Playoff picture takes focus for soccer, field hockey teamsOceanside, Medomak Valley battle, as do Camden Hills and Belfast on Oct. 2
The end of the regular season is in sight for many Midcoast high school soccer and field hockey squads, with many teams on opposing ends of the spectrum in Eastern Class B in terms of postseason prospects.
Both Camden Hills soccer squad, along with the Oceanside girls, are among the top teams in their respective divisions, while the Medomak Valley girls are in the midst of a playoff chase and look to have locked up a postseason berth.
The Oceanside and Medomak Valley boys soccer teams, who squared off Oct. 2 in Waldoboro, have a bit more work to do.
The Mariners, on the heels of a 4-0 win over the Panthers, are 11th in the regional standings, with 12 teams earning a spot in the playoffs. Medomak Valley likely will have to win its final three games against Morse of Bath, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Gardiner if it hopes to play its way into the postseason.
Both Windjammer soccer squads, along with the Mariner boys, posted wins Tuesday, while the Mariner and Panther girls squared off in Thomaston, battling to a stalemate.
In field hockey the same day, the Mariners dropped a 2-1 decision to Winslow and are eighth in the standings, with nine teams qualifying for the playoffs and only three games remaining on Oceanside's schedule.
The following is a recap of reported results from Oct. 2 action:
Oceanside 4, Medomak Valley 0
At Waldoboro Oct. 2, the Mariners shut out the host Panthers en route to their fifth win of the year.
Christian Straka tallied two goals and added an assist for the winners, while Lars Feurlein and R.J. Hall creased the net for Oceanside.
Ryan Ripley and Zach Starr combined for six saves in net for Medomak Valley, while Phillip Atwood made four saves in goal for Oceanside. The Mariners outshot the Panthers 10-4.
Medomak Valley coach Brian Campbell said his squad was still "mentally enjoying" their victory over Lincoln Academy, in a makeup game played under the lights Monday (the day before) in Newcastle, which may have contributed to their lackluster showing.
"After the first 30 minutes of the contest, we physically began to fatigue and were unable to stay with the talented Oceanside squad," Campbell said. "We had a more difficult time sealing up things on the defensive side and our inability to maintain possession at midfield led to limited offensive opportunities."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (5-5-1, 29.0179 points) is 11th, while Camden Hills (9-0-1, 77.6786 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Camden Hills 5, Belfast 2
At Belfast Oct. 2, the Windjammers sailed to a four-goal lead in the first half and remained unbeaten with a win over the Lions. It is the fourth straight loss for Belfast after starting the season 6-0-1.
For Camden Hills, Colin Morse and Trueman Moore scored two goals for the winners, while Kienan Brown added one goal; Peter Vannorsdall and Eliot Grindle, each two assists; and Marshall Crockett, one assist.
For Belfast, Yanni Rakis scored a pair of unassisted goals.
Sam Kulikowski made 15 saves on 25 shots in net for the Lions, while Marshall Spear made three saves on five shots in goal for the 'Jammers.
The Windjammers remain unbeaten on the season, but will face their greatest test of the year on Friday, Oct. 5 when they host unbeaten Maranacook of Readfield, the top seed in Western Class B.
"We had a good day today and really executed the things we worked on in practice," said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. "We'll need to be able to put two halves together to stick with Maranacook on Friday. It should be a great match."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (9-0-1, 776786 points) is first and Belfast (6-4-1, 31.2500 points) 10th in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
On Tuesday, the Windjammers also improved their regular-season unbeaten streak to 38 games, as the team is 36-0-2 during the regular season in coach Ryan Hurley's two-plus campaigns.
That unbeaten streak actually extends one game into the previous campaign, before Hurley joined the team, to make the squad 37-0-2 in the regular season since losing 2-1 to Mount View of Thorndike in the second to final game of the 2009 campaign.
Oceanside 1, Medomak Valley 1 (2OT)
At Thomaston Oct. 2, the Mariners and Panthers each scored second-half goals, but were forced to settle for a stalemate after 90 minutes — 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute overtimes.
Lexi Genthner scored, on an assist from Taylor Mason, for Medomak Valley, while Emma Spencer creased the net for Oceanside, on an assist from Emily Gould.
Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet made 13 saves on 14 shots in goal for the Panthers, while Kennadi Grover made six saves on seven shots in net for the Mariners.
Camden Hills 7, Belfast 0
At Rockport Oct. 2, the Windjammers had no trouble with the visiting Lions and prevailed by seven goals.
Emma Gutheinz scored three goals for a hat trick to lead Camden hills, while Kristina Alex added a goal and two assists and Lexi Doudera, Haley Williams and Lea Smith, each one goal.
Camden Hills outshot Belfast 18-2, while Rachel Pease recorded the shutout in net for the 'Jammers.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (9-1, 79.4643 points) is second, while Hermon (9-1, 84.3878 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Winslow 2, Oceanside 1
At Rockland Oct. 2, the Mariners could not overtake the talented Black Raiders and were downed by one goal.
Molly Mellor scored for Oceanside, on an assist from Hannah Plourde, while Jenn Poulin and Sarah Wildes scored for Winslow Alli LeClair added two assists and Mackenzie Winslow one for the Black Raiders.
Zoey Proctor and Zoe Billington combined in the cage to make 10 saves for the hosts, while Alexis Lachance made six saves in goal for the visitors. Oceanside also held a 4-3 edge in penalty corners.
Winslow took a 1-0 lead when Wildes banged the back of the cage off a penalty corner with 26:51 remaining in the first half and added another goal with 4:21 left when the Mariners left Poulin unmarked on the back post, and she took the feed from LeClair and scored the game's second goal.
Plourde found Mellor with 4:21 left in regulation for a goal and Oceanside had a penalty corner with time winding down with a chance to tie the game, but could not convert.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (6-4-1, 42.4872 points) is eighth, while Belfast (10-1, 85.5357 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
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