BANGOR, Maine — Senior striker Grace MacLean is a threat every time she touches the ball. She scored 26 goals and dished out 24 assists in 18 games for the state Class A champion Bangor High School girls soccer team last fall.
But the Rams, who graduated 28-goal scorer Ashley Robinson, have plenty of other weapons as well.
Bangor received goals from six players on Saturday afternoon en route to a 7-3 victory over the hardworking Red Eddies of Edward Little High School in Auburn.
Sophomore midfielder-striker Alli Boulier had two goals and an assist and MacLean had a goal and two assists as the Rams improved to 6-0 and extended their winning streak to 24 games.
Bangor has scored at least five goals in its last five games.
Sophomore midfielder-striker Mary Butler had a goal and an assist and the other goal scorers were senior midfielders Jordan Seekins and Denae Johnson and junior striker Katerina Dagher.
Junior goalkeeper Kirsten Higgins made three saves on eight shots and allowed a goal before sophomore Cordelia Stewart finished up with two saves on four shots and a pair of goals surrendered.
For 2-3 Edward Little, Kory Norcross scored the game’s last two goals and Allarie Lever scored late in the first half to cut the lead to 3-1.
Taylor Landry made seven saves on 30 shots before Molly Murray came on and made one save on five shots. Murray did not allow a goal.
“We competed real hard in the second half,” said Bangor coach Joe Johnson. “We were patient with the ball, we distributed it well and we looked very unselfish at times out there. That gets a lot of people involved in the scoring and that’s hard to stop.”
“They’re really difficult to play against,” said EL senior back Avery Chisholm. “They have a lot of depth.”
That depth presented itself on the opening goal.
Within two minutes of entering the game, Seekins scored the game-opening goal off a MacLean assist with 23:32 left in the half.
MacLean maneuvered past a defender in the penalty area near the end line and drove a hard cross through the crowded goalmouth which deflected to the onrushing Seekins for an easy tap-in.
Boulier extended the lead 10:55 later off a flurry in front.
“Denae had it in the box, the ball was stuck in her feet and it popped out to me and I kicked it in the far side,” said Boulier who was just seven yards out.
Johnson made it 3-0 just 1:49 later off a Libby Huber feed.
“Libby tapped it over to me, I was able to get a good first touch on the ball and I kicked it,” said Johnson, who sailed a perfectly placed left-footed shot from the top of the penalty area over the hands of Landry.
Senior Lever gave the Eddies some life with 4:11 left in the half when her in-swinging left-footed corner kick deflected in off a Bangor defender.
But the relentless Rams sewed it up with goals 4:49 apart early in the second half by MacLean and Boulier.
MacLean completed a nifty passing sequence by running onto a well-placed diagonal pass from Boulier, sprinting down the left side and tucking a low left-footed shot into the side panel to Landry’s left.
“I told Alli to take the middle, I ran around outside of her and she slipped it through to me. It worked well. The goalie was on the near post so I went far post,” said MacLean.
Boulier scored her second when she rifled a rising shot into the near corner over Landry after a MacLean shot was blocked during a scramble and Jacqueline Veilleux got it over to her.
Butler scored with a powerful drive off a nice low pass by MacLean, who beat a defender in the penalty area and waited patiently before distributing it to Butler.
Dagher made it 7-1 from a near impossible angle along the end line after Butler sent her in alone on Landry. Dagher had to pull it around the onrushing keeper before tucking it home.
Junior Norcross scored off a breakaway and then volleyed home a Katherine Sawyer pass.
“Overall, I thought we competed very hard and played pretty well,” said EL coach Craig Latuscha. “When [Bangor] smells blood, they really start to pick it up.”