ORONO — The Orono High School girls soccer team didn’t do much wrong on Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Riots passed precisely, finished their scoring chances efficiently and gave the Bucksport High School girls very little time and space with the ball en route to an impressive 7-0 triumph.
Class C Orono improved to 3-1 while Class B Bucksport fell to 2-2.
“Orono controlled the tempo. They passed the ball on the ground really well. They did a great job,” said Bucksport coach Bill Tracy.
“The biggest difference was the number of touches we needed to settle the ball and pass it compared to Orono. Orono would do it in one or two touches and we would need three or four. That made a huge difference in the game,” said Tracy.
“They set the tone from the beginning. They were on their toes constantly,” said Bucksport junior midfielder Cece Puckett.
“We played really well today,” said Orono sophomore striker Hanna Renedo, who had a hat trick and also assisted on two other goals.
“We all really connected,” added senior defender Laura Triandiffillou.
Analies Ross-Dyjak had two goals and three assists, Diana Tyutyunnyk had a goal and two assists and Theresa Huelk had a goal and an assist.
Orono scored four goals in the first half despite playing against a stiff breeze.
Those goals came in a span of 9:52.
“When you have the wind against you and you’re ahead by four at halftime, you know your team has done well,” said Orono coach Sid Dyjak.
Ross-Dyjak, Sid’s daughter, opened the scoring with 17:57 remaining in the half.
Renedo ran down a long ball in the left corner and spotted the unmarked Ross-Dyjak in the middle of the penalty area.
Ross-Dyjak took Renedo’s pass and fired it into the far corner from 12 yards out past helpless Bucksport goalie Bailey Blair.
Tyutyunnyk made it 2-0 just 1:43 later when she finished off a nice passing sequence involving Renedo and Ross-Dyjak by blasting a rising shot that glanced in off the hands of Blair.
Huelk extended the lead thanks to some dazzling work by Tyutyunnyk, who maneuvered past a defender and hugged the end line before sliding a pass to Ross-Dyjak at the near post. Blair was able to deflect Ross-Dyjak’s shot but it skipped across the goal mouth to Huelk, who deposited it into the vacant net.
Renedo closed out the half with her first of the afternoon and again it was Ross-Dyjak and Tyutyunnyk who created the opportunity.
Ross-Dyjak passed it to Renedo at the top of the penalty area and she placed a hard shot into the corner to the right of Blair.
Renedo sandwiched her second and third goals around one by Ross-Dyjak in the second half.
Orono goalie Taylor Gray finished with three saves on six shots but all three saves were comfortable as Triandiffillou, Kate Berry and Caleigh Paul did an excellent job limiting Bucksport’s scoring chances.
Blair finished with nine saves on 26 shots.