Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook and Orono, which represented Classes D and C in respective state girls soccer finals this weekend, should stay at or near the top the next couple years.
The Class D state champion Warriors have a strong nucleus of juniors and sophomores, and coach Holly Vining only graduates two seniors, Brittany Charette and Emma Senzek.
Elizabeth Goodall, one of the seven juniors on SAHS’ roster, scored the only goal in over-time of the Warriors’ 1-0 victory over Western Maine champ Greenville.
Classmate and goalkeeper Emily Cummings posted three shutouts in the playoffs and played a strong state title game.
Goodall, along with sister and classmate Evangeline, sophomore Janel Rockwell and junior Rochelle Nadeau, keyed the Warriors’ offensive attack while junior Lauren McGary, sophomore Cassie Garcelon and classmates Shelby Hartin and Jasmine Rockwell were rock-solid in front of Cummings.
Orono, which fell to Waynflete of Portland 4-1 in the Class C game, only loses five seniors and features one of Eastern Maine’s top young defenses.
Coach Cid Dyjak’s Red Riots fielded 12 freshmen and sophomores to go with four juniors and the five seniors.
Sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Fox had a stellar postseason, posting two shut-outs with backs Lauren Dwyer, Riley Mahan, Jade Keezer and Caleigh Paul playing solid soccer in front of her.
The Riots will also retain offensive catalysts Meghan Curtis, Alyssa Bates and Chloe Paul, all juniors, along with sophomores Ruth Mares and Alex Crocker.
MBR showcase this weekend
The eighth annual MBR basketball showcase is on tap for this weekend at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.
The showcase includes a slate of 11 games — five girls and six boys — over the two-day span.
Action tips off Saturday with the girls Class D Western Maine team taking on the East at 3 p.m., followed by C East vs. C West, then a futures game featuring top freshmen players from the East and West, before concluding with the Class B and A contests.
The boys’ games on Sunday will follow the same schedule, with the Class D game at noon, Class C at 1:05 p.m., the futures game at 2:10 p.m., and the Lee Academy Prep squad facing the MBR team at 3:15.
After a 5 p.m. slam dunk contest, the Class B teams will meet at 5:45 p.m. and Class A at 6:50 p.m.
More than 200 players from around the state will participate in the games, which provides an opportunity for fans and players alike to catch some of the state’s top players in action in the preseason.
Senior Bowl set Sunday
While the high school soccer season has concluded for many players around the state, some of Maine’s top seniors still have one more game to play.
The Maine Soccer Coaches Association will hold its 14th annual Senior Bowl Sunday at Hampden Academy.
Action starts at noon with the girls game, followed by the boys game at 2:30 p.m.
Each game will consist of two one-hour halves with each player receiving a game T-shirt. Admission is free for all spectators.
Those intending to play should e-mail Michael Jeffrey at email@example.com.