Vikings nail down first win in dramatic fashion over TigersSearsport sports 1-1-1 mark after three early-season games
Searsport — The Searsport girls soccer team, new to Western Class D this season, needed a win not only to put its first notch in the victory column, but to put itself in the thick of things in its new nine-team region.
The Vikings (1-1-1) did just that Wednesday, Sept. 11 in a high school home match with Dexter, as the hosts won in dramatic fashion.
The Vikings tied the game with less than two minutes to go in regulation and got a game-winning goal in overtime from Meghan Grant as Searsport picked up the 5-4 victory. It was the first win for new Viking coach R.J. Robertson.
Grant, Alivia Cross, Anna Bucklin, Melinda Ogden and Brittany Ward scored for Searsport, while Meredith Roderka, Michaela White, Abbie Jordan and Tasha Pratt tallied goals for Dexter.
The Tigers led 3-1 at halftime before the Vikings stormed back in the second half, eventually tying the game when Cross chipped in a shot over the goalie's head from outside the 18-yard line with 1:50 left in regulation.
Then, with 1:50 remaining in the first overtime, Grant pounded home a rebound from close range to win the game for the hosts.
Alexis Cunningham made three saves in net for Dexter, while Alicen Brooks made 16 saves for Searsport. The Tigers held a 29-10 edge in shots, while the Vikings led 5-4 in corner kicks.
Searsport 1, Bangor Christian 1
At Bangor Sept. 9, the Vikings and Patriots battled to a stalemate after 90 minutes of action, including 80 minutes of regulation.
Karigen Coffin scored for Searsport, while Jasmine Brown scored for Bangor Christian.
Searsport outshot Bangor Christian 25-14 and held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Alicen Brooks made seven saves in goal for the Vikings, while Maggie McDonald made 10 saves for the Patriots.
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