After many recent days of rain, Busline League girls and coed soccer titles were on the line in beautiful weather conditions Saturday at Point Lookout in Northport, with three of the four championship contending teams finishing unbeaten.

That happened as Lincolnville won the coed crown and Camden-Rockport and Richmond settled in as co-champs. All three squads finished the campaign unbeaten.

In the coed final, No. 1 Lincolnville (12-0) beat No. 2 Hope (9-2) 4-0, while in the girls final, South Division champ Richmond (14-0-1) and North Division titlist Camden-Rockport (10-0-1) played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie.

The boys final also was to be played Saturday, but due to heavy rain in the area in recent days, the South Division championship between No. 1 Wiscasset (12-0) and No. 2 Medomak Middle School (8-4) was not played until Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15. In that game, Wiscasset rallied to win 4-3.

Thus, North Division champ Camden-Rockport (10-1) and South Division titlist Wiscasset will face off this week for the league’s overall boys crown, to be played on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. at Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro.

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Coed championship

Lincolnville 4, Hope 0 … In a fitting end to another strong season, the powerhouse Lynx prevailed over scrappy Hope. Morgan Mercier tallied all four goals and Jet Magri added two assists and Kieran Lydon and Josh Pitcairn one each. The Lynx finished unbeaten and untied for the first time since 1998.

Lincolnville had qualified for the championship game four of the last five years, including losing three straight times in the final game. That all changed Saturday.

The Lynx’ luck held from the beginning, said coach Ben Edes, starting with the winning coin toss that allowed them to begin the game with a strong wind at their back. Despite the wind disadvantage, Hope came out aggressively in the first few minutes, driving into the Lincolnville end several times, but the Lynx defense was able to keep the Hawks from effectively penetrating the center.

Then the Lynx, aided by the wind at their backs, took charge. At just over the seven-minute mark, the Lynx tallied the first goal when midfielder Josh Pitcairn settled a throw-in from his brother, midfielder Andy Pitcairn. Josh Pitcairn turned the ball and moved it to an open Mercier at striker. Mercier beat the only remaining defender and smoothly slid the ball past the charging Hope keeper.

LCS continued to exert pressure on the Hope end until the Lynx broke the defense a second time at 16 minutes when midfielder Lydon picked up a loose ball at midfield and drove the middle to the top of the box. Having drawn the defense to him, Lydon slid the ball to Mercier alone on his right. Mercier went in untouched and again beat the charging keeper with a deft shot along the ground.

The scoring for the half ended just over four minutes later when winger Magri corralled a punt from Lynx keeper Nick Czuchra and drove the right line. Magri sent a beautiful cross to Mercier who, after trapping the ball, hammered it home.

Hope had the wind advantage in the second half, but Lincolnville’s defense rose to the challenge. Despite the aggressive offensive play of the Hawks, Lynx stopper Keeli Wood, wing defenders Ade McGrath-Sheehan and Elizabeth Cummons, and Lydon and Luke Burstein sharing the sweeper position, continually turned the Hawks’ drives aside, said Lynx coach Edes.

Nick Czuchra also had an excellent day in the nets for the Lynx, making several key saves in the second half to preserve the shutout, said the coach. Even with the wind against them, Lincolnville was able to play the half evenly and mounted a number of strong drives against Hopes’ net.

The result was the only score of the half at 15 minutes, when Magri carried the ball on a drive from midfield to within five yards of the right top of the box and then “fed one of the prettiest through passes of the season, leading Mercier perfectly so that he could receive the ball without breaking stride,” Edes said. ” Mercier then, with his usual calm aplomb, fired the ball home past Hope’s keeper.”

“It was a well-deserved championship for this highly-skilled, knowledgeable and experienced team of Lincolnville players, made all the more satisfying” given the Lynx recent championship game history, said Edes.

“Although the goals were all Mercier’s today, the playmaking efforts of center midfielder Josh Pitcairn, perhaps the most dominant player in LCS history and playing his last game for the school, were a significant factor in the [Lynx’] win,” Edes said. “Backed up by the exceptionally competent Wood at stopper, who covered ground in the middle with the speed and grace of a gazelle, the defense was exceedingly hard to penetrate. In addition, [Luke Burstein] at wing, Lydon at midfield, and Matt Czuchra at midfield were essential contributors to the team effort.”

Team members for the league champions from Lincolnville were Luke Burstein, Elizabeth Cummons, Nick Czuchra, Jet Magri, A. McGrath-Sheehan, Emma McGurren, Josh Pitcairn, Madeline Wight, Keeli Wood, Tora Decker-Griffith, Hana Galkowski, Myia Hanson, Kieran Lydon, Morgan Mercier, Jacson Mooers, Emily Morse, Gabe Salo, Matthew Czuchra, Brinley Harrison, Colt Magri, Andrew Pitcairn and Mya Wiley.

Team members for the league runners-up from Hope were Louis Laurita, Brian Gunn, Joah Welt, Matthew Young, Kelsie Merrill, Peter Galloway, Warren Galloway, Jilliam Galloway, Wil Davee, Max Pushaw, Tristan Fong, Julian Starbird, Gavin Powers, Mariah Blemaster, Gunnar Hilt, Esme Power and Brynn Wrona.

Josh Putcairn finished with 77 points (2 points for a goal, 1 for an assist) in three years playing at LCS. This season, Mercier finished 37 points and Pitcairn 34.

Girls championship

Camden-Rockport 0, Richmond 0 … Two unbeaten stalwarts met on the pitch, with nothing settled after regulation and two overtime periods. Despite their best efforts, the teams could not crease the net.

“Both teams had something to prove as each was undefeated going into the game,” said CRMS coach Duncan Matlack. “At first, both teams played tentatively, looking for each other’s weaknesses. The majority of play was in the center third of the field because both defenses were virtually impenetrable. There were some breakaways which did end in shots on goal, but none of them had any real power behind them. The first half ended scoreless.

“The second half ended scoreless, which necessitated overtime play. Unfortunately, both overtime periods ended scoreless. So, CRMS and Richmond were declared co-champions of the Busline League. In the end, [the] CRMS girls left everything on the pitch and could walk away with their heads held high. They finished the season undefeated.”

As did Richmond.

Team members for the co-league champions from Camden-Rockport were Emily Blackwell, Isabelle Gutheinz, Charlotte Messer, Katherine Morse, Emma Vannorsdall, Elissa Bower, Madelyn Bowman, Emma Gutheinz, Juliana Haynes, Lydia Hill, Abigail Matlack, Hilary Merrifield, Natasha Morong, Taylor Peasley, Vivian Priestley, Isabel Swanson, Kendall Szumilas and Kate Vannorsdall.

Team members for the co-league champions from Richmond were Jade Gammon, Kalah Patteron, Cassidy Harriman, Sara Wright, Taylor Houdlette, Automn Acord, Summer Gray, Kelsea Anair, Merenda Martin, Camryn Hurley, Shannon McAuliffe, Taylor Paulison, Kyla Johansen, Molly Meagher, Bailey Bonarrigo, Jennifer Snedeker, Alyssa Dunton and Sidney Tilton.

South boys championship

In a game played under the lights in Wiscasset Saturday, MMS built a lead but Wiscasset rallied for the 4-3 victory. For the winners, J.D. Souza had three goals and Max Sampson one.

The Riverhawks came out on fire when Oliver Brown scored 30 seconds into the game. The Warriors answered with 20 minutes gone. Isaac Eutsler scored when a pass crossed the net to put MMS up 2-1. The Warriors answered again with just over a minute left in the half to make it 2-2.

The Riverhawks jumped ahead 3-2 when Tucker Prescott scored from the right side with 27 minutes remaining. But Wiscasset scored with 12 minutes left to tie the game 3-3.

Then, with 8:30 left, Wiscasset tallied the go-ahead goal. MMS had an opportunity to tie the game in the final minute but the shot went wide.

Sharing time in goal for the Riverhawks were Jackson Vail and Nick Grover. Leading the defense, said Riverhawk coach Tom McClean, were Ben Turner and Patrick Madden, in the midfield were Zach Starr, Jon Allard and Prescott and the front line was led by Brown, Nick DePatsy, Taylor McLain and Laken Harrington.

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