The Searsport girls soccer team announced its presence in the Western Class D playoffs with authority on Tuesday, Oct. 29 as the No. 4 Vikings hosted No. 5 Rangeley to kick off the first round of the playoffs.

After decades playing in Class C and making the move to Class D this year, the Vikings brought their “A” game in Tuesday's 8-1 rout of the Lakers in the Western Class D quarterfinal playoff game.

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Searsport (8-3-4) moves on to face No. 1 Richmond (13-1) on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. in Richmond. The Vikings and Bobcats did not face each other during the regular season.

On Tuesday, the Vikings outshot the Lakers 29-8 and held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.

Alicen Brooks made seven saves in net for Searsport, while the tandem of Taylor Esty and Haley Morrill combined for 13 saves in goal for the Lakers.

Chipping in offensively for the hosts were Anna Bucklin (goal, assist), Karigen Coffin (3 goals, assist), Brianna Boyle (2 goals), Ivy Blake (goal), Briana Grant (goal, 3 assists) and Lilah Chaar (assist).

Tori Letarte scored the lone goal for Rangeley.

Viking coach R.J. Robertson said his team controlled play for much of the game at roughly an 80-20 clip.

Interestingly, the two squads had played to a 1-1 double-overtime regular-season tie Oct. 15 in Searsport. From one game to the other was like night and day.

“We knew what we were up against this time,” said Searsport coach R.J. Robertson. “We knew their defense was good and that their goalie was really good. We worked on our offense a lot. We had 12 days off so we really focused on that.”

After Coffin scored on a breakaway with 12 seconds left in the first half Tuesday to give Searsport a 2-0 edge, the Lakers made a change on the field, which bode well for the hosts over the final 40 minutes.

“Rangeley felt they needed to score so they pulled their keeper, who is the best keeper I've seen all year, and moved her up to the front or the midfield [to help score goals],” said Robertson. “Their backup goalie was pretty inexperienced. And we took advantage of that.”

Did they ever.

Boyle scored a pair of goals in the first seven minutes of the second half and the floodgates opened from there, with Coffin adding two more scores and Grant and Blake each one by game's end.