The Busline League middle school soccer postseason is complete as three champions were crowned — interestingly, teams whose players eventually could play together in high school.

On Saturday morning, Hope, the North Division champion, scored two second-half goals to beat Bristol, the South titlist, in the coed championship game at Camden Hills in Rockport. The Hawks lost their first game of the campaign and won the rest. Hope finished 9-1 and Bristol 12-1.

Hope’s Connor Harris, left, and Tucker Whitley celebrate the win by jumping into each other. Photo by Ken Waltz

On Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston, Camden-Rockport soccer teams proved their top seeds and undefeated records were no fluke as the Schooner squads sailed to league championships.

In the early game, the No. 1 Schooner girls (9-0) emerged with an 8-0 victory over No. 2 Troy Howard of Belfast (7-3), while the No. 1 Schooner boys (11-0) netted a 4-1 win over No. 2 Oceanside (8-2-1)  in the second game of the afternoon.

The games originally were scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, but were moved due to rain and unplayable field conditions.

Oceanside’s Oscar Barnes, middle, as well as Lucas Novicka and Brayden Fogg. Photo by Mark Haskell

The middle school soccer regular season kicked off on Sept. 12 and concluded on Oct. 3 for the combined 15 boys and girls teams, while the coed North campaign — which features area teams from Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville, Camden-Rockport, St. George and Islesboro — began on Sept. 7 and concluded on Oct. 12.

The final boys regular-season standings included: Camden-Rockport 8-0, Oceanside 6-1-1, Troy Howard 5-2-1, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 4-4, Woolwich 3-4-1, Medomak 3-5, Wiscasset 1-7 and Searsport 0-7-1.

Troy Howard’s Paisley Hayslip, left, and Stella McCarthy, among another. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the quarterfinals on Oct. 5, No. 4 Great Salt Bay defeated No. 5 Woolwich 2-1 and No. 3 Troy Howard earned a 2-1 win over No. 6 Medomak, while No. 2 Oceanside defeated No. 7 Wiscasset 8-0 on Oct. 6. The final quarterfinal match on Oct. 7 saw No. 1 Camden-Rockport defeat No. 8 Searsport (score unavailable).

In the semifinals, top-seeded Camden-Rockport defeated the No. 4 Cougars 7-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 12, while No. 2 Oceanside defeated No. 3 Troy Howard 3-2 on Thursday, Oct. 13 to set up Wednesday’s league final.

Oceanside’s Thomas Geddis, left, along with Camden-Rockport’s Cole Hedrich, middle, and James Helmstetter. Photo by Mark Haskell

The final girls regular-season standings included: Camden-Rockport 7-0, Troy Howard 5-2, Medomak 5-2, Woolwich 4-3, Oceanside 2-5, Wiscasset 1-6 and Great Salt Bay 0-7. Camden-Rockport received a first-round bye.

In the quarterfinals on Oct. 5, No. 5 Oceanside earned a 5-2 win over No. 4 Woolwich and No. 2 Troy Howard bested No. 7 GSB 10-0, while No. 3 Medomak defeated No. 6 Wiscasset 9-0 on Oct. 6.

Camden-Rockport’s Liv Domareki, left, and Molly Williams, back left, along with Troy Howard’s Sienna Sommers, right, and Camilla Coleman, far right. Photo by Mark Haskell

In semifinal matches on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the top-seeded Schooners defeated the No. 5 Mariners (score unavailable), while the No. 2 Lions earned a 2-1 win over No. 3 Medomak to set up the girls final.

Team members from Wednesday’s championship games included:

Oceanside boys — Kaden Curtis, Silas White, Reid Robishaw, Quinn Commeau, Nathan Walton, Emrik Carlson, Avery Proctor, Thomas Geddis, Max Ruttner, Oscar Barnes, Nicholas Tripp, Lucas Novicka, Brayden Fogg and Tiao Widdecombe. The team is coached by Ryan Verrill.

Camden-Rockport’s Brandon Nelson. Photo by Mark Haskell

Camden-Rockport boys — Cole Hedrich, James Helmstetter, Soren Johnson, Emmett Milliken, Joey Scardino, Sam Bernadino, Sam Pike, Liam Carlson-Nelson, Mason Contakos, Dom Domareki, Carver Heyniger, Keagan Kelly, Brandon Nelson, Jack Thornell, Luke Watkins and Sam Blystone. The team is coached by Todd Farley.

Camden-Rockport girls — Liv Domareki, Elsa Schwalm, Eve Domareki, Margaret Efrid, Gabby Martin, Hudson Wallace, Charlotte Watkins, Molly Williams, El Ames-Cruz, Kylli Gronros, Rita Haslam, Katie Scott, Hannah Stowe, Lucy Ward and Natalie Nelson. The team is coached by Beth Ward.

Camden-Rockport’s Hannah Stowe. Photo by Mark Haskell

Troy Howard girls — Zady Paige, Haylee Roy, Allyson Maikham, Siena Sommer, Ezri Budet, Alynna Bowls, Viena Ting, Claire Gilchrist, Paisley Hayslip, Lily Martinelli, Stella McCarthy, Rowan Megquier, Bella Foley, Piper Leone, Ibis Bird, Olivia Robbins, Aspen Miller, Caimilla Coleman, Leona Lozanova, Avery Adams, Aubrey Kinney, Morgan Bonin, Lillian McCue-Hafford, Charlotte Martinelli and Delilah Dow. The team is coached by Tina Cook.

The final coed standings included:

North — Hope 6-1, Appleton 4-3, Islesboro 3-2-2, Camden-Rockport 2-3-2, Lincolnville 1-6-1 and St. George 1-3-1. Hope and Islesboro received first-round byes.

In the first round, No. 3 Islesboro beat No. 6 St. George 13-3 on Monday, Oct. 17, while No. 4 Camden-Rockport beat No. 5 Lincolnville 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Hope’s Ewan Howard. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the second round, top-seeded Hope beat No. 4 Camden-Rockport 2-1 on Monday, Oct. 17, while No. 2 Appleton beat No. 3 Islesboro 6-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

In the North final, No. 1 Hope defeated No. 2 Appleton 8-4 to punch its ticket to the championship final.

South — Bristol 9-0, South Bristol 8-2, Boothbay 5-4, Jefferson 5-5, Nobleboro 2-8 and Vinalhaven 0-10. Bristol and South Bristol received first-round byes.

Hope’s Connor Harris. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the first round of the playoffs, No. 5 Nobleboro beat No. 4 Jefferson (score unavailable) on Saturday, Oct. 15 while No. 3 Boothbay won by forfeit over No. 6 Vinalhaven.

In the second round, No. 1 Bristol beat No. 5 Nobleboro 6-0 on Monday, Oct. 17, while No. 2 South Bristol won by forfeit over No. 3 Boothbay.

In the South final, No. 1 Bristol beat No. 2 South Bristol 3-0 and punched its ticket to the title game.

Bristol’s Koleman Chesebro. Photo by Ken Waltz

Team members for the coed final include:

Hope — Gage Esancy, Eliza Gallant, Oakley Grotton, Isla Hancox, Bentley Hannan, Ewan Howard, Thea Laukka, Maggie McCarthy, Mason Pitt, Alanna Smith, Remi Winchenbach, Tucker Whitley, Connor Harris, Mahsyn Ward and Wyatt Gray. The team is coached by Jeff Payson.

Bristol — Joey Crooker, Ryan Powell, Malachi Farrin, Talon Westhaver, Lee Ann Lord, Koleman Chesebro, Eve McKernan, Deklan DiMauro, Blaise Eddyblouin, Amelia Holladay, Dory Westhaver, Norah Lord, Emma Herrick, Kendrick Foster, Jake Powell, Neil Sprague, Oakley Coles and Lora Leeman. The team is coached by Chris Perry.

The following is a recap of recently-reported, regular-season and playoff results:


Championship: Hope 2, Bristol 0

At Rockport Oct. 22, the evenly-matched, highly-competitive opponents were scoreless after 30 minutes, before the Hawks tallied a pair of second-half goals to earn their second straight league title, this one on a glorious morning at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Interestingly, Hope lost to Appleton to start the 2022 season, but then won the rest of its contests. Ironically, Hope also started the 2021 campaign with a loss, before it rolled to win after win en route to a title campaign.

Bristol had an unbelievable fall campaign, as it outscored opponents 68-9 and was unbeaten before Hope tallied two goals in the championship game.

Connor Harris and Tucker Whitley tallied goals for the Hawks, and Ewan Howard played in net. Harris scored first with 18:22 left when he toed a ball over the outstretched arms of Bristol goalie Joey Crooker, who was sensational in the net. Whitley blasted in a late goal, with 1:27 left, to cement the victory.

Crooker literally stood on his head in a remarkable effort in net, as he made a variety of tough saves, from diving tips to sliding stops. He even needed to punch out a ball inadvertently kicked by his own teammate in his direction and headed for the net.

Hope’s Tucker Whitley, right. Photo by Ken Waltz

In breezy but warm conditions, the foes had plenty of chances to score in each half, as the hard-working players hit posts, crossbars or watched as shots sailed high and wide. The players also had several opportunities off corner kicks and beautiful headers.

At points, the keepers needed to make difficult saves in heavy traffic, including when diving on the ground and feet all about them.

Lincolnville 5, St. George 0

At Lincolnville Oct. 5, the Lynx ended their regular season in style as they tamed the Dragons and netted the shutout win. Lincolnville held a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Jack Lytton netted three goals to lead the Lincolnville offense, while Phoebe Hartley and Havana Kriste had one in the victory.

Lincolnville coach Ben Edes said the Lynx put it together Wednesday, in particular “ball movement, defensive rotation, solid clears out of the box.”

“The defense — Grace Doolen and Elise Talty at wing Ds, Iris Bolduc at stopper, and the phenomenal Abby Webber at sweeper — put in a superb effort to preserve the second clean sheet of the season,” he said. “The midfield of Acacia Hartley, Jack Calderwood and Izzy Pickford did an excellent job providing linkage between the defense and offense as well as running the field all game to provide the necessary support to the two other lines.”


Championship: No. 1 Camden-Rockport 8, No. 2 Troy Howard 0

At Thomaston Oct. 19, the Schooners scored early, often and sailed past the Lions to net the championship. Camden-Rockport led 3-0 after 30 minutes.

“This talented group of sixth seventh and eighth graders were so fun to coach and spend time with this fall,” said Schooner coach Beth Ward. “Many of these girls work on their soccer skills throughout the year and you can see that on the field. I am so proud of the newer girls to the sport that worked so hard to get better this season.”

“All of my girls have worked so hard and have learned so much over this season,” said THMS coach Tina Cook of her Lions, who made the title game for the first time since 2002. “They work well as a team, communicating and passing. A lot of my starters were new to soccer just this year so that is incredible how far they have come.”

Molly Williams and Rita Haslam finished with hat tricks for Camden-Rockport, while Eve Domareki creased the net twice for the Schooners.

Hudson Wallace got the shutout in net for Camden-Rockport, while Zady Paige — who was busy throughout the afternoon — played well in net for Troy Howard.

Camden-Rockport girls celebrate their 8-0 victory over Troy Howard Middle School. Pictured are Schooners Kylli Gronros, Lucy Ward, Katie Scott and Elsa Schwalm, among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

“My goalie Zady, in my opinion, is the best goalie in the league,” Cook said. “She is strong, brave and very hard-working. All of the players worked hard right up to the end, never putting their heads down.”

Williams quickly put the Schooners up 1-0 at the 27:52-mark before the opponents dug in defensively, as the Lion back line routinely clogged  the middle for Schooner strikers and the CRMS midfield largely thwarted chances for the Lions to set up offensive opportunities.

Eventually, the Schooners broke through again with 9:21 left when Williams scored on a long shot outside the 18-yard line, followed by Haslam, who finished a goal off a nice cross from a teammate with 2:30 to play in the half.

In the second half, Domareki got both her goals in the first 10 minutes — one of which came on a penalty kick — to put CRMS up 5-0, while Williams and Haslam completed their hat tricks later in the half for the Schooners.

Camden-Rockport Middle School girls soccer — 2022 Busline League regular-season and postseason champions. Photo by Mark Haskell

No. 2 Troy Howard 2, No. 3 Medomak 1

At Belfast Oct. 12, the Lions punched their ticket to the league championship with a one-goal win over the Riverhawks. Troy Howard held a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Vienna Ting and Stella McCarthy netted goals in the win for the Lions, while Summer Staples scored for the Riverhawks.

Zady Paige made 12 saves on 13 shots in goal for Troy Howard.

Medomak had a chance at a breakaway goal to tie the game with less than a minute to play, but “Stella McCarthy sprinted her heart out to stop what could have been a goal,” said Lion coach Tina Cook.

“The entire MMS team played with heart and respect,” said Riverhawk coach Andrea Williamson. “They truly were one. The entire team made such great gains this year, all improved.”

No. 3 Medomak 9, No. 6 Wiscasset 0

At Waldoboro Oct. 6, the Riverhawks soared into the semifinals with a lopsided victory. Medomak jumped to a 6-0 halftime lead.

The potent Riverhawk offense was keyed by Cali Readinger (goal), Summer Staples (2 goals), Grace Townsend (goal, 2 assists), Anna Cheesman (goal), Lilly Hills (goal), Ivy McCollett (2 goals), Hannah Richards (assist), Rachel Barbour (goal) and Brooke McNelly (assist).

No. 5 Oceanside 5, No. 4 Woolwich 2

At Woolwich Oct. 5, the Mariners went on the road and earned a crucial playoff win over the host Wildcats. Oceanside held a 4-2 lead at halftime.

Lyla Tolman netted four goals to pace the Mariner offense, while Charlotte Stevens added one score for the visitors. Olivia Breen minded the net for Oceanside.

No. 2 Troy Howard 10, No. 7 Great Salt Bay 0

At Belfast Oct. 5, the Lions roared to a dominating win over the Cougars. Troy Howard led 7-0 at halftime.

Morgan Bonin netted four goals for Troy Howard, while Avery Adams added three goals and Claire Gilchrist one.

Zady Paige and Stella McCarthy combined on the shutout in net for the Lions.


Championship: No. 1 Camden-Rockport 4, No. 2 Oceanside 1

At Thomaston Oct. 19, the Schooners scored three goals in the final 14 minutes to nab the championship. Camden-Rockport held a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Dom Domareki collected a pair of goals and one assist for the Schooners, while Brandon Nelson added one goal and two assists and James Helmstetter one goal. Thomas Geddis netted the goal for the Mariners.

Emmett Milliken minded the net for Camden-Rockport, while Oscar Barnes played in goal for Oceanside.

“We overcame our biggest rival on their home field, in conditions both wet and windy,” said CRMS coach Todd Farley. “After an undefeated regular season where we were largely unchallenged, being ahead just 1-0 at halftime today let us see what the boys were made of. They responded with our finest soccer of the season, scoring three second-half goals to secure the trophy.  hey were our best goals of the year, each the result of long passing movements and great teamwork.”

“I feel that we played our best game of the year,” said OMS coach Ryan Verrill. “I feel like we outplayed them for more than half the game. And that the score does not always indicate how the game was played and those boys played like champions today even in a loss.”

Camden-Rockport goalie Emmett Milliken, middle, as well as teammates Cole Hedrich, left, and Jack Thornell, celebrate a 4-1 win over Oceanside on Oct. 19 in the Busline League middle school boys soccer championship game in Thomaston. Photo by Mark Haskell

Camden-Rockport quickly went on the attack and scored at the 26:48-mark when Nelson got ahead of the Mariner defense and put the Schooners on the board, while the remainder of the 30-minute half saw the Mariner defense hold their own against unbeaten Schooners.

The second half saw more of the same until Domareki brought Barnes off his line near close range and found an open Helmstetter with 11:29 to play, to double the Schooners’ lead.

That opened the floodgates in what was an otherwise close, competitive game as Nelson — on the left wing — chipped in a pair of perfectly-placed passes to Domareki, who finished those chances at the 11:29- and 10:58-marks to put the game out of reach.

Oceanside got on the board with 3:53 to play off a penalty kick from Geddis.

Farley said the play of Heyniger, who shadowed and largely neutralized the much larger Geddis, was key to the win “and regularly stopped Oceanside’s attacks with a well-timed tackle.”

He added “Joey Scordino and Soren Johnson worked their wing together with skill and smarts, and Cole Hedrich was an indomitable stud of a center back.”

Camden-Rockport Middle School boys soccer — 2022 Busline League regular-season and postseason champions. Photo by Mark Haskell

No. 2 Oceanside 3, No. 3 Troy Howard 2

At Thomaston Oct. 13, the Mariners sailed past the Lions and onto the championship round.

Thomas Geddis, Quinn Commeau and Nathan Walton creased the net in the win for the Mariners, while Geddis and Nicholas Tripp logged assists. Oslo Li scored twice for Troy Howard and Hayden Brimer added one assist.

Oscar Barnes minded the net for Oceanside, while Toni Fairbrother and Kale Fowler split time in goal for the Lions.

No. 2 Oceanside 8, No. 7 Wiscasset 0

At Thomaston Oct. 6, the Mariners blanked the visitors and advanced in the playoffs.

Lucas Novicka and Nathan Walton pumped in four goals to lead the Mariner offense, while Oscar Barnes got the shutout in net for Oceanside.

No. 3 Troy Howard 2, No. 6 Medomak 1

At Belfast Oct. 5, the Lions roared past the Riverhawks and into the semifinals. Troy Howard maintained the same 2-1 edge at halftime.

Liam Doughty scored the lone goal for Medomak, while Owen Tomalty and Hayden Brimer scored for Troy Howard and Quillan Campaomor-Mentlik added one assist.

Troy Howard coach Kevin Coombs said Garak Brimer, Noah Deetjen, Sebastian Sprague and Landon Coombs led the defensive effort, while Tony Fairbrother and Kale Fowler “were stalwarts in goal” for the Lions.

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