High school girls soccer

Triple threat: Camden Hills, Scarborough ready to rumble for third time

With unbeaten streak in tow, Windjammers look for fourth straight title, third over Red Storm
By Mark Haskell | Nov 08, 2019
Artwork by: Holly Vanorse Spicer

Hampden — As one team looks to put a bow on a historic run and the other looks to avenge multiple years of state championship defeats, all eyes will be on the artificial turf field at Hampden Academy on Saturday, Nov. 9 as Camden Hills Reginal High School and Scarborough High School vie for the state Class A girls soccer championship.

The Windjammers look to extend their win streak — which began Sept. 20, 2016 — to 69 games, while the Red Storm look to end that run and return the state title to the south for the first time since 2014 (Windham).

The following is a synopsis of Saturday evening’s state championship clash between the Windjammers and Red Storm.

Who: Class A North champion Camden Hills (17-0) versus Class A South titlist Scarborough (15-2).

Where: Hampden Academy.

When: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

How they got here: In the North, the region’s top seed, the Windjammers defeated No. 8 Lewiston 12-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Oxford Hills of South Paris 11-1 in the semifinals and No. 6 Bangor 1-0 in the finals.

In the South, the No. 3 Red Storm defeated No. 6 Falmouth 1-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 7 Noble of North Berwick 3-1 in the semifinals and No. 1 Cheverus of Portland 2-1 in the regional finals.

Projected starters, Camden Hills: Forwards Kristina Kelly, Ali Tassoni and Ella Pierce; midfielders Kaylyn Krul, Anya Babb-Brott and Ella Powers; fullbacks Tessa Whitley, Emie Wood, Caroline Contento and Mary Kate Pons; and goalie Alex Southworth.

Projected starters, Scarborough: Forwards Grace Pettingill, Ali Mokriski and Sarah Callahan; midfielders Ashley Sabatino, Madison Blanche and Josie Patten; fullbacks Lily Davis, Maddie Scammell, Madison Marinko and Emily Johnson; and goalie Nicole Young.

If Callahan, who has had two ACL surgeries during her time in Scarborough, cannot play, forward Caitlin Noiles will start for the Red Storm.

Outlook: For the Red Storm, Saturday’s state final will be about removing the thorn – namely, the Windjammers – from their sides as Camden Hills has defeated Scarborough in the last two state championship games.

For the Windjammers, it will be about collecting their fourth straight state Class A title and fourth overall.

The Red Storm have four state crowns to their credit as they collected state Class A titles in 2010 and 2012 and state Class B titles in 1998 and 1999.

Camden Hills edged Scarborough 1-0 in the 2018 state final and 3-2 in the 2017 title match. Both those victories were by a single goal and ended potentially unbeaten seasons for the Red Storm.

The Camden Hills offense runs directly though forward Kelly, who scored a whopping 48 goals this season, but has several sensational second scoring options — that most teams would be elated to have as their first — in Heidorn (16 goals), Pierce (15 goals) and Tassoni (14 goals).

In the regular season, Camden Hills outscored opponents 96-10 and 24-1 in the regional playoffs.

The Red Storm are led offensively by Sabatino (16 goals, 5 assists), Mokriski (15 goals, 8 assists), Callahan (8 goals, assist) and Noiles (8 goals, 7 assists).

Sabatino is the lone remaining Scarborough player from the first state championship showdown between the squads two years ago.

"Our style is pretty much the same," said Scarborough coach Mike Farley. "We look to keep the ball moving with quick passing and making dangerous runs in the attacking third.  We’ll try to be solid defensively because although Camden Hills lost some very good offensive players, we know the players that remain are the best in the state. We’ll have our hands full with their forwards and midfield just like everyone else has this year."

Scarborough outscored opponents 53-5 in the regular season and 6-2 in the regional playoffs. The Red Storm also held opponents off the board through the first six games of the season and 10 of their 14 games overall in the regular campaign.

The Red Storm battled injuries this season, including Davis, the team's top defender, who missed the final two games of the regular season. Davis has been back for the postseason and will play Saturday.

The prolific, high-scoring offense of the Windjammers against the tenacious, tough-as-nails defense of the Red Storm? It certainly has the makings of another all-out classic.

While the Red Storm won their first 12 games of the regular season, they dropped their last two: 2-1 to Gorham and 1-0 to Cheverus.

“I think losing really helps to humble you, motivate you and make you refocus, so maybe when that happened was a good thing,” said Farley. “I know the players never lost confidence and I never lost confidence in them.”

Messer attended the season finale between the Rams and Stags.

“Scarborough has a great returning keeper [Nicole Young] and Ashley Sabatino is a talented central midfielder,” she said. “They play very direct but have strength and skill too. I think it will be a very fun game to play in and to watch.”

The veteran coach knows well that “a rivalry has been established over the last three years and they [Scarborough] want to avenge their losses,” but “we don’t take anything for granted and will be ready to play hard.”

“We need to have confidence in our team as a whole to be successful on Saturday,” she said. “If you play 80 minutes or two minutes, you have a purpose and we want your best. I also think we need to be ourselves. We have fun playing soccer and you can’t lose that. We are high-energy and high-intensity. I think we need to show up playing like us.”

Farley said he hopes to get more of an offensive attack established early on to take pressure off the team's fullbacks as "last year we did a lot of defending."

"We just need to worry about ourselves and what we need to do to win the biggest soccer game of the year," he said. "We’ll see what we can go this year and I know we’ll show up and put in a solid 80 minute effort, which is what it will take be in this game."

For Camden Hills, Saturday’s state final marks the fourth different field in four years the team will play on for a state championship – Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, Deering High School and McMann Field in Bath, the others. It will also be the first time in four years the Windjammers will vie for a state title in an night game.

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