SEARSPORT — As the old cliché goes, it is extremely difficult to beat a team three times in a season.

That is a lesson the No. 3 Searsport girls soccer team learned firsthand on Thursday, Oct 28 in its Class D South quarterfinal playoff game against No. 6 Greenville as the visiting Lakers got what proved the game-winner with just more than 14 minutes to play and netted a 2-1 win to bounce the Vikings from the high school pitch postseason.

Searsport’s Jordan Greeley. Photo by Mark Haskell

With the win, Greenville (9-5) advanced to the semifinals, where it lost to No. 2 Rangeley 7-0, while Searsport saw its season wrap at 4-7-1.

Two of Searsport’s four wins on the season were against the Lakers, a 2-1 home win on Sept. 23 and 2-0 road triumph on Oct. 4.

“We knew it was going to be a real tough challenge because we had beat them twice this season in close games,” said Searsport coach Dustin Nadeau. “And, honestly, not being able to really practice for a week between COVID-19 restrictions and bad weather made it difficult to just hop on the field and be sharp with a good touch and it showed.”

Searsport’s Kallie Boutot, left. Photo by Mark Haskell

Eva Patrick and Alaynna McMahon scored goals for Greenville, while Ana Lang creased the net in the tough-luck loss for Searsport.

Searsport held a 32-17 advantage in shots and 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Josh Bragdon made 15 saves in net for the Vikings, while Lexi Bjork also made 15 stops for the Lakers.

Patrick got Greenville on the board with a breakaway goal with 9:41 left to go in the first half, while Lang knotted the score three minutes into the second half with a shot from about 20 yards that went over the keeper’s head and into the net.

The game-winner from McMahon came off a direct kick from about 25 yards that nestled in far post top shelf with 14:01 remaining in regulation.

The first-year varsity coach said his team played well defensively short of two defensive breakdowns that led to Laker scores “and really dominated play for the majority of the game.”

“Despite the outcome tonight, which was, of course heartbreaking, I just couldn’t be prouder of the effort these girls put out there today,” Nadeau said. “You hate to see them so emotional after such a tough loss, of course, but to see how much it really means to them and how they play for each other. That in itself is a win in my opinion.”

The Vikings will lose seniors Kyla Perkins, Jordan Greeley, Rosa Estes and Sadie Golder to graduation.

“[Those four] all showed these younger girls what it means to really battle and lead all over the field and that will be their soccer legacy at this school,” the coach said.