Second week of preseason in the books with a scrimmage against Noble High School.

Most coaches will tell you that one real way to determine what type of team you have is to watch the players as they compete for the first time while wearing their school’s colors. For the girls on the varsity and junior varsity teams that happened at the end of the second week of preseason training as both teams scrimmaged against Noble High School.

The varsity team competed hard and ended the scrimmage with a tie, 0-0, and Coach Sharland was pleased with her team and the effort on the field.

Yesterday was a great scrimmage for us- no injuries and we got to address some issues related to our formation. The girls really played hard from the beginning to the end with most of our scoring opportunities occurring in the second half. Our focus is to “get better everyday” and this scrimmage made clear the concepts we need to work on moving forward.

The JV girls also competed well, but when the final whistle sounded, they lost 4-1.  Coaches DeFrancesco, Sharland, and Arenstam all saw improvement and specifically mentioned the way the team continued to play hard for the entire match.

Both teams will rest and recover this weekend and the next set of scrimmages will take place on Monday, August 27, when the reams face the girls from Bonny Eagle High School.

Girls from the varsity and JV teams line up before practice on Friday, August 24.

Get your SWAG on!

TA SOCCER GEAR: Our seniors have designed and organized some gear for parents, players, anyone else who wants to support our program. Everything is available for purchase online this year. To get to the online store for our amazing apparel, go to the following link: .

The only catch is that there is a short timeline on this. All orders for this clothing needs to be in by next week, August 29, which is when the website closes down.

So act now and help support our program!

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Thornton Academy Girls Soccer Training Clothing


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Cape Elizabeth Preseason Tournament

CAPE ELIZABETH – After a week of double sessions and preseason jitters, second-year varsity coach, Natalie Sharland, was anxious to watch her team compete against players from others schools. The team traveled to Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, August 18, and played three games against girls from Edward Little, Greely, and Portland.

“It was great to win all three games,” she said. “But I was just as happy with the way the girls played and the way they communicated.”

The team from Thornton won their first game against Edward Little, 2-0. They won the second game against Greely by the same score and at the end of the afternoon, they continued to find success and beat the team from Portland 3-0.

“We saw a lot of good soccer today, but as always, there are things to work on,” Sharland said.

The team’s next preseason scrimmage is on Thursday, August 23, at 3p.m. in Saco, against Noble High School.

“I am happy with the way things went today,” Sharland said with a smile and a nod, “and after a long week of practice, it’ll be good to get some rest.”

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us as we begin another year of Thornton Academy girls soccer. Please come back often and we (the coaches) will try to post a story or two after each of the games that the girls compete in. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or would like to help us with this site, please let us know.

Photos and information about our players, the games, or anything else related to the practice are greatly appreciated. Please contact David Arenstam ( if you have any content, questions, or suggestions.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton