Middle school soccer finalists set for Oct. 20 championshipsMedomak, Camden-Rockport, Appleton, Lincolnville among title contenders
The Busline League boys, girls and coed soccer championship finalists are set, with six squads from six schools vying for coveted league crowns.
All three championship games will be played on Saturday, Oct. 20 on the artificial surface at Point Lookout in Northport.
In the 10 a.m. coed final, No. 1 Appleton will square off with No. 3 Lincolnville, while in the noon boys final, North Division titlist and second-seeded Medomak will face South Division titlist and second-seeded Woolwich. In the 2 p.m. girls final, North Division titlist and second-seeded Camden-Rockport will face South Division champion and No. 1 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.
The following is a recap of reported playoff games from Wednesday, Oct. 17:
No. 2 Medomak 3, No. 1 Camden-Rockport 2
In the North Division finals at Lincolnville Central School Oct. 17, the Riverhawks soared past the host Schooners to advance to the championship game.
Zidane McMurrin, Maty Moore and Adam Eutsler creased the net for MMS, while Lucas Boetsch scored twice for CRMS and Simon Morin added one assist for the Schooners.
Connor Davis and Maddison Jordan combined for seven saves in net for Camden-Rockport. The name of the MMS keeper was unavailable.
CRMS coach Dwight Pitcairn said "it was a great game today and we knew it was going to be a very close game.
"Camden-Rockport and Medomak had some great games against each other all season," he said. "All the games were close and physical. Although our team did not go through I am extremely proud of the efforts from each and every player."
On Wednesday, McMurrin put the 'Hawks up 1-0 on a rocket shot past Davis, while Moore extended the squad's lead with a shot from outside the box to put MMS ahead by two goals at halftime.
Boetsch cut the Schooner lead in half after finishing a header on a cross from Morin and later added a penalty kick, but Eutsler pounced on a rebound and scored, which proved the difference in the game for the Riverhawks.
No. 2 Camden-Rockport 2, No. 1 Oceanside 0
In the North Division finals at Thomaston Oct. 17, the Schooners pulled the mild upset over the host Mariners to advance to the championship game.
Charlotte Messer and Abby Chamberlain scored for CRMS, while Izzy Gutheinz added an assist in the victory.
Camden-Rockport took a 1-0 lead a mere 1:29 into the contest when Gutheinz made a nice cross to Messer inside the box, and Messer cut right and lofted the ball over the Mariner keeper for the game's first score.
The game proved to be a defensive battle the remainder of the half and much of the second half, with Oceanside's Cassie Butler and Camden-Rockport's Julia Holt making several key saves in their respective goals.
However, CRMS added an insurance goal when Messer fired a hard low shot at Butler, who made the initial save, but Chamberlain collected the rebound and scored to put the visitors up by two scores.
Schooner coach Colby Arau praised Mariner stopper Rachelle Thompson for her work on defense. "[She] played an outstanding game," he said. "She was a dominant force on the defense controlling the ball and sending it up to the forwards with booming kicks throughout the game."
Butler made seven saves on 11 shots in net for Oceanside, while Holt and Emma Vannorsdall combined to make 12 saves on 15 shots in goal for CRMS.
No. 3 Lincolnville 6, No. 2 Hope 0
At Hope Oct. 17, the Lynx dominated the host Hawks and advanced to final. It is the fourth straight year Lincolnville advances to the championship game and fifth time in six years.
Morgan Mercier and Dawson Allen handled the scoring duties for Lincolnville, with Mercier tallying four goals and Allen two in the victory.
Lincolnville coach Ben Edes said "the entire LCS team played exceptionally well."
Kieran Lydon played sweeper in an attempt to strengthen the LCS defense alongside brother and stopper Dan Lydon, while "the wings were covered well by defenders Tora Decker-Griffith and Sam Novak" and " the midfield line of Andy Pitcairn, Matt Czuchra, Avery Grindle and Jesse Grindle did an exceptional job controlling the midfield area," said the Lynx coach.
Mercier got the Lynx on the board early when Allen challenged the Hope goalie and the ball deflected off Allen to Mercier, who scored five minutes into the contest. Mercier assisted on the team's next goal when he fired a corner kick into the box to Allen, who settled the ball and scored to put the visitors up by two goals.
Mercier added two more scores to push Lincolnville ahead 4-0 at the half.
The Lynx continued to build on their lead in the second half when Avery Grindle found Mercier on a nice pass out of the defensive zone and had a nifty give-and-go with Matt Czuchra, as the play ended with Mercier creasing the net.
Allen rounded out the scoring when Mercier fired a point-blank shot that the Hope keeper stoned, but on the ensuing scrum for the ball, Allen gained possession and scored the team's sixth goal.
No. 1 Appleton 3, No. 4 Bristol 2
At Appleton Oct. 17, the Wildcats narrowly stayed unbeaten and advanced to th finals with a one-goal victory.
The score was tied late in the game when Wildcat Morgan Ford scored what proved the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
Peyton Wiley scored the first two goals for Appleton. Additional information on the game was unavailable.
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