Middle school squads punch tickets to championship gamesCRMS boys, girls represent North Division; Hope, Bristol in coed final
Following the conclusion of four exciting, down-to-the-wire games on the pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 17, the Busline League middle school boys, girls and coed soccer finals have been determined.
The boys championship game will pit top-seeded and North Division champion Camden-Rockport Middle School against top-seeded and South Division champion Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.
The Schooners defeated No. 2 Searsport District Middle School 1-0 in double-overtime in the North Division final on Thursday, Oct. 17, while the Cougars advanced with a 6-0 win over No. 2 Wiscasset in the South Division final on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The girls championship game will pit top-seeded and North Division champion Camden-Rockport against third-ranked and South Division titlist Great Salt Bay.
The Schooners defeated No. 2 Oceanside Middle School 8th graders 5-1 in the North Division final, while the Cougars bested No. 1 Oceanside 7th graders 2-1 in the South Division final in games played on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The coed championship game will pit top-seeded Bristol Consolidated School against No. 2 Hope Elementary School.
Bristol defeated No. 4 Jefferson Village School 4-0, while No. 2 Hope beat No. 3 Lincolnville Central School 3-2 after a penalty-kick shootout in a pair of games played on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The championship games 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.
See links to photos from the North and South Division girls finals, North Division boys final, as well as the coed final, below.
The following is a recap of recently-reported playoff results:
No. 1 Camden-Rockport 1, No. 2 Searsport 0 (2OT)
At Camden Oct. 17, the Schooners and Vikings did battle in a sensational game played by both squads, which saw the teams fight back-and-forth for nearly a full 70 minutes — two 30-minute halves and two five-minute overtimes — without a score.
The story of the game was the sensational goalie play of Searsport's Ben Powell and Camden-Rockport's Lucas Boetsch.
Both keepers turned away numerous shots and made quality, highlight-reel saves throughout the game despite the thick fog and misty conditions.
In the end, it was tough goal that did in the Vikings in double-overtime.
Schooner Tucker Grinnell made a cross into the box near the endline and the ball grazed the post and into the hands of Powell. The keeper then lost the handle on the ball, which just crossed the goal line, to give CRMS the hard-fought win.
No. 1 Camden-Rockport 5, No. 2 Oceanside 8th 1
At Rockport Oct. 16, the Mariners took the early lead, but the Schooners scored five unanswered goals and sailed to the North Division crown.
Eve Gutheinz scored three goals to lead the Schooner offense, while Eliza Roy added two in the win. Gabby Simmons scored for Oceanside.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead midway though the first half when Simmons buried a shot from close range. The Schooners had a chance to tie the game minutes later when a Mariner player committed a foul in the box, which resulted in a penalty kick.
The CRMS player's shot hit the right post and back out into play as Oceanside clung to its one-goal lead.
Minutes later, Gutheinz creased the net to tie the game. The Schooners scored three more times in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a commanding 4-1 lead at the break.
No. 3 Great Salt Bay 2, No. 1 Oceanside 7th 1
At Thomaston Oct. 16, the Mariners were upset by the third-seeded Cougars and were eliminated from the South Division playoffs.
Abby Veilleux scored the lone goal for the Mariners, while Kalli Grover minded the net for the hosts and made five saves. Information on GSB was unavailable.
Oceanside coach Rachel Campbell said she was proud of her team, though "We didn't come out with our 'A' game tonight" and the team could not match Great Salt Bay's energy.
"All season we tried to get the girls to practice and perfect certain skills and told them once we get to playoffs those skills are what could make or break us," she said. "Unfortunately, not being able to execute and getting beat defensively is what hurt us."
No. 2 Hope 3, No. 3 Lincolnville 2 (penalty kicks)
At Hope Oct. 16, the Hawks bested the visiting Lynx in dramatic fashion, moving on to the finals after a round of penalty kicks. The two teams battled through two 30-minute halves and two five-minute overtimes to reach the penalty-kick round.
Laticia Billings and Camren Bagnall scored for Hope, while Bryce Tyler added an assist for the hosts. Matt Czuchra had a goal and an assist from Lincolnville, while Kris Kelly also creased the net for the visitors.
After both teams went scoreless through both five-minute OTs, each team selected five shooters with the most goals scored to decide the winner of the back-and-forth semifinal. Bagnall had the only goal of the shootout as Hawk goalie Thomas Griebel stopped all five Lincolnville penalty shots to seal the win for the hosts.
Lincolnville led 1-0 after Czuchra intercepted a goal kick and creased the net, while Hope scored the equalizer before halftime when Billings took a pass from Tyler and beat the Lynx keeper to tie the game.
The Lynx then took a 2-1 lead when Kelly took a pass from Czuchra and popped a shot to the top rear corner of the goal before the Hawks again knotted the score, this time on a goal from Bagnall with eight minutes left in regulation.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn and sons Beckett and Austin.
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