WISCASSET — The Hall-Dale High School boys soccer team fell behind by two goals in the first half and couldn’t finish the rally, losing to St. Dominic 2-1 in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game on a wet field at Wiscasset High School Wednesday evening.

Hall-Dale made it a one-goal game when Zack McNaughton scored with 18 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second half.

“We did some good things,” Hall-Dale coach Andy Haskell said. “We were pretty solid throughout the game. There were a couple of breakdowns. There were tough field conditions.”

Hall-Dale finished the regular season 13-0-1 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Western C playoffs. St. Dominic also finished 13-0-1 and earned the second seed.

The Saints took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Calvin Stewart and Ryan Lutrzykowski. Stewart made it 1-0 with 11:40 left in the first half when hit a shot under Hall-Dale goalie Sam Shepherd.

“They crossed it into the left side of the box and I tried to go at his feet,” Shepherd said, “and he just slid it past me.”

Lutrzykowski made scored the 2-0 when he punched in a shot that deflected off two players from one side of the goal mouth to the other.

St. Dominic goalie Ben Sawyer kept Hall-Dale scoreless in the first half, making pair of spectacular saves. The second was late in the first half on a header by Colin Lush.

“They made some plays on a tough field,” Haskell said. “That is what happens on a tough field. We are looking forward to having home-field advantage.”

Hall-Dale nearly got on the board in the first half when Tyler Fitzgerald had a shot on what appeared to be an open net. St. Dominic defender Jonathan Hudson came over to make the save, however, and keep the Bulldogs off the board.

Shepherd finished with six saves for Hall-Dale, while Sawyer had eight for the Saints.

Hall-Dale and St. Dom’s played to a 1-1 tie earlier this season. The Bulldogs beat St. Dominic 2-0 in the MVC title game last season.

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