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Bangor defeats Oxford Hills 6-1

Bangor scored four times in a ten-minute span in the second half
Lucy Leonard (3) and Emmie Streams (13)

(Paris ME) The Bangor Rams remain undefeated after a, 6-1, win over Oxford Hills this afternoon.

Devon St. Louis and Emmie Streams each had two goals for the Rams.

The victory sets up a battle on Wednesday between Bangor and equally undefeated Camden Hills at Rockport.

The Windjammers have won the last four Class A state titles and have a lengthy winning streak (71?) in place.

Maddy Herrick chases a rebound

“Bangor had a run a few years ago where they had two championships in 4-5 years,” said Bangor coach Andrew Varisco after today’s game.  “Camden has had that run going the last several years.”

In today’s game, Oxford Hills (3-4-1) played much better than the final score would suggest. 

The Vikings rallied to tie the score at 1-1 and came close to tying the score at 2-2 in the second half.

“I was proud of the team in the first half,” said OH coach Brittany Moore post-game.  “They went down a goal but kept the energy up and came right back.”

Anna Connors draws a penalty

This was a 2-1 game twenty minutes into the second half.  The next goal was going to be crucial, and Bangor got it.

The Rams have speedsters on their roster and used it to their advantage to set up the third goal.

Junior Anna Connors (Class A state champ 200m) broke down the left side in on Oxford Hills goalie Maddy Herrick. 

Anna took a shot.  Maddy saved it but there was a rebound to Maddy’s right.  Both players went after the loose ball and Anna went flying.  The Rams were awarded a penalty kick.

Emmie Streams gets set for the PK

Emmie Streams took the PK at 19:15 and gave Bangor a, 3-1, lead.

“We pressure with our speed, and it has led to penalties,” said Coach Varisco.  “We want to cause our opponents to make mistakes.”

Those on the Oxford Hills side weren’t sure that there was reason for a PK at all since Maddy was going after the ball.

Bella Devivo (1) and Tayler King (23)

The referee’s view appeared to be that Maddy had a right to go after the ball.  She didn’t, however, have a right to trip someone else who was also going after the ball.

“Their third goal was a tough one,” said Coach Moore.

Emmie Streams had a successful PK in Bangor’s come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Brunswick last game and she was chosen to take the penalty kick in today’s game.

Oxford Hills celebrates goal

“I saw the goalie’s position,” said Emmie of today’s PK.  “She was positioned more to the left so I thought I would have a better chance to the right.”  And that’s where Emmie’s scoring shot went.

The Rams third goal was quickly followed by three more.  In a decisive ten-minute stretch in the second half, the visitors tallied four times.

Bangor coach Andrew Varisco

“I think if we knew that we were still in it we’d have had more to give in the end,” said Coach Moore.

“Their goalie (Maddy Herrick) had some good saves in the game,” said Coach Varisco afterwards.  “The end result won’t show how well she played.”

Both teams had scoring chances thanks to terrific passing.

Oxford Hills senior Bella Devivo was set up beautifully for a goal by teammate Lizzy Dieterich in the first half.

Bangor junior Anna Connors did the same in the second half with a great pass in the middle to give senior Devon St. Louis a wide-open net to shoot at.

Anna Connors scores the first goal

Both Rams first-half goals (Anna Connors and Devon St. Louis) happened on break-ins from the right side. 

Emmie Streams’ tenth goal of the season was the direct result of an Oxford Hills turnover in their own end.  An attempted clearing pass went to Emmie alone in the middle.  Several quick dribbles (she’s the point guard on the basketball team) put her into position to score.

The Rams sixth goal was by sophomore Lily Chandler.  Lily made a tough-angled shot from near the right endline into the far-left upper corner.

Lily Chandler

“Lily is a high-skilled player,” said Coach Varisco.  “She doesn’t realize yet what her potential is.  Long term she could be an outstanding player for us.”

I saw Oxford Hills opening, 6-0, loss to Brunswick.  The improvement in the Vikings was noticeable.

“The team is very willing to learn,” explained Coach Moore.  “We’ve been able to pick-and-choose what has created the most holes for us in games at practice.  It is nice that they can learn so quickly.”

“We knew that they had some fast players, but I was impressed that we, especially Katie Hallee, could keep up with them,” added Coach Moore.

Devon St. Louis’ first goal

Coach Varisco: “We stress possession/control as a group.  The longer the game went the better we got at it.”

Coach Varisco on the Rams style of play: “We don’t play a lot of over-the-top balls unless the defense is up high which they were doing some with us.  If we can change from one side to the other, a quick switch, and get a diagonal behind, that always works really nicely.”

Coach Varisco on the upcoming Camden Hills game: “Coach Messer has a fantastic program going.  The game will be our halfway point.  We’ll be able to see where we are and what we need to work on.  They’ll test us in many ways. We are used to seeing them twice during the regular season but not this year.  The result of the game will influence seeding and who has home in the playoffs.”

Ella Pelletier (24) and Taylor King (23)

There was no soccer tournament last season.  In the previous four seasons (2016-2019), Camden Hills has knocked the Rams out of the playoffs. 

The Rams don’t lose often as their 132-16-11 record over the previous eleven years would suggest.

The game on Wednesday is a reschedule from an earlier game that was postponed because of a wet field at Camden Hills.  I actually showed up at the field and learned of the postponement there.

Nice crowd and nice soccer weather.

(All pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Emmie Streams breaks in after intercepting a pass
McKinley Soehren (13) and Anna Connors (5)
Junior Anna Connors – goal and an assist
GK Maddy Herrick makes a save
GK Emma McNeil catches a shot on net
Rachel Mathieu and Saige Winslow
Trinity Bernard (9) chases a loose ball
Goal by Bella Devivo (1)
Emmie Streams (13) and Trinity Bernard (9)

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Windham soars 3-0 over Bangor for Class A state girls soccer title

Windham - 2013 Maine Class A state girls soccer champions

Windham – 2013 Maine Class A state girls soccer champions

Windham celebrating begins

Windham celebrating begins

(Bath ME) Who saw this coming?

The Windham girls’ soccer team made it look easy in defeating Bangor, 3-0, to get their first Class A title on a cold, sunny Saturday morning at McMann Field in Bath.

It took penalty kicks and overtime for the Eagles (17-0-1) to even get to the title game for the first time.

Meanwhile Bangor (16-2) came in having been in the Class A state finals four straight years……….talk about big game experience!

Grace Morris (15), Tiffany Gray (13), Jenna Soucy (23)

Grace Morris (15), Tiffany Gray (13), Jenna Soucy (23)

And then there’s that 65-4-2 record the Rams have put together over the past four seasons leading up to this title game.

But Bangor on this morning in Bath never had a chance against Windham.  The Eagles controlled the ball with precise short passes and took almost all the shots.

Still this game was a scoreless tie at halftime.  That score and Bangor’s track record made me suspect that the second half would be different.  I also wondered as a game dragged on if some sort of fluke score might decide it.

Surprisingly, things didn’t change much in the second half.  The Eagles continued to control the ball with terrific passing and again took most of the shots.  The big difference?  Three of their shots got past Bangor goalkeeper Emily Gilmore.

Ciera Berthiaume rips a shot through, and past, several defenders for the first Windham goal

Ciera Berthiaume rips a shot through, and past, several defenders for the first Windham goal

One of trio of goals came quickly.  Sophomore Ciera Berthiaume broke into the middle for a long shot.  The shot was high enough and hard enough that it got into the net over the head of the Rams goalie at 39:09.

Five minutes later Ciera nearly had a second goal as she was on the heading end of a crossing pass by Lauren Shoemaker from the right.  Ciera’s header back was very, very close to going in.

But Bangor hung on and as the minutes went by that one-goal Windham lead was not a comfortable one.

The Rams did get a couple of shots long-range in the second half that reached Windham GK Kate Kneeland but nothing to ooh-and-aah about.

If you’re looking for turning points (I couldn’t resist!), you might consider that Ciera Berthiaume went down at 14:28 appearing to “turn” her ankle.

You know it’s your day when an injury helps!  Out went Ciera and in came junior Luisa Sbardella.

1 1/2 minutes later, junior Jenna Soucy broke from right to left occupying most of the Bangor defense.  Jenna got off a hard shot in the penalty area as she went flying (diving?).  GK Emily Gilmore mishandled the shot and senior Emily Brookings tried to clear the ball away.  Replacement Luisa pressured Emily, forced a turnover, and fired a shot into the right corner at 12:59.

Jenna Soucy (23) gets off shot

Jenna Soucy (23) gets off shot

Shot is mishandled

Shot is mishandled

Emily Brookings (2) tries to clear the ball

Emily Brookings (2) tries to clear the ball

Luisa Sbadella steals and shoots what becomes the second Windham goal

Luisa Sbadella steals and shoots what becomes the second Windham goal

A two-goal lead, now that’s a different story with the way Windham was connecting on pass after pass.

Jenna Soucy, in the midst of four Rams, fires the third goal

Jenna Soucy, in the midst of four Rams, fires the third goal

Less than three minutes later, Jenna Soucy dribbled past, and around, a number of Rams defenders.  Five Rams were near her when she finally fired a shot from the middle in close.  The Rams GK never had a chance as Windham pushed their lead to, 3-0, with 10:11 to go.

The rest of the game was garbage time although Anna-Maria Dagher headed a corner kick over the net with 7 1/2 minutes left.

Bangor coach Joe Johnson started clearing his bench with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game and plenty of reserves saw action down the stretch for both teams.

Shannon Valente and Kate Kneeland

Shannon Valente and Kate Kneeland

The shot stats were eye-opening: Windham outshot Bangor 19-2 in the first half and 14-3 in the second half.  Windham GK Kate Kneeland had an easy morning with only three saves.  Believe me, in the previous tournament games the senior was under fire frequently………. but not this one.

Young Benjamin LeBel (week old?) was on hand for the game.

Coach Deb Lebel of Windham won three state Class B championships at Falmouth during her four years (2005-08) coaching there.

Bangor won the state title in 2011 defeating Scarborough, 4-0, at Falmouth Stadium.

Cordelia Stewart was slated to be the starting goalie for Bangor this year but suffered a knee injury.

Ariana Davidson (11) and Ann-Maria Dagher (9)

Ariana Davidson (11) and Ann-Maria Dagher (9)

The Windham defense was spectacular today.  It was their passing that caught my eye.  The passes were quick and teammates slide into open spaces.  You watch the pregame and one of the things most teams do is play keep away.  That game of keep away carried over into the actual game today for the Eagles.

Senior Emily Gilman ended her career today for the Eagles.  Emily is tall and tough.  She was a difference-maker in the way she limited high-scoring Amanda Arnold in the Thornton Academy game (Western Class A finals).

Bangor’s Tiffany Gray in the reigning Class A triple jump champion.  Tiffany missed 2012 for the Rams soccer team getting injured during the 2012 summer playing for a soccer travel team.

The Eagles had players come off their bench to play key roles in their final three games of the 2013 season.  Backup GK Liz Mycock was in net for Scarborough’s penalty kicks.  Reserve Emily Gorrivan shocked Thornton Academy with her goal in overtime and reserve Luisa Sbardella delivered the breathing-room, second goal in the title game.

Cassie Symonds draws a crowd of Rams

Cassie Symonds draws a crowd of Rams

McMann Field was opened in September.  I thought that the surface was outstanding……… well spent.  Parking was dicey, however, but not unexpected with four important games running one right after the other.

Bangor and Windham had scrimmaged each other during the pre-season.

Windham will lose some key seniors but they have enough coming back to be in the hunt in 2014 in my opinion.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Katerina Dagher (6) and Ciera Berthiaume (15)

Katerina Dagher (6) and Ciera Berthiaume (15)

Ciera Berthiaume in position for a dangerous header

Ciera Berthiaume in position for a dangerous header

Emily Gorrivan gets in close

Emily Gorrivan gets in close

Anna-Maria Dagher (9) heads the ball over the net

Anna-Maria Dagher (9) heads the ball over the net

Bangor coach Joe Johnson

Bangor coach Joe Johnson

gold ball

gold ball

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