NORTHPORT — Talk about an instant classic.

Camden-Rockport and Medomak of Waldoboro embroiled in such a Midcoast athletic classic at the middle school level on Saturday morning, Oct. 23 on the fast, bouncy artificial turf at Point Lookout when the talented Schooners and Riverhawks battled toe-to-toe and head-to-head for 60 minutes of regulation and nearly 10 additional minutes of overtime before they settled the matter.

That thrilling finish came in the second five-minute OT when the No. 1 Schooners scored to lift themselves past the No. 2 Riverhawks 3-2 for the Busline League girls soccer championship.

Medomak’s Grace Havener. Photo by Ken Waltz

Saturday’s pitch encounter was one of the most competitive, evenly-matched, skilled league championship matches in recent memory and was exciting on many levels — perhaps the most important being the young student-athletes were able to complete a season after being unable to play in 2020 due to COVID-19.

So any pitch competition, even if simply a handful of regular-season and postseason contests, was a welcome development for the hard-working young student-athletes, who left every ounce of energy — as well as their hearts — on the turf Saturday.

Medomak’s Summer Staples, left, and Camden-Rockport’s Mayumi Qualter. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Schooners and Riverhawks did not disappoint as they entertained more than 100 fans on a chilly, overcast day, as neither opponent wanted to give an inch of the field without a battle. Thus, when it was over, the players were physically and mentally exhausted.

Ultimately, the Schooners simply had a bit more to celebrate.

Medomak’s Scarlett Flint. Photo by Ken Waltz

CRMS finished unbeaten and MMS with two losses, those against the Schooners. Earlier in the season, the Schooners beat the Riverhawks 3-1 at the same venue.

The Schooners, coached by Kristin Cronkite and Beth Ward, include Hudson Wallace, Leia Taubinger, Lucille Ward. El Ames-Cruz, Rita Haslam, Molly Williams, Sophia Helmstetter, Maddison Cronkite, Eve Domareki, Maya Stone, Kylli Gronros, Hannah Stowe, Clara Venghiattis, Abbey Aldridge-Peacock, Adella Brainerd and Mayumi Qualter.

Medomak’s Grace Townsend, left, and Camden-Rockport’s Eve Domareki. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Riverhawks, coached by Andrea Williamson, include Aaliyah Ten Broeck, Ari Kennard, Ava Colamore, Brook McNelly, Cali Readinger, Chloe Fox, Felicity Griffin, Grace Havener, Grace Townsend, Haylee Chandler, Jennika Schumann, Julia Hynd, Karis Burns, Kaylee Collamore, Kendall Simmons, Kira Bennett, Layla Carter, Lyra Puchalski, Paige Gerlack, Peyton Eaton, Rachel Barbour, Rachel Richardson, Scarlett Flint, Summer Staples and Ariel Castner. Carter was injured after strong first-half play.

If the second OT also had ended in a tie, the Schooners and Riverhawks would have been declared co-champions.

Domareki, who knocked the ball in the net twice in the championship affair, scored the game-winner for the Schooners. Her second goal sent the young Schooners into a championship-induced celebratory frenzy.

Williams also converted a penalty kick for CRMS with eight minutes left in the second half to give the eventual champs a 2-1 advantage. The kick came after a Riverhawk handball in the box, which followed a scramble for the ball on a dangerous corner kick.

The fleet-of-foot Flint, an athletic dynamo, tallied the Riverhawks’ goals on tremendously-skilled plays using her speed, ability to weave through and around defenders and strong leg to convert shots. Some may remember years ago when a younger Flint thrilled spectators when she, wearing colorful knee-high socks, set records when she scampered across hundreds of wooden lobster crates in Rockland Harbor during the annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.

In Saturday’s pitch final, goalies Wallace for the Schooners and Simmons for the Riverhawks turned in sensational performances, as they often came up with key saves at crucial times. That was especially true of Wallace, who kept CRMS in the game at points with tremendous stops, several against the dangerous Flint, who tied the game 2-2 with 3:30 left in the second half.

Camden-Rockport players celebrate the game-winning goal by Eve Domareki, left, second from right. Photo by Ken Waltz

In Saturday’s game, Medomak had the better of play in the first 30 minutes, but trailed 1-0 at halftime. CRMS had the better of play at the beginning of the second half, but saw the Riverhawks knot the score 1-1, before the opponents matched late goals to force the extra play.

The regular-season standings were: Camden-Rockport, Medomak, Oceanside of Thomaston, Troy Howard of Belfast and Woolwich. As the top seeds, Camden-Rockport, Medomak and Oceanside received first-round byes.

In the playoffs, No. 4 Troy Howard beat No. 5 Woolwich (score unavailable), No. 1 Camden-Rockport beat No. 4 Troy Howard (score unavailable) and No. 2 Medomak beat No. 3 Oceanside 4-0.

Camden-Rockport Middle School girls soccer, 2021 Busline League champions. Photo by Ken Waltz

Medomak Middle School girls soccer, 2021 Busline League runners-up. Photo by Ken Waltz