BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Rams found themselves in an usual predicament Wednesday night, spotting Lawrence of Fairfield a two-goal lead barely four minutes into the contest.
But the Rams got their own offense heated up on this cold night as Kim Jordan scored 21 seconds before halftime to give coach Joe Johnson’s club the lead for good in a hard-fought 5-3 girls soccer victory.
Natasha Morris and Janie O’Halloran put the Bulldogs up 2-0 with unassisted goals just 46 seconds apart, but it was a only a matter of time before Bangor got its own attack cranking.
Ashley Robinson converted on a breakaway at the 28:41 mark, and Grace Maclean sped down the left flank and blasted a hard shot into the right goalpost 10 minutes later to draw the Rams even.
“It finally all clicked and we just worked really well as a team and we knew we had to get back and get the win,” said Robinson.
With momentum up for grabs just before the half, Jordan seized it, breaking in unmarked down the center of the field and beating Lawrence goalie Jess Poulin to the left post. Jordan scored another goal at the 25:24 mark of the second half, one-touching home a nifty cross from Eliza Estabrook.
Even after finding themselves trailing early — Bangor had only trailed in a game once all season prior to that — the Rams did not let up, especially on “Senior Night.”
“It just made us play stronger and work harder and make sure we do what we needed to do,” Jordan said.
Sadie Redman scored on a breakaway to cap the scoring for Bangor with 13:07 remaining, controlling the ball after a booming goal kick by goalkeeper Meri Wicks, who was credited with the assist, and capping a stretch in which the Rams netted five unanswered goals.
Courtney Langley netted a consolation goal for Lawrence with 10:09 remaining.
The Rams, fighting Waterville for the No. 2 seed in Eastern Maine Class A, improved to 10-1-1 while the Bulldogs, who desperately needed a win to stay in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot, fell to 6-6 with two games remaining.
Lawrence played with passion throughout the match, erasing the notion that this would be an easy Bangor victory.
“We knew it was going to be tough. It’s tough every time you play this team,” Johnson said. “They came in to win, as you can see by two quick goals.”
The Rams weren’t taking the Bulldogs for granted, and will face a similar situation on Tuesday when they play the Broncos in Hampden, another team in the hunt for one of the final postseason slots.
“We can’t take anyone easy, we just have to go in and play our game,” said Robinson.
Both teams played a fairly even possession game, but the Rams controlled the midfield and had the bulk of the high-percentage scoring chances.
Wicks came up with seven saves on 12 shots for Bangor while Poulin, who kept the Bulldogs in the game with several outstanding stops, finished with 11 saves on 33 Bangor shots.