Albeit a few days later than originally scheduled, No. 1 Appleton and No. 3 Lincolnville finally took to the pitch Monday afternoon, Oct. 22 on the artificial surface at Point Lookout with the Busline League coed soccer championship on the line.

In a game originally scheduled for Saturday morning, Oct 20, but pushed to Monday due to unplayable field conditions and heavy weekend rain, the undefeated Wildcats and defending champion Lynx battled through two 30-minute halves and two five-minute overtimes but settled nothing.

Both teams held brief one-goal leads, but, in the end, the squads earned a share of the league title as they battled to a 2-2 tie.

It was the fourth straight season Lincolnville (8-2-1) competed in the finals, and the fifth time in six years. Despite not winning the title, Appleton (10-0-1) ended the year with an unbeaten record.

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No. 3 Lincolnville defeated No. 6 Camden-Rockport 7th 5-0 and No. 2 Hope 6-0, while No. 1 Appleton bested No. 8 Nobleboro 14-0 and No. 4 Bristol 3-2 earlier in the postseason to advance to the finale.

Team members for Appleton include Austin Egan, Nick Cammelieri, Jack Moody, Owen Hilt, Morgan Ford, Kabien Gardner, Tucker Patten, Logan Maddocks, Kaden Harrison-Billiat, Camron Hopkins, Isaac Keiran, Payton Wiley, Alex Dionne, Caleb Boyington, Cole Corey, Ethan Ford, Ian Sullivan, Cooper Twitchell, Clark Gleasner, Alyson Glasier and Jillian Thivierge. The team is coached by Ray Gushee.

Team members for Lincolnville include Tora Decker-Griffith, Hana Galkowski, Jesse Goodale, Avery Grindle, Kieran Lydon, Morgan Mercier, Jacson Mooers, Sam Novak, Gabe Salo, Matthew Czuchra, Brinley Harrison, Dan Lydon, Colt Magri, Andrew Pitcairn, Mya Wiley, Dawson Allen, Gabby Englander and Sydney Lytton. The team is coached by Ben Edes.

On Monday, Hopkins and Dionne scored for the Wildcats, while Goodale and Mercier tallied goals for the Lynx.

Appleton jumped to a 1-0 lead a mere eight minutes into the contest when a Lynx player made a defensive header off a corner kick, which bounded to an unmarked Dionne in front of the net. Dionne buried the shot up into the net from close range to put the Wildcats ahead 1-0.

However, the Lynx quickly responded minutes later from a well-placed ball off a corner kick by Mercier, who served it beautifully into the box to Goodale, who settled the ball and scored to tie the game.

The contest continued back and forth over the next 10 minutes until the Lynx took their first lead of the game when Lydon found Mercier in the box, and Mercier made a pair of nifty moves and beat the Appleton keeper to put the defending champs ahead 2-1.

And just as the Lynx responded earlier, so did the Wildcats on this change in momentum as a Wildcat player lofted a corner kick into the box to Hopkins, who fired it into the goal to tie the game.

Both defenses stiffened at that point and played a bend-but-don’t-break style the rest of the way through regulation and both five-minute overtimes.

“While it may have been disappointing to players on both sides to tie when they had been trying so hard to win, it was an entirely fitting tribute to the skill and determination exhibited by all the players on the field that the game ended with both teams sharing the championship crown,” said coach Edes. “After a game like that, they were all truly winners.”

The Lynx graduated seven players to high school last year and will lose more next season as well, including the talented and offensively explosive Lydon and Mercier.

Lydon finished his middle school playing days as the number three scorer in school history with 23 goals and 23 assists, while Mercier earned the top spot on that list, tallying an impressive 50 goals and 32 assists over the past three years.

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