June 20, 2018
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Robinson, Maclean provide strong scoring punch for Bangor girls soccer team

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

One is a little taller, a redhead with freckles.

The other is almost petite with dark hair.

Junior Grace Maclean and senior Ashley Robinson have been tormenting opposing defenses for three years as they have led the Bangor High School girls soccer team to two consecutive Eastern Maine Class A championships.

Maclean, Robinson and the 17-0 Rams will look to avenge last year’s 3-0 state-final loss when they take on Scarborough, 14-1-2, in Saturday’s 3 p.m. rematch at the Falmouth High School field.

That game will follow another rematch, this one in Class D at 10 a.m., as 12-5 Van Buren will seek to beat a 14-1 Richmond team that posted a 1-0 triumph in last year’s final.

Meanwhile, at the Hampden Academy field, the Class B final will pit 15-1-1 Presque Isle against 12-4-1 Falmouth at 10 a.m. with the “C” final between 16-0-1 Central of Corinth and 14-3 St. Dominic’s of Auburn slated for a 3 p.m. start.

Robinson is Class A’s leading goal scorer with 28. She has also dished out 13 assists, second in the state.

Maclean has 24 assists, which leads Class A, and she has also found the back of the net 24 times.

“They are very good strikers. They work give-and-gos all the time and they’re so quick. They’re also good finishers,” said Brunswick coach Martyn Davison.

“They are dangerous,” said Brunswick standout senior back and tri-captain Katherine Chipman. “They’re extremely talented and they connect real well together.”

One of the reasons they connect well is they have been playing with or against each other since “we were seven, maybe” said Maclean.

“We work real well together. We understand each other. We kind of read each other on the field,” Maclean said.

“They’re quick and they really get to empty spaces (where they can receive a pass),” said Bangor junior back Denae Johnson. “They contribute a lot to our team.”

Robinson played her freshman season at Hampden Academy before transferring to Bangor.

“Playing against each other has been good for us. It has made it easier to play with her,” said Maclean, explaining that you get a first-hand look at each other’s strengths when you play against them.

Both have improved every year.

“I’ve been happy with my season and the team has done a great job going undefeated this year,” said Maclean, who generates a lot of scoring chances with her well-placed corner kicks. “I’m looking forward to Saturday.”

Robinson added, “I’ve just tried to work hard, like all of my teammates do. When you work hard, you get good results.”

Robinson said one of her areas of focus this year has been on “winning 50-50 balls. I’ve been going to the ball more. When you get to the ball first, you’re the one who usually comes out with the ball.”

“Ashley has really improved as has the whole team,” said Maclean.

In addition to Maclean and Robinson, the Rams have also received eight goals from Hanna Colpritt, including the game-winner in the 2-0 EM title-game win over Brunswick. Colpritt also has four assists. Ally Vanidestine, Jade Baumrind and Jordan Seekins also have four goals and the back line of Johnson, Tiffany Gray, Liz Hintz and Erin Boulier have been instrumental in limiting opponents to 10 goals in 17 games.

Goalkeeper Mia Smith has nine shutouts and Bangor has posted six shutouts in its last seven games.

Bangor has scored 94 goals to lead Class A.

The Rams will have their hands full against the stingy Red Storm, who have allowed just seven goals this season and have eight shutouts in their last nine games.

Haley Carignan (19 goals), Meghan Tyson (14) and Andrea Tolman (9) are the offensive catalysts and Katie Mader has been solid in net.

In Class B, Presque Isle coach Ralph Michaud will be going up against his friend, Falmouth first-year coach Wally LeBlanc, who is a University of Maine-Presque Isle graduate and was the former head coach at Windham.

“He’s a very good coach,” said Michaud. “They’re a very skilled team. They’re deep and balanced. We’ve got put a lot of pressure on their defense. We have some seniors who played in a state game when they were freshmen. Everyone was just happy to go to the states that year. This year we’re going there with a purpose and (playing in a state game ) isn’t foreign to us.”

The Wildcats, winners of 13 straight, have been led by Kayla Richards (18 goals, 4 assists), Chandler Guerrette (13 & 11), Meghan Ireland (13 & 4) and sweeper Chelsea Nickerson (7 & 7) along with goalkeeper Meredith Stewart (13 shutouts).

Falmouth features Cassie Dow (12 & 6), Caitlyn Bucksbaum (10 & 10), Alex Bernier (10 & 5) and Angela Mallis (4 & 3) along with goalie Caroline Lucas.

The Class C final will find the Red Devils and 38-goal scorer Max McHugh trying to find a way to break through a St. Dom’s defense that has allowed only seven goals in its last 12 games while going 11-1 in those games.

Siglia Pinkham and Taylor Robichaud have 17 goals apiece for Central and Briana Speed has 12.

Kayla McLellan (13 goals), Marley Byrne (5) and Kristen Conner (4) are St. Dom’s top guns and Mary Caron has been stout in net.

In the Class D final, goalkeeper Ashlie Wilson turned in an exceptional performance in last year’s state final for the Crusaders and coach Jay Edgecomb is hoping his Crusaders can score some goals for her this time around.

“They may be a little quicker and a little more skilled but we have set plays and we have heart. If the kids play with heart like last year and we can take advantage of set plays (free kicks, corners), we’ll have a chance,” said Edgecomb.

Parise Rossignol has 33 goals and 15 assists for Van Buren and she has been complemented by six-goal scorers Chantal Rioux, Haley Lizotte and Felicia Bouchard. Rioux also has 10 assists.

Natasha Bourgoin will again draw the assignment of marking Richmond 33-goal scorer Danica Hurley but Sadie Gosse (11 goals, 20 assists), 10-goal scorer Amber Loon and nine-goal scorer Noelle Acord are also dangerous.

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