At North Yarmouth Academy on Wednesday, the fourth-seeded Greenville Lakers battled by the No. 2 Breakers of Pine Tree Academy to win the Western Maine championship for the second year in a row.
Greenville advanced to Saturday’s 3 p.m. state final against Bangor Christian at Hampden Academy.
The Lakers kept the ball in Pine Tree’s half of the field for much of the game but had trouble finding the net through a packed defense and strong performance from goalie Zach Wilday.
Tristan Richards opened the scoring for Greenville at the 25-minute mark when he cut across the box and fired a left- footed shot to the near post.
In the second half the Lakers continued to pepper the goal but came back empty until Matt DiAngelo drilled a shot from above the penalty area that deflected off Henry Hersey’s back and into the net. Hersey scored his 35th goal of the season off a pass he took from Tristan Richards and beat Wilday with a shot that slipped through the goalie’s hands. Wilday managed to make 14 saves on 17 shots and was largely responsible for keeping the game close.
Pine Tree’s chances were quickly shut down by a speedy Laker defense and the two shots they managed were handled by Greenville goalkeeper Corey Henderson.
The Lakers move to 10-7 while Pine Tree ends it season at 10-4-1.