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Mckenna Smith pitches Old Town to Class B softball title

Mckenna Smith – 19 K’s and an RBI for Old Town

Mckenna checks on the pitch called.

(Standish ME) Mckenna Smith.

Where do you begin in describing her part in Old Town’s 2-0 victory over Fryeburg Academy in such an important game?

The obvious would be her NINETEEN strikeouts.  In a seven-inning softball game there are only twenty-one outs!  One of the other two outs was a popup caught by Mckenna.

The other out?  Great catch by Coyotes left fielder Jannessa Brown in the Raiders’ 3rd inning.  A shot by Fryeburg’s Mackenzie Buzzell looked headed for the base of the LF fence but Jannessa sprinted straight back and was tall enough to make the grab.  With a runner (Grace Condon) on first there might have been a FA run without Jannessa’s catch.

The Raiders (16-4) could have used that run because they had just fallen behind by two runs in the top of OT’s tainted third inning.

Old Town’s third-inning runs were both unearned.  After a bloop single to right by Natalie St. Louis, Morgan Love reached on a drop in right by Chloe Coen.  Natalie raced to third on that play with no outs.  Morgan then took second uncontested putting two Coyotes in scoring position with no outs.  Mckenna Smith hit a sacrifice fly to RF scoring Natalie and getting Morgan to 3B.

Morgan Love scores the second Coyotes run

Key play warning!  Olivia Albert struck out but the ball was dropped by FA catcher Makayla Cooper forcing her to throw to first to get the out.  OT junior Morgan Love alertly broke from third on Makayla’s throw and beat Kaylee Emery’s relay home giving Old Town a huge second run.

Those would be the only runs reigning Class B champion Old Town (18-2) would get but they were enough with Mckenna’s assortment of pitches working.  From where I was watching (press box), it was the rise that did in Fryeburg.  Many of FA’s swings-and-misses were on pitches that ended up shoulder height.

Old Town won the game and all that but it would be a shame to overlook the pitching of the Raiders’ Nicole Bennett.  The FA senior did not give up an earned run and had nine strikeouts.  Nicole surrendered seven hits but stranded eight Coyotes in a strong effort.  Delete the two misplays in the 2-run Old Town third and the late innings would have been a lot more tense.

Nicole Bennett struck out nine Coyotes and did not give up an earned run

Though down by two runs, I kept waiting for FA to put a rally together as they had against #1 seed Wells in a 4-run miracle final inning in the South title game.  But junior Mckenna Smith would have none of it.

Certainly a remarkable playoff run for Old Town.  They did not allow a run in any of the four tournament games.

Mackenzie Buzzell, Kaylee Emery, and Chloe Coen had the hits for Fryeburg.

Versus Fryeburg Academy, Mckenna struck out seven batters in a row during one stretch and later six in a row during another stretch.

Mckenna had 128 strikeouts in 61 innings during the regular season.

Old Town now has three softball titles since 2012.

Shortstop Olivia Albert pitched for Old Town in last year’s title game against York and had a home run.

Fryeburg Academy senior Mackenzie Buzzell was injured sliding into second base in the first inning.

Lauren Gasaway and Olivia Albert each had two hits for the Coyotes.  Mckenna Smith had the first of OT’s seven hits.

LF Jannessa Brown robs Mackenzie Buzzell in the 3rd inning

Last time I saw Fryeburg softball was in 2012 when they defeated Greely 8-1 to take the Class B South championship.

Good crowd from Old Town on hand.  Why?  The OT baseball team was scheduled to also play at St. Joseph’s later in the afternoon.

Mckenna was given signals from the dugout by assistant coach Adam Boucher.  She would check her wristband after each signal and several infielders did too.  When I saw Mckenna looking at her wrist I couldn’t help but think of Celtic Isaiah Thomas and his routine of looking at his imaginary watch during “Isaiah” time.  No question it was “Mckenna time” on this afternoon!

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Old Town – 2017 Maine Class B softball champions

Morgan Love and Mckenna Smith

OT coach Jenn Plourde gives Mckenna Smith the ball used on the final pitch

Fryeburg Academy seniors – Alexandria Fraize, Mackenzie Buzzell, Makayla Cooper, and Nicole Bennett

Old Town celebrating begins after the final out

Freshman Jannessa Brown

Shortstop Tina LeBlanc sets to throw to first base

Shortstop Tina LeBlanc awaits throw as Olivia Albert slides into 2B

Natalie St. Louis celebrates the first OT run with teammate Lauren Gasaway

RF Chloe Coen drops a fly ball in the 2-run Old Town 3rd inning

Brooke Juneau drops a ball in LF

RF Chloe Coen makes a nice catch to end the first inning OT threat

 

 

 

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Late goal gets Gray-New Gloucester past Fryeburg Academy 3-2 in girls’ soccer

Emma Woods (#8) redirects the game-winner for Gray-New Gloucester with 3.5 seconds left

Emma Woods (#8) redirects the game-winner for Gray-New Gloucester with 3.5 seconds left

Maria Valente set up a goal and scored one

Maria Valente set up a goal and scored one

(Fryeburg ME) In the midst of the Fryeburg Fair and some fine foliage a pretty good girls’ soccer game broke out.

Visiting Gray-New Gloucester took the lead for the third and final time with 3.5 seconds left to defeat Fryeburg Academy, 3-2, on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon of Western Maine Conference Class B soccer.

Freshman Emma Woods headed in the game-winner off of a throw-in by senior Maria Valente in the closing seconds.

It was a tough loss for the (2-4-2) Raiders.  The home team was scored on early in each half but recovered each time.  Kaylin Delaney’s penalty kick produced the final tie with less than five minutes left in the game.

With no overtime period played during the regular season, both teams pressed for the win in the final minutes.  In the closing minute, GNG’s Kaelyn Woods kept the ball in play down the right sidelines before the Raiders kicked the ball out-of-bounds with under fifteen seconds remaining.  Maria Valente had to really hustle to get from her defensive spot to the throw-in attempt.  She did and had the ball  in the air with few seconds left.  The ball came into the near-side of the box area with plenty of steam on it.  Emma Woods leaped high and redirected Maria’s throw-in to the far corner of the goal.

Sarah Giggey had two assists on corner kicks

Sarah Giggey had two assists on corner kicks

This was Emma’s second goal of the game and 8th of the 2014 season.  Maria’s assist was her 5th of the season and her 5th assist against FA over the past three seasons.

Gray-New Gloucester (4-4) had two of their goals set up by junior Sarah Giggey’s corner kicks.

Both goalies (GNG-Zoe Adams, FA-Makayla Cooper) faced numerous dangerous shots.  The most dangerous, of the dangerous, were long rips by the Raiders’ Esme Hernendez.

Esme did get a goal (14:15) in the first half.  A throw-in by Lexi L’Heureux-Carland from the left was headed by Kaylin Delaney and the ball reached Esme alone in front.  Esme applied the finishing touch.

Emma Woods headed in the opening goal of the game (33:07).  The freshman was parked in the middle and GK Makayla Cooper was centered in the net.  Emma was able to head the ball down and past Makayla to the FA goalie’s left.

The Patriots clicked early (36:22) in the second half.  Sarah Giggey sent a corner kick in from the left that found Maria Valente in traffic near the far post for yet another headed goal.

Julia Quinn dribbles ahead

Julia Quinn dribbles ahead

As the minutes wound down in the second half the Raiders turned up the pressure, especially Julia Quinn and Anna Manahor, and got what they needed at 4:52………….a penalty shot.

From where I was standing it looked as if defender Caitlin Holmquist got a hand on the ball in the box.

Kaylin Delaney took the PK and scored with a shot that went in on the left after caroming off the goal post.

Later Emma Woods, from Maria Valente, would collect the game-winner giving GNG their sixth straight victory over Fryeburg Academy.

Both teams resume play on Thursday at 6PM.  FA will be at Wells while GNG will host Poland.

Emily Hotham and Julia Quinn

Emily Hotham and Julia Quinn

A key to the victory for GNG was the return of senior Emily Hotham to the Patriots defense.  I am not certain when the injured defender returned but I saw the Patriots without her in their loss to Lake Region.  Her presence this afternoon made a difference.

I like to arrive at games at least a half-hour early.  Good thing this afternoon since the scheduled 3:30PM start turned out to be a 3PM start.

If you’re a defender and the pressure is on, it is usually a good idea to kick the ball out of bounds.  This gives the defense a chance to set up in front of the goalie.  That strategy can backfire, however, when a team plays Gray-New Gloucester.  Why?  Because Maria Valente takes the sideline throw-ins for GNG and is strong enough to throw the ball into the box almost every time.  Granted the defense is organized but so also is the Patriots offense.  With plenty of bodies in the area and the ball in the air, bad things can happen, and they did today for FA in the closing seconds.

Erasme Herendez (22) alone in front

Erasme Herendez (22) alone in front

The speed and hustle of Ori Inirio was noticeable.  Some forwards run hard when the ball in near them and then trot or walk.  Not Ori, she seemed to run from end to end.  She had a couple of pretty good chances as a result.

(I can add/subtract with this blog so if I messed up something let me know and I will change it.)

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loose ball

Emma Woods (8) nods in the first Patriots goal

Emma Woods (8) nods in the first Patriots goal

Ashley Moreau and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

Ashley Moreau and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

victory celebrating begins

victory celebrating begins

Kaylin Delaney takes a penalty shot

Kaylin Delaney takes a penalty shot

Erasme Hernendez and Kiersten Stritch

Erasme Hernendez and Kiersten Stritch

GNG goalie Zoe Adams jumps for a save

GNG goalie Zoe Adams jumps for a save

Izzy Detroy, Maria Valente, and Emma Woods celebrate a goal

Izzy Detroy, Maria Valente, and Emma Woods celebrate a goal

Maria Valente (18) in position to head in a goal

Maria Valente (18) in position to head in a goal

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loose ball

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Julia Quinn (4 goals) leads Fryeburg Academy past North Yarmouth 5-2 in girls soccer

Junior Julia Quinn netted four goals in the Raiders win

Junior Julia Quinn netted four goals in the Raiders win

NYA goalie Scout Fischman tries to stop Anna Manahor

NYA goalie Scout Fischman tries to stop Anna Manahor

(Fryeburg ME)  The drought is officially over……the goal-scoring drought, that is.

The Fryeburg Academy girl’s soccer team displayed plenty of scoring ability as they defeated North Yarmouth Academy, 5-2, on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

Junior Julia Quinn had a career game with four goals, pacing the Raiders (1-2-1) to their first win of the season.

North Yarmouth (0-5) may still be winless but they were able to walk away with their first two goals (Emily Baker & Isabelle See) of the season.

FA had the wind and the sun in their favor in the first half and relentlessly attacked the Panthers side of the field.

Julia Quinn drives home her first goal despite close guarding by Emily Baker

Julia Quinn drives home her first goal despite close guarding by Emily Baker

Julia Quinn notched a goal early despite heavy defense by Emily Baker as she dribbled down the middle.  Somehow Julia found space for a shot that beat NYA goalie Scout Fischman to her left at 32:46.

Eleven-plus minutes later Julia broke in from the right under less pressure, took a hard shot, got the rebound and had Goal #2.

Julia’s other two goals, one in the first half and the other in the second half, were off of terrific setups by teammates Mackenzie Buzzell and Esme Hernendez.

Julia was in perfect position (to the goalie’s right) both times to head in the high crosses of Mackenzie and Esme.

Emily Baker (#29) drives home a penalty kick

Emily Baker (#29) drives home a penalty kick

After three straight Raiders’ goals the Panthers were awarded a penalty kick.  Emily Baker took the PK and fired a low shot past FA goalie Makayla Cooper.

The 4th Fryeburg goal of the first half went to junior Anna Manahor.  Katherine Parker set up Anna in very close to goal.  Anna shot, got her own rebound, and scored.

Ori Inirio heads wide

Ori Inirio heads wide

It was 4-1 after a half.

Two minutes into the second half Julia Quinn built the lead to 5-1.

With twelve minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Isabelle See intercepted a Raiders’ clearout and put a low shot past GK Makayla Cooper.

Snake-bitten throughout this game was Raiders junior Ori Inirio.  If she wasn’t being robbed by goalie Scout Fischman, her shots were going just wide.  Ori had a header that just missed.

The next game for both teams will be on Saturday.  FA visits Poland (11AM) while NYA hosts Old Orchard (10AM)

Isabelle See and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

Isabelle See and Lexi LHeureux-Carland

The Raiders had beaten North Yarmouth only once in the previous five years.

The Panthers were 7-5-2 in 2013.  The loss of Alex Wahlstrom (transferred) has hurt the 2014 squad.  The team dressed only thirteen players for the FA game.

The Raiders were 3-7-4 in 2013.  Only three players graduated off of that team and there are no seniors on the 2014 squad.

Junior Emily Baker made the Western Maine Conference first team in 2013.  She has a powerful left foot and handles the ball with confidence.

FA scored ten goals in all of 2013 getting five of them against Old Orchard.

Fryeburg is Class B while NYA is Class C.

captains meet

captains meet

The Panthers were Class C state champions for five straight seasons (2002-2007).

Ali Fraize and Lexi L’Heureux-Carland were impressive defenders.

The Raiders forwards led by Julia Quinn were aggressive to the ball and passed well.

(I can add or subtract from this blog so if there is a need to do that, let me know.)

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Julia Quinn (#5) heads in a second-half goal

Julia Quinn (#5) heads in a second-half goal

FA goalie Makayla Cooper

FA goalie Makayla Cooper

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incoming

Nora Laprise and Charlotte Collins

Nora Laprise and Charlotte Collins

Isabelle See shoots

Isabelle See shoots

Emily Baker

Emily Baker

Sage Boivin in position for a header

Sage Boivin in position for a header

Mackenzie Buzzell

Mackenzie Buzzell

Esme Hernendez

Esme Hernendez

NYA goalie Scout Fischman

NYA goalie Scout Fischman

Julia Quinn heads home a first-half goal

Julia Quinn heads home a first-half goal

Adrienne Tracy

Adrienne Tracy

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Gabe Perry penalty kick gets Fryeburg Academy to Class B West quarterfinals

 

Freeport goalie Brendan Qualls guesses left and Gabe Perry shoots the penalty kick right.

Freeport goalie Brendan Qualls guesses left and Gabe Perry shoots the penalty kick right.

celebrating begins for Fryeburg Academy

celebrating begins for Fryeburg Academy

Ryder Bennell clears a ball away from in front of the Freeport net.

Ryder Bennell clears a ball away from in front of the Freeport net.

(Fryeburg ME) These teams were evenly matched!

A 1-1 tie on September 20th set the stage for today’s boys soccer match between Fryeburg Academy and Freeport on gloomy Saturday afternoon.

The stakes were higher this time around (Class B Western Maine preliminary round) and a winner would be decided no matter how long it took.

And it took a while.

Finally, at 6:19 of the second overtime, senior Gabe Perry of Fryeburg Academy cashed a penalty kick, that he had drawn, to settle this one.

The #8 seeded Raiders (5-8-2) advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday against #1 seed Yarmouth (11-0-3) at Yarmouth.  Freeport lost to Yarmouth, 5-1, in September.

The Fryeburg Academy combo of GK Blaine Andreoli (diving) and defender Sean Chase (headband kicking) prevent Freeport goal.

The Fryeburg Academy combo of GK Blaine Andreoli (diving) and defender Sean Chase (headband kicking) prevent Freeport goal.

Both teams in today’s game had opportunities to score, although Fryeburg had the better chances.  Joe Schrader, Ben Davis, and Tucker Hope had chances they’ll see in their sleep.  Ben had a marvelous feed from Gabe Perry in the second half that was chipped just over the net.

#9 seed Freeport (4-8-3) had enough defense in the right place at the right time to frustrate the home team over and over again.  If junior goalie Brendan Qualls wasn’t making the save, the core of defenders (starring Ryder Bennell) in front of him, were clearing dangerous intrusions out of harm’s way.

Nick Nelsonwood

Nick Nelsonwood

One of the key saves in the game was by Falcons defender Nick Nelsonwood in the second half.  The skillful senior saw GK Brendan Qualls away from the net unable to control a rebound.  A Raiders shot headed toward the net but Nick was there to clear the scoring chance out.  Big save, for sure!

A key matchup in this game involved seniors Gabe Perry and Harry Stivers.  Harry had the task of trying to contain the high-scoring Gabe.  If Gabe had stayed in one area the job might have been easier but Gabe is all over the field……..and so was Harry.

There were numerous entanglements between the two of them and a good assortment of pushes and shoves along the way.

Gabe went down a couple of times with Harry in the area.  On at least one occasion, Gabe looked for a call and I heard the referee mention what you do on a springboard in a swimming pool.

However, with less than seven minutes left in the second overtime, Gabe broke in from the left sidelines along the baseline and Harry stuck his leg in front of Gabe in an attempt to hit the ball and over went Gabe in the penalty area.

Harry Shivers (adjusting shin guard) gets the bad news that Gabe Perry (#13) has drawn a penalty kick.

Harry Shivers (adjusting shin guard) gets the bad news that Gabe Perry (#13) has drawn a penalty kick.

Penalty kicks are a guessing game for both players involved.  There is no time for the goalie to react after the shot is taken.  Freeport GK guessed that Gabe would shoot for the left side and dove in that direction.  Gabe’s shot went into the wide-open right side at 6:19 of the second overtime.

While the entire Raiders team was rushing across the field to their student section, FA coach Bob Hodgman-Burns instead went to Freeport GK Brendan Qualls congratulating him and for good reason.  Classy move, I thought.

Forrest Stearns (14) chases a loose ball

Forrest Stearns (14) chases a loose ball

I was impressed with the following Raiders: Jordan Kruguer, Ben Davis, Forrest Stearns, and Jared Schrader.

Freeport has five seniors on a roster of twenty players.

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 Jordan Kruguer

Jordan Kruguer

Fryeburg GK Blaine Andreoli eyes incoming shot

Fryeburg GK Blaine Andreoli eyes incoming shot

Antonio River Pinna (1), Tucker Hope (7), Jack Davenport (9)

Antonio River Pinna (1), Tucker Hope (7), Jack Davenport (9)

Gabe Perry and Harry Stivers

Gabe Perry and Harry Stivers

FA coach Bob Hodgman-Burns congratulates Brendan Qualls after the game

FA coach Bob Hodgman-Burns congratulates Brendan Qualls after the game

GK Brendan Qualls caught in traffic

GK Brendan Qualls caught in traffic

Jared Schrader

Jared Schrader

Harry Stivers and Gabe Perry

Harry Stivers and Gabe Perry

GK Brendan Qualls and Antonio River Pinna

GK Brendan Qualls and Antonio River Pinna

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Orie Inirio stars as Fryeburg Academy ties Kennebunk 1-1 in girls soccer

Orie Inirio heads out a Kennebunk corner kick over Sarah Thill

Orie Inirio heads out a Kennebunk corner kick over Sarah Thill

Natasha Staples (#11) after scoring for Kennebunk

Natasha Staples (#11) after scoring for Kennebunk

(Fryeburg ME)  Both teams came in trying to end two-game losing streaks and both teams got the job done.

Fryeburg Academy and Kennebunk played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday afternoon of girls soccer at Fryeburg.

Kennebunk (2-3-1) is likely to remember this game as one they should have won.  They controlled the middle of the field and their short passing was outstanding.

But Orie Inirio was the difference maker for Fryeburg (1-3-1).  The speedy sophomore helped the Raiders’ defense on occasion and was a threat several times racing down the right wing.

Orie Inirio (far right) sends a shot over Kennebunk goalie Kyra Schwartzman to tie the score.

Orie Inirio (far right) sends a shot over Kennebunk goalie Kyra Schwartzman to tie the score.

Late in regulation (3:35), Orie broke down the wing past a Rams defender and got an open look.  Orie’s shot from the left soared over GK Kyra Schwartzman’s head to tie the score.

The way the game was going up to that point that goal was a shocker.  KHS senior Natasha Staples had given the visitors a 1-0 lead with 21:24 left in regulation.  Natasha picked up a rebound from teammate Maddy Aromando’s shot and drove it past FA goalie Sydney Charles.

Kendall Dolan looks for a rebound on a direct kick that hit the post.

Kendall Dolan looks for a rebound on a direct kick that hit the post.

Kennebunk (Class A) turned up the heat on the Raiders (Class B) after getting ahead.  Elizabeth Cain had a great chance with 8:25 remaining and Alyssa Weigle hit the post on a direct kick with 5:30 to go.  Less than a minute later Alyssa set up teammate Ally Weaver for a hard shot that GK Sydney Charles bobbled but recovered on.

At that point the outcome wasn’t in doubt, it was whether or not the Rams could get a second goal.  But then Orie Inirio broke free down the right side and suddenly FA surprised a bunch of folks as the score got tied.

Kennebunk had the better of the chances in the remaining minutes of regulation and throughout the two five-minute overtime periods.  But the Raiders had enough defense, led by sophomore Lexi L’Heureux-Carland, to get the tie.

I was impressed with the dribbling/passing skills of the Rams Alyssa Weigle.  The KHS junior took the corner kicks and direct kicks.  Her direct kick late in the game caromed off the near post.

Caroline Hoch was a terrific defender for Kennebunk.  She has a strong leg and she wasn’t shy about getting physical with Raiders contesting her for ball control.

Orie Inirio

Orie Inirio

The #1 star would have to go to Orie Inirio.  She rescued the Raiders with her late goal.  I have enough pictures of her in the defensive end making big plays so she certainly excelled there too.

Missing from the game (but in attendance, I think), was the Rams Cara McCluskey.  The talented junior striker broke her leg nearly two weeks ago.  Cara was rated as one of the 25 players to watch by the Portland Press Herald.  Versus Fryeburg Academy she might have been able to convert at least one of the near-misses the Rams had.

Fryeburg Academy travels to North Yarmouth tomorrow (Wednesday) for their next game at 3:30PM.  Kennebunk will host York on Thursday (6:15PM).

Last time I did a Fryeburg game, it rained and then the sun came out.  This time it was extremely overcast at first but later the sun came out for a while.

It is nice to see the changing leaf colors in the background at Fryeburg.

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Alexandria Fraize and Kendall Dolan

Alexandria Fraize and Kendall Dolan

Molly Parent (4), Caroline Hoch (12), and Izzy Hodgman-Burns (11)

Molly Parent (4), Caroline Hoch (12), and Izzy Hodgman-Burns (11)

pressure by Kennebunk

pressure by Kennebunk

Caroline Hoch

Caroline Hoch

Natasha Staples and MacKenzie Buzzell

Natasha Staples and MacKenzie Buzzell

Alyssa Weigle

Alyssa Weigle

Alyssa Weigle dribbled her way into open spaces

Alyssa Weigle dribbled her way into open spaces

GK Sydney Charles chased by Tartre Sierra

GK Sydney Charles chased by Tartre Sierra

Lexi L Heureux-Carland clears away a Kennebunk threat

Lexi L Heureux-Carland clears away a Kennebunk threat

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loose ball

reacting to a corner kick

reacting to a corner kick

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Fryeburg Academy gets 3-0 shutout over Traip Academy in boys soccer

Austin German heads home the second Fryeburg Academy goal

Austin German heads home the second Fryeburg Academy goal

Jordan Kruguer lines up a direct kick that became the 3rd FA goal

Jordan Kruguer lines up a direct kick that became the 3rd FA goal

(Fryeburg ME)  They’re still looking.

Traip Academy (0-3) continues to chase their first win, and their first goal for that matter.

Today the Class C Rangers were shutout by Class B (2-1) Fryeburg Academy, 3-0, on a wet Friday afternoon of boys soccer.

Sophomore Jordan Kruguer had a goal and an assist to pace the Raiders.

FA clearly had the better of the chances.  Rangers goalie Colin Macomber faced a number of point-blank Raider shots and turned back each one.

Fryeburg Academy was able to get on the board twice in the first half.  Both times the ball got into the middle and from there junior Joe Schrader and then senior Austin German redirected the passes into the net.

Traip GK Colin Macomber saw plenty of action

Traip GK Colin Macomber saw plenty of action

Joe drove his in off of a direct kick by Jordan Kruguer at 36:28 of the first half.

Later in the half, senior Ben Davis dribbled along the end line and made a terrific pass setting up Austin’s header at 9:20.

The other Raiders tally was at 9:15 of the second half.  Jordan Kruguer fired a perfectly placed direct kick into the top right corner that GK Colin Macomber never had a chance on.

Johnny Guy had several good chances for the visitors from Kittery.  On one of them, in the second half, GK Blaine Andreoli deflected over the top of the net.

Josh Schneier was in position for a pretty good header deep in the FA end in the second half.

In this game, FA was much better than Traip at dribbling the ball into open spaces.  Gabe Perry, especially, victimized a number of Rangers defenders with his dribbling skills.

Traip will continue their quest for their first win (and goal) next Monday when they visit North Yarmouth Academy for a 3:30PM match.

Jordan Kruguer gets away from a trio of Rangers

Jordan Kruguer gets away from a trio of Rangers

Fryeburg Academy will try to extend their winning streak to three when they host Waynflete on Monday at 5:30PM.

FA has made the Class B tournament in each of the last five years.

Traip (7-6-1 in 2012) would like to get back to the state tournament after falling short the last four years.

Traip is now coached by Tyler Metevier who was part of the Rangers 2006 Class C state champs team.  Tyler went on to a very good soccer career at Husson in Bangor.

What can you say about the weather?  The forecast was “cloudy,” with rain after the game was over.  Instead, I arrive in rain and there was moisture most of the time.  However, suddenly in the second half the sun came out and you could hardly read the sun-facing scoreboard.  Then it was back to drizzling.  I know the Mark Twain quote: “Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it!”

A cross country meet took place during the game.  I got pictures of the leaders but I have no idea if they held those spots at the end.

Gabe Perry and Pete Roy both exited the game after getting yellow cards.

Gabe Perry gets by freshman Trevor Salema

Gabe Perry gets by freshman Trevor Salema

Gabe scored the only goal in FA’s 1-0 win at Poland Regional earlier this week.  Gabe’s penalty kick was stopped, as well a shot off the rebound.  Gabe, however, persisted and headed the ball past the Knights’ goalie.

I marveled at the fact that there was only one official.  It certainly didn’t help that rain wiped out most of the lines on the sidelines.

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Nacho Ferrero gets a terrific setup in front on a pass from Gabe Perry

Nacho Ferrero gets a terrific setup in front on a pass from Gabe Perry

Ben Davis find the going slick

Ben Davis find the going slick

girls cross country leaders

girls cross country leaders

action in the Traip end

action in the Traip end

Gabe Perry breaks in

Gabe Perry breaks in

Josh Schneier gets a head on the ball as FA goalkeeper Blaine Andreoli watches

Josh Schneier gets a head on the ball as FA goalkeeper Blaine Andreoli watches

Gabe Perry

Gabe Perry

Colin Macomber watches a kick sail over the net

Colin Macomber watches a kick sail over the net

watching a corner kick

watching a corner kick

leaders in the boys cross country meet

leaders in the boys cross country meet

Mark Lambrecht and Jordan Kruguer

Mark Lambrecht and Jordan Kruguer

Joe Schrader gets congratulated by teammate Ben Davis (11) after scoring the first goal

Joe Schrader gets congratulated by teammate Ben Davis (11) after scoring the first goal

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Fryeburg Academy wins the Class B West Regionals defeating Greely 8-1 in softball

Fryeburg Academy – 2012 Class B Western Regional softball champions

(Standish)  It’s on to the Class B title game on Saturday (11AM) against Old Town at Brewer High School for the Fryeburg Academy Raiders after they eliminated the Greely Rangers, 8-1, on a sunny Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s College.

Raider coach Fred Apt

Fryeburg Academy coach Fred Apt won his 150th game and his Raiders have now won the Class B West Regionals five straight years.

FA (18-1) went into the fourth inning trailing 1-0 but came out of that inning with eight runs, capitalizing on everything that Greely gave them.  And one thing that the Rangers gave FA was three extra outs.

After Maggie McConkey singled leading off the fourth, first baseman Mykaela Twitchell, third baseman Lindsey Arsenault, and shortstop Caroline Hamilton made errors on consecutive batters.  So instead of shading themselves in their dugout, the Rangers had already given up the tying run and FA had the bases loaded with no outs.

Eight batters later Fryeburg Academy had put up seven more runs and this game had reached the “Hail Mary” zone for Greely High from Cumberland.

In that big fourth inning, Emily Davidson cleared the bases with a right-center gapper.  Later, Maddy Smith and Sarah Harriman each brought in two runs with singles.

After finally ending that inning, and it took a double play by centerfielder Kathryn Whittum to do it, the Greely bats were very quiet over the final three innings.  The only hit was Dani Cimino’s single in the seventh before teammates Elyse Dinan and Eddie Aromando were retired to end the game.

Dani Cimino

Dani Cimino was the star for Greely.  The junior pitched a 5-hitter and allowed no earned runs.  She had the Rangers’ only two hits including a homer over the left centerfield fence in the top of the fourth.

But one bad inning was enough for FA.  And with lefty Sarah Harriman going, runs were going to be hard to come by.

Sarah tossed a 2-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks.  The sophomore had five one-two-three innings.

The Raiders didn’t get a hit until the fourth.  In the third, however, without a hit, they threatened getting two base runners on walks.  A grounder to short ended the inning as Maddy Smith was ruled to have interfered with Greely shortstop Caroline Hamilton as she attempted to field the grounder.

FA catcher Carla Tripp was one of the “walkers” in the third.  She may have fouled off as many as ten pitches before drawing the walk.

Maggie McConkey dives across with first Raider run

Carla’s lengthy at bat in the third and the demise of the Greely defense in the fourth may have taken some of the edge out of Dani Cimino as she pitched long after she should have been cooling off in the dugout.  And this was one of those games in which the heat was a factor.

Shortstop Sydney Charles started a double play in the second for FA.  Second baseman Bri Pelkie made a nice running catch in the 6th inning.

Eight different girls scored for Fryeburg.

Maddie Smith was the only Raider to get two hits.

FA has now won sixteen straight games.

First year coach Sarah Jamo took a team that was 10-8 last season and brought them to the West Regional game with an impressive 16-3 season.  They also defeated Fryeburg Academy earlier in the season.

Sarah Harriman – gave up only two hits

The Old Town Coyotes (16-4) will be in their first Class B title game when they face the Raiders on Saturday morning.  Considering that FA has been there, done it, over the last four years you would have to like their chances.  With Sarah Harriman pitching the Coyotes will struggle to score runs and Old Town had better hope that they don’t struggle on defense the way Greely did.

Taking pictures at Richard Bailey Field was difficult.  At most softball games a photographer can get inside the fence for close-ups and better angles.  Not at this field.  The other option was the press box but the view from there wasn’t a clear look at the entire field.  That’s a whine and I apologize.

Learned from Coach Apt before the game that he grew up on Rings Island in Salisbury (MA) and went two years to Newburyport High School and two years to Triton Regional.  That information seemed quite remarkable to me since I live in Newburyport and I‘m covering a random game in Maine.

(The pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Ranger gathering

Catcher Eddie Aromando fields bunt

Caroline Hamilton

scoreboard

Raider captains with plaque

Raider players start celebrating

Lindsey Arsenault fires to first

ball loose at home

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