BRUNSWICK – The high school soccer and field hockey seasons have reached the midpoint, and several Midcoast teams are poised for the season-ending playoffs.
The Mt. Ararat girls’ soccer team started with four wins and a scoreless tie with Bangor before suffering setbacks to Camden Hills and Mt. Blue on Tuesday — sandwiched around a win over Skowhegan.
“We had to change things up with our goaltending situation,” coach Chad Kirk said. “Our senior Kaleigh Lennon has been absent so we’ve moved a few other players over the past few games, removing them from the field where they normally get things done.”
Freshman Kayleigh Wagg and sophomore Cali Pomerleau stepped into the Eagles net.
Offensively, sophomore Islah Godo sets the tone. Freshman Julianna Allen leads the team in goal while senior forward Ella Bergeron also found the back of the net for Mt. Ararat, who sit fourth in North Heal Class A points.
Seniors Ariana Graybill and Alex Durant helped anchor the defense while second Tarynn Keleher returns to the field from injury to help provide depth.
The Eagles face stiff competition down the stretch, including Camden Hills on October 4, Oxford Hills on October 15 and Brunswick on October 18.
FIELD HOCKEY: Mt. Ararat rode a six-game winning streak, before dropping a 2-0 decision to Messalonskee on Monday. The Eagles (7-3) own impressive wins over Oxford Hills and Brewer this fall, putting them in good stead for the Class A North playoffs.
They outclassed their opponents 27-10 in 10 games. Junior Grace Keleher leads the team with nine goals, while Alex Graf, Audrey Marchildon and Rebekah St. Pierre follow.
Keleher, Marchildon and senior Belle Hemond lead in assists, while senior Piper Cohen was solid in the cage with 41 saves.
“We’ve had a lot of problems over the past few weeks, while playing four games over a seven-day span throughout September,” said Mt. Ararat coach Krista Chase, whose depth of the team was tested with injuries and illnesses. “But we’re having fun and taking it one day at a time and we’re going to dig deep to end the regular season strong.”
Mount Ararat hosts Morse on October 5 and Oxford Hills on October 7.
Brunswick’s field hockey team is also well positioned to make some noise in the A North playoffs. The Dragons (6-3-1) entered fifth in Class A North Heal points on Wednesday.
“With every loss we learn so much about ourselves that we can only get better,” coach Carrie Sullivan said. “Our girls never tire of these games; we learn and look forward.
Brunswick’s defeats have come at Skowhegan, Messalonskee and Oxford Hills – three of A North’s top teams.
The Dragons have scored eight different players this year.
“It shows that everyone is capable of doing their job, putting themselves in the right position and being ready when the opportunity arises,” Sullivan said.
Junior Kiki Dinsmore scored six goals, while second Ava Wolverton and senior Ellie Sullivan scored four and six respectively.
Sophomore Ella Duchette has 41 saves in the cage and Coach Sullivan notes her solid defense, which is led by seniors Elly Burnham, Sarah Palmer, Hailie Lord, Lydia Blood and Lelia Bannon, as well as junior Maddy Duchette. .
GIRLS FOOTBALL: Brunswick (6-0-1) is atop Class A North, beating opponents 27-3 on the pitch this fall, including a 1-0 win over Camden last Saturday.
“Camden are a very good team and seeing them twice in seven days will always be a challenge,” said Brunswick coach Martyn Davison.
Brunswick hosts the Windjammers on Saturday.
Sophomore Alexis Morin and rookie Molly Tefft each scored seven goals, while goalie Sophia Morin had five shutouts.
Davison said the team is always looking to improve.
“Keeping the ball when in possession and the last ball in the opponent’s penalty area are areas we are striving to improve on,” he said.
Brunswick closes the 14-game season with a trip to Hampden Academy on October 13 before hosting Mount Ararat on October 18.
BOYS FOOTBALL: The Brunswick men’s soccer team has high expectations after playing in the Class A final last season.
So far, so good for the Dragons.
They started the season with five wins and a tie with Bangor, wrapped around a 3-2 loss to the talented Edward Little. Other wins included a 1-0 win at Camden Hills on Saturday followed by a 5-0 decision over Messalonskee, which gave coach Mark Roma his 100th career win.
“We needed this win on Saturday. Our confidence was shaken by the loss to EL and the draw to Bangor,” Roma said. “We need to win every game left on our schedule to make sure we get at least one playoff game.”
The scoreline has been spread for the Dragons, with Luke Patterson and Ibrahim Mwamba scoring some of the biggest goals this year, Roma say.
Roma are also happy with the play of goalkeeper Brady LaForge.
“(He) continues to show that he is one of the best keepers in our league,” said the coach. “EL was very good. They are going to be a very dangerous team at tournament time. There are at least five or six teams this year that have a legitimate chance to represent the North in the state championship game. There will be some very good teams sitting at home this first weekend of November. »
Mt. Ararat went 4-1-2 with wins over Brewer, Messalonskee, Morse and a 7-0 rout of Mt. Blue on Tuesday behind a pair of goals each from Ben Chonko and Ewan Alexander.
Eleven different players have scored this season, giving the Eagles a good balance.
“Starting the year without knowing who would score and everyone pulling together helped us a lot,” coach Jack Rioux said. “Our defense played solid for us and kept us in games. The guys are buying into our style, playing hard and getting better every day.
“We’ve made a good start, but we still have a lot of soccer to play. Every game in our conference is a battle,” added Rioux. “We are focused on the next game ahead of us and just trying to stay healthy.”
The Eagles tied Bangor and Camden Hills and lost a tough game to No. 1 EL.
GIRLS HOCKEY: Mt. Ararat High School has hired David Hunter as its new varsity women’s ice hockey head coach, athletic director Geoff Godo announced recently. The position was vacant following the resignation of Jeremy Saxton last spring.
“We are very happy to have Coach Hunter leading our women’s ice hockey program,” Godo said. “David has been a dedicated and valued member of the women’s ice hockey coaching staff at Mt. Ararat High School for several years. He is highly respected by the players and I know he will work extremely hard to continue to build and maintain the strong program we have built over the past decade here at Mt. Ararat.
The Eagles finished with a 13-3-1 record last season in Class A North. After beating Yarmouth/Freeport in the quarter-finals, they lost in the regional semi-finals to Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland.
Women’s football: Mt. Blue and Mt. Ararat have different formations, but have the same destination