The John Bapst Crusaders and Ellsworth Eagles met for the second time this season on Saturday morning, with Bapst avenging a loss to Ellsworth three weeks in the past on a golden aim lower than a minute into additional time.
After a fast mixture from Oscar Martinez and Jack Derosier within the midfield, junior Logan Hart went on a solo tear up the center, dribbling previous one defender and sending one other the incorrect method, earlier than hanging the game-winning shot along with his left foot proper exterior the 18-yard field.
“I simply learn the defender, it was clear his physique positioning was off, and I took benefit,” Hart, a pure righty, mentioned. “It felt nice.”
It was an exhilarating finish to a extremely anticipated matchup on the College of Maine in Orono on Saturday.
Coming into the sport, the Crusaders have been 6-1 and Ellsworth was proper behind them within the Class B North standings at 5-1. Bapst was the state runners-up final yr, whereas Ellsworth completed at a stable 13-4 final season.
Attempting to keep away from a season sweep, Bapst dominated possession the primary half, and took a lead on an Ethan Marquis penalty after he was fouled within the field.
“We knew we needed to have them on their again foot, in contrast to final time,” Marquis mentioned. “We needed to come back out with a bit of extra will and create extra probabilities within the attacking third.
However the Eagles absorbed Bapst’s assault for the remainder of regulation, and knotted it at 1-1 within the second half off a cross from reigning Class B boys’ Participant of the Yr, senior Cruz Coffin.
The shifty Coffin received free from his mark, took a downfield go from Andreas Rodrigues to the endline and crossed it right into a crowded attacking third. Within the ensuing scramble, Ellsworth junior Kal Laslie took benefit and buried a shot to tie it.
“Kal was the place he was imagined to be, and put it away,” Ellsworth head coach Mark Ensworth mentioned. “Cruz did an excellent job, off an excellent go from Andreas.”
“Ellsworth may be very opportunistic,” Bapst head coach Jason Pangburn mentioned. “They play actually quick and after they get an opportunity, they rating. We made a mistake and misplaced the mark on Cruz.”
Serving to protect the tie was Bapst junior goalkeeper Connor Messervey, who got here up huge within the first 5 minutes of the sport and once more within the final couple, making key saves to thwart Coffin and firm.
Ultimately, Pangburn mentioned the Crusaders did an excellent job executing their sport plan and adjusting to Ellsworth’s model of play.
“This can be a nice enhance of confidence for us,” Hart mentioned. “We had that fireplace in us at the moment.”