By Matt Pascarella
The Windham U12 boys’ soccer team won the 24th Annual Falmouth Fall Classic soccer tournament at Falmouth High School on Monday, October 8.
The tournament consisted of 19 teams and Windham defeated two of the top six ranked teams in the state. To get to this championship game, Windham beat four youth soccer teams: Portland, Scarborough, Cumberland and Kennebunk blue team (ranked top six in the state). They then played the Kennebunk white team for the championship (also ranked top six in the state).
Teamwork was what this victory was all about as the championship game was tight, with both sides playing well.
Creighty Dickson #15 and Luke Cunniffe #12 controlled the game through the midfield making it harder for Kennebunk to get ahead of Windham.
Defensively, Windham was strong with Zach Trafford #16, Rory Good #5, Griffin Richmond #10 and goalie Lukas Hammond #8, who only allowed 2 goals during league play this season.
Offensively, Garrett Crossman #20, Conner Gallant #50, Gabe Glass #17, Nolan Scanlon #21 and Ben Lydon #18, kept pressuring Kennebunk, not letting up for a minute.
Nine minutes into the second half, Glass broke free making it to the far left corner of the field. He passed to Crossman who fired it into the net.
With the clock winding down, Kennebunk would have to step up their intensity if they wanted to win, but Windham was ready to counter any attack Kennebunk might make.
With time running out, Kennebunk makes a last-ditch effort blasting a shot at goal. Thankfully, Lukas Hammond made an incredible save.
Final 1-0, Windham
“I am very proud of the team and all that they have accomplished together. They are truly a great group of boys,” said Coach Michael Cunniffe.
The boys will compete in the state playoffs Sunday, October 21 against Yarmouth at Gambo Field in Windham. Game time is 9 a.m.