Soggy field conditions did not keep high school soccer playoff games off the pitch this week as artificial turf surfaces came to the rescue.

That was the case on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29 as the Camden Hills of Rockport and Oceanside of Rockland girls, as well as the Islesboro and Mount View of Thorndike boys, played in regional semifinal playoff encounters.

Camden Hills’ Leah Snyder (4), Vilde Gangeskar (11) and Kara Andrews (8), along with Bangor’s Lily Chandler. Photo by Ken Waltz

At the conclusion of play on Oct. 29, two Midcoast teams remained in the postseason, namely, Windjammer girls and island boys.

On Saturday, the No. 3 Windjammer girls (12-3-1) beat No. 2 Bangor (10-2-4) in a Class A North semifinal game at Cameron Stadium, while the No. 5 Mariner girls (8-5-3) lost to No. 1 Hermon (16-0) 4-0 in the Class B North semifinals at Hampden Academy,

Additionally, the No. 5 Mount View boys (11-4-1) lost to top-ranked Fort Kent (15-1) 4-0 in the Class C North semifinals.

Finally, the No. 2 Islesboro boys (9-2) defeated No. 3 Chop Point of Woolwich (7-4-1) 2-0 in a Class D South semifinal playoff at Point Lookout in Northport.

Oceanside’s Audrey Mackie, right, and Hermon’s Michaela Saulter. Photo by Ken Waltz

Thus, the Windjammers will face No. 1 Brunswick (14-0-2) for the Class A North crown on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Cony High School in Augusta. Camden Hills lost to the Dragons twice during the regular season — 1-0 and 2-1 in tight, highly-competitive affairs. Brunswick beat No. 8 Messalonskee of Oakland 5-1 and No. 4 Mount Blue of Farmington 1-0 earlier in the playoffs. Camden Hills also beat No. 6 Mount Ararat of Topsham 3-0 in the playoffs.

The same day at 4:30 p.m. (recent change) at Freeport High School, Islesboro and No. 5 North Yarmouth Academy (7-7) will play for the Class D South title. Islesboro and NYA did not play one another during the regular season. The Panthers also beat No. 4 Richmond and No. 1 Greenville 2-0 earlier in the playoffs. The Eagles bested No. 7 Rangeley 1-0 in overtime in the postseason.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, a bundle of contests were moved to turf surfaces.

Islesboro’s Eoin Keho, left, and Rangeley’s Jason Reynolds. Photo by Mark Haskell

The turf brought good and bad news on that day for Oceanside as the Mariner boys were eliminated from postseason play, while the girls moved on.

The No. 10 Mariner boys had a tall task as they attempted to knock off undefeated Winslow and came up on the short end of a 3-0 defeat to the Black Raiders at Thomas College in Waterville, while the No. 5 Mariner girls edged No. 4 Waterville 1-0 in a game moved to Tuesday night at Messalonskee High School in Oakland.

Oceanside’s Alex Bartlett. Photo by Mark Haskell

Additionally, the Islesboro boys, the second seed in Class D South, also collected a 1-0 win on Wednesday, Oct. 26, but needed overtime to dispatch of No. 7 Rangeley at Point Lookout in Northport.

The No. 5 Camden Hills boys of Rockport also were eliminated from further playoff participation in Class A North as they dropped a hard-fought, 2-1 defeat (5-3 in penalty kicks) to No. 4 Lewiston on the same day.

The Mount View boys, the fifth seed in Class C North, netted a 3-1 quarterfinal win road win over No. 4 Narraguagus of Harrington on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Islesboro’s Reagan Field. Photo by Mark Haskell

The following is a summary of recent playoff contests:


Semifinals: No. 3 Camden Hills 3, No. 2 Bangor 1

At Bangor Oct. 29, the Windjammers came out of the gate ready to play as they put the host Rams back on their heels with a goal less than two minutes into the game at sun-drenched Cameron Stadium. Camden Hills was relentless in all phases of the game, as the visitors defense was stout and offense opportunistic on the beautiful turf surface.

Camden Hills’ Maddy Tohanczyn. Photo by Ken Waltz

Britta Denny, Brenna Mackey and Sydney Stone tallied goals for the Windjammers, while Ani Roberts scored for Bangor.

Maddy Tohanczyn had a strong performance in net for Camden Hills and was helped by a tough-and-ready defense, anchored by Bella Ward, Darian Langille, Rose Tohanczyn and Kara Andrews.

Offensively, the Windjammers used their patented team-wide passing attack, as well as the speed of Mackey, Leah Snyder, Stone and Amelia Johnson and incredible all-around ball skill of Denny.

Camden Hills’ Britta Denny, right, and Bangor’s Clara Oldenburg. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Windjammers led 10-2 in shots and held an advantage in corner kicks.

Eva Coombs, who made a bundle of tough saves, played in goal for Bangor.

Denny gave the Windjammers a 1-0 lead at the 38:31-mark of the first half when she made several nifty moves in front of the net and blasted a shot into the far corner to Coombs’ right.

Camden Hills’ Brenna Mackey, right, and Leah Snyder. Photo by Ken Waltz

As the Rams tried to process being behind so early, the hosts had to deal with another blow as Mackey also scored with a rocket shot with 33:14 left in the open half.

That 2-0 lead held until Stone lofted a crafty, high, toe shot over the outstretched hands of Coombs with 23:43 remaining in the second half to make it 3-0.

Roberts got one back for the Rams with 3:32 left.

Camden Hills’ Ameila Johnson, left, and Bella Ward. Photo by Ken Waltz

“I think we hit our stride when we played Brewer [at this field],” said longtime Windjammer coach Meredith Messer. “We are good on turf. That helps with our speed. They were ready. We have had a rough week of school. It has been a tiring week of school at the end of the quarter, kids are tired. So we have gone kind of light this week, just in terms of intensity of practice. They came out ready and charged. They had a game plan. They knew what to expect and they executed very well.”

The coach said defensively “they were really super tight and they were on the ball, they were winning their 50-50s out of the air, which is something we have been improving on. So, I think, start to end, this is one of our better performances.”

Messer, who has led squads to a handful of state championships during her tenure, including four straight at one point, said the regional final will pit two distinctly different opponents against one another, as Brunswick has a more physical style and Camden Hills always looks to possess the ball and move it with quick passes.

“We are quicker and more tactical,” she said. “It is always an interesting matchup when we play. I think we bring out the best in each other and that is what you want in a final.”

Messer said she told her players that after all her years coaching, “The one thing I know you don’t get to the last game unless you respect each other, you treat each other well and you handle adversity with grace. And we didn’t play every ball perfectly [today], but we were covering for each other and supporting each other and that is a big factor. These guys have that and they enjoy each other.”

Semifinals: No. 1 Hermon 4, No. 5 Oceanside 0

At Hampden Oct. 29, the Mariners played perhaps their finest all-around 40 minutes of soccer in the first half and had a scoreless tie with the talented and powerful Hawks to show for it. Hermon seldom loses and when they do it is at the state championship game level.

Oceanside’s Ava Philbrook, left, and Hermon’s Megan Dorr. Photo by Ken Waltz

Thus, Oceanside played toe-to-toe against Hermon until the top-seeded Hawks broke loose and got their scoring machine rolling in the second half en route to the win.

In fact, a bit of history was made on Saturday as Lyndsee Reed recorded a hat track, with her first goal giving her 100 for her career as she became only the third Hawk to accomplish that feat. Reed did her best work with her head as she headed in her first two goals on corner kicks, while the third was on a penalty kick.

Oceanside’s Laiken Parent, left, and Hermon’s Ellie Williams. Photo by Ken Waltz

Madison Stewart also scored for Hermon, while Stewart, Natalie Tardie and Ashley Cote had assists.

All four Hawk goals came on set plays — three on corner kicks and one a penalty kick.

Hermon held a 26-11 edge in shots and 13-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Oceanside’s Jillian Barnard. Photo by Ken Waltz

The goals came at the 35:02- , 21:07- , 16:13- and 6:38-marks of the second half.

Jillian Barnard was stellar in net for the Mariners, as was Bella Bowden for the Hawks.

Oceanside had plenty of opportunities to score, especially in the first half and especially from the multi-talented Ava Philbrook, who just missed with several powerful boots.

Oceanside’s Natalee Hitz. Photo by Ken Waltz

“We played with so much heart and guts today,” said Oceanside coach Nate Gorman. “We outplayed a top-five team in the entire state, all classes, [in the] first half. This team outscores everybody by five to 10 goals, and we took them to [the] 60-minute point to get one passed our girls. We’re still very young, [with] only four seniors versus their eight or nine. We learned how to win again this year, and I can’t wait to see us next year. But certainly the score did not reflect that game, we just deflated after one mental breakdown, which led to the first goal.”

Hermon, which has not lost a regular-season or regional playoff game in three years, has outscored opponents 100-5, with 11 shutouts, this fall. The Hawks lost to Cape Elizabeth in the previous two state finals.

Quarterfinals: No. 5 Oceanside 1, No. 4 Waterville 0

At Oakland Oct. 25, the Mariner defense stood tall against the Purple Panthers — and got the lone goal of the game from top scorer Ava Philbrook — and advanced to the semifinal round.

Philbrook’s goal came off an assist from Aubrianna Hoose with 28:52 remaining in the first half. Hoose sent a through ball to Philbrook on a breakaway and completed the textbook finish for the lone goal of the game.

“It was a very physical, wet battle,” said Mariner coach Nate Gorman. “We outplayed them big time, we just couldn’t finish. [Goalie] Jillian [Barnard] never really got tested. Our defense was solid.”

Barnard made eight saves in goal for Oceanside, while Lexie Van Der Westhuyzen made 17 saves in net for Waterville.

The Mariners outshot the Purple Panthers 20-9, while Waterville held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

With the victory, Oceanside  advances to the semifinals, where it faced top-ranked Hermon.

The Mariners and Hawks did not face each other during the regular season. Hermon beat John Bapst of Bangor 8-0 in the quarterfinals.

The Crusaders had beaten No. 9 Winslow 10-0 in a prelim game. The Mariners also did not play John Bapst this fall, but did tie Winslow 0-0 and beat the Black Raiders 6-0.


Semifinals: No. 1 Fort Kent 4, No. 5 Mount View 0

At Fort Kent Oct. 29, the Warriors bounced the Mustangs from the postseason for the second straight year and advanced to the regional championship. Fort Kent held a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Kaden Theriault, Ethan Daigle, Wil Ray and Keegan Cyr netted scores for Fort Kent, while Max Rois and Caron Pierson logged assists.

Fort Kent held an 8-5 edge in shots.

Adam Hargrove made four saves in goal for the Mustangs, while Drew Deschaine made five stops in net for the Warriors.

Semifinals: No. 2 Islesboro 2, No. 3 Chop Point 0

At Northport Oct. 28, the Eagles soared past the Blue Bears with a shutout victory, to advance to the regional championship game for the second straight season. Islesboro held a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Nathan Waldron and Eion Kehoe netted scores in the win for the islanders, while Robert Conover and Dylan Frank combined to record the shutout in net for Islesboro.

Conover received a red card with 10 minutes to go in Friday’s semifinal, and thus, per Maine Principals’ Association rules, will be unable to participate in Tuesday’s regional championship game against NYA.

“[The] ref said Robert was the last defender [on the play in question] and deliberately took the player out and prevented a goal,” said Islesboro coach Rob McHugh. “[The official] made the wrong call. One-hundred percent wrong.”

McHugh said the school appealed the ruling, but it stood and Conover will be unable to participate in the final.

Quarterfinals: No. 5 Mount View 3, No. 4 Narraguagus 1

At Harrington Oct. 27, the Mustangs galloped past the host Knights and advanced to the semifinals of the Class C North playoffs. Mount View held a 2-0 advantage at halftime.

Tyler Russell, Levi Winslow and Wyatt Evensen netted goals in the win for Mount View, while Noah Hurd logged three assists. Floriberto Paredes scored for Narraguagus.

The Mustangs held a 6-4 edge in shots.

Aden Hargrove made three saves in net for Mount View, as did McKade Robertson in goal for Narraguagus.

The ‘Stangs got on the board quickly when Hurd found Russell at the 34:16-mark of the first half and the visitors doubled their advantage at the 10:04-mark when Hurd fed Winslow for a score.

In the second half, Hurd earned his third assist — on a slick pass to Evensen — who gave Mount View a 3-0 advantage with 25:09 remaining.

Mount View played at top-ranked Fort Kent in the Class C North semifinals. The opponents did not meet during the regular season.

Oceanside’s Harrison Garcia, right, and Winslow’s Cooper Blackley. Photo by Mark Haskell

Quarterfinals: No. 4 Lewiston 2, No. 5 Camden Hills 1 (2OTs, PKs)

At Lewiston Oct. 26, the Blue Devils outscored the Windjammers 5-3 in penalty kicks and advanced to the semifinals. The match was scoreless after 40 minutes, 1-1 at the end of regulation and the conclusion of two 15-minute overtimes before the game went to penalty kicks.

“We knew this wasn’t a normal [Nos.] 4/5 matchup as soon as the pairings came out,” said Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “Both teams are good enough to get to a state final and win it and coach Gish did an excellent job preparing his team. It was a tough day but I couldn’t be more proud of this group. As they have all season, they gave every ounce of themselves to try and win this game. We played some of the most beautiful soccer in the state all year, but soccer is a funny game and results are sometimes hard to come by.”

Charlie Pons scored the lone regulation goal for Camden Hills, on an assist from Jasper Hackett, at the 73-minute mark, which knotted the score after Jacinto Mavinga scored 10 minutes into the second half for Lewiston.

The opponents attempted 14 shots, while the keepers — Brian Leonard of Camden Hills and Payson Goyette of Lewiston — made five stops.

The Blue Devils held an 8-5 edge in corner kicks.

“We had an exceptional group of seniors who played their last game today and will be sorely missed,” Hurley said. “By all accounts, we could be described as a young team and we gained a lot of valuable and hard-earned experience this year. It is hard to see things end so abruptly and penalties are a harsh way to end a game, but we didn’t leave any doubts about the type of team we were and will continue to be.”

Camden Hills’ season concluded at 8-6-1.

Quarterfinals: No. 2 Islesboro 1, No. 7 Rangeley 0 (OT)

At Northport Oct. 26, the Eagles survived a scare from the spirited Lakers and soared into the semifinals.

“We didn’t know much about Rangeley,” said Islesboro coach Rob McHugh. “We saw a few clips where we could find them. But we created a ton of opportunities in the first half and even in the second half. We just could not capitalize.”

Islesboro’s Robert Conover. Photo by Mark Haskell

The game-winning goal came off the foot of Matt Britton, who gathered a well-placed through ball from teammate Reagan Field and booted it past Rangeley keeper Jimmy Hathaway with 9:53 remaining in the first 15-minute overtime.

“Matt is a great striker,” said Field, one of five seniors on this year’s island squad. “He’s super fast. And I knew if I played him the through ball, especially on this slick surface, that it’d get through. And he finished it.”

Field, the lone female member on this year’s coed squad that advanced to the regional final a year ago, also had a game-saving clear on an open net with about 10 minutes to go in regulation.

A Laker midfielder put a shot on frame that grazed the crossbar and back into the field, with Eagle keeper Robert Conover momentarily off his line.

“I just saw a bunch of white [-shirted] players and I knew I needed to clear it,” she said. “Our keeper was out and they had a clear shot on goal.”

“Reagan came up big multiple times today,” the Eagle coach said. “She is going to be sorely missed next year when we don’t have her. We’re hopeful for the future and we’re hopeful for this postseason and she’s a huge part of it.”

Islesboro hosted No. 3 Chop Point in a Class D South semifinals.

Rangeley, which defeated No. 10 Valley of Bingham in the prelims, saw its season wrap at 9-7. During the regular season, Islesboro beat Chop Point 6-0 and 1-0 and lost 2-0.

Quarterfinals: No. 2 Winslow 3, No. 10 Oceanside 0

At Waterville Oct. 25, the Mariners (4-10-2) played their best game of the season against the unbeaten Black Raiders (14-0-1), but got worn down late in the second half as the Black Raiders moved onto the semifinals. Winslow held a 1-0 edge at halftime.

Andrew Poulin netted a pair of goals for Winslow, while Joey Richards also creased the net for the Black Raiders.

Oceanside’s Dylan Chiaramonte, front. Photo by Mark Haskell

Taygan McAllister minded the net for the Mariners.

Oceanside, which was outscored 11-0 by Winslow in two regular-season games, outplayed the Black Raiders for the majority of the first half before Poulin netted a goal with three minutes to go in the opening 40 minutes.

The Mariners also had a goal waived off in the second half before Richard’s score put Winslow up 2-0 and Poulin’s second goal of the game with eight minutes to play put the game out of reach.

“It was a great season for Oceanside soccer,” said Mariner coach Travis Doughty. “I’m excited to see what the next few years brings these boys. They are hard-working and want to get to the top.”

The Mariners also beat No. 7 Cony of Augusta 1-0 in a previous prelim playoff encounter.