Cinderella story ends: Mariners downed by Black RaidersWinslow proves too much for No. 11 Oceanside
Winslow — Entering the Eastern Clas B tournament as one of the lowest seeds, it was no secret the No. 11 Oceanside boys soccer team would have possibly the toughest road to travel in its quest for a regional championship.
After pulling off the upset of No. 6 Old Town in the preliminary round of the playoffs, the Mariners made the trip to Winslow Oct. 24 for a Wednesday afternoon showdown with No. 3 Winslow, a team that bested the Mariners 5-1 earlier in the season.
The Mariners battled throughout Wednesday's game and hung with the Black Raiders, but the hosts tallied a goal in each half and did enough to come away with a 2-0 victory.
Oceanside's season ended at 7-8-1.
Winslow (11-1-3) moves on to the semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. where it will face No. 2 Camden Hills (12-1-2) in Rockport. The Windjammers earned a 4-0 win over No. 7 Hermon in another quarterfinal game Oct. 24 in Rockport.
The Black Raiders and the Windjammers played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie Sept. 13 in Rockport in their only meeting of the regular season.
Against Oceanside, Gabe Smith, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year, tallied both goals in the game for Winslow, on assists from Evan Clark and Taylor Roy.
Phillip Atwood made 15 saves in goal for the Mariners, while Alex Berard turned away 11 shots in net for the Black Raiders. Oceanside outshot Winslow 15-11 and led 7-1 in corner kicks.
"I couldn't be happier with the effort all my players gave," said Oceanside coach Josh Mahar. "I'm really, really proud of them. We had to come in here and try and shut down a guy named KVAC [Class B] player of the year and Caleb [Jacob] and [Zachary] Roman did a great job of that. Our team never gave up and I couldn't be prouder of them."
The Mariners were the aggressor in the opening minutes of the contest and took control early with a slew of corner kicks and strong play. However, the Black Raiders stormed back into the game and seized control of the contest later when Clark fed Smith on a pretty ball in the box, and Smith beat Atwood with 15:33 left in the first half.
Oceanside had a golden opportunity to tie the game when R.J. Hall was fouled in the box, which gave senior forward Drew Townsend an opportunity at a penalty kick, but the ball sailed wide left, which resulted in a Black Raider goal kick.
Winslow held a 1-0 edge heading into the second half while the scrappy Mariners would not quit, playing toe-to-toe with their heavily-favored opponents.
However, Townsend was issued a yellow card with 22:13 remaining in regulation when the officials ruled he had interfered with the Winslow keeper Berard in the process of punting the ball.
Minutes later, with Townsend on the bench, the Black Raiders tallied a crucial insurance goal when Roy fed Smith the ball over to the left side of the box, and Smith buried a shot to beat Atwood at the 19:37-mark.
Mariner Lars Feuerlein also received a yellow card for tripping with 14:51 left in the game, which forced him to the bench for a period of time.
Twenty-four hours earlier in Winslow, in the Eastern Class B girls quarterfinals, No. 4 Winslow earned a 4-0 win over No. 5 Oceanside, which means both Mariner squads were eliminated from the playoffs by Black Raider teams.
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