The Washburn girls’ soccer team has never played in a state championship game. However, several of the players are no strangers to state finals in other sports as Washburn is the defending two-time state Class D titlist in basketball.
The Beavers beat Richmond in the two state championship basketball games and now the two schools will meet for a soccer crown.
Richmond is the defending two-time state soccer champ and they will square off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hampden Academy.
Washburn is 15-1-1 and Richmond is 15-0-1.
Earlier in Hampden, Bangor, 16-1, and Scarborough, 15-1-1, will collide in the Class A game at 12:30 p.m. for the third straight season with each having won one. Scarborough triumphed 3-0 in 2010 before Bangor claimed its first state girls’ soccer title last year 4-0.
In Scarborough, the Hermon High School Hawks and Fort Kent Warriors will be looking for their first state school girls’ soccer crowns.
Fort Kent,13-3-1, will take on Waynflete of Portland, 13-2-2, in the 12:30 p.m. Class C game and Hermon, 15-2, will face defending two-time Class B champ Falmouth, 13-2-2, at 5:30 p.m.
Fort Kent last played in a state final in 2010, losing to Sacopee Valley of South Hiram 2-1 in overtime.
Hermon hasn’t played in a state game since 1994.
Waynflete won the Class C crown in 2008 and Falmouth has won five of the last seven B titles.
Washburn coach Marcie Barbarula has an athletic team as evidenced by the fact 11 of her players also ran cross country this season.
Washburn has a 31-goal scorer in sophomore striker Mackenzie Worcester who broke onto the scene with a 27-goal freshman season a year ago.
“She just sees the field so well,” said Barbarula. “She utilizes her wings and is a very unselfish player. She knows when it is time to shoot and she can shoot inside the 18 or outside the 18 with both feet. She reads defenses very well and reads where the goalie is, angle-wise. And she’s very fast.”
Worcester said she has worked hard on improving her shooting angles and placing the ball into the corners “instead of just running up the field and kicking it. We’ve also worked on different things like one-touching the ball and that has really helped.”
The Beavers have a standout goalkeeper in senior Rayah Saucier, who has tied the school career shutout record with 20.
“She has been a big key to our success,” said Worcester.
The stout back line consists of stopper Nicole Olson, outside backs Olivia Doody and Tyra Shaw and sweeper Catelyn Coulombe.
They will be tested by a Richmond team that has scored 108 goals and features three players with at least 15 goals in Noel Acord (24 goals), Amber Loon (22) and Sadie Gosse (15).
Fort Kent has a handful of players who played in the 2010 state final and they include leading scorer Alexis Desjardins, a center midfielder, and sweeper Abby Stevens.
Stevens and sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Pelletier have backboned a defensive effort that has seen the Warriors allow just four goals in their last seven games.
Stopper Brittany Theriault, a senior, and sophomore defensive midfielder Erin Chasse have also played important roles in Fort Kent’s success along with sophomore striker Danielle Pelletier and junior wings Lauren Doak and Chelsey Plourde.
Waynflete features goalkeeper Juliana Harwood along with Sadie Cole, Isabel Agnew, Ariana Giguere, Sofia Canning and Walker Foehl.
Hermon coach Adam Leach said his game will boil down to a battle of the midfield featuring his trio of Claire Petersen, Jessica Allen and Morgan Buck against Falmouth’s Caitlyn Bucksbaum and Cassie Darrow.
Kaitlyn Saulter (29 goals, 8 assists) has been Hermon’s offensive catalyst along with Allen (10 & 7), Mollie Roy (5 & 14), Petersen (5 & 12) and Savannah Allain (7 & 3).
Bucksbaum (8 & 10), Alex Bernier (6 goals) and Darrow (5 & 5) have paced Falmouth.
The Bangor-Scarborough matchup pits one of the state’s highest-scoring teams against one of the stingiest.
Bangor has scored 91 goals and Scarborough has surrendered just four.
Senior striker Grace MacLean has nine goals and four assists in Bangor’s last four playoff wins dating back to her two goals in last year’s state game.
The speedy MacLean has 33 goals and 12 assists this season.
Sophomore Alli Boulier (15 & 4), who had a hat trick in the 4-2 EM title-game win over Hampden Academy, Jordan Seekins (6 & 9) and Jackie Veilleux (5 goals) have also been key offensive contributors and Denae Johnson and Anna Morris have anchored the back line.
Sarah Martens (19 & 5), Jessica Meader (13 & 4) and Hadlee Yescott (7 goals) are Scarborough’s scoring leaders and Sydney Martin has provided them with first-rate goalkeeping.