Championship Saturday has taken hold in Maine high school soccer, with two sites being used for all the state finals for the first time.
And not only are the games being held at just two locations, all will be played on artificial turf for the first time.
Boys and girls finals in Classes A and B will be played at Scarborough High School, with games in Classes C and D to be held at the Weatherbee Complex in Hampden.
On the boys side, defending state champion Scarborough will host Brunswick for the Class A crown at 10 a.m. and Ellsworth plays Falmouth in Class B at 3 p.m.
At Hampden, Bangor Christian meets Richmond at 10 a.m. in the Class D final and Fort Kent faces St. Dominic of Auburn in Class C at 3 p.m.
Here’s a look at the four boys finals.
Class A: Scarborough is back for the fourth time in five years, despite graduating 15 seniors from the 2008 team that edged Bangor in the title match.
The Red Storm (17-0) extended their two-year win streak to 35 matches by edging Windham 1-0 in overtime of the Western A final. Scarborough is led by Trevor Hoxsie (24 goals, 8 assists) and Nate Tolman (6 & 4), while goalie Tennessee Peters has 13 shutouts.
Brunswick (15-1-1) edged Bangor 2-1 in double overtime to win its second EM title in three years. The Dragons last won a state crown in 1999.
Justin Rosner is a top out defender for Brunswick, while Scott Jarosz (9 goals) and Zach McMillan (9 & 4) are among the scoring threats. Goalie Pete Morrell has nine shutouts.
Class B: Ellsworth was the last Eastern B team to win the state championship — in 1993.
But the unbeaten Eagles are back for the second time in three years and third time in six seasons after defeating Presque Isle 2-1 in the EM final.
Ellsworth (16-0-1) is led by seniors Zach Emeigh (16 & 5) and Matt Duhaime (14 & 4), along with Kyle Haslam (11 & 3) and Andrew Austin (5 & 8).
Tom Sawyer has played goalie since Jordan Carter suffered a broken arm during Ellsworth’s semifinal win over Camden Hills of Rockport and yielded just one goal.
Falmouth has won six state titles over the last nine seasons, most recently with a 3-0 victory over Ellsworth in 2007.
Coach Dave Halligan’s Yachtsmen (15-0-2) are led by the state’s reigning NSCAA All-American choice, Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, who has 27 goals and 14 assists this fall. Other threats include Michael Bloom (14 & 6), Sam White (13 & 8) and Alex Dunn (11 & 11), while goalie Ben Goffin has 10 of the team’s 12 shutouts.
Class C: Fort Kent makes its first trip to a state final since competing in Class A in 1981.
The Warriors (12-3-2) have won their last seven matches, a run that includes a semifinal victory over defending state champion Washington Academy of East Machias — the only Class C team from the East to win the state crown since 1986.
Coach Tim Desjardins’ club is led by junior striker Thomas Levesque (23 & 4). Jared Soucy (12 & 6) and Sam Chasse (7 & 6) are other top scorers, while goalie Alex Charette has recovered from an early-season case of mononucleosis to spark the defense — yielding just two goals during the team’s current winning streak.
St. Dominic is after its second state title in three years after defeating Madawaska 2-0 in the 2007 final.
The Saints feature Alex Parker and Jack Erickson, each with 19 goals. Goalie Nick Brigham has 11 shutouts for a St. Dom’s team that has allowed just six goals this season.
Class D: Eastern Maine has won five of the last six Class D state titles, including Bangor Christian’s 5-0 victory over Richmond in 2005.
BC (15-2) features brothers Brad (21 & 11) and Brandon (11 2) Wilcox, while midfielder Zach Sirois (13 & 5) and goalie Tyler Alexander also provide leadership.
Richmond (13-2) is in the state final for the fifth straight year. The Bobcats, who last won the state crown in 2007, are led by Eric Murrin (30 & 10), Joey Scribellito (12 & 15), Michael Christie (9 & 8) and Nick Woods (7 & 7). Bruce Carver has seven shutouts in goal.