BANGOR, Maine — As a central defender, senior Anna Morris’ job for the Bangor High School girls soccer team is to keep the ball out of her net.
She did just that with 27 minutes left in the second half, getting her right foot on a ball that was just about to cross the goal line and that enabled the Rams to preserve their two-goal lead and deny Brunswick a huge momentum lift en route to a 2-0 victory Friday night.
Bangor improved to 4-0 and the Rams have yet to concede a goal this season.
Brunswick fell to 2-3.
It was a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Maine Class A final won by Bangor 2-0.
Brunswick had snapped Bangor’s 25-game winning streak last fall with a 2-1 overtime win after Bangor had ended Brunswick’s 36-game winning skein in 2010 also by a 2-1 score in the EM final.
Bangor controlled play in the first half but the Dragons, desperate to claw their way back into the game, began applying some sustained pressure in the second half and it appeared as though Kassidy Scarponi was going to cut the lead in half when she directed the ball toward the Ram net during a wild flurry in the penalty area.
But Morris extended her right leg chest-high and cleared the ball into the corner.
“There was a lot of pressure but I was able to just get a foot on it,” said Morris.
“If that had gone in, I think it would have been a different game but it didn’t go in so we had to keep battling,” said Brunswick coach Martyn Davison, who was “delighted” with his team’s inspired play in the second half.
“(Anna) kept her poise and got it out,” said Bangor coach Joe Johnson.
“That was a huge play,” said Butler.
The goals for George and Butler were their firsts of the season.
George opened the scoring with 24:17 left in the half off an Alli Boulier corner.
Boulier’s left-footed shot pinballed around the six-yard box and George was able to direct it past Brunswick ‘keeper Haley Murano.
“Anna-Maria Dagher headed it off one of their players and their goalie couldn’t get it so I tapped it in,” said George.
Butler extended the lead off a low diagonal cross from freshman Megan Conner.
Butler sliced left to right in the middle of the penalty area and was able to beat the oncoming Murano to the ball before dribbling it around her and depositing it into the vacated net.
“We’ve been working on that in practice this week and I thought it helped in the game. The goalie came out and I was able to touch it around her (and put it in),” said Butler.
Bangor outshot Brunswick 12-3 in the first half.
Hodgdon made three saves on four shots after entering the game with 28:34 left in regulation. Gilmore made one save on three shots.
Murano finished with five saves on 15 shots.
Bangor lost the services of standout defender Tiffany Gray due to an ankle injury in the first half.