Hampden boys, Bangor girls eye Class A soccer state titles; Bangor Christian boys seek record fifth straight crown
All eight high school soccer state championship matches slated for Saturday have their story lines.
One team seeks to make history, while three others will attempt to win gold balls in their first seasons in their new divisions.
Others eye a reversal of fortune after previous championship efforts came up short, while three clubs have repeats on their minds.
All state finals will be played on artificial turf, with the Classes A and D matches at McMann Field in Bath, while the Class B and C games will be contested at Hampden Academy.
Games at Bath begin with the 10 a.m. Class A girls final between Bangor (16-1) and Windham (16-0-1) followed by the 12:30 p.m Class A boys match between Hampden Academy (16-1) and Scarborough (16-1).
The Class D doubleheader begins with the 3 p.m. girls match between Washburn (16-1) and Richmond (15-1), followed by the 5:30 p.m. boys game between Bangor Christian (18-0) and Richmond (13-2-2).
Play at Hampden begins with the 10 a.m. Class C girls encounter between Orono (15-1-1) and Waynflete of Portland (14-2-2), followed by the 12:30 p.m. Class C boys title with Madawaska (16-1) against Maranacook of Readfleld (15-0-2).
Waterville (16-1) faces Cape Elizabeth (14-2-1) for the 3 p.m. Class B girls title, followed by the 5:30 p.m. boys match between Camden Hills of Rockport (16-0-1) and Greely of Cumberland Center (13-2-2).
For the first time this year, fans may watch the state championship matches live online with a subscription at www.NFHSnetwork.com/ME.
Class A: The Bangor girls are playing in their fourth consecutive state final and hoping to add another gold ball to the one they won in 2011. Scarborough edged the Rams 2-1 a year ago. Windham is making its first state final appearance since winning back-to-back Class B titles in 1993 and 1994.
The Hampden Academy boys are returning to the state final for the first time since 2004, when the Broncos lost to Greely. Scarborough has been the top Class A team in the state in recent years, and the Red Storm will be after their second straight crown and fourth in the last six seasons.
Class B: The Waterville girls were a juggernaut when girls soccer was introduced as a Maine Principals’ Association-sanctioned sport in the early-1980s, winning the first five Class A championships. A first-year Class B team, Waterville last reached the state final in 2008 when it defeated Gorhaml. Cape Elizabeth is playing its first state final since winning the 1999 Class A crown.
The Camden Hills boys fell to Falmouth 2-1 in each of the last two state matches. With Falmouth now in Class A, the Windjammers hope to break through against a different foe and win its first gold ball since 1991. Greely, down from Class A this year, will seek to extend Western Maine’s grip on this title to 20 years since Ellsworth won it all in 1993.
Class C: The Orono girls are after their first state championship after falling to Waynflete and Georges Valley of Thomaston during back-to-back appearances in 2008 and 2009. Waynflete, the No. 5 seed in Western C, is seeking its second straight crown after outlasting Fort Kent 3-2 in double overtime last year.
Madawaska, which last reached the state final in 2007, is led by senior striker Ian Lee, the top goal scorer in Maine boys soccer history with 127 overall, 38 this season. Maranacook is down from Class B this year but played a predominantly Class B schedule and tied Eastern B champion Camden Hills and Winslow — both undefeated during the regular season.
Class D: Bangor Christian is trying to become the first Maine boys soccer team to win five consecutive state championships. The Patriots are the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in the state this fall, their overall winning streak now at 60 matches. Bangor Christian did trail for the first time since Nov. 6, 2010, when Easton led the Patriots 1-0 early in the Eastern Maine final, but the four-time defending champions emerged with a 3-1 victory. Richmond, back in the state game for the sixth time in eight years, lost to Bangor Christian in both 2009 and 2010. The Bobcats last won it all in 2007.
The Washburn-Richmond girls clash is a rematch of the 2012 final, won by Richmond 2-1. The Bobcats are seeking their fourth consecutive state crown, while Washburn hopes to break through for the first time.