2012-11-02 / Community News

Storm stopped by familiar foe in final

Skowhegan claims victory in Class A field hockey championship
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

Scarborough field hockey coach Kerry Mariello knew the state final game against Skowhegan High School at the University of Maine at Orono Saturday, Oct. 27 was going to be one of the toughest games of the season.

“I knew the type of game it would be. I’ve been there, done that,” Mariello said, having coached against Skowhegan in the 2008 and 2009 state final games.

The match pitted Scarborough defense, which hadn’t allowed a goal all season, against Skowhegan’s offense, which scored 147 goals in 18 games.

Skowhegan, however, proved to be too much for the Red Storm defense and won the game 3-0, ending Scarborough’s undefeated season and streak of shutting out its opponents. The last time Scarborough had given up a goal was Oct. 19, 2011, during a 1-0 quarterfinal playoff loss to Windham High School.

“Seventeen shutouts going into a state title game is unheard of,” Mariello said this week. “We are definitely proud of that. Kudos to the girls and the team on that accomplishment. We will be back to the state game and we will know what to expect.”

Mariello said the team was unfamiliar with the atmosphere surrounding the state title game and the tour de force the Skowhegan offense is.

“I told the girls that this team could compete with a (Division III college team),” Mariello said. “Those girls would have scored on any goalie in the state.”

The Class A State Championship has become a familiar scene for Skowhegan High School, located two hours north of Scarborough. The Skowhegan Indians have appeared in the last 12 state championship games and have won 11 of them.

The last time the program lost the state title was in 2009, when Scarborough beat Skowhegan 2-1 after senior Ellie Morin scored with 3:16 left in overtime. It was the reverse of 2008, when Skowhegan beat Scarborough in two overtimes.

This year’s match didn’t need an overtime, and Scarborough was able to hold Skowhegan to a 0-0 tie going into the second half.

“The first half we held our own defensively,” Mariello said. “We didn’t have a whole lot of offensive opportunities. Statistically, we didn’t have any, but there were some breakaways we should have capitalized on. Their defense was tough.”

Scarborough fell apart a little bit five minutes into the second half, allowing Skowhegan to score three goals within three minutes. It was a deficit Scarborough couldn’t overcome.

Nevertheless, Mariello said she was pleased with everything Scarborough accomplished this year.

“It was an unfortunate end to our season, but it was a great success to get to that point,” she said.

Although the loss ended the field hockey team’s season, wins over the weekend by the football team and the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have launched those teams to the next round in their playoff hunts.

The third-ranked football team beat sixth-ranked Sanford High School 42-16 at home Friday, Oct. 26. The team faces second-ranked Thornton Academy in Saco Saturday, Nov. 3. The two teams last faced each other Friday, Sept. 25, when Thornton Academy beat Scarborough 35-7.

The boys’ soccer team, which beat Greely High School 2-1 Saturday, Oct. 27, was scheduled to face top-ranked Gorham High School in a regional final playoff game at Gorham Wednesday, Oct. 31. The two teams played to a scoreless regular season tie Saturday, Sept. 8.

A 3-0 win over second-ranked Thornton Academy, also Saturday, Oct. 27, propelled the girls’ soccer team to the next round of the playoffs. Scarborough lost to Thornton Academy during the teams’ regular season match. Scarborough will play fourth-ranked Cape Elizabeth High School in the Western Class A title game Wednesday, Oct. 31. Cape Elizabeth beat top-ranked Windham High School to get to the title game. This is the first game Scarborough has played against Cape Elizabeth this season.

While his classmates were battling on the fields Saturday, senior Robby Hall and his cross-country teammates were running in the Class A State Championship in Belfast. The team finished third with 95 points and Hall finished second overall. His time of 16:39 was three seconds behind race winner, Cam Nadeau, of Biddeford High School. While Hall’s time did not win him the race, it was good enough to qualify him to run in the 2012 New England Cross Country Championships taking place Saturday, Nov. 10 at Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland.

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