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 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 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 used some neat footwork to open the scoring as he dribbled from left to right at the top of the penalty area before shooting a well-placed, low shot back against the grain into the net to the right of Mount Ararat goalie Gabe Pelletier.
He 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.
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 post corner.
Downing added a goal off a long, looping through ball by Charlie Mader.
Downing beat the onrushing Pelletier to the ball and tapped it past him.
Patrick Stanton finished with one save on seven shots for the Red Storm while Pelletier wound up with five stops on 22 shots.