Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Gary Hawkins email@example.com
The Winslow and Maranacook boys soccer teams renew a rivalry this afternoon in Readfield that has been among the best in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference.
• Monmouth senior Kylie Kemp scored three goals in a win against Winthrop to set a new school career scoring record.
• Hall-Dale senior Konnor Longfellow scored three goals and had two assists in a win against Oak Hill.
• Erskine sophomore Emma McCormac scored two goals and added two assists in a 4-0 win against Gardiner.
• Erskine senior Jade Canak scored two goals in a win against Medomak and another in a win over Gardiner.
• Monmouth freshman Hayley Fletcher scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Mt. Abram and two in a win over Winthrop.
• Kents Hill junior Faith Forsythe scored a goal in a 1-0 win against Hebron.
• Maranacook senior Taylor Wilbur scored three goals in a win against Gardiner.
• Hall-Dale senior Maura Stottler scored two goals in a 2-2 tie against St. Dom’s.
• Cony senior Hayley Quirion scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Lewiston.
Both teams come into this one unbeaten and largely untested. Winslow (7-0-1) played to a scoreless tie against Waterville before coming back to beat the Purple Panthers 2-0 in the rematch this week. The Black Raiders and junior goalkeeper Alex Berard have yet to give up a goal this season.
"The Waterville game he was tested a little bit," Winslow coach Aaron Wolfe said. "He's going to be a difference maker if he can come up with a big game."
Maranacook (8-0-0) has dominated its opponents this season, outscoring them 32-2. A game against a quality opponent like Winslow is just what the Black Bears need.
"I wish I could play Camden and Winslow twice," Maranacook coach Don Beckwith said. "That's the type of team we're going to face in the playoffs. If we're not ready for that, we're not ready for anything."
Maranacook has dropped to Class C this year while maintaining its Class B schedule. A win today could put them in the top spot in Western C and assure the Bears home-field advantage in the playoffs. Both teams are similar in that they don't rely on one or two players to score and they have plenty of depth. The Black Bears will need that depth since senior midfielder Taylor Wilbur is questionable with a knee injury. If Wilbur can't go, sophomore Kent Mohlar move from wing to the middle to fill his spot, but Mohlar is also battling a hip flexor.
Wolfe believes all his players are ready to go although several are banged up. Both teams are quick but Maranacook has an edge in size and strength.
"They're a very physical team," Wolfe said. "That's one thing we're going to have to match."
Maranacook handed Winslow its only loss of the regular season last year and later played the Raiders to a 1-1 tie. Beckwith believes he's facing a more balanced team this year.
"I think they're better because they have more weapons," he said.
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It's tough to complain when your team is 7-1-0, but Erskine boys coach Phil Hubbard would like to see a little more from his team.
Of the Eagles' seven wins, four have been by a goal. Their only loss was a 2-1 decision to unbeaten Maranacook, although the final score doesn't quite indicate the way Maranacook dominated the game.
"We're getting wins, but I just think we're acting young right now," Hubbard said. "We're just not finishing the games we need to. We're winning the games we need to win, but we're not putting away the teams we need to put away."
Junior Ryan Rodrigue (eight goals) and freshman Sam Wilkinson (seven goals) have been finishing for the Eagles while senior Jared Gartley is a rock in goal.
"No real surprises," Hubbard said. "I figured both strikers would score some goals this year."
The Eagles face Maranacook again but don't have to worry about the Black Bears in the playoffs since Maranacook plays in the Class C playoffs. They do have to worry about Class B east opponent Winslow who they play at home Thursday.
"Winslow, that's the big one," Hubbard said.
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The Cony girls find themselves in a dogfight in every game. The Rams were 5-3-0 heading into Thursday's game against Hampden andfourth in Eastern Maine Class A.
"It's not going to be a cakewalk for us with the rest of the schedule," Cony coach Jeff Hersey said.
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