The Busline League soccer seasons have turned to the most exciting portion of the schedules — namely, the playoffs and quests to win middle school championships.

Scene from Hope at Searsport on Oct. 6 in middle school coed soccer. Photo by Zack Miller

The Busline League boys and girls championships are slated for Saturday, Oct. 23 at Point Lookout in Northport. The girls championship game is slated for 10 a.m., with the boys final to follow at noon.

The Busline League coed championships will be on Monday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m., also at Point Lookout in Northport.

The final standings — but no season records — include:

Boys — Camden-Rockport, Medomak of Waldoboro, Oceanside of Thomaston, Troy Howard of Belfast, Woolwich and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta. As the top two seeds, Camden-Rockport and Medomak receive byes.

Scene from Vinalhaven at Nobleboro on Oct. 13 in Busline League middle school coed soccer. Photo by Zack Miller

In first-round games, No. 3 Oceanside defeated No. 6 Great Salt Bay 9-1, while No. 4 Troy Howard bested No. 5 Woolwich (score unavailable). The latter game was played at Woolwich, despite Troy Howard having the higher seed.

Semifinal games will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 and will see No. 1 Camden-Rockport host No. 4 Troy Howard at 3:15 p.m., while No. 2 Medomak will host No. 3 Oceanside at 4:15 p.m. The winners of those games will advance to Saturday’s Busline League final.

Girls — Camden-Rockport, Medomak, Oceanside, Troy Howard and Woolwich. As the top three seeds, Camden-Rockport, Medomak and Oceanside receive byes.

In a first-round game, No. 4 Troy Howard defeated No. 5 Woolwich (score unavailable). The latter game was played at Woolwich, despite Troy Howard having the higher seed.

Semifinal games will he held Wednesday, Oct. 20 and will see No. 1 Camden-Rockport host No. 4 Troy Howard at 4:30 p.m., while No. 2 Medomak will host No. 3 Oceanside at 3 p.m. The winners of those games will advance to Saturday’s Busline League final.

Scene from St. George at Lincolnville on Oct. 6 in Busline League middle school coed soccer. Photo by Mark Haskell

Coed (North) — Hope, Lincolnville, Searsport and Appleton.

In first-round games, No. 1 Hope was scheduled to host No. 4 Appleton, but Appleton dropped out, which moved Hope to the next round. Additionally, No. 2 Lincolnville beat No. 3 Searsport 4-3.

Thus, No. 1 Hope will host No. 2 Lincolnville on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 3:45 p.m., with the winner representing the north division in Monday’s title game.

Coed (South) — Bristol, St. George, Nobleboro, South Bristol, Jefferson and Vinalhaven. As the top two seeds, Bristol and St. George receive byes.

In first-round games, No. 4 South Bristol defeated No. 5 Jefferson (score unavailable), while No. 3 Nobleboro defeated No. 6 Vinalhaven 10-0.

In semifinal games Monday, Oct. 18, No. 4 South Bristol upset top-seeded Bristol 1-0, while No. 2 St. George survived to win 1-0 against No. 3 Nobleboro in a game that went scoreless to overtime and ended in penalty kicks.

Thus, No. 2 St. George. will host No. 4 South Bristol in the south division final Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 3:45 p.m.

Scene from Hope at Searsport on Oct. 6 in middle school coed soccer. Photo by Zack Miller

To submit game information — include final score, full names of goal scorers and those with assists for both teams, along with goalies’ names and other statistical information (shots, corner kicks, saves, etc.) — to MaineStay Media/VillageSoup, email sports@villagesoup.com.

The following is a recap of recently-reported results:

Boys

No. 3 Oceanside 8, No. 6 Great Salt Bay 1

At Thomaston Oct. 14, the Mariners sailed into the next round with a dominating win over the Cougars. Oceanside held a 6-0 lead at halftime.

Elliot Trott had three goals in the win for the Mariners, while Carter Jones added two and Aiden Willis, Grady Geretz and Adrian Small each one.

Oscar Barnes minded the net for Oceanside.

Girls

Medomak 6, Troy Howard 1

At Waldoboro Oct. 7, the Riverhawks soared past the Lions. Medomak led 3-1 at halftime.

The Riverhawk offense was keyed by Scarlett Flint (2 goals), Summer Staples (3 goals) and Haylee Chandler (goal), while Stella McCarthy scored the lone goal for the Lions.

“Great defense was played by Rachel Barbour, Aaliyah Ten Broeck, Felicity Griffin, Layal Carter, Brooke McNelly, Scarlett Flint and Haylee Chandler,” said Medomak coach Andrea Williamson. “Great team work and great play from everyone on the team. There was even some great give-and-go passes.”

Coed

St. George 1, Nobleboro 0 (OT)

At Tenants Harbor Oct. 18, the Dragons survived a scare from the visiting Lions and advanced to the south division final. The game was scoreless at the end of regulation and, after a scoreless overtime, went to a round of penalty kicks.

Karly Putansu, Will Minery, Carter Morris, and Jayden Hughes-Doherty each converted penalty kicks in the win for the Dragons, while Putansu minded the net for the hosts.

Lincolnville 4, Searsport 3

At Lincolnville Oct. 14, the Lynx outlasted the visiting Vikings in a playoff encounter.

Lynx coach Ben Edes said the opponents combined to produce a barn burner. Both sides battled throughout the game, and were tied 3-3 with two minutes left to play. Ultimately, the LCS booters prevailed.

Searsport got on the board first at the 7:23-mark as it took advantage of a Lynx clear up the middle, broke through into the box, and hammered a shot home past keeper Thomas Pickford, who had no realistic chance to stop it, the coach said.

That fired the Lincolnville 11 up as they began to gain an edge in possession. It only took the Lynx three minutes to even the score when Pickford booted a long ball off the ground that a Searsport defender failed to clear with a header which allowed Mickey Nowell to head it in turn over the defense for breaking winger Maren Johnson. As she controlled the ball, the keeper found herself caught halfway out of the goal so Johnson chipped the ball in over the keeper’s head. It rebounded down off the crossbar, hit the keeper, and despite a fine diving effort to push the ball out, ended up in the net.

The Lynx extended their lead at 17:45 when Liam Day-Lynch sent a long feed to Nowell, who corralled the ball, beat one defender to the outside right, and then cut towards the goal before burying a beautiful finish in the back of the net, Edes said.

Facing a two-goal deficit, it looked like the Vikings might sag, but instead, they came back a minute later and cut the lead with a break up the middle. It took the visitors two minutes more to find the net for their third, again finding a hole in the middle to exploit.

The final 10 minutes of the half were played evenly as the teams were deadlocked 3-3 at the break.

While the Lynx had the edge in the first half, the momentum definitely switched to the Vikings in the second as they spent a considerable amount of time in the LCS defensive end, Edes said. But with Day-Lynch playing sweeper, the Vikings were unable to make the final penetrations they did in the first half.

Lincolnville had a number of tries of their own, but it was definitely a half dominated by Searsport.

Until the last two minutes, that is.

At that point, Day-Lynch picked up a loose ball in the LCS defensive end near midfield and staged a masterful, solo drive up the field beating at least three Searsport players on the way before breaking free just outside the box. Seeing the alert keeper beginning a charge, Day-Lynch launched a shot which the keeper was just able to block, but Day-Lynch pounced on the short rebound and hammered it home before the keeper could react with only 1:32 remaining in the game, the coach said.

In addition to those mentioned, the Lynx depended on Havana Kriste, Natalie Bolduc, Olivia McManus, Jacob Talbot and Jack Lytton to control the midfield as well as Bryson Hise, Danielle Webber and Abby Webber to hold the defensive line, Edes said.

“Finally, both teams are to be congratulated on the quality of the effort they put into this game,” he said. “It was extremely exciting to watch and truly was one of those games that it was a shame that only one team could win.”

Lincolnville 2, St. George 0

At Lincolnville Oct. 6, the Lynx converted a pair of second-half scores and bested the visiting Dragons.

Scene from St. George at Lincolnville on Oct. 6 in middle school coed soccer. Photo by Mark Haskell

Mickey Nowell netted goals in the win for Lincolnville. The first goal came off a long pass from the defensive side of the field from teammate Liam Day-Lynch, as Nowell gathered the ball on the fly and beat the Dragon keeper from long range, while the second was off another long feed from Day-Lynch, but this time converted from close range.

Lincolnville coach Ben Edes said: “St. Geroge came alive and exerted extreme pressure in the LCS end of the field, staging a number of fine tries before time ultimately ran out.”

Scene from St. George at Lincolnville on Oct. 6 in middle school coed soccer. Photo by Mark Haskell

Thomas Pickford got the shutout in net for Lincolnville.

Scene from Hope at Searsport on Oct. 6 in middle school coed soccer. Photo by Zack Miller

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