|Mt. Blue High School||Bangor High School|
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor forward Grace MacLean scored three goals and the defense clamped down as the top-seeded Rams defeated No. 5 Mt. Blue of Farmington 4-0 in an Eastern Maine Class A girls soccer semifinal at the Bangor High School field Saturday.
Bangor, the defending state champion, will host No. 3 Hampden on Wednesday in the East final.
Allison Boulier scored the other goal for Bangor (15-1), with an assist from Anna-Maria Dagher.
All three of MacLean’s goals were unassisted.
The first came with 16:09 remaining in the first half after each team had turned in a couple of offensive surges but came away with nothing to show for it.
MacLean broke the ice when she ran onto a deep ball to the right of Cougar goalkeeper Gabby Foy near the top left of the penalty area.
MacLean blasted a left-footed boot back across the grain and into the upper left corner of the goal.
The Rams continued to press for an insurance goal, and Boulier got it when Dagher tapped the ball through a couple of Mt. Blue defenders. Boulier took the pass as she headed straight at Foy, dribbled once and drilled a low shot past Foy from inside the 6-yard box.
MacLean added a quick goal 1:08 into the second half and completed the scoring when she nailed a curling direct kick from 30 yards over Foy with 10:40 left.
The 9-6-1 Cougars, led by Mackenzie Conlogue, Chelsea Newhall, Carolyn Poliquin and Makenzie Thompson, tried to get Mt. Blue on the board, but Ram defenders Denae Johnson, Emily Brookings, Emily Smith and Anna Morris worked just as hard to prevent it.
Bangor ’keepers Cordelia Stewart and Vanessa Graham combined for five saves on 14 shots, while Mt. Blue’s Foy and Thia Bridges made six saves on 17 shots.