Defenses clamp down in rival game


The usual intensity was present as several players hit the turf after a push or shoulder nudge.

But, what was lacking was consistent scoring chances.

Despite two overtime sessions, Lake Region and Fryeburg Academy settled for a scoreless tie in their first meeting of the varsity girls’ soccer season last week at the Academy.

Goalies Emily Bartlett and Maggie McConkey realized the old saying that the goal posts are a netminder’s best friend. Each team clanged two shots off the crossbar during regulation. LR had a couple of direct drives on cage late in the game from Sydney Hancock, Rachel Wandishin and Tianna Carter. McConkey made a nice diving stop headed to her right, and covered up the ball before Carter could chip in a rebound.

Throughout the game, both defenses stiffened once the ball entered the 25-yard zone. FA got quality play from Bri Pelkie and despite a bad ankle, Jamie Gullikson was a presence, especially in the final minutes when the Lakers mounted more pressure.

In other action, the Lakers (1-2-1) dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime against Gray-New Gloucester. Down 1-0, the Lakers evened the count midway through the second half on a Rachel Wandishin goal.

Fryeburg (0-1-2) fell to Poland 4-2 on the road. Gullikson scored both Raider goals, while netminder Maggie McConkey turned away eight shots.

Up next: The Lakers travel to Yarmouth on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game. Fryeburg heads to Wells Friday for a 5 p.m. game, and hosts Cape Elizabeth on Tuesday at 4 p.m.


A sign of a contending team is one that shakes off a demoralizing loss by winning the next game. Coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Greely, Fryeburg Academy improved to 2-1 with a 2-0 victory over Poland. Stefan Sjekloca and Tyler Saunders netted goals for the Raiders. Goalie Paul Dostie made three saves.

Fryeburg was stunned by Greely on Saturday as the home Rangers scored as time was running out in OT. Nick Dunnett launched a shot from 40 yards out, and the ball curved back to the right and slipped into the upper corner to beat FA goalie Paul Dostie.

Down 1-0 at the half, the Raiders forced the extra sessions when Sjekloca scored off a breakaway with 11:29 left in regulation.

• Lake Region fell to 0-3 with a 7-0 loss to Gray-New Gloucester. LR goalie Dakota Bush recorded 12 saves. The LR defense has surrendered 28 goals in three contests, while the LR offense has tallied just one score.

Up next: The Lakers and Raiders meet for the first time this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Lakers then host Yarmouth on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Fryeburg continues a four-game road swing with a trip to Cape Elizabeth on Tuesday at 6 p.m. FA concludes the travel spree with an away game next Thursday at Traip Academy at 4 p.m.


Revenge can be so sweet. Coming off a 1-0 loss to Greely in Cumberland last week, Fryeburg Academy defended its home turf with a convincing 3-0 victory to improve to 4-1.

Sage Hennessy put the Raiders on top, and Ellen Bacchiocchi put the Rangers away with two second half goals (one assisted by Hennessy). FA mounted a solid attack as the Greely netminder recorded 15 saves. Not to be outdone, Raider goalie Brittany Fox was up to every Greely challenge, turning away 10 shots.

The Raiders throttled Wells, whom they beat in the play-offs last fall, by a 7-0 count. Sophomore Skye Dole’s first varsity game proved to be a memorable one as she fired in three goals. FA also picked up goals from Makayla Frost, Ellie Jones, Sage Hennessy and Christina DiPietro. The Wells goalie made 23 save.

• After losing the season opener, Lake Region has quietly put together a nice streak. The Lakers improved to 3-1-1 Tuesday with a 3-0 road victory against Gray-New Gloucester. Alice Sanborn sparked the LR attack with two goals, while Chelcie Murch added one.

The Patriot goalie was kept busy, turning away 14 shots.

Last Wednesday, the Lakers blasted Yarmouth as freshman Bridgette Letarte scored twice. Other scorers were Chelcie Murch, Tori Girardin, Liz Schreiber and Meghan Skarbinski.

Up next: With both teams playing well, Saturday’s Homecoming meeting between the Lakers and Raiders should prove interesting. FA won the season opener 5-1. Game time is 11 a.m. at Linda Whitney Field at LRHS.

The Lakers then travel to Cape Elizabeth next Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game, while Fryeburg heads to Sacopee Valley on Monday for a 6 p.m. game and hosts Falmouth on Wednesday at 4 p.m.


Kyle Bonner scored on touchdown runs of 12, 4 and 22 yards and Devine Dockery broke free for a 95-yard jaunt to lead Fryeburg Academy to a 34-6 victory Friday night over Gray-New Gloucester.

“We shrugged off a sluggish start in the first half. Our second possession, we fumbled into the endzone resulting in a touchback — no points. At the end of the half, time ran out with us inside the GNG-5,” FA Coach David Turner said. “However, we scored on our first three possessions of the second half to put things out of reach.”

Dockery scored on an 11-yard run to start the third quarter, putting FA up 22-0. Gray-NG got on the board on a 38-yard run in the third. There was no scoring in the fourth.

Up next: The Raiders travel to York Friday. Game time 7 p.m.

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