Yarmouth’s Bill Jacobs and Matt Beatty tallied a pair apiece against fellow Class B titans Cape Elizabeth on Saturday as the teams faced off in a rematch of 2014 (oh, and 2013’s as well) State Championship bout. Fellow Clipper Joseph Oliva even added one, but it still wasn’t enough to sink the Capers, who once again emerged from the contest on top.
The Clippers trailed, if never by very much, through the late-game; were they to have any chance at overtaking the Capers, they would need both big offensive plays, and big defensive. Goalie Connor Hoehle turned more than one beautiful save in the waning minutes to keep his boys in the hunt, but as a squad, they couldn’t quite put all the pieces together.
Cape head coach Ben Raymond offered Hoelhe praise. “He was great, the whole game. He did a great job.”
Matt Beatty scored his second of the game with 3:58 to play in the fourth quarter, bringing the Clippers within one at 6-5. Cape’s defense, however, rebuffed Yarmouth as time ticked away – and their offense added an insurance goal, Owen Thoreck’s second of the game, with just 15 second to play. Barring an act of God, the Capers had sewn things up.
Cape also defeated the Clippers in 2013 (7-4) and 2014 (6-3) for the Class B crown. Yarmouth retires for the year at 12-4, and Cape at 13-2.
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Yarmouth goalie and senior co-captain Connor Hoehle looked impressive in net for the Clippers, but his squad fell just short nonetheless.Yarmouth senior co-captain Henry Oliva guards against a Capers’ incursion late in the teams’ State Final on Saturday.