Nine of 15 Midcoast pitch teams qualify for playoffsSearsport, Islesboro, Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley, Vinalhaven-North Haven play on
Augusta — With the high school soccer season finished — as of Tuesday, Oct. 18 — nine of 15 Midcoast teams will be playoff-bound.
In fact, of the four girls and five boys squads who will play on, seven advance straight to the regional quarterfinals, while the other two will play prelim playoff games.
According to the final official Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings, nine area teams will move on after nearly two months of toil and sweat on the pitch.
The prelim playoff games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22 and the quarterfinals for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25-26.
The following are the Heal Point Standings and who Midcoast teams will face in the postseason:
In Class A North, Camden Hills of Rockport (9-4-1, 92.8571 points) finished fifth, while Edward Little of Auburn (11-2-1, 154.5918) finished first in the 14-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Windjammers advance.
The No. 5 Windjammers will play at No. 4 Lewiston (11-2-1, 139.2857 points) on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Camden Hills lost 1-0 (on a late goal) to the Blue Devils in the teams' lone meeting of the season.
In Class B North, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (11-2-1, 124.0561 points) finished third, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (5-8-1, 42.6276 points) 13th, Mount View of Thorndike (4-9-1, 33.1888 points) 15th and Belfast (0-14, no points) 18th (last), while John Bapst of Bangor (13-1, 156.6327 points) finished first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Panthers advance, while the Mariners, Mustangs and Lions do not.
No. 3 Medomak Valley will host the prelim playoff winner of No. 6 Erskine Academy of South China (9-3-2, 79.6939 points) and No. 11 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (6-5-3, 55.7143 points) in the quarterfinals. This season, the Panthers did not play the Eagles, but did beat the Huskies 3-0.
In Class D South, Islesboro (8-4, 76.5461 points) finished fifth, Vinalhaven/North Haven (5-7, 62.4008 points) seventh and Searsport (9-5, 58.8095 points) ninth, while Richmond (13-1, 127.7616 points) finished first in the 15-team region. the top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Eagles, islanders and Vikings advance.
No. 9 Searsport will play at No. 8 A.R. Gould of South Portland (7-6, 59.4521 points) on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. and No. 7 Vinalhaven/North Haven will host No. 10 Rangeley (5-7-2, 45.2688 points) on Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., both in prelim playoff games. If Searsport wins, it will play at No. 1 Richmond and if the islanders win, they will play at No. 2 Seacoast Christian of South Berwick (9-1, 122.8764 points) in quarterfinal clashes. No. 5 Islesboro will play at No. 4 Temple Academy of Waterville (9-4-1, 76.7491 points) in the quarterfinals.
This season, Searsport did not play Gould, but did lose to Richmond 6-1. The islanders beat Rangeley 3-1 and 2-1 in regular-season games, and lost to Seacoast Christian 3-1. Islesboro beat Temple 5-3 in the lone meeting of the teams.
In Class A North, Camden Hills (13-1, 162.2449 points) finished second, while Bangor (14-0, 186.7347 points) finished first in the 14-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Windjammers advance.
Camden Hills will host the prelim playoff winner of No. 10 Lawrence of Fairfield (4-9-1, 26.0204 points) or No. 7 Hampden Academy (7-6-1, 67.8571 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals. During the regular season, the Windjammers beat the Broncos 7-1 and the Bulldogs 8-0.
In Class B North, Oceanside (10-1-3, 140.0510 points) finished third, Mount View (3-9-2, 32.7041 points) 15th, Medomak Valley (5-9, 28.5714 points) 16th and Belfast (0-14, no points) tied for 18th, while Hermon (14-0-0, 171.1735 points) finished first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Mariners advance, while the Panthers, Mustangs and Lions do not.
The No. 3 Mariners will host the prelim playoff winner of No. 6 Erskine Academy of South China (10-2-2, 100.5612 points) and No. 11 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (5-8-1, 48.2143 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. in the quarterfinals. During the regular season, Oceanside tied the Eagles 1-1 in double-overtime and did not play the Huskies.
In Class D South, Vinalhaven/North Haven (4-7-2, 38.9074 points) finished fifth and Searsport (5-9, 38.5793 points) sixth, while Richmond (13-1, 122.1711 points) finished first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the islanders and Vikings advance.
In quarterfinal playoffs, No. 5 Vinalhaven-North Haven will play at No. 4 Rangeley (7-4-3, 63.7300 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. and No. 6 Searsport will play at No. 3 Greenville (7-6-1, 65.7908 points) on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. During the regular season, the islanders lost to the Lakers 2-0 and tied them 1-1 in double-overtime. Searsport did not play Greenville during the regular season.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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