Caribou overcomes long trip to double up Mariners in quarterfinalHost Oceanside's strong overall campaign comes to close in second playoff
Thomaston — Taking a 2-1 lead into the second half Tuesday afternoon, it appeared to be smooth sailing for the No. 4 Oceanside girls soccer team in its second postseason game in five days.
However, No. 5 Caribou, which had traveled 250 miles just to play the Mariners in a Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff Oct. 29, had other plans.
The Vikings scored three goals in 17 minutes and held the Mariners without a score in the second half to pull off the mild 4-2 upset of the hosts on Sam Pendleton Field.
Oceanside, which had won its past four games, including a 4-0 win over No. 13 Gardiner in a prelim playoff Friday, Oct. 25, ended its season at 11-4-1.
Caribou (12-4, including a 1-0 prelim playoff win over No. 12 Presque Isle) moves on to face the winner of No. 1 Waterville (13-1) and No. 9 Old Town (8-7) in the semifinals. Ironically, Waterville's lone loss this season came 1-0 to Oceanside.
“We were good enough to win and I think that first half proved it,” said Oceanside coach Darryl Townsend. “But you've got to play 80 minutes and they beat us in the second half and that was enough to win the game. They were a good team, I give them all kinds of credit and I wish them good luck.”
On Tuesday, Makenna Brooks, who scored three of her team's goals in their prelim win over the Tigers, had both scores for Oceanside, while Emily Gould added an assist.
Brianna Judd and Sarah Doak scored two goals apiece for the Vikings and Molly Adams logged an assist.
Kalyn Grover made six saves in net for Oceanside, while Morgan Outing made 10 saves in goal for Caribou. The Mariners outshot the Vikings 12-10, while the visitors held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
The hosts found themselves in a quick 1-0 hole 83 seconds into the game when the Vikings made a throw-in to Judd, who got ahead of the Mariner defense and quickly popped the ball past Grover for the game's first score with 38:37 left in the first half.
However, less than a minute later, at the 38:04-mark, Makenna Brooks ripped a shot from outside the 18-yard line that deflected off Outing's hands and into the net to tie the game 1-1.
Makenna Brooks did it again with 20:32 left in the opening half when Gould served a beautiful through-ball to her teammate, and Makenna Brooks chipped a shot again from outside the 18-yard line and over the leaping Outing to put the hosts ahead 2-1.
The Vikings then went on a tear in the second half, which started a mere 5:13 in when Judd gathered the ball at midfield off a skim and scored on a breakaway goal to knot the game 2-2.
Caribou then took the lead for good with 31:27 left in regulation when Adams served the ball into Doak on a corner kick and Doak popped it inside the near post.
Doak added another goal with 17:05 left on a penalty kick when an Oceanside player had a handball on the goal line.
“In the first half it really seemed like we dominated the play and the quality of the chances we had were awesome,” said Townsend, who said the Vikings had a couple of “soft goals” early in the second half that seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Though Townsend was quick to not place the blame for Tuesday's loss on the shoulders of Grover, his sophomore keeper.
“We could have played much better defense all-around [in the second half],” the veteran coach said. “Outside of that 4-0 Camden Hills game at Camden Hills we have done a great job keeping the ball out of the net.”
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
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