Boys’ football: Yarmouth remains dominant in Class B

WATERBORO — Winslow’s boys’ soccer team has conceded one goal in its first 18 games this fall.

Saturday night on the campus of Massabesic High, the Black Raiders gave two against the Yarmouth Clippers in the opening 16 minutes of the Class B state final. That was more than enough for Yarmouth to take home another Gold Ball.

Sutter Augur and Isaac Grondin credited the first half and Truman Peters added another goal in the second as the Clippers triumphed, 3-0, to win Class B for the sixth time in the last seven postseasons and take the 14th Championship to conquer the program.

“These guys had fun every day,” said Yarmouth coach Mike Hagerty, who won his 11th title with the program. “They supported each other. Our captains have been amazing and the senior leadership of this team has been selfless all season.”

Yarmouth (17-0-2) faltered Winslow (18-1) in the fourth minute. After a long throw from Liam Hickey, the ball came to Stevie Walsh, who set up Augur for a shot that defeated goalkeeper Jason Reynolds.

“We talked about scoring early and putting them away because they hadn’t been knocked out before,” said Augur. “Stevie Walsh had a beautiful header back and I tapped it in.”

Yarmouth made it 2-0 with 24:21 left in the first half, from a corner. Adam McLaughlin served the ball up front and Grondin, who had come in just seconds earlier, was there at the nearest post to catch the ball once.

“We were talking about Winslow not marking the front post and I happened to make that front post,” Grondin said. “Adam played a perfect angle and dropped him right in. I just stuck my foot out and he hit my foot and went in.”

The Black Raiders failed to produce a shot in the first half and were equally frustrated in the second half.

The Clippers knew a third goal would be crucial and with 20:53 to play they made it 3-0 from a free kick. Hickey went ahead to Peters, who broke in and finished.

“Coach Hagerty always says the third goal is the most important goal, and he pushed it away,” said Peters. “Liam played a great ball. It was a 50-50 ball, and I won and finished.”

Yarmouth’s defense hindered the Black Raiders and never gave up a shot on the frame as the Clippers ran out of clock.

“Last year a lot of people put a lot of things in perspective, and I think that helped this year’s team,” Hagerty said. “This year’s team was expected to win, but didn’t play under pressure. We said they had to play well and the win would come naturally.”

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