ORONO, Maine — Dianna Tyutyunnyk fired home a shot from close range in the first half to give the Orono Red Riots a 1-0 victory over the Calais Blue Devils in an Eastern Maine Class C girls soccer semifinal Friday.
Second-seeded Orono will face the winner of Friday afternoon’s semifinal between No. 1 Fort Kent and No. 4 Bucksport in Wednesday’s Eastern Maine final at the site of the higher-seeded winner.
Orono put a lot of pressure on the sixth-seeded Blue Devils early in the game, but the Riots couldn’t crack the Blue Devils until senior midfielder Analies Ross-Dyjak passed the ball to sophomore midfielder Tyutyunnyk with 25 minutes left in the half.
Ross-Dyjak moved the ball down the left side of the field before crisply passing to Tyutyunnyk in front of the Calais goal.
Tyutyunnyk dribbled around and away from several Calais defenders before booting a ball into the upper right corner. The ball glanced off the fingertips of goalkeeper Paige Gillespie.
Calais worked hard to get the equalizer, with much of the pressure coming from second-half rushes led by Meaghan Cavanaugh, Jamie Fein and Maddy McVicar.
But Orono ’keeper Vicki Goodwin and her defensive help led by junior Hannah Renedo kept them off the board.
Goodwin finished with seven saves on 13 shots for Orono (11-3-2), and Gillespie made nine saves on 17 shots for Calais (11-4-1).