ORONO – On Wednesday, Orono and George Stevens boys soccer finished exactly how it started a day earlier. With a Trent Lick goal.
“It was just a complete relief,” Lick said after his overtime tally gave Orono a 3-2 win over GSA in the Class C North quarterfinals.
“I have every amount of respect for that team (GSA), they’re great guys but I was happy to put it away,” Lick added.
It took two games to decide the winner. Tuesday’s tilt was postponed due to darkness with the score all tied up through three rounds of penalty kicks.
“Everybody was looking at each other wondering what the next step would be,” GSA head coach Mark Ensworth said.
“We weren’t sure if it was going to be PKs and none of us wanted that,” Lick said.
Maine Principle Association rules called for the game to be replayed from the start and it followed Tuesday’s script to a tee. Orono opened up an early 2-0 lead only to see it disappear in the second half.
“The second half it was just really hard to get the ball anywhere past their second half,” Orono goalie Javier Aliciea-Santiago said after the game.
High winds and bitter temperatures saw both teams play strategy. Down 2-0 in the second half and with the wind, GSA unleashed it’s biggest weapon, the flip-throw.
“It is a little intimidating you just have to commit to it or hope that you can get the easy save,” Alicea-Santiago said,
The Red Riots did just enough to hold of the Eagles flip-throws and move on to the Class C North semifinals. An instant classic, between two evenly matched teams.
“With all the adversity our team faced this year, I couldn’t be more proud of how everybody stepped up as a team,” Ensworth said.
“Both teams tried their hardest and got whatever they could out of it and you couldn’t ask for a better game,” GSA midfielder Christopher Bennett said.
Orono moves on to play No. 3 Houlton on Saturday.