Friday, October 14, 2016

Windham U14 travel clinches Sanford tournament in overtime - By Pat Moody

The Windham U14 Soccer team playing for the Windham Youth Soccer Association captured the championship in the Sanford Columbus Day tournament for the Boys U14 division over the Columbus Day weekend. The team went 5-0 over the 3 days and had to beat teams in extra time in both the semifinal game versus Kennebunk and in the championship game versus Scarborough. 

In the championship game, goalkeeper Simon Gabaree came up with several key saves, including a fully outstretched dive to stop a low breakaway shot headed for the far post late in the second half. After regulation time with the score tied 0-0, Windham put on quick offensive pressure and on a ball cleared to half, Devon Harnden, playing a defensive full back position, launched an amazing mid-field shot that skipped off the fingertips of the backward diving Scarborough goalie to clinch the 1-0 championship win in the first 50 seconds of the overtime period. 

Players for the team are Alec Brooks, Baxter Chavonelle, Boden Sabasteanski, Cameron Joyce, Connor Cummings, Devon Harnden, Dustin Noonan, Dylan Gorman, Ethan Wert, Ezra Smith, Griffin Black, Hayden Bilodeau, Hunter Vail, Jacob Noonan, Julia McKenna, Keegan Brooks, Ryan Abbotoni, Sean Cunniffe, Simon Gabaree and Tyler Collins. The team is coached by Patrick Noonan, Peter Brooks and James Livengood. The Windham U14 team, which is 15-3 with 4 draws overall, is ranked number two in the Soccer Maine Fall Classic standings and hosts playoffs in bracket play starting this Sunday.

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