FALMOUTH — Jade Baumrind’s goal 10 minutes into the first half lifted a weight off her team’s shoulders, striker Grace MacLean said, allowing Bangor to play its game.

Did it ever.

Boosted by Baumrind’s header from 8 yards, Bangor charged past Scarborough 4-0 on Saturday at Falmouth High School to win its first Class A girls soccer state championship.

“At that point we had a lot of momentum,” said Baumrind, a senior midfielder. “Our mids and defenders were all pushing up. Ashley (Robinson) had the ball to my right. I called for it, she sent it through the air and I headed it in.”

“After that we felt we could actually play,” said MacLean, whose two second-half goals put the game away for Bangor. “Our confidence got a little boost.”

The game plan, said Bangor coach Joe Johnson, was to “mark their scorers real hard and basically keep playing our game. We would be tough to deal with once we got the momentum going.”

Bangor put the game away with three goals in the first 27 minutes of the second half, two by MacLean and a second by Baumrind, while bottling up Scarborough in the midfield.

“Bangor worked really hard,” said Scarborough senior striker Haley Carignan. “They had a lot of players in the midfield and we didn’t have as much time as we’re used to.”

When Scarborough (14-2-2) did manage to break through, it hit the Rams’ back line of Denea Johnson, Tiffany Gray, Liz Hintz and Erin Butler. Keeper Mia Smith made four saves to post her 10th shutout of the season and seventh in eight games.

With the victory, Bangor (18-0-0) capped a impressive four-game playoff run, outscoring opponents 18-0.

 


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