READFIELD — The Maranacook and Winslow boys soccer teams battled to a hard fought 1-1 tie Tuesday night in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B regular-season finale for both teams.

Maranacook (12-0-2) will play Camden Hills in the KVAC B championship game Thursday night at the CARA fields in Augusta. Winslow ends the regular season 10-1-3 and will play in the quarterfinals of the Eastern B tournament next week.

Gabe Smith gave Winslow an early 1-0 lead but Maranacook answered minutes later on a goal by Erlin Vingelsgaard.

“This was a great game with a playoff atmosphere,” Winslow coach Aaron Wolfe said. “We are a little disappointed that we didn’t come out with the win but there were game winning chances both ways.”

Smith jumped on a throw-in from teammate Logan Vachon, driving a hard ball into the net from 18 yards at 32:35 of the first half for a 1-0 lead. Winslow had controlled play to that point but the Smith goal seemed to ignite the Black Bear.

“We didn’t play well at all in the first 15 minutes,” Maranacook coach Don Beckwith said. “I thought we responded well to their first goal and started to play hard.”


Vingelsgaard got the equalizer after moving through the middle of the Black Raider defense and firing a shot from 12 yards out into the left side at 27:43.

“Winslow was really organized in the back,” Beckwith said. “We worked from behind and didn’t quit.”

Maranacook had a number of quality chances in the second half, building up the attack through the wings and finding openings in the middle of the penalty area only to fire the ball over the top of the cross bar four times in the second half.

Winslow used its speed of attack to generate chances at the other end, their best bid coming when Smith slashed a shot to the right post from just outside the penalty area at 20:40 of the second half. Smith’s ball appeared headed into the lower corner but Maranacook goalkeeper AJ Freeman made a diving save.

Maranacook had a 15-8 shot advantage and an 8-2 margin in corner kicks and twice during the closing minutes of regulation nearly scored the game-winning goal.

“We passed the ball well in the second half,” Beckwith said. “We were really effective going wide against Winslow.”

Zach Elwell corralled a loose ball in the middle of the box following a corner kick and shot the ball just over the cross bar with 11:00 minutes remaining. Austen Payne added to the Black Bears frustration when his shot sailed high from eight yards with just 1:20 left in regulation.

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