High school girls soccer

Glorious Panther playoff ride ends at Yarmouth stop sign

Medomak Valley finishes with two wins in three postseason encounters
By Mark Haskell | Nov 04, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh, right, chases the ball against Yarmouth on Nov. 2 in high school girls soccer. The Panthers lost to the host Clippers 2-0 in a Class B South semifinal playoff game. In the background at right is Panther Annie Vannoy.

Yarmouth — The No. 6 Medomak Valley girls soccer team experienced a sensational playoff run that took the Panthers to the semifinals and saw them keep opponents off the scoreboard for more than 200 consecutive minutes.

However, both those positive runs came to an end against No. 2 Yarmouth on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2. as the Clippers netted a pair of second-half scores and emerged with a 2-0 victory in the Class B South semifinal pitch enounter.

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The win advanced Yarmouth (13-2-1) to the Class B South championship game, where it will face No. 1 Cape Elizabeth (15-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford.

For Medomak Valley, which defeated No. 11 Leavitt of Turner 2-0 in the prelims and No. 3 Erskine Academy of South China 1-0 in the quarterfinals, the season drew to a close at 11-4-2.

In Saturday's playoff game on the artificial turf, Hannah Dwyer and Ava Feeley creased the net for Yarmouth in the second half, while Parker Harnett added one assist.

“I think the girls did a great job defending as a unit,” said Medomak Valley coach Bri Morrill. “We really held our own, especially with the one-versus-one defending. I just think overall they didn’t leave anything out on that field. They used everything in their tank and played hard to the end. That’s all I asked of them, that we don’t give up and we keep fighting.”

Kayla Donlin made nine saves in goal in her final game for Medomak Valley, while Hope Olson made two saves for Yarmouth.

The Clippers, who did not face the Panthers during the regular season, held an 11-2 edge in shots and 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

“We didn’t really know anything about them,” said Donlin. “We’d never played them before, so we kind of came in here knowing they were the second seed, but knowing that we could hang with them. And maybe, possibly beat them. I think we went in here thinking we were going to beat them, but we just had two unlucky breakdowns that they finished on us.”

The first of those two breakdowns came with 30:21 left in the first half when Harnett, out wide, made a pass in near the goal to Dwyer, who one-touched it past Donlin.

Prior to that, the Panthers had held opponents off the scoreboard throughout the playoffs, to the tune of 209 minutes, 39 seconds.

“The girl brought it corner, crossed it back and the girl happened to be there and touched it in,” said Donlin. “It was a great goal. It’s something we’ve always practiced doing. But they were two good goals. Nothing to hang our heads on.”

Then, with 12:50 remaining, Feeley got ahead of the defense on a breakaway and pumped in an insurance goal to put the game out of reach for the upset-minded Panthers.

Even after giving up the back-breaking tally, the Panthers played hard until the clock hit zero.

“It says a lot about their grit and the kind of people that they are,” said Morrill. “We talk about self-discipline and grinding to the end. And that we don’t care what’s on your jersey, we’re going to come out and play hard to the end.”

Morrill said the season was a huge success, especially given where the Panthers were when she took over as coach midway through the 2017 season.

“The first year I stepped in we won three games, and the past two years we’ve went to two semifinals,” she said. “It says a lot about them and what they want.”

Donlin, one of seven seniors on this year’s team, agreed.

“Freshman year, we weren’t really a team. And we improved throughout the years and now we are a team. And Medomak is a team that people know now.”

Medomak Valley at Yarmouth girls soccer
Yarmouth hosts Medomak Valley on Nov. 2 in high school girls soccer. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, middle, and Grace White, right, as well as Yarmouth's Anna Wallace. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, middle, and Grace White, right, as well as Yarmouth's Anna Wallace. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Hannah Prock, middle, and Yarmouth's Ella Caruso, right, and Ashlyn Feeley, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Annie Vannoy, left, and Yarmouth's Ehryn Groothoff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Annie Vannoy, left, and Yarmouth's Ehryn Groothoff. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, right, and Yarmouth's Ella Caruso, left, and Ashlyn Feeley, back. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, left, and Paige Powell, right, as well as Yarmouth's Parker Harnett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, front, and Yarmouth's Ava Feeley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabby Baughman, left, Kayla Donlin, middle, and Hannah Lee, right, as well as Yarmouth's Parker Harnett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, front, and Abby Lash, left, Zaniah Puchalski, back, and Gabby Baughman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, right, and Yarmouth's Audrey Goessling. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh, right, and Yarmouth's Parker Harnett, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Paige Powell, middle, and Gabby Baughman, right, as well as Yarmouth's Abi Hincks. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabby Baughman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabby Baughman, left, and Yarmouth's Audrey Goessling. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left, Zaniah Puchalski, middle, and Gabby Baughman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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