 11 Nokomis of Newport (5-6-4) at 3 p.m. on Don Palmer Field in Rockport. The same day, Oceanside will play No. 5 Caribou (11-4), after a prelim playoff win over No. 12 Presque Isle (5-8-2) at 2:30 p.m.
Camden Hills does not play MDI during the regular season, but did beat Nokomis 2-0 in Newport in the only meeting between the teams. Oceanside does not play either Caribou or Presque Isle, two Aroostook County teams, during the regular season.
In Western Class D, Searsport (7-3-4, 43.7804 points) finished fourth and Vinalhaven-North Haven (6-7-1, 21.2883 points) seventh. Richmond (13-1, 97.8571 points) finished first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Thus, the Vikings move on, while the islanders fall short.
Searsport will host No. 5 Rangeley (5-6-3, 41.8112 points) on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game. In the teams only regular-season meeting, the Lakers and Vikings forged a 1-1, double-overtime tie in a game in Searsport.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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