Busline League middle school soccer playoffs underwayOceanside boys, Medomak girls prevail in Oct. 7 postseason games
The Busline League middle school soccer regular seasons have concluded, with the final games played Oct. 3, with Oct. 4 and then Monday, Oct. 7 being the first days for the playoffs.
At this point, the Busline League soccer championships will be Monday, Oct. 21 for coed (4:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Oct. 22 for boys (4:15 p.m.) and Wednesday, Oct. 23 for girls (4:15 p.m.), all at Point Lookout in Northport.
Click for photos from the Troy Howard at Medomak girls playoff game. See video below.
The final regular-season standings and pairings for the single-elimination playoff tournaments include:
North Division boys — Camden-Rockport Middle School, 9-1; Searsport District Middle School, 7-3; Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, 6-4; Oceanside Middle School of Thomaston/Rockland, 2-8; and Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, 1-9.
In a prelim/quarterfinal playoff on Monday, Oct. 7, No. 4 Oceanside earned a 3-1 win over No. 5 Medomak. Oceanside will travel to face No. 1 CRMS in a semifinal game on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:15 p.m. The other semifinal will feature No. 3 Troy Howard at No. 2 Searsport on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 3:45 p.m.
On Oct. 16-18, the North Division championship will be at the field of the higher-seeded squad.
South Division boys — Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, 4-0-1; Wiscasset Middle School, 3-1-1; and Woolwich Central School, 0-6.
In a semifinal playoff on Wednesday, Oct. 9, No. 3 Woolwich will be at No. 2 Wiscasset at 3:45 p.m.
The South Division championship will be the No. 3 Woolwich-No. 2 Wiscasset winner at No. 1 GSB on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m.
North Division girls — Camden-Rockport, 9-1; Oceanside 8th, 7-3; Searsport 4-4-2; Medomak, 3-7; and Troy Howard, 0-8-2.
In a prelim playoff on Monday, Oct. 7, No. 4 Medomak earned a 2-1 win over No. 5 Troy Howard in overtime. Medomak will play at No. 1 CRMS in a semifinal game on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 3:45 p.m. The other semifinal game will feature No. 3 Searsport at No. 2 Oceanside 8th on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m.
On Oct. 16-18, the North Division championship will be at the field of the higher-seeded team.
South Division girls — Oceanside 7th, 7-0-1; Boothbay Elementary School, 5-1-2, Great Salt Bay, 2-4-2; Wiscasset, 2-4-2; and Woolwich, 0-7-1.
In a prelim playoff on Monday, Oct. 7, No. 4 Wiscasset earned a 5-3 win over No. 5 Woolwich. Wiscasset will travel to face No. 1 Oceanside 7th on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at Thomaston Grammar School in a semifinal game. The other semifinal game will feature No. 3 GSB at No. 2 Boothbay on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 3:45 p.m.
On Oct. 16-18, the South Division championship will be at the field of the higher-seeded team.
Coed — Bristol Consolidated School, 9-0; Hope Elementary School, 8-1; Lincolnville Central School, 7-2; Jefferson Village School, 6-3; Camden-Rockport 7th, 4-5; Nobleboro Central School, 3-6; Appleton Village School, 3-6, Vinalhaven, 2-6-1; Camden-Rockport 6th, 2-7; and South Bristol, 0-8-1.
In a prelim playoff played Oct. 4, No. 8 Vinalhaven earned a 3-2 win over No. 9 CRMS 6th. The other prelim playoff — No. 10 South Bristol at No. 7 Appleton — was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, but was moved to Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 3:45 p.m. due to rain.
In the quarterfinals, No. 8 Vinalhaven will be at No. 1 Bristol on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3:45 p.m., the No. 10 South Bristol-No. 7 Appleton winner will be at No. 2 Hope on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3:45 p.m., No. 6 Nobleboro will be at No. 3 Lincolnville on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 3:45 p.m. and No. 5 CRMS 7th will be at No. 4 Jefferson on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3:45 p.m. (game to be played at CRMS).
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the semifinals will be at the site of the highest-ranked team.
Coaches of middle school soccer can report game results to Courier Publications by emailing email@example.com or call 594-4401, extension 116.
The following is a recap of recently-reported results:
Hope 2, Lincolnville 0
At Lincolnville Oct. 2, the Hawks soared to a shutout win as they knocked the Lynx from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Laticia Billings and Aiden Roberts scored for Hope, on assists from Bryce Tyler.
Lincolnville coach Ben Edes, who said a few of his players were unable to play in Wednesday's game, said " the Lynx distinguished themselves with their gritty play throughout the game and look forward to a rematch in the playoffs."
Hope 4, Vinalhaven 1
At Hope Sept. 30, the Hawks sailed to victory over the islanders.
Bryce Tyler netted three goals for Hope, while Brayden Swan added another tally for the winners. M.J. Augusto scored for Vinalhaven.
No. 4 Oceanside 3, No. 5 Medomak 1 (playoff)
At Thomaston Oct. 7, the Mariners took an early lead and never trailed, besting the Riverhawks to move on in the playoffs.
Jack Wadsworth, Zach Hersey and Luca Siletti scored for Oceanside, while Wyatt Post scored for Medomak on an assist form Joey Horovitz. Kevin White made 21 saves in goal for MMS, while Nick Crawford minded the net for Oceanside.
Camden-Rockport 5, Troy Howard 1
At Camden Oct. 3, the Schooners sailed to a four-goal win over the Lions.
Marshall Merriam had two goals and one assist in the win, while Charlie O'Brien (goal), Noah Heidorn (goal), Simon Morin (goal, assist), Ezra Leavitt (2 assists) and Michael Blackwell (assist) also chipped in for the Schooner offense.
Tucker Grinnell and Eric Glaser made four saves for CRMS, while Troy Howard's keepers (names unavailable) combined for 12 saves. Camden-Rockport led 15-9 in shots.
I was very pleased with the performance today from the team especially with the stand in keepers Tucker Grinnell and Eric Glaser who each took a half in goal due to our regular keeper Lucas Boetsch being ill the last few days," said CRMS coach Dwight Pitcairn. "I have been very happy with our play and attitude down the stretch and we look forward to what is going to be a difficult playoff bracket."
Oceanside 4, Medomak 2
At Waldoboro Oct. 2, the Mariners doubled up the host Riverhawks and sailed to victory.
Both Medomak goals were scored by Joey Horovitz, while Brent Stewart added one assist.
Defender Jonathan Luce "played an outstanding game as a back, making a save with his head to prevent another goal," said MMS coach Tenley Libby.
Information for Oceanside was unavailable.
Troy Howard 3, Belfast 2
At Belfast Sept. 30, the Lions roared to victory over the visiting Vikings.
Finn O'Malia tallied all three goals for Troy Howard, while Connor Kneeland scored two goals for Searsport.
Medomak 2, Great Salt Bay 0
At Damariscotta Sept. 30, the Riverhawks won by two goals over the Cougars.
Wyatt Post netted both goals for Medomak, while Brent Stewart “played a great game tonight on front wing, involving everyone with his passes and crosses,” said MMS coach Tenley Libby.
Camden-Rockport 5, Medomak 0
At Waldoboro Sept. 26, the Schooners sailed to a shutout win over the Riverhawks.
Marshall Merriam scored three goals to lead the winners, while Wyatt O'Brien added a goal and Adam Bifulco, Eric Glaser, Elliot Matlack and Devin Winslow one assist.
Lucas Boetsch made 15 saves in net for CRMS, while MMS keepers, whose names were unavailable, combined for nine saves.
“The young Medomak team kept [us] at bay for most of the first half with their resilient defending,” said CRMS coach Dwight Pitcairn. “Merriam broke the deadlock with a powerful shot that the keeper could not handle. Although [we] maintained most of the possession, Medomak was always a threat and Lucas Boetsh was forced to make some acrobatic saves in the first half. [We] continued to pressure the Medomak goal and were able to score a few more goals for a comfortable win.”
No. 4 Medomak 2, No. 5 Troy Howard 1 (shootout, playoff)
At Waldoboro Oct. 7, the Lions tied the game in the final minute of regulation, but the Riverhawks prevailed in a penalty shot shootout to move on in the postseason.
Anna Wadsworth scored for Medomak, while Amber Beaulieu tied the game for Troy Howard with 37 seconds remaining in regulation.
After two five-minute overtimes, each team elected five shooters, with Medomak edging the Lions 2-1 in the shootout.
Aubrey Schaeffer and Cassi Smeltzer each scored on penalty kicks for the Riverhawks, while Beaulieu scored for the Lions.
Shera Hilt was in goal for Troy Howard, while Addie Jameson minded the net for Medomak during regulation and Hattie Watmough during the shootout.
Searsport 2, Medomak 1
At Searsport Oct. 3, Cassi Smeltzer scored for the visiting Riverhawks, while Hattie Watmough made seven saves in net for MMS.
Information for Searsport was unavailable.
Camden-Rockport 3, Troy Howard 0
At Camden Oct. 3, the Schooners blanked the Lions and prevailed by three goals.
Eve Gutheinz netted a goal and an assist in the win, while Abbey O'Donal and Eliza Roy each scored and Kassie Krul and Sarah Conteno added assists.
"The Camden girls played a really nice game today against a very young and talented team from Troy Howard," said CRMS coach Robbie Krul. “The girls from Troy Howard tried very hard and provided us with a strong opponent just before the play-offs. They are younger than our players, but are very talented and quick."
Oceanside 4, Camden-Rockport 3
At Thomaston Sept. 30, the Mariners bested the visiting Schooners by one goal. The game was knotted 2-2 at halftime.
Casey Pine netted two goals for the Mariners, while Gabby Simmons and Lauren Miller added scores and Emilee Clough, Mackenzie Murray and Julia Raymond chipped in with assists.
Eliza Roy scored twice for CRMS, while Kassie Krul added a goal and Eve Gutheinz three assists.
“I am impressed with the improvement of Oceanside throughout the season and my hat goes off to their team and coaches,” said CRMS coach Robbie Krul. “I love ‘nailbiter’ games. That is what sports is all about.”
“Coach [Tara] Murray and myself are very proud of how the team performed today, especially after the hard loss we took in Camden [-Rockport] the week before,” said Oceanside assistant coach Todd Boynton. “These girls, across the entire field, raised their game and showed how much they wanted the win. This is where all the hard work on fundamentals and teamwork really pay off.”
Oceanside 4, Troy Howard 2
At Thomaston Sept. 27, the Mariners doubled up the visiting Lions as they sailed to the win.
Cassidy Boynton scored twice for Oceanside, while Molly Spencer and Lauren Miller scored and Emilee Clough and Lauryn Arsenault added assists.
Oceanside held a 20-2 edge in shots.
Oceanside's fullbacks Skyla Dyer, Charlotte Leparulo, Jordan Bracket, Cali Morse, Gabby Simmons and Kiara Robinson turned in an "outstanding defensive performance, keeping the ball out of Oceanside goalie Anna Thorbjornson's hands for most of the game," said Mariner coach Todd Boynton.