Ellsworth, Camden Hills to battle for ‘B’ boys soccer crown

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 30, 2012, at 11:57 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Ellsworth Eagles present an imposing resume in support of their status as the top boys soccer team in Eastern Maine Class B.

Not only does coach Brian Higgins’ club (15-1) rest atop the Heal point ratings, Ellsworth has outscored its opposition by a combined 53-6 and never has allowed an opponent more than one goal in a match.

And that’s just this year.

Fourth-year varsity players on the roster such as Josh Bean and Maks Grover bring a 63-4-1 career record into Wednesday’s EM final at Del Luce Stadium against No. 2 Camden Hills of Rockport, when the Eagles will try to win their third regional crown in four years and the 18th of Higgins’ tenure — a 39-year run that has produced a state-record 522 victories.

That is one of four Eastern Maine title matches scheduled, with Lewiston at Mount Ararat of Topsham in Class A, Orono at Houlton in Class C and Ashland at Bangor Christian in Class D.

Western Maine boys finals have Scarborough at Gorham in Class A, Falmouth at Yarmouth in Class B, Waynflete of Portland at Hall-Dale of Farmingdale in Class C and Greenville at Pine Tree Academy of Freeport in Class D.

Camden Hills last fall became the only other team besides Ellsworth to win an Eastern B title since 2008 when the Windjammers defeated Presque Isle — a 1-0 overtime winner over Ellsworth in the semifinals — to secure its first regional crown since 1995.

Ellsworth and Camden Hills last met a year earlier, with the Eagles edging the Windjammers 3-2 in the 2010 Eastern Maine final.

Camden Hills (13-1-2) graduated all but one starter from a year ago, yet the Windjammers remained unbeaten until a one-goal loss to Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston in its next-to-last regular-season game.

The Windjammers defeated No. 7 Hermon 4-0 in the quarterfinals before outlasting No. 3 Winslow 2-1 in the semis on an overtime goal by Patrick Weferling.

“We have a pretty decent mix,” said third-year Camden Hills coach Ryan Hurley. “We have Peter [Vannorsdall] back from last year along with a bunch of JV guys and a nice class of freshmen that came in. I knew we’d be pretty good, but that we might stumble along the way, which we did.

“But things seem to have really clicked the last couple of weeks.”

The playoff victory over Winslow came despite having five starters — including that lone returning starter, Peter Vannorsdall, and goalie Marshall Spear — sidelined by injuries.

“It was one of the best games we’ve played all season,” said Hurley.

The injuries to Vannorsdall, Spear and freshman Kienen Brown all involved concussions, and Hurley said he was uncertain if those players would be available against Ellsworth. The team’s leading scorer, Truman Moore, recently suffered a knee injury and is out for the rest of the season.

Ellsworth fields one of its youngest teams since Higgins became the Eagles’ coach in 1974, with double the number of sophomores (10) on the roster as seniors.

Ellsworth features a top playmaker in Bean, who had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 quarterfinal win over No. 8 Belfast and assisted on both goals in a 2-0 semifinal victory over No. 4 Caribou.

Eastern A: The Heal point ratings also held up in this division as top-ranked Mount Ararat (12-1-1) will host No. 2 Lewiston (11-1-2).

Each has handed its opponent its only loss, with Lewiston winning 3-1 on Sept. 5 and Mount Ararat winning 2-1 on Oct. 2.

Mount Ararat brings a 13-match win streak — save for a 1-0 loss to Hampden Academy in the KVAC championship match — into the final, including a 2-0 quarterfinal win over No. 8 Waterville and a 4-1 semifinal victory over No. 4 Brunswick.

Lewiston defeated No. 10 Lawrence of Fairfield 2-0 in the quarters and outlasted No. 3 Hampden 3-2 in a double-overtime semifinal.

Eastern C: No. 4 Houlton (13-2-1) and No. 7 Orono (9-6-2) meet for the second straight year, with the Shiretowners defeating Orono 3-1 in the 2011 EM final.

Jimmy Fitzpatrick scored all three Houlton goals in that match, and the senior striker is Houlton’s leading scorer again this fall. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Bouchard and junior goalie Kole Buzzeo are other key players for the Shiretowners, who defeated No. 5 George Stevens of Blue Hill 2-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 1 Madawaska 2-1 in the semifinals.

Orono will travel to Aroostook County for the regional final for the fourth consecutive year while in search of its first Eastern Maine championship since winning the 1992 Class B crown.

The Red Riots tipped No. 2 Penquis of Milo 1-0 in the quarterfinals on a goal by Corey Riemersma, who also scored during Orono’s 2-1 semifinal win at No. 3 Fort Kent. That was the third one-goal win of the postseason for Orono, which edged No. 10 Sumner of East Sullivan 3-2 in the prelims.

Eastern D: Bangor Christian hopes to extend its 40-match winning streak and earn the chance to win a fourth consecutive state championship.

The top-ranked Patriots (16-0) graduated the state’s record-holder for career goals in Bradley Wilcox from last year’s team but have dominated defensively this fall.

Coach Aaron Wilcox’s club has not allowed a goal since Sept. 14 and since then has posted 13 straight shutout victories — a stretch of more than 1,040 minutes of elapsed playing time.

That includes a 5-0 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Easton and a 2-0 semifinal victory over No. 4 Machias.

No. 3 Ashland (11-3-2) advanced by edging No. 11 Central Aroostook of Mars Hill 3-2 in the quarters and No. 7 Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook 4-2 in the semifinals.

Western D: Fourth-ranked Greenville (9-7) seeks its second straight regional championship at No. 2 Pine Tree Academy (9-3-1).

Greenville’s record includes five forfeit losses after learning it began the season with an ineligible player on the roster, but the Lakers have won their last seven matches, including a 3-1 semifinal victory at No. 1 Richmond last Friday.

Greenville features a potent offensive duo in Henry Hersey (33 goals, 13 assists) and Tristan Richards (29 goals, 16 assists). Matt DiAngelo (10 goals, nine assists) is another scoring threat.

Pine Tree Academy defeated No. 7 A.R. Gould of South Portland 9-2 and No. 6 Buckfield 3-0 en route to its berth in the final.

Greenville defeated PTA 8-0 in the teams’ most recent encounter during the 2011 WM semifinals.

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