HAMPDEN — The Hancock County boys’ soccer season reached its conclusion this weekend, but the end didn’t come before one local team won an instant classic on the Hampden Academy turf.
Bucksport claimed a 2-1 double-overtime victory in Thursday’s Class C North quarterfinal game against Penquis Valley. The Golden Bucks and Ellsworth Eagles would later fall to regional semifinal losses in their respective Northern Maine fields.
After fifth-ranked Penquis Valley (12-3-1) took a 1-0 lead into halftime, No. 4 Bucksport equalized in the second on an Evan Donnell penalty kick. The Golden Bucks then won it in the second overtime period after Donnell connected on a floating header following a cross by Jason Terrill.
Bucksport’s season ended with a 7-0 loss to No. 1 Orono (13-0-1) in Friday’s semifinal game at Hampden Academy. The Red Riots, whose only blemish on the year came in a 3-3 draw Oct. 18 against the Golden Bucks, snapped Bucksport’s 13-game unbeaten streak.
Donnell finished the season with 38 goals for the Golden Bucks, who outscored opponents 110-26 on the year for an average margin of victory of 6.5-1.5. The team’s 14-2-1 record and regional semifinal berth were the best in school history.
On Saturday, the No. 3 Ellsworth boys saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 defeat to unbeaten Winslow in the Class B North semifinals. The No. 2 Black Raiders (17-0) scored twice in the first 10 minutes to take control of the game early before adding a third tally early in the second half.
Ellsworth’s season ended at 11-5-1 with the loss. The Eagles, who will return all but two players next year, were playing in the regional semifinals for the first time since the 2015 season.