June 19, 2018
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Bangor boys outlast Portland for A soccer crown

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

FALMOUTH — Senior striker Phil Frost scored three first-half goals and Bangor’s defense clamped down on a lightning-quick Portland offense in the second half as the unbeaten Rams outlasted the Bulldogs 3-2 on Saturday to win the Class A boys soccer state championship.

The title is Bangor’s second in school history, the first one coming in 2006.

Bangor finished the season with a 17-0-1 record, while Portland, which had its 14-match winning streak ended, finished 15-2-1.

Frost scored on an assist from Luke Hetterman 4:03 into the match to give Bangor a 1-0 lead, but Portland countered with two goals by sophomore Tim Rovnak within a 41-second span moments later to take a 2-1 lead.

But Bangor struck for the final two goals of the half. The first came when Frost received a lead pass near the 18-yard line from Jacques Larochelle, wheeled left around a defender and kicked the ball past Portland goalie Taylor Mannix and just inside the left goal post with 12:37 left in the period.

Moments later, Frost struck again with a direct kick from just beyond the 18 on the left side of the field that went into the upper right corner of the net.

Bangor’s defense made that lead stand up, with Jesse Perkins making eight saves behind the fullback contingent of Andy Prusaitis, Bobby Winchell, Jack Stacey and Seth Freudenberger, who shifted from midfield to defense midway through the second half.

Mannix made six saves for Portland, which was playing in its first state final since 1994. The Bulldogs, led by playmaking midfielder Fazal Nabi, outshot Bangor 26-12.

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