BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor boys soccer team found itself in a new position at halftime of its regular-season finale against Hampden Academy on Tuesday evening — scoreless.
But the defending Eastern Maine Class A champions didn’t lament that fact despite building a 14-3 advantage in shots during the match’s first 40 minutes.
The Rams simply maintained their dominance after the break and generated three-second half goals to remain undefeated with a 3-0 “Senior Night” victory.
Jacques Larochelle, Luke Hetterman and Cody Cormier each scored to help Bangor improve its record to 14-0 with its second victory of the season over the rival Broncos and 13th shutout this fall.
Brian Loiselle contributed two assists and Nick George one for the Rams, who have now outscored their opposition by a combined 60-1.
“We were working really well in the first half,” said Cormier, a senior midfielder. “The opportunities were there, we just couldn’t put one in.
“We came off, and we knew we were doing what we needed to do so it was just a matter of time before we put one in.”
The win also secured coach David Patterson’s club the No. 1 seed in Eastern A and home-field advantage throughout the regional playoffs, which for the Rams will begin Oct. 28.
Bangor also will play at second-ranked Brunswick in Friday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship match. Game time is 6 p.m.
Hampden (11-3) also will be in the thick of the Eastern A playoff hunt, though its exact position — between third and fifth — won’t be certain until today’s release of the final Heal Points.
Bangor was shut out in the first half for the first time this season despite generating plenty of opportunities, particularly off corner kicks and long throw-ins from Adam King.
But Hampden sophomore goalie Logan Porier came up with a pair of big saves on bids by George and Clark Noonan to keep the Broncos in contention.
“We came off the field and we weren’t upset or anything,” said George. “We knew we played well and that they would get tired if we just kept going at them, and that’s what we did.”
Bangor finally took the lead when a shot by George glanced in off Larochelle’s chest with 33:40 remaining.
“The ball was dropping pretty nicely for me,” said George. “I wasn’t necessarily trying to shoot, I was just trying to get it back across, but it worked out well.”
Hetterman took a pass from Loiselle just as Loiselle was being challenged by a Hampden defender and scored from the left center of the penalty area five minutes later to extend the margin to 2-0.
“Brian kept flicking it over people’s heads and I saw it and I was just trying to get in position in front of the goal,” said Hetterman. “I let it come across my body and just tried to aim for one of the sides.”
Cormier grounded a shot inside the left post after taking a crossing pass from Loiselle with 4:13 remaining.
“He was probably 15 or 20 yards away and we were both taking a sprint down the field,” said Cormier. “One of the defenders took him on and I saw a lane open and took it and put the ball in the left corner.”
Bangor finished with a 28-5 advantage in shots. Bud Angst preserved with one save, while Porier made 13 saves for Hampden Academy.