Schooners blank Cougars to secure Busline League crownMorin, Merriam, Grinnell, Heidorn lead Windjammer offensive charge
Northport — Typically in championship affairs, the team that enters the title game unbeaten is more often than not the squad with the advantage on the field.
Not this year.
The Camden-Rockport Middle School boys soccer team proved all season to be the top squad in the Busline League's North Division and, ultimately, the best in the overall league on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Point Lookout against unbeaten Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.
The Schooners scored three first-half goals and jumped to an early lead as the contest was never really in doubt, as CRMS sailed to a 6-0 win and the Busline League title.
Camden-Rockport finished with a 12-1 mark, while GSB ended the campaign at 5-1-1.
The Cougars played significantly fewer games than the Schooners this season given the smaller size of the Busline League's South Division, which sported only three teams this season.
Team members for the newly-crowned league champion Schooners are Michael Blackwell, Wyatt Johnson, Charlie O'Brien, Lucas Boetsch, Conrad Crans, Tucker Grinnell, Elliot Matlack, Marshall Merriam, Simon Morin, Alexander Vokey, Gideon Baeza, Devin Winslow, William Nickerson, Adam Bifulco, Ezra Leavitt, Eric Glaser, Noah Heidorn and Simon Turner. The team is coached by Dwight Pitcairn.
Team members for Great Salt Bay are Tommy Thelander, Charlie Sleeman, Christopher Sullivan, Cody Hartley, Matthew Sewall, Cameron Nelson, Jojo Martin, Harland Pusey-Nazzaro, Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro, Gardner Skiff, Quincy Perry, John Pinkham, Sam Laemmle, Ben Jacobs, Gus Hunt, Aiden Manahan, Bradley Cross and Jacob Pinkham. The team is coached by Jason Adickes.
Morin tallied two goals and added three assists in the win for CRMS, while Merriam added two goals. Grinnell had two goals and one assist in the win, while Heidorn added two assists.
Boetsch minded the net for the Schooners, while Laemmle played in goal for the Cougars.
CRMS jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first half when Heidorn chipped a corner kick into the box. After a momentary scrum, the ball settled on the foot of Morin, who fired a close-range shot for the game's first score.
Minutes later the Schooners added to their lead on a play that would not have happened had it not been for the hustle of Heidorn, who tracked down a ball that appeared headed out of bounds on the fast artificial surface just before it crossed the endline, which would have been a GSB goal kick.
Heidorn settled the ball near the endline and dribbled toward the goal before making a nice cross to Morin, who buried his second goal of the game.
The Schooners made it 3-0 with less than two minutes remaining after taking advantage of a lapse in the Cougar defense.
Morin intercepted a pass deep in Cougar territory, and turned it into a 2-1 situation with one defender to beat. Morin made a perfect pass to Merriam, who touched in the team's third goal.
The Schooners nearly added a fourth goal with less than a minute to go in the half when Merriam executed a well-timed bicycle kick, though the shot was saved by Laemmle.
CRMS had three more tallies in the second half to round out the scoring.
Camden-Rockport defeated No. 4 Oceanside (score unavailable) and No. 2 Searsport 1-0 in overtime in the playoffs to advance to the finals, while Great Salt Bay defeated No. 2 Wiscasset (score unavailable) to advance to the finals.
Last year, Medomak Middle School bested Woolwich 6-0 to claim the Busline League title.
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