June 23, 2018
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Bangor girls, Hampden boys seeking EM Class A soccer titles

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School girls and Hampden Academy boys will play for Eastern Maine Class A soccer championships this week as regional championship games will be held at the home fields of the higher-seeded teams.

Bangor, the three-time Eastern A champ, is the top seed and entertains Mount Ararat of Topsham on Tuesday at 5 p.m. All the other EM title games are scheduled for Wednesday.

Top seed Bangor is 15-1 while the second-seeded Eagles are 14-2. Bangor beat Mount Ararat 1-0 in September and triumphed 2-1 in the KVAC title game, which is not a countable contest.

Mount Ararat is seeking its first regional crown since 2006.

On Wednesday, the girls finals will send defending EM B champ Hermon (16-0) to 15-1 Waterville for a 2 p.m. game. It is Waterville’s first season in B after being in Class A. The Panthers last won a regional title in 2008.

Hermon lost to Falmouth 2-1 in last year’s state B game.

In Class C, top seed Orono (14-1-1) looks to avenge last year’s 4-1 loss to Fort Kent in the regional final. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Orono. The third-seeded Warriors are 9-4-3.

The Class D final between top seed Washburn (15-1), which captured last year’s title, and No. 2 Ashland (15-1), also begins at 2. Ashland has won the last two games at Washburn, including a 4-0 triumph this season. Washburn avenged that loss with a 7-0 victory at Ashland.

Ashland last annexed a regional crown in 2007.

The Class A boys final between top seed Hampden Academy (15-1) and No. 2 Lewiston (13-1-2) features two teams anxious to snap regional championship droughts.

Hampden hasn’t won the EM A title since 2004 and Lewiston last claimed the crown in 1991. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Second seed Camden Hills and top seed Ellsworth, both 15-0-1, meet at 5 p.m. in Ellsworth. They have combined to win the last four regional titles. Camden Hills won the the last two after Ellsworth had won the previous two.

The Class C final between No. 3 Fort Kent (13-3-1) and No. 1 Madawaska (15-1) will kick off at 2 p.m. and four-time defending state champion Bangor Christian, 17-0 and the second seed, travels to play No. 1 Easton (15-0-1) at 1 p.m.

Easton has never claimed a regional championship.

The Fort Kent boys were the 2010 state champs while Madawaska hasn’t won a regional title since 2007.

The Bangor girls will have their hands full with a quick and skilled Mount Ararat team.

Emily Smith’s header off a Megan Conner corner was the only goal during their evenly-played regular-season game and Smith’s goal on Saturday gave the Rams a 1-0 win over Brunswick in their semifinal.

Anna-Maria Dagher, who has 12 goals, and Alli Boulier, a 10-goal scorer, lead a balanced scoring attack for Bangor with Tiffany Gray, Grace Morris and Anna Morris and Emily Brookings keying the defense in front of goalkeeper Emily Gilmore.

Libby Ouellette scored the game-winner for Mount Ararat in its 2-1 win over Hampden Academy in their semifinal and Torri Pelletier got the game-opening goal.

Ashland’s girls will have to find a way to stop Washburn’s Mackenzie Worcester, whose 49 goals lead the state among boys and girls.

The Hermon-Waterville girls game features 44-goal scorer Pilar Elias and 25-goal producer Lydia Roy from Waterville against Hermon’s Kaitlin Saulter, who has 26 goals and 14 assists. Elias also has 15 assists.

The Fort Kent-Madawaska boys game will see the Warriors trying to slow down Madawaska’s Ian Lee, who leads all boys statewide with 38 goals.

Hampden, led by 14-goal scorers Tristan Gardner and Dan Good, take on a quick and highly-skilled Lewiston team it beat 4-0 and 3-1 in the KVAC title game.

“We need to score first, be physical and limit their transition opportunities,” said HA coach Josh Stevens.

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