|Hampden Academy||Bangor High School|
BANGOR, Maine — Dynamic Bangor High School senior striker Grace MacLean made her last regular-season game a memorable one.
MacLean’s 26th goal of the season, coming with just 6:53 left in regulation, supplied the Rams with a valuable insurance goal as they capped a 13-1 regular season with a hard-fought 3-1 schoolgirl soccer victory over archrival Hampden Academy Monday night.
The Broncos concluded a 10-4 regular season.
Defending state champion Bangor entered the game as the second seed in Eastern Maine Class A while Hampden was third.
The Broncos played much better than they had in a 6-1 home loss to Bangor on Sept. 13 and pulled within 2-1 on a goal by Erin Jeter with 10:55 left in regulation.
Jeter poked home a loose ball off an Anna Michaud corner kick.
The goal was Jeter’s sixth.
But Bangor’s Anna-Maria Dagher won a battle for the ball at midfield and threaded the needle with a long diagonal through ball to the left flank where the speedy MacLean outraced a Bronco defender, took a few touches and then slotted a 14-yard shot past HA goalie Sami Bowler into the far corner.
Bangor’s Jordan Seekins scored the lone goal of the first half when an Emily Smith corner kick glanced off a Bronco defender’s head over to her at the far post and she side-volleyed the ball into the exposed net.
It was her sixth goal of the season.
Bangor expanded the lead 9:48 into the second half when MacLean made a run down the left wing and cannoned a low cross that glanced off Bowler’s hands and trickled across the goalmouth to Alli Boulier, who spun around and swept the ball in from eight yards out for her 10th goal.
Sophomore Cordelia Stewart made four saves on 15 shots for the Rams while Bowler finished with five stops on 22 shots.
JV: Bangor 4-2