The Bangor High School girls soccer team overcame a phenomenal performance from Hampden Academy senior goalkeeper Adie Hughes to edge the Broncos 1-0 on a Rowan Andrews goal Tuesday night at the Bangor High field.
Senior midfielder Andrews’ powerful header off a Meg Putnam corner kick 11:39 into the second half supplied the Rams (2-2) with a well earned victory.
Hughes kept Hampden Academy (2-2) within striking distance with a number of terrific saves in the second half as the Rams besieged her team’s penalty area.
She made 10 of her 13 saves over the final 40 minutes, including gems off Maddie Ahola, Eliza Jansujwicz and Emilyn Streams.
The Rams also hit the post three times.
“The amount of amazing saves she made was unbelievable,” said senior midfielder Jansujwicz, who was the catalyst behind Bangor’s second-half onslaught.
Hughes had no chance on Bangor’s goal as Andrews got free in the middle of the penalty area and nodded home an authoritative header from eight yards out for her third goal of the season.
“We’ve really been drilling in practice that you’ve got to crash the net, crash for the ball, crash the goalie,” Andrews said. “We know [Hughes] is pretty versatile so we had to go hard for the ball and beat the other player. I just saw the ball and tried to put it in the opposite corner like coach [Andrew Varisco] says.”
“It hit my leg,” Hughes said. “Rowan is really good in the air. She’s not scared of anything. She’s taller than everybody. She got an open look and put it in.”
Hughes robbed Jansujwicz with a diving save off a well-struck shot from 14 yards out. She also smothered a Streams shot from nine yards away following a determined run by Jansujwicz, who neatly maneuvered past the Broncos defense before slotting a pass across for Streams.
Hughes had held the near post to punch out a short-range opportunity by Ahola early in the second half.
After an evenly played first half, the Rams turned in a dominating second-half performance.
“We definitely came out with a lot more energy in the second half,” Jansujwicz said. “We were really fired up. We really wanted to get that [first] goal.”
“We had a big talk at halftime and everybody was really motivated to go out and give it our all,” senior striker Putnam said.
Varisco said his Rams have been a second-half team all season.
“It happens every game. We struggle in the first half and come out in the second half determined to win and get the ball,” concurred Andrews.
There was little to choose between the two teams in the first half.
Bangor sophomore Julia Smallwood had the best chance of the half but she sailed a breakaway over the crossbar.
HA had two good chances.
Maya Brown was able to slide inside a Ram defender and get her right foot on Sydney Hodgdon’s long pass, but her deflection curled just around the right post.
With 1:30 left in the half, Hodgdon sailed a well-struck shot from 22 yards out narrowly wide of the far post.
“Collectively, we played well as a team,” Hampden Academy coach Chris Hink said. “We put them on their heels in the first half and they put us on our heels in the second half. We were resilient.”
Senior defender Isabel Parkin was exceptional for Bangor, making two last-second interventions to poke the ball away before HA could get off a high-percentage shot.
Hannah Osmer made five saves on nine shots for Bangor and bravely came off her line to knock the ball away just before Amelia McLaughlin could get to it in the second half.
Bangor attempted 23 shots.
JV: Bangor 5-0