The Buckport Golden Buck girls show off their runner-up trophy after falling 5-0 to the Orono Red Riots in Wednesday’s Northern Maine Class C girls’ soccer championship final. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

Cinderella soccer run ends for Bucksport girls

ORONO — The string of post-season playoff wins ended for the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Wednesday afternoon as they fell to the top-seeded Orono Red Riots 5-0 in the Class C Northern Maine girls’ soccer championship final.

The 15-1-1 Red Riots scored the only goal they needed less than two minutes into the game when junior striker Becky Lopez-Anido gathered in a loose ball in front of the net and pushed it past Bucksport junior goalkeeper Bree Coombs.

For the next 30 minutes, the Bucksport defense withstood the almost constant scoring threat provided by Lopez-Anido and junior strikers Daphne Murphy and Aashild Fridtun, the latter a Norwegian exchange student.

But with 7:50 remaining in the first half, Lopez-Anido took a pass from Fridtun at the corner of the penalty box and beat Coombs with a shot to her left to give the Orono a 2-0 lead.

The Red Riots dominated play throughout, allowing just one long-distance Bucksport shot on goal late in the second half while peppering Coombs with 40 shots of their own.

Three more of those found the net in the second half.

Fridtun took a pass from Murphy and lined a hard shot off Coombs’ hands and into the net less than three minutes into the second period.

Lopez-Anido completed a hat trick with her third goal at the 22:49 mark, rolling a ball into the back corner of the net from about 15 yards out, and Murphy capped the scoring with another shot off Coombs’ hands with 15:54 to go.

“Without question, they were very motivated, very ready for us today and they did a great job,” said Bucksport coach Mike Garcelon.

“We worked hard all season and had a great defensive run at the end of the year,” he said of his own team. That run gave the 7-7-4 Golden Bucks upset wins over third-ranked Central and second-ranked Houlton in quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

Garcelon already is looking ahead to picking things up next year where they left off this season. “We’ve got four seniors who had great years and certainly were the heart and soul of the program, but then I’ve got a lot of young, young kids coming back and a lot more coming up next year.”

Orono will now face the Southern Maine champion Waynflete Flyers, who bested Madison in overtime, for the state Class C title on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Presque Isle.

Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
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