The Busline League soccer playoffs continue to take the Midcoast by storm with the championship games on Saturday, Oct. 16 just around the corner.

Numerous teams were in action on the pitch in boys, girls and coed action Tuesday in semifinal playoff games, all attempting to earn berths in the divisional championships on Thursday, Oct. 14.

In North Division boys action, No. 3 Medomak Middle School defeated No. 2 Camden-Rockport Middle School 4-3 in overtime, while No. 1 Thomaston Grammar School upended No. 4 Rockland District Middle School 4-0. The top-seeded Clippers and third-ranked Riverhawks will face off on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. for the Northern Division championship.

In North Division girls action, No. 2 Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast posted a 3-1 win over No. 3 Searsport District Middle School, while top-seeded Camden-Rockport and No. 5 Rockland District Middle School battled to a scoreless tie in a game suspended due to darkness. Wednesday, the fifth-seeded Eagles pulled the upset with a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Camden-Rockport in double-overtime to advance to Thursday’s championship.

The No. 2 Lions will host fifth-seeded RDMS Thursday, Oct. 14, probably at 3:45 p.m., for the Northern Division championship.

In North Division coed action, top-seeded Lincolnville Central School defeated No. 4 Appleton Village School 5-0, while No. 3 St. George Elementary School upended No. 2 Hope Elementary School 3-1. The Lynx will host the Dragons on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 3:45 p.m. in the Northern Division championship.

In South Division boys action, No. 4 Richmond defeated No. 5 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta in quarterfinal action to advance to the next round to face top-seeded Jefferson. The No. 1 Chargers defeated the Bobcats 3-0 to advance to Thursday’s South Division championship to face second-seeded Wiscasset.

Wisasset defeated No. 3 Woolwich 2-1 in the other semifinal playoff game to advance to Thursday’s South Division final. The game between No. 1 Jefferson and No. 2 Wiscasset will be at 3:45 p.m. at Great Salt Bay.

In South Division girls action, No. 3 Wiscasset defeated No. 6 Boothbay to advance to the next round to face No. 2 Great Salt Bay. The second-seeded Cougars defeated the Warriors 2-1 to advance to Thursday’s South Division championship to face top-ranked Richmond.

No. 4 Jefferson defeated No. 5 Woolwich to advance to the semifinal round, only to fall to top-seeded Richmond 6-1. The Bobcats and Cougars will square off Thursday, Oct. 14 for the South Division championship, which will be played at 3:45 p.m. in Richmond.

In South Division coed action, top-seeded Bristol defeated No. 4 Nobleboro, with the score unavailable. In another semifinal game, No. 2 South Bristol was to host No. 3 Camden-Rockport Red on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with the winner facing Bristol for the South Division crown on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The Busline League finals will take place Saturday, Oct. 16 at Wasgatt Field in Rockland. The coed championship will be at 10 a.m., the girls title game at noon and the boys league final at 2 p.m.

The following are reported results from the Northern Division Busline League playoffs:

Boys soccer

At Camden, No. 3 Medomak Middle School beat No. 2 Camden-Rockport 4-3 in double-overtime. Sam Morrill scored the winning goal from just outside the penalty area. Vinny Garland also had a pair of goals for the Riverhawks, while Jesse Dunn added another in the win. Garland, Hunter Wincapaw and Micah Williamson each had assists for the victors.

Zach Starr and Jackson Vail shared time in the MMS goal. The names of the Schooner goal scorers were unavailable.

At Thomaston, No. 1 Thomaston Grammar School beat No. 4 Rockland District Middle School 4-0. Eli Thorbjornson had two goals for the Clippers, while Andrew King and Kaleb Robinson also had tallies for the hosts. Caleb Jacob and R.J. Hall and King each notched assists. Walker Ranney guarded the goal for Thomaston.

Girls soccer

At Camden, No. 5 Rockland District Middle School and top-seeded Camden-Rockport Middle School could get anything resolved before the sun went down as the game was suspended due to darkness. The game ended in a scoreless tie and will be replayed in its entirety Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Camden. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m.

At Belfast, No. 2 Troy Howard advanced to the North Division championship with a 3-1 win over Searsport District Middle School. Alexis Racioppi had a hat trick to lead the Lions in scoring. Danielle Wilson minded the net for the host Lions. “The girls played really well,” said Troy Howard coach Jenn Cameron. “They’ve had a little trouble this season starting out strong aand they scored in the first 30 seconds of the game, so that was pretty incredible.”

Coed soccer

At Lincolnville, the top-seeded Lynx defeated No. 4 Appleton Village School 5-0.

Josh Pitcairn led Lincolnville with a hat trick in the first half, while Jet Magri also had two goals and Emma Gutheinz and Annie Young each added assists.

The first half of the game played closer than the score would indicate, according to Lincolnville coach Ben Edes. Although Linconville led the game, there was no score for more than 15 minutes due to Appleton’s defense.

However, Lynx soon began to chip away at Appleton. The first score came when Lynx midfielder Pitcairn lined up his shot and fired it in to the keeper’s left. Pitcairn netted the next goal after a Gutheinz assist. Gutheinz then gave Pitcairn another assist to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Appleton continued to play aggressively in the second half, but the Lynx kept pounding away. Young started the first score of the second half with an through pass to Pitcairn, who drilled a pass to striker Jet Magri after pressure from an Appleton defender. Magri then netted the ball behind the Appleton keeper.

According to coach Edes, Young initiated the last goal, this time passing directly to Magri’s foot as get off the shot without breaking stride.

No. 3 St. George also upended No. 2 Hope 3-1, as Cadden Lavoie, Philip Atwood and Lily Vachon scored goals for the Dragons. Mathew Ansart played in the goal for the winners. Information for Hope was unavailable.

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