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Ava Giacobba (4 goals) leads York to 9-1 win over Fryeburg Academy

Senior Ava Giacobba (5) found space in the Fryeburg Academy end
Ella Boissonneault splits two defenders

(Fryeburg ME) Labor Day was a holiday for most of us.

Not the York Wildcats girls soccer team.

“We worked on finishing yesterday and put it into practice today,” said York coach Nick Hanlon following a convincing, 9-1, win over Fryeburg Academy.

It was the home opener for the Raiders (0-1) and things certainly didn’t go the way they hoped.

“There are a lot of things we have to work on,” admitted FA coach Dave Hart afterwards.

Senior Ava Giacobba had a big afternoon for the Wildcats (2-0) getting two goals in each half.

“We have been working hard in practice,” she said.  “We have really improved.”

York coach Nick Hanlon

“The girls have dedicated a lot of time even on their own when we didn’t get to play at all in games as a group,” explained Coach Hanlon.  “They also played in a league apart from the school.  In the summer they were coming out 3-4 times a week to play.”

All that work seemed evident this afternoon.  The Wildcats had a clear advantage in time of possession because of their movement to space and the accurate passes from teammates that found them in the open space.

York had very few long passes, just a series of connections.  The Raiders ended up doing a lot of chasing as they tried to reclaim possession.  When FA over-committed the Wildcats took advantage.

“We seized our opportunities,” said Coach Hanlon.

Ava Giacobba’s first two goals were on break-ins. Both happened in the first 2 ½ minutes and came on rebounds.

Alexis Osterhaus (two goals)

“They scored twice early,” recalled Coach Hart.  “It’s hard to rebound from that.”

Freshman Alexis Osterhaus had the other two York first-half goals.

In the first one, Alexis intercepted a short goal-kick and returned it right back on FA goalie Ginger Priestman.  In the second one, Alexis put in her own rebound.

Sophomore Ana Maillett got Fryeburg on the board with 3 ½ minutes remaining in the first half.

“Ana was in the right place at the right time,” said Coach Hart.

Ana Maillett scored for the Raiders

The Wildcats had a comfortable 4-1 halftime lead, but they used the halftime to set some goals for the second half.

“We wanted to score on a corner kick,” said Coach Hanlon, “and we wanted to have a couple of series where we were connecting 10-12 passes together.”

Mission accomplished on both counts.

Ava Giacobba scored her third goal on a long shot into the upper left corner.

Ava’s fourth goal was set up by Chloe Bourque’s corner kick (27:24).  Chloe’s CK ended up in the middle and Ava headed it in.

Battle for control

Those two goals boosted the Wildcats advantage to, 6-1.

The rest of the way, York had goals from Ava Fontaine, Shea Haseltine, and Emily Rainforth. 

Besides the goal-scoring, the Wildcats did string multiple connecting passes together as they had hoped to do.

“We’re trying to improve half-by-half and game-by-game,” said Coach Hanlon.

“We had our good moments,” said Coach Hart.  “We knew that they were a strong team but I’m not going to let our girls off the hook.  We’ll work on improving organizationally and defensively.”

York goalkeeper Allie MacDonald had a very quiet afternoon in net.  Ginger Priestman, however, faced a host of tough shots in both halves as the Raiders goalie.

Ginger Priestman

Ava Giacobba: “It feels great to be back out playing with my best friends.”

Perfect weather for playing/watching soccer.

Coach Hart is in his first season at FA.  He coached boys soccer at Kennett High School for seven years.

Covering high school sports in the early part of a season is almost always an adventure for those of us attempting it.  Why?  Rosters.  Coaches aren’t certain of their players, so they delay putting a roster together, or a roster is set up early and changes are added or subtracted without an update.  I got one roster today at the game, while an online roster (from the Western Maine site) for the other team was missing a girl who scored a goal today. *The “missing girl” has now been identified (Ava Fontaine) thanks to help from the York Athletic Department.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Alexis Osterhaus and Allison Southwick
Emily Rainforth goal celebrated
Loose ball in the Fryeburg Academy end that Ava Fontaine (25) turned into a goal
Alexis Osterhaus chased by Ana Maillett
Emily Rainforth between Phoebe Sartory and Ana Maillett
Allison Southwick
Ava Giacobba and Chloe Bourque
Chloe Bourque chases a loose ball
Goal scorers Alexis Osterhaus, Ava Giacobba, and Shea Haseltine
Shea Haseltine
Ava Giacobba and Emily Chaine
Chloe Bourque and Brooke Emery
Ava Giacobba and Katie McIntyre
Ava Giacobba lines up a shot

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Brewer wins 2nd straight Class B title 7-1 over York

Brewer – 2019 Class B champions

Libby Hewes – no strikeouts but 14 ground-ball outs

(Standish ME) No strikeouts required!

Brewer defeated York, 7-1, to get a second straight Class B championship on Saturday afternoon at St. Joseph’s.

While Brewer pitcher Libby Hewes didn’t strike out any of the York hitters, she did induce fourteen ground-ball outs and that worked nicely for the defensively flawless Witches.

“We try to keep the ball low and outside,” said winning coach Skip Estes afterwards.

The Witches were also extremely efficient with two outs.  They collected one run in the first, two in the second, and three in the fourth inning when only a single out would have ended each of those innings.

The three runs in the 4th came off the bat of junior Kenzie Dore. Her line-drive homer over the CF fence put York down, 6-0.

“They had nobody on, and two strikes,” recalled York coach Kevin Giannino.  “Then it was base hit, base hit, and then she (Kenzie Dore) hit the clincher.”

The Wildcats (16-4) would get a run back in the 6th when Abby Orso went deep for a solo homer (her 12th) over the left-field fence.

Pitch inside against Kenzie Dore

The Witches (18-2) got that run back in the top of the 7th.  Singles by Becca Gideon and Kathryn Austin were followed by an error (3B Hannah Gennaro) scoring Becca.

Brewer had twelve hits off York pitcher Abby Orso.  “Our AD (David Utterback) calls this team, ‘Skip’s buzzsaw’ because these kids can hit 1-9.”  On this afternoon 1-8 had hits against a very good pitcher.

The Wildcats totaled only five hits against Libby Hewes never having more than one baserunner in any inning.

“Our main goal was to score first and it happened,” explained catcher Jordan Goodrich. “Then our defense backed it up.”

Libby Hewes appreciated the early runs: “It was definitely a better feeling this year having those safety runs going into the late innings.  Our goal was to get up first.  If we didn’t get home team, we were going to get our bats going early.”

Shortstop Kenzie Dore throws to first

York coach Kevin Giannino was surprised that his team didn’t get more hits: “We didn’t strike out.  We just hit so many right at them.  Brewer is a very strong team.”

Libby Hewes (2 hits) singled in the first and took second on a wild pitch.  With two outs, Becca Gideon singled past third driving across Libby.

The Witches started the second inning with two singles (Olivia & Mia Cattan).

Key play: Sarah Wood bunted right along the third-base line.  3B Hannah Gennano let the ball roll hoping it would go foul.  It didn’t and when she picked it up, Olivia was safely into third.  This loaded the bases with no outs.

Abby Orso – eight strikeouts and a home run

Abby Orso (8 strikeouts) K’d Janessa Bishop and Jordan Goodrich but disaster struck on the second strikeout.  The ball bounced away from catcher Kayla Dredge and Olivia was able to sneak into home (without sliding) giving Brewer their second run.

Mia moved to third when her sister scored and came home on a wild pitch.

That put York behind 3-0.  On this afternoon, that 3-run deficit was huge, even after two innings.

Jordan Goodrich, Libby Hewes, Becca Gideon, and Kathryn Austin each had two hits for Brewer.

CF Becca Gideon came close to making a diving catch in the third inning.

Jordan Goodrich: “Libby was super consistent the whole game and didn’t let up.  We worked a lot on defense the last two days because we were a little shaky in our last game.”

Libby Hewes: “Insane is the feeling that we have after winning this for the second time.  Everything was working for me today.  I am going to Husson in the fall hopefully to play softball.”

Coach Skip Estes: “Libby doesn’t get a lot of press because she doesn’t have huge strikeout numbers.  She pitches to contact, and we have a good defense.”

Kenzie Dore – three-run homer in the fourth inning

Coach Estes regarding Kenzie Dore: “She’s a once-in-a-lifetime player. Her defense and hitting are both good.”

Coach Estes on his seniors: “I have coached this group of seniors since they were in junior high and summer league.  I knew back then that they were special.”

For the second year in a row I did not sit in the press box.  Instead, I located in a centerfield “monster” seat.  Great view with plenty of room.

Beautiful June day (70s) with a nice breeze.

Brewer box

York box

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Mia Cattan takes a throw at first

Olivia Cattan (RF) and Becca Gideon (CF) avoid a collision

Abby Orso rounds the bases

Becca Gideon (11) heads home with an unearned run in the 7th

Becca Gideon (CF) dives for a fly ball

Olivia Cattan gets third

Olivia Cattan slips in behind Kayla Dredge and Abby Orso

Celebrating begins

Gold Glove

Olivia Cattan (RF) catches the final out

York lineup

Helping hand

Kenzie Dore rounds the bases








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York shuts out Lake Region 2-0 in Class B girls soccer opener

Plenty of scoring chances for York.  Here Paige McElwain shoots as Devin Langadas pursues.

Plenty of scoring chances for York. Here Paige McElwain shoots as Devin Langadas pursues.

Sophomore Maddie Amidon sets to score the first York goal

Sophomore Maddie Amidon sets to score the first York goal

(Naples ME)  The York Wildcats girls’ soccer team had a goal in each half and won their season opener, 2-0, over Lake Region on very warm Friday afternoon.

This was a Class B matchup in the Western Maine Conference.

The Wildcats had more than a few excellent chances against Lakers’ goalie Isabel Scribner but the senior GK was terrific despite the two goals allowed.

York passed well and had the Lakers chasing them on an afternoon in the mid-80’s.  No question fatigue was a factor for the home team.

A great pass led to the first York goal by sophomore Maddie Amidon late (6:46) in the first half.  Junior Lindsey Cole came in on the right side and didn’t force a shot instead spotted Maddie Amidon wide open in close.  Maddie had a chance to stop the ball and put a hard shot by Isabel Scribner with her left foot.

Players react to the goal scored by #4 Elaine Cavalieri

Players react to the goal scored by #4 Elaine Cavalieri

The other goal was scored two minutes into the second half by Elaine Cavalieri.  The senior came in on the right side, getting past defender Grace Farrington, and then cut back into the middle to get off the shot with several Lakers nearby.

The Lakers had trouble getting into scoring position.  In the first half the Wildcats forced offsides on several promising LR opportunities.

The Lakers had several direct kicks but couldn’t get the shots on need.  Most of the chances dealt with by York goalies Emma Rohrer and Kelsey Cole were from long range.

One eye-catcher for the Lakers was CeCe Hancock.  The energetic junior did not have a lot of space to operate in but on several occasions was able to dribble by defenders.

Despite the two goals Lakers GK Isabel Scribner made some terrific saves

Despite the two goals Lakers GK Isabel Scribner made some terrific saves

Maddie Amidon scored a goal against Lake Region last year.

Last year the Lakers scored only eleven goals in the 14-game season.

The Wildcats were state champs in 2007 and 2009.

Lakers Isabel Scribner, Katie Throgmorton, and Devynn Turner were honored by the Western Maine Conference last season.

Both teams graduated four seniors from their 2013 teams.

Sierra Swasey notched two goals last season versus Lake Region.  One was on a penalty kick.

I think that Lake Region has enough defense to at least match the six-win season they had in 2011.  The defense on this day played a lot of minutes in some tough heat.

Sierra Swasey and Shannon Todd were excellent in the middle of the field.  Both also created good scoring chances for themselves.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

CeCe Hancock

CeCe Hancock

Taylor Bando gets in for a shot

Taylor Bando gets in for a shot

Sophomore Kate Marshall lines up a shot on GK Isabel Scribner

Sophomore Kate Marshall lines up a shot on GK Isabel Scribner

Devynn Turner (#22) tries to beat Maddie Amidon to the ball

Devynn Turner (#22) tries to beat Maddie Amidon to the ball

Lindsey Cole chased by freshman Danica Chadwick

Lindsey Cole chased by freshman Danica Chadwick

Sierra Swasey shoots on net

Sierra Swasey shoots on net

Shannon Todd tries to get away from Maddie Simms

Shannon Todd tries to get away from Maddie Simms



Elaine Cavalieri and Brittany Perreault

Elaine Cavalieri and Brittany Perreault

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York routs Lake Region 12-0 in boys soccer opener

Josh Mitchell (8) watches the first of his four goals go past Lake Region goalie Mike Rust

Josh Mitchell (8) watches the first of his three goals go past Lake Region goalie Mike Rust

Mike Gallagher (2 goals) sails over LR goalie as he scores the 10th York goal

Mike Gallagher (2 goals) sails over LR goalie as he scores the 10th York goal

(Naples ME)  This was a game begging for the mercy rule.

York (1-0) pounded Lake Region, 12-0, in a Class B West boys soccer game on sunny Friday afternoon in Naples.

The Wildcats have plenty of returnees from a 2012 team that went 10-5-1. Their 2012 season ended with a loss in the Class B West semifinals to Yarmouth.

The Lakers (0-1) lost nine seniors off a 1-13 team.

The Wildcats dominated in every facet of soccer.  Especially noticeable (to me) was their ability to make their short passing game work.

The only York struggle, in my opinion, was their ability to finish in the early going.  You may find that assessment ridiculous in a 12-0 game but trust me the Wildcats misfired on a host of point-blank attempts especially in the first forty minutes.

The Wildcats did quite a bit of long-range blasting away in the first half and tallied only three three times.

Mitchell Hickey (2 goals) tries to get past Brandan George

Mitchell Hickey (3 goals) tries to get past Brandan George

In the second half, the York passing was terrific. The shooting opportunities that would have been taken in the first half gave way to passes for even better shots.  That unselfishness led to seven second-half goals in a thirteen-minute segment of the second half.

In my unofficial scorekeeping, seniors Josh Mitchell  and Mitchell Hickey paced York with three goals apiece.

Mitchell Hickey (top returning scorer) lined up a number of booming shots from scoring range.

Sam Rickerich and Mike Gallagher each tallied twice for York.

Junior Mikey Bennett had the 11th York goal and sophomore Jordan Gomes added the 12th.

Mike Gallagher (4) scores the third York goal

Mike Gallagher (4) scores the third York goal

Josh Mitchell opened the scoring five minutes into the game.  He picked up his own rebound from in close and applied the finish.

If there was any positive takeaways for Lake Region it was their ability to keep York off the scoreboard for the next seventeen minutes.  But believe me (again) there were some golden opportunities for the visitors.

Mitchell Hickey broke the scoreless drought on a pass from Sam Rickerich at 18:50.  From where I was standing, near the Laker goal,  Mitchell warded off defender Zeke Tocci to get a clean look.

Mike Gallagher notched the third first-half goal, capitalizing on a juicy rebound after firing  a hard shot.  Jordon Gomes was given an assist.

Brandan George

Brandan George

Unfortunately for the Lakers, Brandan George took a shot in the nose in the last minute of the first half and had to leave the game.  Brandan, in my opinion, was by far LR’s best defensive player.  He is tall with a good foot.

Without Brandan on board to start the second half, you suspected that the three-goal deficit would increase considerably…………and it did.

The Lakers survived the first eight minutes of the second half but in the next thirteen minutes the goals came like a flood.  Much better shot selection by the Wildcats, against an inexperienced defense missing their best defender, led to seven scores.

LR goalie Mike Rust was lifted after the onslaught.  The junior made a number of remarkable saves during the afternoon but the sheer number of the York attempts was bound to produce results.

For the last nineteen minutes of the game York minimized their attack considerably.  Plenty of safe passes zipped around the midfield area as the clock wound down.

Mike Rust makes a save

Mike Rust makes a save

Two things I admired about the Lakers were that they never gave up and they didn’t take out their frustrations by fouling.  There were few whistles.  Jordon Gomes did get into first-half trouble for not keeping his mouth guard where it belonged.  There was also some clothing violation by York before the start of the second half.

York looks to be a team that should be in the mix when the Class B West tourney gets underway later in October.  Their next game is Tuesday hosting Cape Elizabeth at 4PM.

The Lakers looked overmatched to say the least against a team of York’s skills.  First year coach Michael Chaine will hope to see his team improve next game when they host Wells on Tuesday at 6:45PM.

Special thanks to the athletic departments of both schools.  They provided me with the rosters I needed to be able to identify pictures.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Sam Rickerich (2 goals) fires on goal

Sam Rickerich (2 goals) fires on goal

Mike Rust

Mike Rust

shot at the camera

shot at the camera

Joelson Rodrigez and Jordan Gomes

Joelson Rodrigez and Jordan Gomes

Mitchell Hickey

Mitchell Hickey

Sean Horigan and Logan Wears

Sean Horigan and Logan Wears

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