ORONO, Maine — Bucksport High School senior midfielder Chloe Carmichael was late to her team’s Eastern Maine Class C soccer game against Orono on Tuesday because she had a doctor’s appointment at Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Better late than never.
Carmichael capped her busy afternoon by scoring the game-tying goal with 9:09 left in regulation as the Golden Bucks earned a 1-1 double overtime tie.
The Bucks ran their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) and improved to 5-3-2 while the Red Riots are now 6-3-1.
Orono had beaten Bucksport 4-1 on Sept. 11.
“I had hoped to have been here sooner,” said Carmichael, who arrived approximately 10 minutes into the game. “I broke down in the hospital room. I told them I had to be there. It was a huge game and I had to be a part of it.”
Carmichael explained that she has had some asthma problems and was seeing a cardiologist to rule out anything else.
“They gave me an inhaler and sent me on my way,” said Carmichael.
On her goal, she gained possession of the ball on the right side, evaded a defender and launched a high, 26-yarder that hit the extended hands of Orono goalie Elizabeth Hardison and deflected in off the underside of the crossbar.
“Someone had cleared it out and the ball was a little ways in front of me,” said Carmichael. “I got around someone who was in my way and I just kicked it as hard as I could and hoped it would go in.”
It was Carmichael’s fourth goal of the season.
“Chloe also marked Analies [Ross-Dyjak] and did a helluva’ job,” said Bucksport coach Bill Tracy.
The Bucks nearly collected a game-winner in overtime.
Danish exchange student Elisabeth Jakobsen’s corner kick bounced dangerously near the goal line but Orono freshman back Lauren Stoops made a critical clearance.
“I was at the near post and the ball hit someone and came a little bit at me. I tried to kick it out,” said Stoops.
Orono had taken a 1-0 lead with 24:59 left in the first half when Diana Tyutyunnyk ran on to a well-placed diagonal pass from Ross-Dyjak, continued dribbling across the right side of the penalty area and fired a 12-yarder across the grain into the far-side corner.
“It was a beautiful pass from Analies,” said Tyutyunnyk.
The quick and highly-skilled Riots had the better of play in the first half but Alanna Davis made some important saves including an early one off Tyutyunnyk, who curled a shot toward the upper far corner. Davis parried it away with her hands.
Dynamic Orono midfielder Hanna Renedo, who made several impressive runs throughout the game, Ross-Dyjak and Tyutyunnyk put constant pressure on the Bucksport back line in the first half.
But Bucksport’s superior depth paid dividends in the second half as the Bucks, who played a more direct style, were able to limit Orono’s dangerous attacks by winning a majority of the 50-50 balls and they began applying some sustained pressure.
“We really stepped up in the second half,” said midfielder Jakobsen. “We won almost all of the 50-50 balls, we had some great runs towards goal and our coverage was great in the second half.
“We’re very happy with the tie,” said Jakobsen.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Orono coach Cid Dyjak. “Bucksport did some things very well and you have to give them credit for that.”
“They marked us a lot better than we marked them [in the second half],” said Ross-Dyjak.
“We’ve worked hard all year on pressuring the ball and we needed the girls to step up and they all did today,” said Tracy. “This was one of our best games.”
Davis finished with nine saves on 25 shots while Hardison wound up with six stops on 21 shots.
Andie Lawford and Debbie Wight were stellar in the back for the Bucks and also created offense with their long kicks.
Stoops and Kayla Marquis were standouts in the back for Orono.