Beaver and Hornet girls to meet again

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 Local soccer teams out to win regional titles

Beaver and Hornet girls to meet again

By Kevin Sjoberg
Sports Reporter

    An intriguing matchup is in store for this afternoon as the Washburn and Ashland girls’ soccer teams meet with an Eastern Maine Class D soccer title on the line.

Contributed photos/Dave Allen Graphics

    MARISSA CHASSE celebrates after scoring a goal for Ashland during last Tuesday’s home quarterfinal match against Central Aroostook. The Hornets travel to Washburn today for the Class D regional championship.


    TAYLOR CHURCHILL of the Fort Fairfield Tigers splits Easton defenders Hannah Ferris (7) and Kylee Carter during last Tuesday’s EM Class D quarterfinal played in Fort Fairfield. The host Tigers blanked the Bears, 4-0.


    BODIES WERE ON THE GROUND as Joan Overman of the Washburn Beavers, right, got this shot past Schenck goalkeeper Taylor McLaughlin during last Tuesday’s playoff match played in Washburn. The hosts came away with a 9-1 victory.


    The game will be played at 1 p.m. in Washburn. The winner will play either Buckfield or Richmond in Saturday’s state championship match scheduled at Bath’s McMann Field.
    The teams enter with identical 15-1 records as they split their regular season matches. Ashland won the Sept. 9 game in Washburn, 4-0, and 10 days later in the rematch played at Ashland, the Beavers scored a 7-0 victory.
    Washburn is the reigning EM champion, while Ashland has made it to the title game three of the last four years and owns one title during that stretch.
    The No. 1 seed Beavers are coming off convincing playoff victories over Schenck of East Millinocket (9-1) and Van Buren (9-0). Ashland faced a tougher challenge, but survived by besting Central Aroostook in the quarterfinals, 2-1, and Fort Fairfield in the semis, 2-0.
    The Beavers have won eight in a row by a margin of 67-7, with four of the goals allowed coming in a regular season win over Van Buren.
    Ashland has also been defensive-minded throughout the campaign, compiling eight shutouts overall.
    Washburn features several talented offensive players, including junior Mackenzie Worcester, who had 49 goals on the season and 109 in her career. Joan Overman and Carsyn Koch have notched 25 and 16 goals, respectively, while Carmen Bragg has a team-high 11 assists.
    Beaver coach Marcie Barbarula said the team has picked up the pieces since the home shutout loss to Ashland.
    “That game was a wake-up call,” she said. “Since then, they have been working very well together and communicating as a team. They have the drive to win and know that it takes going out onto the field and giving 100 percent.”
    Barbarula knows Ashland will come ready to play.
    “They are a very quick team and pass the ball very well,” she said. “The biggest key is that we are going to have to beat them to the ball, be aggressive and work as a team.”
    Hornet coach Peter Belskis is looking forward to seeing how matchup No. 3 turns out between the two rivals.
    “I really think we have similar teams and match up well,” Belskis said. “It could come down to ball possession. If we have an equal amount of ball possession, we should be able to stay in the game.”
    The Hornets also have some offensive weapons in their own right. Marissa Chasse has 25 goals on the year, while LeAnn McNally has tallied 17 but has saved her best play for late in the year as she has netted 15 over the second half of the season.
    Ashland will be bolstered by having a healthy sweeper in freshman standout Cassidy Pelletier. She suffered an injured ankle late in the regular season and is now close to full strength, according to Belskis. She scored two goals in the team’s victory at Washburn.
    The Hornets were down a goal at halftime to Central Aroostook in last Tuesday’s quarterfinal, but Caitlin Paradis and Chasse had second-half goals to allow Ashland to survive.
    Karli Levesque scored the goal for CA, the No. 7 seed which finished 8-8.
    On Saturday, the Hornets stymied Fort Fairfield en route to the shutout triumph. McNally scored a first-half goal and Chasse added another in the second as Ashland outshot the Tigers, 20-7. Hornet goalkeeper Macie Bellanceau had her ninth shutout of the year.
    Worcester scored five times and Overman had a hat trick in the victory over Schenck. Mikayla Churchill had the other Beaver goal.
    Against Van Buren, Koch had three goals, Worcester and Overman two each and one apiece for Churchill and Laina Mette in the blanking of the Crusaders. The Beavers were able to keep senior Parise Rossignol off the scoreboard for one of the few times in her career.
    In Fort’s quarterfinal win over Easton, Logan Bubar totaled three goals and Abbey Player had the other in the 4-0 win.