HAMPDEN, Maine – The Washington Academy Raiders claimed their first state Class C soccer championship thanks to senior midfielder Milos Gautier.
Gautier converted a pair of free kicks in the first half and Washington Academy of East Machias withstood a furious rally by Waynflete of Portland in the second half to prevail 2-1 at the Weatherbee School Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
Gautier curled a 25-yard free kick into the upper near side corner 10:09 into the game and hooked an indirect free kick around a still-forming wall and into the far corner with 3:20 remaining in the half.
Waynflete standout midfielder Josh Bloom converted a penalty kick after he was taken down in the penalty area with 16:07 remaining in regulation but the Flyers couldn’t convert their relentless pressure into an equalizer.
Bryce Colbeth made four saves on 27 shots for 17-1 Washington Academy while Chris Gillespie made three saves on 15 shots for the 8-8-3 Flyers, who were trying to finish off a Cinderella season after entering the Western Maine tournament as the 11th seed and pulling off road victories over No. 6 Wiscasset (2-0), No. 3 Telstar of Bethel (4-0), No. 2 St. Dom’s of Auburn (2-1) and No. 1 Mt. Abram (1-0).