Boys Soccer : Richmond falls on late penalty kick

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)

Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

BY GARY HAWKINS
Staff Writer Kennebec Journal

HAMPDEN -- A game that appeared Richmond's to win turned on a dime Saturday at the Class D boys state soccer championship.

Play-ing a man down for the final 21 minutes, Bangor Christian broke out of its defensive shell in the closing minutes and was awarded a penalty kick after senior Brandon Wilcox was taken down inside the penalty area.

With 2 minutes, 16 seconds to play, Wilcox placed his kick into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Patriots a 2-1 win and their second state title in four years.

"I was a little nervous," Wilcox said. "I missed one in the Eastern Maine championship game so that was running through my mind. But I really wanted to redeem myself on that one, have some confidence and put it in."

The Patriots carried most of the play in the first half and took a 1-0 lead when Zach Sirois converted a crossing pass from sophomore Brad Wilcox.

But most of the second half belonged to the Bobcats. They nearly tied the game following a corner kick, but Bangor Christian defender Nate Fowler slapped the ball out of the goalmouth with his hand. It saved a goal but he was given a red card, putting the Patriots down a man for the final 21:16, and the Bobcats were awarded a penalty kick.

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