The No. 10 Searsport boys soccer team played like it had nothing to lose in its Friday, Oct. 19 Class D South prelim playoff with No. 7 Valley of Bingham.

The Vikings played that way because, well, as the final seed in the single-elimination high school tournament, they did not.

It showed, as the visitors played loose, had fun and bounded past the Cavaliers with a 5-0 shutout victory.

With the win, Searsport (5-10) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will play at No. 2 Greenville (11-3) on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

The Lakers beat the Vikings twice this season — 3-0 on Sept. 1 in Greenville and 5-1 on Sept. 13 in Searsport.

Valley’s season ended at 5-10.

In Friday’s prelim playoff win, Shawn Dakin logged a hat trick — two goals in the first half and another in the second — to pace the Vikings.

Josh Wright and Aaron Wiley also creased the net in the win for Searsport, while Charlie Spiegel added two assists and Josh Golder one.

Colby Snow made three saves on five shots in net for the Vikings, while Keegan Farnham made seven saves on 15 shots in goal for the Cavaliers.

The visitors also held a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

Veter Searsport coach John Frye called the win “huge,” especially since the Vikings were able to overcome playing without Snow — the team’s top goalie — for the final seven games of the regular season before the keeper returned for Friday’s games against the Cavaliers.

“He’s really strong in goal, but luckily we didn’t really need him today,” the coach said. “We put a lot of pressure on them offensively. They tried to keep four guys back and then we were able to attack even more. [In the] second half we tried to control play and work on our short game.”

The Vikings wasted little time getting on the board when White creased the net a mere six minutes into the contest before Wiley increased Searsport’s lead two minutes later, off an assist from Spiegel.

Dakin added scores at the 26- and 36-minute marks of the first half as the Vikings took a 4-0 lead into halftime.

Dakin rounded out the scoring in the second half, off an assist from Spiegel.

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