Two County teams are celebrating State Soccer Championships. The Fort Kent girls and Presque Isle boys both were showing off the Gold Soccer Ball today.
The Fort Kent Warriors were still smiling after capturing the first girls State Soccer Championship in a 1-0 win over Maranacook on Saturday morning. The Fort Kent girls used a first half goal from Jacalyn Pelletier to pick up a 1-0 win.
(Jacalyn Pelletier):" I hit it with the inside of my foot so I was hoping to maybe assist if someone could get the rebound from it. Go crash the net and get the goal, but it had a lot more power than I extended it to have."
The Warriors defense played well in front of Lyndsey Ouellette and thanks to the defense and Ouellette in goal they ended up with the 1-0 win.
(Lyndsay Ouellette):" Everyone was just so excited and happy that we did what we were planning on doing that was winning."
The Warriors dodged a bullet in the second half when Maranacook missed a penalty kick
(Doug Cyr):" The whole game was a wave of emotion. When we scored first the adrenaline pumped in and then early in the second they got a penalty kick and what sealed it for me was the penalty kick going over the cross bar. At that point I felt really good about the game. "
The Presque Isle boys also captured the first state soccer title in program history. Freeport jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Wildcats five minutes into the second half, but the Presque Isle didn't panic Kyler Caron scored to cut the deficit to one goal. Senior goalie Mason Young came up huge in net making 19 saves. He says when Caron scored the first goal it was like a huge change in momentum
(Mason Young):" I felt the energy right on the first goal. Kyler scrapping it in and I felt we could actually come back and do it."
(Joe Greaves):" We had been talking about all year the no quite attitude in these guys. Being down 2 goals in the second half in the State final game.They found a way to battle back and win in double overtime. I am so proud of their effort."
Drew Cameron scored the game winner in the second overtime to give the Cats the 3-2 victory.
(Drew Cameron):" When I got the ball I was just hoping to not put it over the net and I did what we practice and put it low and hard. It was unreal. When we all saw the ball go in and we all just celebrated. I was on the ground and was swarmed."
It has been a long time since any Presque Isle boys team has captured a team State Championship.
Greaves:" This one feels great. I have had messages from it feels like 100 former Wildcat athletes that are sending me messages. Finally bringing home a gold for a boys program that has not had one in 86 years it feels great."
Three other County teams also played for States.Here is the recap.
The second game of the session had the Fort Kent boys playing Wayneflete, Fort Kent looking for first State title since 2010. Kaydn Nadeau scored four minutes into the game but the undefeated Southern Regional Champions didn't panic they came back and scored three unanswered goals to pick up the 3-1 win.
In Class D in Bath CAHS looking for first girls soccer State title took on North Yarmouth Academy. NYA stuck quickly scoring twice in the first 10 minutes on their way to 3-1 win.
The Presque Isle girls taking on undefeated Cape Elizabeth. Wildcats had the early lead in this one The Wilcats scored off a free kick from Allison Himes and Clara Kohlbacher was there to score to give the Cats the lead, Cape Elizabeth tied the game with Karli Chapin scored to tie at one with 20 minutes left. Then in overtime Chapin scored the game winner with 3:46 to go in overtime to seal the 2-1 victory over the Cats.