FARMINGDALE — It took the Hall-Dale girls soccer players awhile to get used to one another this season, but as they get into the playoffs, the Bulldogs are beginning to click.

They put together a solid 80 minutes Friday en route to a 2-0 win against Mt. Abram in a Western Maine Class C prelim game. The No. 8 Bulldogs (9-5-1) advance to play top-seeded Lisbon on Tuesday while No. 9 Mt. Abram finishes at 8-6-1.

Hall-Dale controlled the pace throughout most of the game, particularly in the first half when it scored twice. Leading scorer Maura Stottler scored her 17th goal of the season with eight minutes gone in the game when she curled in a tough-angle shot from the left side of the Mt. Abram goal.

“I was trying to cross that, actually,” Stottler said of her goal.

Stottler helped set up the second goal, this one scored by sophomore Eva Shepherd. Stottler took a through pass from senior Shelby McGibney and broke in alone on Roadrunners goalkeeper Allison Lopez. Stottler’s shot rung off the left post to Shepherd on the right side where she shot into an open net.

“We’ve got some people that can really put the ball in play,” Hall-Dale coach Guy Cousins said. “We had eight different goal scorers this year. Maura’s definitely at the top of that.”

The Roadunners had a tough time generating any offense. They put three shots on Hall-Dale keeper Olivia Maynard in the first half but none of them were testing.

“We surpassed my expectations,” Mt. Abram coach Marc Keller said. “This is the first game all year we’ve given up more than a goal. I’m pleased with what my girls did. They don’t quit, they play until that final whistle.”

The Bulldogs controlled much of the play in the second half as Cousins substituted liberally over the final 20 minutes.

“We were definitely slow getting used to the 14 freshmen we got, because we hadn’t played with them before,” Stottler said. “We worked together, bonded together and that’s where we got.”

Lopez finished with 10 saves, none better than her point-blank stop of Thea Sweet’s shot midway through the second half. Maynard stopped five Mt. Abram shots in recording her sixth shutout of the season.

“Consistency is the most important piece, being able to put things together for 80 minutes” Cousins said of his team’s progress. “We do 40 minutes real well. It’s extending it so it’s a full game.”

Western Class C boys

Lisbon 2, Monmouth 0: The No. 8 Greyhounds scored in the first half and Monmouth had an own goal in the second half. Kasey Smith made 12 saves for Monmouth (4-8-3) while Andrew Gamache had 10 for Lisbon (6-8-1).

“With such a young team, we wanted to get to the playoffs and we did that,” Monmouth coach Joe Fletcher said.

Eastern Class B girls

Oceanside 2, Gardiner 1, OT: The fifth-seeded Mariners scored on a penalty kick in overtime to earn the prelim victory against the No. 12 Tigers in Rockland. Oceanside also scored a goal in the second half on a penalty kick while Kylee Granholm scored for Gardiner. Maddy Cutler made 10 saves for Gardiner, which finishes at 7-8-0.

Western Class B girls

Yarmouth 4, Oak Hill 0: Lilly Watson and Tess Merrill each scored a pair of goals to lead the No. 7 Clippers past the No. 10 Raiders in Yarmouth. Kelsey Collins mad 15 saves for Oak Hill (7-7-1) while Shannon Fallon didn’t have any for Yarmouth (5-6-4).

“The turf was too fast and they were fast and they finish,” Oak Hill coach Nicole Camire said.

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