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Camden Hills tops Red Storm in battle of unbeaten soccer powers

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Camden Hills junior defender Sarah Spizzuoco, left, fights with Scarborough junior forward Molly Murnane for control of the ball in the first half of the Class A state final at Deering High School. Camden Hills won the game 3-2, thanks to two goals from junior Kassie Krul and a goal from sophomore Kristina Kelly. Senior forward Gaby Panagakos and sophomore forward Ashley Sabatino scored from Scarborough. (Michael Kelley photo) Camden Hills junior defender Sarah Spizzuoco, left, fights with Scarborough junior forward Molly Murnane for control of the ball in the first half of the Class A state final at Deering High School. Camden Hills won the game 3-2, thanks to two goals from junior Kassie Krul and a goal from sophomore Kristina Kelly. Senior forward Gaby Panagakos and sophomore forward Ashley Sabatino scored from Scarborough. (Michael Kelley photo) PORTLAND — The first loss of the season for the Scarborough High School girls’ soccer team was the hardest. The team had an undefeated regular season and cruised through the playoffs until Saturday, Nov. 4 when it faced a team it just couldn’t quite beat in Camden Hills.

Camden Hills (17-0-1) handed Scarborough (16-1-1) a 3-2 loss in the Class A state final at Deering High School thanks to two goals by junior midfielder Kassie Krul.

Camden Hills got the scoring off with 26:13 left in the first half when Krul beat Scarborough goalie Emily Royce. The game would stay 1-0 for the rest of the half. Slightly more than five minutes into the second half, Camden Hills took a 2-0 lead when sophomore forward Kristina Kelly found net. Five minutes later Krul got her second goal of the game with a free kick that slipped passed a diving Royce.


Scarborough’s Gaby Panagakos, Josie Couture, Ashley Sabatino and Molly Murnane celebrate Sabatino’s second half goal, which lessened Camden Hills’ lead to 3-2 in the Class A state final Saturday, Nov. 4 at Deering High School in Portland. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough’s Gaby Panagakos, Josie Couture, Ashley Sabatino and Molly Murnane celebrate Sabatino’s second half goal, which lessened Camden Hills’ lead to 3-2 in the Class A state final Saturday, Nov. 4 at Deering High School in Portland. (Michael Kelley photo) With most of the second half still to play, Scarborough fought to get on the board with 18:59 left in the game when Scarborough brought the ball up the field, where it eventually found senior forward and captain Gaby Panagakos, who found the back of the net. Scarborough wasn’t done scoring. With 7:02 left in the game, sophomore forward Ashley Sabatino, headed a corner kick by senior back Sophie Glidden beating Camden Hills goalie Isabelle

Lang. The goals weren’t enough, however, and Camden Hills held off Scarborough for the victory, which meant backto back championships (Camden Hills beat Gorham High School last fall 1-0 in overtime).

It was the first time the two teams had met this season and Scarborough’s first appearance in the state final since 2012 when the team beat Bangor High School 2-1. 2012 was the final year of three straight championship appearances. Scarborough also beat Bangor in 2010 (3-0), but Bangor bested them in 2011 (4-0).

Scarborough senior back Haley Koukos knew it was going to be a hard fought game from start to finish.

“I am really proud of my team for coming back (from the 3-0 deficit),” Koukos said. “It was a lot of hard work, but not the way you want to end it.”

Koukos said the team had scouted Camden Hills in advance of the game by watching game video and were prepared for what they brought to the game.

“It wasn’t too surprising. They have a lot of talent. We worked to try to shut them down midfield, but they have a lot of good players,” said Koukos, who hopes to continue her soccer career in college.

Although the result of the game didn’t go Scarborough’s way Scarborough senior back and captain Ellie Patten was pleased with the season and the level of fight her teammates showed right to the very end. Scarborough’s two goals were the most scored by a girls’ Class A runner up since 1995 when Brunswick fell to Deering 4-3 in four overtimes.

“We held our own. They have been here in the past. Camden Hills came in thinking it would be easy. We really fought in the game. Coming back from 3-0 is a great representation of our grit and the character of out team. It’s not something to hang our heads about,” Patten said.

The girls soccer team is not the only team that has fought for a state title this fall.

The Scarborough golf team won the Class A team championship on Saturday, Oct. 7 in Vasselboro and the volleyball team beat South Portland Saturday, Oct. 28 at Deering High School to earn its second Class A championship in three years.

The boys’ cross country team, also on Oct. 28, placed second in the Class A cross country meet, finishing 22 points behind Falmouth. Scarborough’s team was seeded sixth heading into the meet, but after strong runs by Connor Coffin, who finished fourth in a time of 16 minutes, 39.21 seconds, Tris- tram Coffin (8th, 16:46.78), Harrison Osborne (15th, 17:20.06), Luke Grover (25th, 17:43.45) and Jonathan Hayes (44th, 18:19.23) was able to capture second place. The team will head to Belfast this Saturday to take part in the New England Cross Country Championship.

There is still one Red Storm team in the hunt for a Class A title. The Scarborough football team (8-1) will host Thornton Academy (8-1) on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Class A South final. The winner of that game will play the winner of Portland (4-6)/Windham (6-4) in the Class A title game Saturday, Nov. 18 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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