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Maranacook beats Traip to reach Class C state title game

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:12 am

Maranacook beats Traip to reach Class C boys' soccer state title game

...Maranacook (16-1-0) will play the winner of the Class C North final between George Stevens and Fort Kent on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Deering High School in Portland.

“We knew (Traip) were a second-half team, so we had to come out strong,” Mohlar said. “It feels good, for sure. We finished a lot better tonight.”

Both teams played a nervy game in the opening 40 minutes, most of which was played in within a 10-yard radius of the center of the park. Traip (11-5-1) tried to settle into the possession game that carried it into the final, while Maranacook was too intent on banging the ball around with little coming from it.

It all changed in the second half, when a higher Black Bear back line borne out of tighter man-marking created two distinct advantages the home side exploited. The Rangers could no longer pick out the passes that built their attacking game, while greater numbers forward had Maranacook poised as a perpetual threat up top.

Freshman striker Wyatt Lambert potted the rebound of a Mohlar shot in the 61st minute to give Maranacook a 2-0 lead, and the center back McPhedran pushed forward on a deep throw-in to rip home Garrett Whitten’s feed six minutes later.

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Re: Maranacook beats Traip to reach Class C state title game

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:53 am

Class C boys soccer: Traip’s magical run comes to an end

...Aiming for a third straight road playoff win, the seventh-seeded Rangers’ spirited run through the postseason was stifled by top-seeded Maranacook in the Class C South championship game. Playing on their home field, the aggressive Black Bears opened the scoring in the 12th minute and added two more after halftime in a 3-0 win.

“The key was just their energy,” said Traip coach Mike Macleay. “We tried to string some passes together and they were just in packs, running around.”

The Rangers, playing in a regional final for the first time in 11 years, end their turnaround season at 11-5-1. Maranacook (16-1) will play either Fort Kent or George Stevens for the state title on Saturday morning in Portland.

“They’re a team that doesn’t run out of energy,” said Driscoll. “They play hard. Their defense is crazy. They’re hustlers and they hunt the ball as a team, and that just kind of threw us off. We played frantic.”

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Re: Maranacook beats Traip to reach Class C state title game

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:09 am

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Maranacook looks to cap season with 'C' title after 3-1 win over Traip in regional final @MaranacookRSU38
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