BATH — Playing its second regional playoff game in as many days, the No. 7 Searsport boys soccer team knew it would have its hands full with No. 2 Richmond.

And while the Vikings managed to keep the Class D South quarterfinal playoff match — played on Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the turf at McMann Field — close in the first half, the Bobcats blew the contest open in the second half and eliminated the Vikings by a 4-0 score.

The game was 1-0 at halftime.

Chance Taylor netted a first-half goal for Richmond, while Cole Alexander added two second-half scores and Hunter Mason one to pace the Bobcats.

Josh Wright minded the net for the Vikings, while Connor Vashon got the shutout in goal for the Bobcats.

“Coach [John] Frye and I are very pleased with how the guys battled the entire 80 minutes,” said Viking assistant coach R.J. Robertson. “Josh kept us in the game with multiple amazing point-blank saves. We had a few solid scoring opportunities in the first half, but we just couldn’t convert.”

Robertson said the score was 2-0 late into the second half before the Bobcats pumped in two late insurance goals.

“Richmond is a very talented team who would compete with a lot of teams regardless of class,” said Robertson. “Coach [Peter] Gardner does a great job with his team and program. Very skilled and respectful group.”

Robertson said the Vikings’ five seniors — Wright, Chase Brassbridge, Eli Law, Andrew Donald and Thomas Bradley — “will be tough to replace.”

With the win, Richmond (11-5) advanced to the semifinals, where it lost to No. 3 North Yarmouth Academy (10-5-2) 2-1.

Searsport, which defeated No. 10 Vinalhaven 6-0 in the prelims on Monday, Oct. 25, saw its season wrap at 6-8-1.

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