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Strong first half gets Bethel past Brookfield 20-0 in Class M Thanksgiving Day game

Bethel coach Jason Gill helps raise the Thanksgiving Day trophy for the Wildcats

Bethel coach Jason Gill helps raise the Thanksgiving Day trophy for the Wildcats

(Bethel CT) The Bethel Wildcats hit the visiting Brookfield Bobcats three different ways in the first half and that was enough for a 20-0 win on Thanksgiving morning at Bethel High School.

Bethel (9-2) has won nine straight after losing to Joel Barlow and Newtown and will host a Class M playoff game on Tuesday night.

Liam Clancy (22) surrounded by four Bethel Wildcats

Liam Clancy (22) surrounded by four Bethel Wildcats

Brookfield (9-2) could have moved past Bethel with a win.  They will now be a road team in the Class M quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

The sun may have been shining at Bethel but the wind (20+ MPH) made it feel like weather in the teens.  A good crowd ended up in attendance but there were very few early birds!

Bethel’s opening drive (77 yards) was so impressive because they went directly into that wind converting 3rd downs and 4th downs in the march.  Nick Silva swept right and vaulted over Bobcat Ben Martone for the score at 4:30 of the first period.

Nick Silva heads for touchdown

Nick Silva heads for touchdown

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Nick Silva vaults over Ben Martone into the end zone

Nick Silva vaults over Ben Martone into the end zone

The wind that Bethel had rushed against factored into Tom Lempereur’s extra-point attempt and his kick sailed wide.  Bethel led 6-0.

Early in the second quarter Bethel did something they haven’t done all year, they blocked a punt.  And not only did they block it, but they carried the carom in for a score.

The hero on this one was Andre Hayles.  Brookfield got into a 4th down situation at their 20.  When Bobcat punter Dane Borges bobbled the snap it gave Andre time to get in clean from the left side nearly catching the ball off Dane’s foot.  Andre picked up the ball on the Brookfield 10 and sped into the end zone.  This action was with nine minutes left in the second quarter.  Tom Lempereur connected on this extra point giving Bethel at 13-0 advantage.brbe A6 punter Dane Borges juggles snap at Andre Hayles approachesbrbe A7 Andre Hayles closes in

Andre Hayles gets the block

Andre Hayles gets the block

Bethel got the ball back with 45 seconds left until halftime after Austin Allaby nearly blocked a second Brookfield punt.  Joe Pietnik scrambled to the Brookfield 40 before his brother (Jared) connected with Sloan Austermann to the Brookfield 20.

There was time for two plays as it turned out.  The Wildcats used the same play twice…………throw the ball into the end zone and see what happens.

First time the ball sailed over Cal Daniels and nearly was caught by his brother Will.

The second time QB Jared Pietnik gave his pass a little more loft.  This led to a jump ball situation between the Wildcats Will Daniels and the Bobcats Ben Martone.  Will outjumped Ben for the ball and Bethel had its third touchdown with only 1.6 seconds left in the half.

Just miss on first pass into the end zone

Just miss on first pass into the end zone

Will Daniels (6) catches TD pass in front of Ben Martone (20)

Will Daniels (6) catches TD pass in front of Ben Martone (20)

Another extra point gave Bethel a 20-0 halftime advantage.

That last-second score didn’t take the wind out of Ralph DeSantis Stadium but it probably took the wind out of Brookfield’s sails.

Bobby Drysdale (9) follows Louie Rodrigues (77)

Bobby Drysdale (9) follows Louie Rodrigues (77)

Despite the deficit Brookfield led off with an impressive drive early in the second half and ended up deep in the Red Zone.  Several drops on Brad Westmark passes, however,  kept the Bobcats out of the end zone.

Meanwhile, the second half Wildcats were perfectly content to take few chances.  They kept the clock running with rush after rush.  QB Joe Pietnik was the most frequent ball carrier.

Bethel’s Austin Allaby was injured early in the second half.  He left on a stretcher but to the relief of everyone he waved to the crowd on the way out.

The weather was extremely challenging.  If I wanted the sun to my back (good photography idea) I had to have the strong wind in my face.  Some truly Good Samaritan gave me a hand warmer in the fourth quarter.

Cal Daniels

Cal Daniels

Cal Daniels of Bethel has a scholarship to Division 1 Stony Brook.

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Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson

Bethel QB Joe Piatnik (2) sets to throw

Bethel QB Joe Piatnik (2) sets to throw

Bobby Drysdale (9) fumbles after hit by Alec Byrnes (66)

Bobby Drysdale (9) fumbles after hit by Alec Byrnes (66)

Joe Piatnik

Joe Piatnik

pass heads for Gabe Pompette (25) with Jared Wilsey (44) defending

pass heads for Gabe Pompette (25) with Jared Wilsey (44) defending

scarey moment at star of second half

scarey moment at start of second half

Will Daniels

Will Daniels

young Marine recruit

young Marine recruit

Bobby Drysdale (9) brings down Joe Piatnik

Bobby Drysdale (9) brings down Joe Piatnik

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Concord 42, Pinkerton Academy 14: That’s a shocker!

Leo Sudieh (8) escapes Isaiah Backels (19) and Riley Cahill (11) for first quarter TD

Leo Sudieh (8) escapes Isaiah Backels (19) and Riley Cahill (11) for first quarter TD

Seimou Smith lunges into the end zone after catching a pass from QB Rob Law late in the second quarter

Seimou Smith lunges into the end zone after catching a pass from QB Rob Law late in the second quarter

(Concord NH)  No one in the announced crowd of 5,684 could have imagined it.

Concord 42
Pinkerton Academy 14

It was the October 11th regular-season game between the two schools that threw everyone off.  Pinkerton had a 14-6 lead with four minutes left in that game and ended up losing in overtime, 21-14.  A rematch figured to be close.

But six week later that game was indeed a distant memory although after a quarter, on this sunny, windy Saturday, the team from Derry led, 7-6.

But oh that second quarter!  The Crimson Tide put up twenty-two unanswered points to gain a 28-7 halftime bulge.  More than a few folks during the twenty minute halftime session wondered what had happened.

Wally Ndi registers the second Concord score

Wally Ndi registers the second Concord score

What happened, in my view, was that Concord unleashed an arsenal of offensive weapons that the Astros (9-3) never figured out how to stop.  This will not be a game where people from Derry will say in recall, “If we had only stopped so-and-so we would have won.”  On this day, and in that second quarter, they couldn’t stop anyone!

Concord (12-0) showed a passing game as well as a running game.  Wally Ndi and Leo Sudieh (missed the first game) both rushed into the end zone and often carried tacklers with them.

The Number One star may well have been junior Will Scharlotte.  Will was in the middle of several key plays for Concord.  I have pictures of him; keeping Manny Latimore from scoring, deflecting a punt that set up a late second quarter score, and recovering an onsides kick to start the second half.

Will Scharlotte deflects the punt of Kyle Cantalupo.

Will Scharlotte deflects the punt of Kyle Cantalupo.

Pinkerton was hurt by three Matt Madden fumbles.  One of them thwarted an early drive and the other set up Concord in great field position in the second quarter.

I started to suspect that it might be Concord’s day late in the first period.  Tide QB Rob Law threw a pass intended for Nick Comeau.  The ball bounded off Nick’s handed into teammate Walter Szulc’s hands for a long gain into PA territory.

The point separation between the two teams caused “running time” to be used about midway through the third quarter.  That may be football’s version of softball’s mercy rule.

The crowd was huge and quite a few of them spent some, if not all, of the first quarter trying to get into the game.  You snooze……..you stand in line!

The bands were terrific.  I was intrigued by them playing back and forth during the second half.  And the trombone player on the unicycle?

Mike Martinoli (87) gets in the face of Concord QB Rob Law (10)

Mike Martinoli (87) gets in the face of Concord QB Rob Law (10)

So Concord gets their first ever undefeated, untied, Division 1 championship.  They were awesome on this afternoon.

Pinkerton has now been to the championship game nine of the last ten years.

I did not see CHS grads Matt Bonner (San Antonio Spurs) or Brian Sabean (GM of SF Giants) in the house although they’re sure to be pleased when they hear the result.

Astros?  Named after Pinkerton Academy grad Alan Shepard (Class of 1940).

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Wally Ndi (42) recovers Matt Madden (49) fumble

Wally Ndi (42) recovers Matt Madden (49) fumble

loose ball

loose ball

Marc Gaudette (right) shows the evidence of his fumble recovery

Marc Gaudette (right) shows the evidence of his fumble recovery

Manny Latimore pushed out by Will Scharlotte near goal line.

Manny Latimore pushed out by Will Scharlotte near goal line.

crowd waiting to get in

crowd waiting to get in

scoreboard

scoreboard

Leo Sudieh

Leo Sudieh

Marc Gaudet (14) wide open for TD pass

Marc Gaudet (14) wide open for TD pass

Concord coach Eric Brown

Concord coach Eric Brown

trombone playing made difficult

trombone playing made difficult

Brad Rucker (68) joins the Concord band at halftime

Brad Rucker (68) joins the Concord band at halftime

Leo Sudieh sails in for a 2-point conversion

Leo Sudieh sails in for a 2-point conversion

Manny Latimore (22) sent flying by Leo Sudieh (8)

Manny Latimore (22) sent flying by Leo Sudieh (8)

Wally Ndi

Wally Ndi

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Windham soars 3-0 over Bangor for Class A state girls soccer title

Windham - 2013 Maine Class A state girls soccer champions

Windham – 2013 Maine Class A state girls soccer champions

Windham celebrating begins

Windham celebrating begins

(Bath ME) Who saw this coming?

The Windham girls’ soccer team made it look easy in defeating Bangor, 3-0, to get their first Class A title on a cold, sunny Saturday morning at McMann Field in Bath.

It took penalty kicks and overtime for the Eagles (17-0-1) to even get to the title game for the first time.

Meanwhile Bangor (16-2) came in having been in the Class A state finals four straight years……….talk about big game experience!

Grace Morris (15), Tiffany Gray (13), Jenna Soucy (23)

Grace Morris (15), Tiffany Gray (13), Jenna Soucy (23)

And then there’s that 65-4-2 record the Rams have put together over the past four seasons leading up to this title game.

But Bangor on this morning in Bath never had a chance against Windham.  The Eagles controlled the ball with precise short passes and took almost all the shots.

Still this game was a scoreless tie at halftime.  That score and Bangor’s track record made me suspect that the second half would be different.  I also wondered as a game dragged on if some sort of fluke score might decide it.

Surprisingly, things didn’t change much in the second half.  The Eagles continued to control the ball with terrific passing and again took most of the shots.  The big difference?  Three of their shots got past Bangor goalkeeper Emily Gilmore.

Ciera Berthiaume rips a shot through, and past, several defenders for the first Windham goal

Ciera Berthiaume rips a shot through, and past, several defenders for the first Windham goal

One of trio of goals came quickly.  Sophomore Ciera Berthiaume broke into the middle for a long shot.  The shot was high enough and hard enough that it got into the net over the head of the Rams goalie at 39:09.

Five minutes later Ciera nearly had a second goal as she was on the heading end of a crossing pass by Lauren Shoemaker from the right.  Ciera’s header back was very, very close to going in.

But Bangor hung on and as the minutes went by that one-goal Windham lead was not a comfortable one.

The Rams did get a couple of shots long-range in the second half that reached Windham GK Kate Kneeland but nothing to ooh-and-aah about.

If you’re looking for turning points (I couldn’t resist!), you might consider that Ciera Berthiaume went down at 14:28 appearing to “turn” her ankle.

You know it’s your day when an injury helps!  Out went Ciera and in came junior Luisa Sbardella.

1 1/2 minutes later, junior Jenna Soucy broke from right to left occupying most of the Bangor defense.  Jenna got off a hard shot in the penalty area as she went flying (diving?).  GK Emily Gilmore mishandled the shot and senior Emily Brookings tried to clear the ball away.  Replacement Luisa pressured Emily, forced a turnover, and fired a shot into the right corner at 12:59.

Jenna Soucy (23) gets off shot

Jenna Soucy (23) gets off shot

Shot is mishandled

Shot is mishandled

Emily Brookings (2) tries to clear the ball

Emily Brookings (2) tries to clear the ball

Luisa Sbadella steals and shoots what becomes the second Windham goal

Luisa Sbadella steals and shoots what becomes the second Windham goal

A two-goal lead, now that’s a different story with the way Windham was connecting on pass after pass.

Jenna Soucy, in the midst of four Rams, fires the third goal

Jenna Soucy, in the midst of four Rams, fires the third goal

Less than three minutes later, Jenna Soucy dribbled past, and around, a number of Rams defenders.  Five Rams were near her when she finally fired a shot from the middle in close.  The Rams GK never had a chance as Windham pushed their lead to, 3-0, with 10:11 to go.

The rest of the game was garbage time although Anna-Maria Dagher headed a corner kick over the net with 7 1/2 minutes left.

Bangor coach Joe Johnson started clearing his bench with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game and plenty of reserves saw action down the stretch for both teams.

Shannon Valente and Kate Kneeland

Shannon Valente and Kate Kneeland

The shot stats were eye-opening: Windham outshot Bangor 19-2 in the first half and 14-3 in the second half.  Windham GK Kate Kneeland had an easy morning with only three saves.  Believe me, in the previous tournament games the senior was under fire frequently………. but not this one.

Young Benjamin LeBel (week old?) was on hand for the game.

Coach Deb Lebel of Windham won three state Class B championships at Falmouth during her four years (2005-08) coaching there.

Bangor won the state title in 2011 defeating Scarborough, 4-0, at Falmouth Stadium.

Cordelia Stewart was slated to be the starting goalie for Bangor this year but suffered a knee injury.

Ariana Davidson (11) and Ann-Maria Dagher (9)

Ariana Davidson (11) and Ann-Maria Dagher (9)

The Windham defense was spectacular today.  It was their passing that caught my eye.  The passes were quick and teammates slide into open spaces.  You watch the pregame and one of the things most teams do is play keep away.  That game of keep away carried over into the actual game today for the Eagles.

Senior Emily Gilman ended her career today for the Eagles.  Emily is tall and tough.  She was a difference-maker in the way she limited high-scoring Amanda Arnold in the Thornton Academy game (Western Class A finals).

Bangor’s Tiffany Gray in the reigning Class A triple jump champion.  Tiffany missed 2012 for the Rams soccer team getting injured during the 2012 summer playing for a soccer travel team.

The Eagles had players come off their bench to play key roles in their final three games of the 2013 season.  Backup GK Liz Mycock was in net for Scarborough’s penalty kicks.  Reserve Emily Gorrivan shocked Thornton Academy with her goal in overtime and reserve Luisa Sbardella delivered the breathing-room, second goal in the title game.

Cassie Symonds draws a crowd of Rams

Cassie Symonds draws a crowd of Rams

McMann Field was opened in September.  I thought that the surface was outstanding………..money well spent.  Parking was dicey, however, but not unexpected with four important games running one right after the other.

Bangor and Windham had scrimmaged each other during the pre-season.

Windham will lose some key seniors but they have enough coming back to be in the hunt in 2014 in my opinion.

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Katerina Dagher (6) and Ciera Berthiaume (15)

Katerina Dagher (6) and Ciera Berthiaume (15)

Ciera Berthiaume in position for a dangerous header

Ciera Berthiaume in position for a dangerous header

Emily Gorrivan gets in close

Emily Gorrivan gets in close

Anna-Maria Dagher (9) heads the ball over the net

Anna-Maria Dagher (9) heads the ball over the net

Bangor coach Joe Johnson

Bangor coach Joe Johnson

gold ball

gold ball

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Windham girls take Western Class A title in 4-3 double overtime thriller over Thornton Academy

Emily Gorrivan (4) receives corner kick from Ciera Berthiaume

Emily Gorrivan (4) receives corner kick from Ciera Berthiaume

Emily Gorrivan jumps realizing her shot has gone in

Emily Gorrivan jumps realizing her shot has gone in

Windham starts celebrating overtime winner

Windham starts celebrating overtime winner

Ciera Berthiaume (2 goals & 1 assist)

Ciera Berthiaume (2 goals & 1 assist)

(Windham ME) One team separated the Thornton Academy girls’ soccer from a perfect season and a trip to the Class A state finals.

That team was the Windham Eagles.

The #1 seed Eagles (16-0-1) topped #3 seed TA, 4-3, in double overtime to take the Western Class A title on a nice Wednesday night at Windham.

For Thornton Academy (14-2-1), this was the second loss to the Eagles this season.

Windham will now face Bangor (16-1) on Saturday morning (10AM) at McMann Field in Bath.

The Eagles built up a 3-1 lead early in the second half before the visitors rallied back to tie the score with 13 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

Amanda Arnold (12) in close

Amanda Arnold (12) in close

The Trojans carried the play during the rest of the second half and came very close (Amanda Arnold in the last minute) to taking the Western Class A title in regulation.

I thought that the Eagles dominated the first overtime.  Jenna Soucy had an excellent chance in the first minute and ten minutes later teammate Shannon Valente hit the crossbar.

This game was decided in the second overtime.

Sophomore Ciera Berthiaume (2 goals/1 assist) was able to force a corner kick early in the overtime after a run down the left side.

Ciera wasted little time kicking the corner kick and that may have been part of the reason TA wasn’t completely ready for what happened.

“I wanted to bend the kick around to the inside, ” Ciera told me afterwards.

And that she did.  Senior Emily Gorrivan and the ball arrived just inside the near post at about the same time.  Emily simply redirected the ball into the net…….game, set, match!

Emily Gorrivan

Emily Gorrivan

“It was an amazing ball,” recalled Emily regarding her 7th goal, after the game.  “I hustled my hardest to get there.”

Eagles coach Deb Lebel on Emily: “She’s not a starter.  She plays because she never stops out there and she can finish as she did tonight.”

This was the second straight game that someone unexpected was key to a Windham tournament victory.  Backup goalie Liz Mycock had her moment during the penalty kick part of the semifinal win over Scarborough.

What surprised me in this game were the goals and scoring chances both teams had.  Thornton Academy came into the game with five straight shutouts and had allowed only seven goals the entire season.  Windham had twelve shutouts this seasons and had only given up five goals.

So you would expect some tight defense and probably a 1-0 final score?

But the excellent crowd, from both schools, instead saw goals and plenty of penalty-area defense.

Windham tallied first as Shannon Valente intercepted a clearing pass and quickly set up Ciera Berthiaume (8th goal) wide open in the middle.  That goal was at 32:43 of the first half.

Jenna Soucy (23) and Erin Tangney (2)

Jenna Soucy (23) and Erin Tangney (2)

At 4:51 the Eagles got in close and took a couple of shots that TA goalie Lexi Nason blocked.  Jenna Soucy finally put a rebound into the net notching her 22nd goal of the season.  Lauren Shoemaker was awarded an assist.

Thornton Academy got an early goal in the second half after a long run by Tori Daigle.  Tori got past at least three Eagles on her way to her 12th goal of the season.

Windham was back with an answer less than four minutes later.  Once again it was Ciera Berthiaume (9th goal) finishing after a nice pass.  Cassie Symonds collected her 10th career assist at 35:15.

Senior Ariana Davidson with Western Class A title plaque

Senior Ariana Davidson with Western Class A title plaque

Those thinking a 3-1 lead would be safe were in for a surprise.  Five minutes later Amanda Arnold (23rd assist) occupied several defenders and GK Kate Kneeland before sending a pass to her left to teammate Haley DeGraca (14th goal) who faced a wide open net.

Now down 3-2, the team from Saco wasn’t done.  Megan Hurrell (4th goal) came out of a scramble in front with the tying goal with 13:28 left.

The Trojans had the better of the chances in the last 13+ minutes but couldn’t turn their comeback into a victory.

The most heralded player in the game was TA’s Amanda Arnold.  The talented senior finished her career with over sixty goals and thirty assists.  Her pass to teammate Haley DeGraca setting up the second Trojans goal was a classic unselfish play.

Tori Daigle

Tori Daigle

The key to this win for Windham was limiting the touches Amanda Arnold and speedy Tori Daigle got in the overtimes.

Ariana Davidson disagreed intensely enough with the referee in the second half to get sent off the field.  She would later return.

Windham had plenty of terrific players but if I had to choose one it would probably be midfielder Cassie Symonds.  Cassie controls a lot of space for the Eagles.  The junior is one of the few I’ve seen who can consistently get her head on goal kicks.

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Thornton Academy gets runnerup plaque

Thornton Academy gets runnerup plaque

Megan Hurrell

Megan Hurrell

Windham coaches

Windham coaches

TA coach Chris Kohl

TA coach Chris Kohl

Katie Senechal dribbles ahead

Katie Senechal dribbles ahead

Amanda Arnold and Emily Gilman battle as Windham GK Kate Kneeland slides out

Amanda Arnold and Emily Gilman battle as Windham GK Kate Kneeland slides out

Cassie Symonds (13) and Katherine Gillespie (16)

Cassie Symonds (13) and Katherine Gillespie (16)

chasing a loose ball

chasing a loose ball

Haley DeGraca

Haley DeGraca

Shannon Valente

Shannon Valente

Thornton Academy pre-game

Thornton Academy pre-game

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Penalty kicks get Windham past Scarborough 1-0 in Western Class A semifinals

Liz Mycock blocks the penalty kick of Sam Sparda.

Liz Mycock blocks the penalty kick of Sam Sparda.

Windham celebrating begins on the field and in the stands

Windham celebrating begins on the field and in the stands

(Windham ME)  What a memorable day……..and I’m not just writing about the weather!

The Windham Lady Eagles used the penalty-kick route to get by nemesis Scarborough, 1-0, on a Saturday afternoon where both the weather and the girls’ soccer were terrific.

The win for the Eagles (15-0-1) pushes them into the Western Class A finals against Thornton Academy on Wednesday at Windham High School.

The last three times Windham has faced Scarborough (12-2-2), regulation and overtimes have not been enough to separate the two teams.

Today was the third time and since it was a state tournament game there was a step beyond regulation and overtimes………penalty kicks and they were needed in this Western Class A semifinal game.

backup Windham goalie Liz Mycock

backup Windham goalie Liz Mycock

The unlikely heroine for the Eagles in the penalty-kick part of this game was junior backup goalie Liz Mycock.  WHS coach Deb Lebel opted to switch in Liz ahead of starting goalie Kate Kneeland because as Coach Lebel said afterwards, “she is a little taller.”  Coach Lebel also added the Kate had no problem with the switch.

Sometimes a crucial decision like this one can backfire but it certainly didn’t this time for Windham.

In the first PK round, Liz gave up a goal to Katherine Kirk, but after that Scarborough was blanked on three straight attempts (Morgan Rodway, Hadlee Yescott, and Sam Sparda).

Meanwhile, Windham started with a goal by Jenna Soucy before Red Storm GK Sydney Martin turned back two straight Eagles attempts (Cassie Symonds and Jordan Sargent).

In the fourth round Emily Gilman put a grounder past Sydney into the right corner.

Liz Mycock watches the shot of Lauren Shoemaker go in the net to win the game for Windham

Liz Mycock watches the shot of Lauren Shoemaker go in the net to win the game for Windham

With Windham up two goals to one going into the fifth round, the stage was set for senior Lauren Shoemaker.  Lauren put a bullet high into the left corner and the Lady Eagles earned a trip to the Western Class A finals as a result.

This game was decided with penalty kicks but the primary reason it got that far was because of the extraordinary goalkeeping of Scarborough’s Sydney Martin.  No surprise that the senior was voted to the Western Class A All-Star team recently.

Sydney faced a ton of shots – 38 by one reporter’s estimate.  Jenna Soucy (two goals when team’s met two weeks ago) dribbled her way into excellent looks several times.  The most dangerous of Jenna’s attempts was midway through the second half.

There were several key moments in this game.

Scary moment as Cassie Symonds and Ainsley Jamieson go down from a collision.

Scary moment as Cassie Symonds and Ainsley Jamieson go down from a collision.

One of them was in the last 1 1/2 minutes of the first half when Cassie Symonds and Ainsley Jamieson had a nasty collision near midfield.  Both went down and walked off but Ainsley was done for the day with an injury to her left arm (wrist?).  The Red Storm defense missed Ainsley’s height and strong leg.

Another key moment happened with 2 1/2 minutes left in the first overtime.  Scarborough goalie Sydney Martin ran out from the goal and misfired on a goal kick.  The very short kick went straight to Windham’s Ariana Davidson who quickly lobbed a return over Sydney’s head that fortunately for Scarborough bounced off the crossbar.

Coach Lebel said that it would have been a tough way to win the game after the Red Storm goalie had played so well during the game.

Ciera Berthiaume chased by Bridget Cange

Ciera Berthiaume chased by Bridget Cange

One of the most dangerous scoring threats for Windham (sophomore Ciera Berthiaume) put several hard shots on net.

The Red Storm are the defending state Class A champions.

Windham has only lost twice in their last forty games, both times to Scarborough.

Scarborough has only lost five times in their last fifty-two games.

I was attracted to this game because of the terrific records these teams had going into this match.  Another attraction was that the Portland Press Herald’s, “25 Players to Watch,” included four players (Ciera Berthiaume, Cassie Symonds, Ainsley Jamieson, and Sydney Martin) playing in this one.

Windham and Scarborough tied in 2012 & 2013.  Scarborough won the previous four matches.

Cassie Symonds, Jenna Soucy, Jordan Sargent, and Emily Gilman made the 2013 Western Class A All-Star team for Windham.

Emily Gilman sets to take a direct kick

Emily Gilman sets to take a direct kick

Ashley Gleason, Ainsley Jamieson, Sydney Martin, and Hadlee Yescott made the same team for Scarborough.

Wonderful weather (high 60’s, sunny, light breeze) brought out a good crowd for both teams.

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Liz Mycock chats with Sydney Martin before the penalty kicks begin

Liz Mycock chats with Sydney Martin before the penalty kicks begin

ball in the middle

ball in the middle

GK Sydney Martin out to clear away a threat

GK Sydney Martin out to clear away a threat

action in front of Scarborough goal

action in front of Scarborough goal

Hadles Yescott (8) and Shannon Valente (1)

Hadles Yescott (8) and Shannon Valente (1)

Scarborough team pre-game

Scarborough team pre-game

Jenna Soucy

Jenna Soucy

Morgan Rodway

Morgan Rodway

Sam Sparda

Sam Sparda

Ainsley Jamieson

Ainsley Jamieson

Jenna Soucy breaks between Elise OReilly and Sam Sparda

Jenna Soucy breaks between Elise OReilly and Sam Sparda

Windham GK Kate Kneeland, Ariana Davidson (11), and Katherine Kirk (21) in front of the Windham net

Windham GK Kate Kneeland, Ariana Davidson (11), and Katherine Kirk (21) in front of the Windham net

Hadlee Yescott sets to shoot as Emily Gilman closes in

Hadlee Yescott sets to shoot as Emily Gilman closes in

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