Girls’ Football: Cape Elizabeth Beats Hermon for Third Consecutive Class B Title

WATERBORO — Emily Supple hit the post twice on Saturday afternoon, but more importantly, she also found the net twice.

And as a result, Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ soccer team is the Class B state champion.

Again.

Facing Hermon at Massabesic High, the Capers got a goal in each half from Supple and another from Maggie Cochran to beat the Hawks 3-0.

Cape Elizabeth finished the season 17-1, Hermon’s campaign ended 17-1 and won the Gold Ball for the third consecutive postseason and ninth time overall.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Supple. “I’ve been looking forward to this game since I was on the field in my first year. To play with my best friend Maggie and end on a good note is such a great feeling.”

Cape Elizabeth picked up the pace early on and was awarded a penalty in the fourth minute after Penny Haydar was knocked down in the penalty area.

Smooth did the honors and continued her scorching postseason by beating Hermon goalkeeper Bella Bowden with a hard, low shot into the right corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead.

“Penny just looked at me and said, ‘You take it,’ so I just stepped up and took it,” said Smooth. “I knew I hit it right.”

Supple nearly doubled the lead in the 10th minute, but her shot hit the far post and when she got to the rebound, Supple shot just high.

The Hawks almost tied the score in the 16th minute when a through ball from Sydney Gallop found Lyndsee Reed. Reed got past recumbent Capers goalkeeper Elise Branch (seven saves), but she couldn’t collect and spin and shoot the ball before the Cape Elizabeth defenses came back to break the game.

The Capers then made it 2-0 with 15:27 to go in the first half when Cochran was the beneficiary of a lucky bounce.

After freshman CC Duryee played the ball in, Hermon couldn’t get rid of it and the ball ended up at Cochran’s feet. All she had to do was send the ball home with her left foot for a 2-0 lead.

“CC worked hard to get hold of the ball and it was fortunate that the ball landed right in front of me,” said Cochran, who scored three goals in a 2019 state final victory over Hermon.

Late in the half, Supple hit the post again and the Hawks were still in the game at halftime, thanks in part to six saves by Bowden.

Cape Elizabeth tucked it away with 18:12 left. Piper Duryee set up Supple with a nice through ball and Supple tapped it past Bowden.

The Capers, who finished with a 13-7 shot lead, kept the Hawks off the board from there and the party began.

“I think we would have (won) last year too,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Graham Forsyth, referring to the 2020 playoffs being canceled due to the pandemic. “For this group of seniors to win their last game, it’s pretty special.”


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