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Youth soccer playoffs in final Sunday; Midget hockey playoffs to begin

By Dave Barber, BDN Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine — Mike Saulter, coach of the Bronco Travel Soccer Club’s Under-14 girls team, is going to be a busy man this weekend.

Saulter will start Saturday by heading to Scarborough, where he and his family will watch his daughter, Kaitlin, a junior striker, help lead Hermon High School against Falmouth in the Class B girls soccer state championship game.

He and his family will stay overnight because the Bronco club will play at 9 a.m. Sunday in a Fall League Champions Cup semifinal against Yarmouth. Yarmouth is hosting the U14 and U13 boys and girls at the Winslow Fields and Yarmouth High turf field.

“Yarmouth is also undefeated,” said Saulter. “They score a lot of goals. It’s going to be quite a game.”

Champions Cup is for SoccerMaine’s Division 1 teams, as determined by the teams themselves before the season on a scale of 1-5 based on their players’ experience and abilities. A Classic Cup tournament will be conducted for the Division 2 teams.

If Bronco Travel wins that semifinal, it will take on the winner of the semifinal between Portland Area Youth Soccer and Sanford at noon.

Most of the girls on this U14 Bronco Travel team also played on the U13 team that won the state title last year.

“We will talk about that a little bit,” said Saulter. “We’ll just mention that it would be the first time that a Bronco girls team has won state titles two years in a row.”

The only time they’ve played Yarmouth was in a fun-day event at Cumberland earlier this year. The tourney consisted of a number of 20-minute games, and Bronco and Yarmouth tied 1-1 in their short matchup.

For the youth soccer squads from age groups U12 through U14 that have been competing since late August, Sunday is the culmination of their season-long efforts.

At 10:30 a.m., the U14 Bronco boys will face Yarmouth in a semifinal as the Broncos make a bid to retain the title won by last year’s U14 Broncos.

The Brewer U13 girls are also facing a Yarmouth team in the semis, and the U13 Bangor boys will take on yet another Yarmouth squad at noon in the semis.

The U14 boys and U13 girls will play their finals at 1:30 p.m., and the U13 boys final is at 3 p.m.

The U12 Champions Cup is being held at Merrymeeting Soccer’s Riverside Fields in Topsham with the girls semifinals at 10 a.m. and the boys semis, including Bangor, at 11:30 a.m. The girls final will be at 1 p.m. with the boys final at 2:30 p.m.

The Classic Cup for U13 and U14 boys and girls is also Saturday at Capital Area Rec’s fields on Piggery Road in Augusta starting at 9 a.m. with the last final at 3 p.m. The U12 teams play at Shaw Fields in Sanford starting at 10:30 a.m., and their last final is at 3 p.m.

The full schedule is available on the SoccerMaine website, www.SoccerMaine.com/leagues.

Hockey playoffs begin Sunday

While the soccer teams wind down, the state’s Midget Minor (U16) and Major (U18) hockey teams kick off their postseason Sunday.

The Midget Minor tournament will be at Biddeford Ice Arena, and the Midget Major will take place at The Ice Vault in Hallowell.

The first round will continue Nov. 10, with the semifinals and finals Nov. 11.

Teams in each age group are split into two pools. Midget Minor, with eight teams, has two four-team pools with three games of round-robin play within the pool.

Pool A consists of Casco Bay of Portland, the Maine Freeze of Greater Bangor, the Maine Moose of Hallowell and the Maine Gladiators of Lewiston/Auburn; Pool B is made up of host Biddeford, the Portland Junior Pirates of Saco, the Southern Maine Huskies (west of Portland) and the Maine Sternmen based in Rockport.

The top two teams from each pool advance to the second round starting at 8 a.m., Nov. 11, with the Pool A winner facing the Pool B runner-up in one semi and vice versa in the other semi. The winners play in the final Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.

For the Midget Major, which has six teams, there are two three-team pools with each team from one pool playing the three teams in the other pool.

Pool A consists of Casco Bay, Biddeford and the Portland Junior Pirates; Pool B has the host Maine Moose, the Maine Freeze and the Maine Gladiators.

The top four teams advance to the semis starting at 10 a.m., Nov. 11, and the final is at 4:10 p.m.

The full schedules are available on the Maine Amateur Hockey Association website, www.meaha.com/leagues.

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