HAMPDEN, Maine — The Waynflete School girls needed a spark, trailing Orono 2-0 late in the first half of Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class C championship soccer game.
Sophomore center back Marijke Rowse provided it with a perfectly placed free kick with 24.2 seconds left in the half. The Portland-based Flyers, energized by the goal, received the tying goal from sophomore striker Arianna Giguere with 29:26 left in regulation and the game-winner from sophomore outside midfielder Esme Benson with 3:43 remaining in double overtime as Waynflete triumphed 3-2.
It was 15-2-2 Waynflete’s third title in six years and second straight.
The 15-2-1 Riots are still looking for a state crown after three championship game appearances in six years.
Rowse’s powerful swerving strike into the top corner beat Orono goalie Vicki Goodwin.
“The clock was counting down. There were 30 seconds left. I thought ‘I have to hit it right now.’ I knew if I could get it in, it would turn the game around,” said Rowse who was also rock-solid in the back.
“It was a beautiful shot. There is nothing I could have done,” said Goodwin.
“That was the toughest one to give up,” said Orono coach Cid Dyjak. “They had nothing going on. That free kick turned everything around for them.”
Orono had built a 2-0 lead on goals by freshman Brinsley Chasse and junior Diana Tyutyunnyk. Chasse converted a Becky Lopez-Anido pass with a rising shot into the far corner off the hands of goalkeeper Juliana Harwood. Tyutyunnyk muscled her way between two defenders before blasting a 16-yard shot past Harwood.
Orono’s speed and skill had caused problems for the bigger Flyers in the first half but Waynflete parlayed its new-found momentum, physicality and an effective offsides trap into a dominant performance after the intermission despite the Flyers’ steady stream of fouls.
Waynflete outshot Orono 23-6 after the break to finish with a 34-15 edge.
Goodwin wound up with nine saves and Harwood had three.
“We won the 50-50 balls in the second half and got the ball out of the middle,” said Waynflete coach Todd Dominski.
Giguere’s tying goal came off an Ella Millard pass. She maneuvered around an Orono defender and beat the diving Goodwin with a low left-footed shot to the goalie’s left.
“I had told myself ‘go to goal, go to goal,’” said Giguere. “(When I broke free), I saw that the goalie had slid over to cut down the angle. I saw the corner so I put it in.”
Isabel Canning’s corner kick led to the game-winner.
The ball pinballed back to Benson at the top of the penalty area.
“In practice, I’ve been working on staying at the top of the 18. The ball rolled to me and I got my foot on it,” said Benson.
Goodwin leaped and got her hands on the shot but she collided with another player and the ball rolled over the line.
“I had it but I bumped into some girl and I lost it,” said Goodwin.
Both chances had glittering chances in OT.
Hanna Renedo just missed with a volley off a Lopez-Anido pass and Benson’s flick toward an empty net was headed away by Orono’s Lauren Stoops.
“It was a great game. Waynflete has won a bunch of state titles. We gave a good account of ourselves,” said Dyjak.
Rowse, Giguere, Millard and midfielders Sofia Canning and Cat Johnson starred for Waynflete while midfielders Renedo, Chasse and Tyutyunnyk and defender Ellie Kass shone for Orono.