BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School goalkeeper Mia Smith made a diving save on Waterville’s Jordan Pellerin on the fifth round of penalty kicks Saturday afternoon, helping the Rams escape with a 2-1 Eastern Maine Class A semifinal soccer victory.
Coach Joe Johnson’s second-seeded Rams (14-0-2) advance to next Tuesday’s regional final, while the No. 3 Purple Panthers close out the season at 12-3-1.
Waterville broke a scoreless tie with 24:31 remaining in the second half when Pellerin controlled a ball headed out of the goalmouth on a corner kick and fired a high shot into the corner of the net to Smith’s left.
The Panthers maintained the lead until 2:44 remaining in regulation, after Waterville was whistled for “obstruction” inside the box. Bangor senior Kim Jordan quickly put the ball back in play and fired a hard shot that grazed the hip of a Waterville defender and past ‘keeper Kylee Gardiner to make it 1-1.
The teams played through two scoreless, 15-minute overtimes before heading to penalty kicks. Bangor went first and missed its first attempt, but the Rams converted their last four, including the eventual clincher by fullback Erin Boulier.
Waterville made its first PK, missed the second, then tallied two straight goals against Smith. However, she came up with a stellar play against the Panthers’ offensive leader, Pellerin, whose shot was labeled for inside the post to the left side but was punched out by Smith.