Foxcroft Academy Sports Update: cross country brings home trophies, girls soccer wins again, field hockey and boys soccer solidify strong heal-point standings

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Cross country ends regular season on high note

Both the Foxcroft boys and girls cross country teams returned from the Riot Challenge cross country meet in Orono on Friday, October 9, with runner-up trophies.

“It’s been a while since the cross country team has been able to present the school with some hardware,” said Coach Pearsall. “It’s special that both the girls and the boys brought home trophies because it shows how balanced we are as a team when in the past we have been pretty one dimensional.”

Gabe Piquette led the way for the Ponies, out dueling two Orono runners on their own 4-kilometer course to take the overall title in 14:17. Piquette led wire to wire to win his second consecutive race after winning the Womancare Race to End Domestic Violence the previous Sunday in Guilford. Piquette added another win at the Moose on the Run 5k in Greenville on Sunday to increase his win streak to three consecutive overall victories.

Cooper Nelson and Liam Casey were next for the Ponies, running the muddy course in 15:54 (13th) and 15:57 (14th), respectively. Rounding out the scorers were Nick Daneman (16:28) for 17th and Paul Birtwistle (17:10) for 24th.

Harry Ma (18:02) and Matthew Kim (19:03) medaled for the Foxcroft JV team.

Jen Clawson finished just behind two Orono runners and more than a minute ahead of the fourth-place finisher to take 3rd overall in 17:17 for the Ponies. Jenna Clukey also finished in the top five, completing the course in 19:19. Alice Russo (20:54) for 14th, Virginia Macomber (21:48) for 22nd, and Su Kim (22:10) for 24th rounded out the scorers for the Ponies.

“It was a great way to end to the regular season,” said Pearsall. “Being recognized as one of the top teams around gives us a lot of confidence heading into the postseason.”

The PVC Large School Championship meet in Lincoln is next for the Pony cross country team that will look to score as a girls team for the first time in many years and improve upon last year’s 3rd-place boys finish. The first race begins at noon on Saturday, October 17, at Mattanawcook Academy.

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Balanced attack leads boys soccer to 2 more wins

Thursday, October 8, the Foxcroft boys soccer team played PCHS for the second time. The Ponies scored 5 goals in the first half and two more in the second to run away with a 7-2 win.

Tobias Hogfeldt led the way for the Ponies with 2 goals and 3 assists while Dylan Harmon-Weeks, Ryan Cary, Kevin Kim, and Jacob Olson chipped in a goal apiece. Goalkeeper Logan Butera highlighted all scoring with a monstrous punt from his own 18 that sailed more 80 yards into the back of Guilford’s net.

Two days later, the Ponies faced the Dexter Tigers for the second time this season, cruising to a 8-0 victory.

Nate Church and Antonio Ayala led the Ponies with two goals apiece, and Cary, Hogfeldt, Harmon-Weeks, and Phillip Pleninger added additional goals. Registering assists were Hogfeldt (3), Ayala (2), Harmon-Weeks, and Blake Arno.

“I was really pleased with the team’s effort this week,” said Coach Ayala. “It’s great to see different players score. It was a complete team effort in both wins. Offensively and defensively we looked good.”

The Ponies are now 9-1-1 and sit in 6th place in the Class B North heal point standings with three games remaining in the regular season.

Foxcroft will face MDI in a make-up game on Monday, Old Town on Thursday, and their final regular-season game will be at home against Hermon next Tuesday. 

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Girls soccer shuts out out Dexter

The Foxcroft girls soccer team shut out Dexter in their only contest of the week to win their fourth game and remain in the Class B North playoff hunt.

The win against Dexter was a complete effort as the Pony defense held the Tigers to just 3 shots while the offense barraged the Dexter keeper with 18 shots, cashing in on 2. 

“The team controlled the play all game,” said Coach Wesley. “The girls continue to play 100% throughout the game, and they continue to improve in every aspect.”

Bernise Bartlett and Jenna Clukey both scored the Pony offense that seems to be meshing at the right time as the team enters the final stretch of the regular season. The Pony defense is also showing great improvement, registering its first shutout of the season.

The Ponies will look to win again against PCHS on Tuesday and will take on Old Town on Wednesday as they make their final push towards the postseason.

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Field Hockey sharp in senior game against Orono

The Foxcroft-Dexter field hockey rivalry goes back to when FA and Dexter were both members of Class C East, and when post-season seeds and playoff runs were defined by the outcome of Foxcroft-Dexter games. Two perennial powerhouses, Dexter and Foxcroft have battled five times since October of 2013. FA has the advantage 3 wins to Dexter’s 2 wins, but Dexter has the consolation of ousting FA from the playoffs last year. The games are close too. If all the goals were tallied from the last 5 games, the score would be 6-6.

The Ponies moved up to Class B this fall, but the rivalry lives on. Foxcroft defeated Dexter 2-1 earlier this season and faced them again on Wednesday, October 7. This time Dexter got the better of the Ponies, winning 2-0. Series tied 3-3.

The Ponies bounced back from their only loss of the season with a dominant 6-0 win over Orono on Saturday. The match against Orono was the Ponies’ last regular season home game and the team’s senior game.

The Ponies, however, were without two of their three seniors as sophomore Su Kim had to step into goal for Madison Chadbourne, and co-captain Avery Carroll had to sit out with an ankle injury.

The Ponies did, however, have Senior co-captain Madison Fadley who set the tone for the game with an early strike that jumpstarted the Pony offense that received 3 additional goals from Alli Bourget (her third hat trick of the season), and a goal apiece from Becca Anderson and Abbi Bourget.

“Our senior game against Orono was very well played,” said Coach Smith. “Even without senior co-captain Avery Carroll on the field, we had freshman Mariah Poulin step up for us, and Lexi Raymond and Cailin Seavey helped fill the void of Avery. In addition, I am thrilled to report that Su Kim, new to the sport this season, jumped in the goal cage for Madison Chadbourne with confidence and determination and helped lead us to victory.”

While the match against Orono may have been the team’s last regular-season home game, Carroll and Chadbourne will surely get at least one more chance to play at home in front of friends and family as Foxcroft sits 2nd in the Class B North heal point standings.

The Ponies will wrap-up the regular season in Old Town against the Coyotes on Wednesday, October 14.

Click here to see some excellent photos taken by Nick Phan at the Dexter game.

Click here to see more of Perry Wang’s great photos from the game against Orono.

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Football gears up for Belfast

The Foxcroft Pony football team was bested by the undefeated Winslow Black Raiders on Saturday, October 10, in Winslow.

Zachary Caron and Billy Brock led the Pony defense with 11 tackles, and Tanner Strout added 8 more.

The Ponies are now 2-4 and will most likely need to win their last two games to make the playoffs.

Their first of two remaining games will be at home against Belfast on Friday, October 19.

With thoughts only towards the future, “getting ready for Belfast” is Coach White’s only Belichickian comment.

Toby Nelson

About Toby Nelson

I am the Director of Communications at Foxcroft Academy.