BANGOR, Maine — Cony High School girls soccer coach Jeff Hersey knew the Bangor High School Rams, coming off a rare loss on Saturday, would be “a little bit upset” and that his team would have to face an “onslaught at some point in the game.”
So he went with five fullbacks instead of four and frustrated Bangor for most of the first half.
But the onslaught occurred in the first 10:42 of the second half as Bangor scored three times in a span of 7:34 to build a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 triumph Tuesday.
Juniors Anna-Maria Dagher and Alli Boulier each scored a pair of goals and Mary Butler had a pair of assists as Bangor rebounded from Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Edward Little High of Auburn and improved to 9-1. The defending three-time Eastern Maine champs are now 58-4-2 in their last 64 games.
Cony of Augusta fell to 5-5-1 and had its winless streak extended to five games (0-4-1).
“The loss was definitely a wake-up call for our team,” said junior striker Butler. “We had a hard practice on Monday to get mentally and physically prepared for this game. It was good to get back on track after the loss.”
Bangor completely dominated the first half, keeping the visitors on the back foot throughout, but the home-standing Rams couldn’t transform that dominance into a lead until there was just 6:37 left. Cony effectively packed the penalty area and limited Bangor to few clear-cut chances.
FInally, Boulier threaded a through ball to Butler who broke free from her marker.
Cony sophomore goalkeeper Autumn Sudsbury rushed off her line and made a nice save but the rebound spilled off her hands and Dagher converted into the exposed net.
“Mary did the work. I just tapped it in,” said Dagher.
“I got my hands over [to make the save]. I was down and I got back up but I wasn’t quick enough,” said Sudsbury.
Bangor outshot Cony 16-1 in the first half.
Boulier gave Bangor some valuable breathing room 3:18 into the second half after Eve George maneuvered cleverly near the end line before finding Boulier unattended at the top of the penalty area.
“I decided to one-touch it because I figured I wouldn’t have time to deal with it,” said Boulier who curled a power left-footed shot with the inside of her left foot that beat Sudsbury to the far corner.
“It curved right in,” said Sudsbury.
Just 5:41 later, Katerina Dagher sent Butler down the right side with a precise pass and Sudsbury came out to confront her.
Butler alertly directed the ball across the goalmouth where Anna-Maria Dagher deposited it into the open net.
“We didn’t want to be in a dogfight at the end of the second half so we came out strong and scored early in the second half,” said Butler.
Boulier made it 4-0 with 29:18 remaining with a well-placed shot from the top of the penalty area.
Hayley Quirion scored for Cony off an Olivia Deeves pass with 20:31 remaining and she chipped a high shot from the right side that beat Bangor goalkeeper Maddie Hodgdon to the far post.
Bangor coach Joe Johnson was pleased with the win.
“After the loss, this got our morale back up and our energy back up,” said Johnson.
Emily Gilmore made one save on the one shot she faced in the first half before being replaced by Hodgdon with 31:01 remaining in the second half. Hodgdon made four saves on 13 shots as Bangor made whole-scale substitutions.
Sudsbury turned in a stellar performance for Cony with 12 saves on 31 shots.
JV: Bangor 8-0