HAMPDEN, Maine — Scarborough High School senior striker Dan Ornstein had never had a hat trick in high school.
That all changed on Saturday morning.
Ornstein scored three goals in the the first half as the Red Storm cruised to a convincing 4-0 triumph over Mount Ararat of Topsham at the Hampden Academy Field in their State Class A soccer championship game.
Ornstein, who had scored just five goals this season, scored what proved to be the game-winner just 1:28 into the game, notched his second 7:53 later and capped his hat trick with just 12.5 seconds remaining in the half.
Austin Downing finished off the scoring with 51.5 seconds left in regulation.
Scarborough completed a 16-0-2 season and won its third state title in five years.
Mount Ararat finished up at 15-2-1.
“[Ornstein] hits balls like that in practice. We’ve been waiting for him to explode and, luckily, it happened today,” said Scarborough coach Mark Diaz, who considered his team’s performance one of their best of the season.
“I woke up this morning hoping I would do well. I did my best and it paid off,” said Ornstein.
Ornstein used some neat footwork to open the scoring as he dribbled from left to right across the top of the penalty area before shooting a well-placed shot back against the grain into the net to the right of Mount Ararat goalie Gabe Pelletier.
“I made the defender think I was going left, I faked him out and I went right and shot it around him,” said Ornstein.
“That goal set the tone for the rest of the game. Then he scored another right after that. He came to play today,” said junior midfielder Wyatt Omsberg, who controlled the midfield with a stellar performance. “From the start, we came ready to play and we took care of business.”
Ornstein extended the lead by alertly following his initial shot.
Pelletier raced off his line to make a great save on Ornstein’s break-in off a Downing pass but Ornstein tracked the rebound to the left side of the penalty area, wheeled and curled a shot over Pelletier and into the net off the shoulder of an Eagle defender who had hustled back to try to help out his stranded goalkeeper.
“I saw the goalie wasn’t where he was supposed to be, I saw the net and I put it there,” said Ornstein.
The clinching third goal was set up by Sam Cekada.
Cekada maneuvered around a defender on the right flank and sent a low cross into the penalty area where Ornstein extended his leg and directed it into the near side corner.
“I saw the ball and I had to get there before the goalie,” said Ornstein.
“That goal killed us,” said Mount Ararat coach Rick Renaud, who felt his team played tentatively in the early going and didn’t mark efficiently.
Patrick Stanton finished with one save on seven shots for the Red Storm while Pelletier wound up with five stops on 22 shots.