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Halloween comes early but Windham survives 3-2 over Portland

Ciera Berthiaume unleashes the game winner versus Portland in the Class A West quarterfinals

Ciera Berthiaume unleashes the game winner versus Portland in the Class A West quarterfinals

Portland GK Taylor Crosby had 24 saves in a very busy night.

Portland GK Taylor Crosby had 24 saves in a very busy night.

(Windham ME) It wasn’t Halloween but the scare was real for the Windham girls’ soccer team.

Serious underdog Portland had the #1 seed Eagles down, 2-0, eight minutes into the second half but the home team rallied its way to a 3-2 win in wet conditions on Wednesday night.

Windham (14-0-1) will host a semifinals game on Saturday.

Portland (9-7) was the #9 seed and needed to defeat #8 Deering on the 24th to even get into the tournament.  It was hard to think that the Bulldogs would have much of a chance against high-scoring Windham.  The Eagles already had a 2-0 win over Portland this season and the last time the Bulldogs had even scored a goal against Windham was back in 2009!

Portland celebrates a 2-0 lead in the second half

Portland celebrates a 2-0 lead in the second half

But on this night, Portland put up the first two goals (Madison Bolduc and Ella Altidor). Both WHS coach Deb Lebel and Holy Cross commit Cassie Symonds admitted afterwards that the thought that the season might end early went through their heads.

“I knew we had kids who would dig deep but it was worrisome to trail by two goals,” said Coach Lebel.

Maggie Symonds collides with Portland GK

Maggie Symonds collides with Portland GK

There was, however, one thing that was consistent during this game and it wasn’t the drizzle/stop, drizzle/stop weather.  It was the persistent attack of the defending Class A state champs.  Portland GK Taylor Crosby ended up with 24 saves and there were plenty of other Eagles’ shots that went high and wide.

“Their keeper (Taylor Crosby) deserves all the credit in the world,” said WHS Coach Lebel afterwards.  “She had an amazing game.”

Portland had few scoring opportunities but they were glittering chances as the visitors poured into the Windham end with player advantages.  Senior Madison Bolduc put Portland on the board at 15:40 of the first half.

Freshman Ella Altidor added to the Portland lead eight minutes into the second half.  Ella made a terrific hustle play in front of the Portland bench to keep the momentum going toward the Windham goal.  Ella later ended up in front of the Eagles’ goal and put home a juicy rebound.  The vision of the biggest upset in Maine’s 2014 girls’ soccer season started dancing through my head.

Melissa Morton (9) goes high to head

Melissa Morton (9) goes high to head

But the never-ending pressure of the Windham attack finally caught up to Portland in the second half.  It seemed as if every Bulldog goal kick was immediately controlled by midfielder Cassie Symonds and her teammates and another Eagles’ attack initiated.

At 23:27, junior Ciera Berthiaume finished off a long run, with Merritt Ryan defending, beating Taylor Crosby on a low shot.

That goal just added to the Windham persistence.  Freshman Maggie Symonds had a great setup from her sister Cassie in close and missed high.  Jenna Soucy shot from long range and Taylor Crosby deflected the shot off the crossbar and over the net.

Jenna Soucy watches her shot sail into the net

Jenna Soucy watches her shot sail into the net

At 7:13 Jenna launched a long shot into the upper left corner and the teams were even, 2-2.  It was Jenna’s 30th goal of the season.

Two minutes later GK Taylor Crosby made her best save of the night robbing Ciera Berthiaume from in close and preserving, for the moment, the 2-2 tie.

Forty seconds later (4:33) Ciera broke away from a tiring Portland defense in the middle and took the equivalent of a running penalty kick to notch the game winner.  Taylor never had a chance on Ciera’s second goal of the game and 17th of the season.

(I can edit this blog so if there is a mistake let me know.)

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Chesa Hoekstra

Chesa Hoekstra

Madison Bolduc scored the first Portland goal

Madison Bolduc scored the first Portland goal

Rachel Glover

Rachel Glover

Cassie Symonds (13) eyes a corner kick

Cassie Symonds (13) eyes a corner kick

Hayleigh Blanchard

Hayleigh Blanchard

Ciera Berthiaume gets Windham on the board

Ciera Berthiaume gets Windham on the board

Ella Altidor put Portland in front by two goals

Ella Altidor put Portland in front by two goals

Portland GK Taylor Crosby

Portland GK Taylor Crosby

Ciera Berthiaume congratulated after goal that put Windham in front 3-2

Ciera Berthiaume congratulated after goal that put Windham in front 3-2

 

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Undefeated Windham routs Marshwood 7-0 in Western Maine Class A girls’ soccer

Ciera Berthiaume slides by the Marshwood goal after scoring in the first twenty seconds.

Ciera Berthiaume slides by the Marshwood goal after scoring in the first twenty seconds.

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) congratulates Caitlyn Winn after she scored the 7th Windham goal

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) congratulates Caitlyn Winn after she scored the 7th Windham goal

(Windham ME)  That was way easier than expected.

The undefeated Windham girls’ soccer team routed Marshwood, 7-0, on Friday night in a Class A Western Maine matchup.

Marshwood (7-2-1) was touted pre-game as a team that could give the defending Class A champions trouble.  However, twenty seconds into this game it was the visiting Hawks in trouble, quickly down by a goal.

The Eagles (11-0) displayed a terrific short-passing game on all parts of the field.  That passing accuracy kept threatening shots away from GK Liz Mycock and set up scoring chances down the other end all night long.

Senior Jenna Soucy had the hat trick for Windham.  Teammate Ciera Berthiaume added two scores while Melissa Morton and Caitlyn Winn registered one each.

Those seven Windham goals had to be a shock to MHS coach Luke Edgar since in the first nine games the Hawks had only allowed seven goals.

The long night started early for the visitors from South Berwick.  Senior Melissa Morton broke down the right side into the open and sent a terrific pass across the goal to a breaking Ciera Berthiaume on the left.  GK Emily Robida never had a chance and Marshwood quickly trailed, 1-0.

Jenna Soucy shot goes through Marshwood GK Emily Robida

Jenna Soucy shot goes through Marshwood GK Emily Robida

On the second goal (29:00), Jenna Soucy made a long run down the middle getting past several defenders.  Jenna’s shot was a hard grounder that went through Emily Robida’s hands.

Senior Melissa Morton found space in the middle at 18:01 for the third Windham tally of the first half.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Ciera Berthiaume dribbled free down the right side and took a hard shot on goal.  The save was made but the rebound was picked up by Jenna Soucy.  She took a shot from in close and put in her own rebound.

Ciera Berthiaume made it 5-0 at 34:19 as the WHS junior broke free for an open shot on the right that went in.

Madison Mauro (2 assists)

Madison Mauro (2 assists)

Junior Madison Mauro set up the last two Eagles’ goals.  First it was Jenna Soucy (22nd goal of the season) and then sophomore Caitlyn Winn with 7:49 left.

Tough loss for Marshwood in the first of five straight road games.  The Hawks struggled to put passes together in the offensive end while being victimized by Windham’s ability to do that when they had the ball.

One thing I noticed was that there wasn’t any negative body language among the Marshwood team despite the way the game went.  I would expect them to recover nicely over the final four games.

Who can stop the Eagles?  They have now won twenty-nine straight games with on-paper mismatches ahead.  They face Scarborough next Wednesday.  Despite a loss to Marshwood, Scarborough will be a challenge.

Melissa Morton (15 goals)

Melissa Morton (15 goals)

I saw Windham’s final three games last season and couldn’t recall Melissa Morton.  I have since learned that the talented senior was injured.  Melissa’s goal tonight gives her 15 for the season.

Windham has netted 84 goals in eleven games.

Marshwood has now lost four straight to Windham and have been outscored, 17-0, by the Eagles.  The Hawks did defeat Windham, 1-0, in the playoffs in 2009.

Even GK Liz Mycock was part of the short-passing approach for Windham.  Rather than punting the ball, she would instead roll it to an open teammate.

Liz (Babson), Cassie Symonds (Holy Cross), and Shannon Valente (Southern New Hampshire) already have college plans.  They shouldn’t be the last of the Eagles to have a collegiate soccer future.

Because this is a blog entry, it is easy for me to edit it.  If there is a mistake let me know and I’ll change it.

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Shannon Valente and Marin Smith

Shannon Valente and Marin Smith

incoming

incoming

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) with space

Jenna Soucy (3 goals) with space

National Anthem singer

National Anthem singer

Caitlyn Winn shoots the 7th Windham goal

Caitlyn Winn shoots the 7th Windham goal

Jenna Soucy fires a shot in the second half

Jenna Soucy fires a shot in the second half

Maggie Symonds on the move

Maggie Symonds on the move

Reagan Nichols

Reagan Nichols

Emily Robida leaves a rebound

Emily Robida leaves a rebound

Melissa Morton about to drive home the third Windham goal of the first half

Melissa Morton about to drive home the third Windham goal of the first half

Windham coach Deb Lebel

Windham coach Deb Lebel

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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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