BATH, Maine — Ian Philbrick’s goal at 1:53 into the first overtime lifted Scarborough to a 1-0 victory over Bangor in the Class A boys soccer state championship match at McMann Field on Saturday.
The win avenged a double-overtime loss by Scarborough to Bangor in the 2006 state final, and caps off a perfect season for the 17-0 Red Storm.
Bangor, which had won its second Eastern Maine Class A championship in three years, finished with a 16-1-1 record.
Scarborough’s Nate Tolman gained possession of the ball near midfield early in overtime, and saw Philbrick and a teammate just onsides racing ahead of the Bangor defense. Tolman lofted a pass toward the center of Bangor’s offensive zone, and Philbrick beat Rams’ goalie to the ball and redirected it just inside the right goalpost.
Bangor defender Ryan Larochelle raced toward the goal after Philbrick¹s shot, but the ball skipped on the slippery surface and crossed the goal line just before he could get there.
Scarborough finished with a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal, with Angst making 12 saves and Adam Blanchard making five stops for Scarborough.
“We knew coming in that Scarborough was going to give us a lot to handle,” said Bangor coach David Patterson. “They¹re a fabulous team, and congratulations to them, but at the same time we knew we had the ability to make a game of it and we knew we weren’t going to be sitting back and defending the whole game.”
Some of Scarborough’s best chances of regulation time came late in the first half, including a shot by Trevor Hoxsie that was cleared off the goal line by Bangor defender Colby Treadwell, and shot ticketed for the upper right corner of the goal by Philbrick that was punched away by Angst.
Bangor’s best chance came late in the second half on a quick counterattack. Angst had just saved a shot by Hoxsie, and the Rams then cleared the ball from their defensive end.
When a Scarborough player couldn’t gain control near the edge of the penalty area, Bangor’s Johnny Warren got the ball on his foot and headed in alone toward Blanchard.
But before Warren could get off a shot against the charging Scarborough goalie, Red Storm defender Ryan Kane raced back to make a clean tackle just as Warren was making his move on Blanchard.