Warriors advance to regional finals after defeating Houlton 1-0

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Warriors are just one win away from competing in the Class C boys soccer state championship game after defeating the Houlton Shiretowners 1-0 in a North semifinal game at Fort Kent Community High School on Tuesday.

The semifinal game came too close for comfort for Warrior fans as it appeared to be headed for a possible overtime round, scoreless with two minutes left.

“You gotta shoot the ball here boys, you gotta shoot the ball,” shouted one Warrior fan in the crowd.

The fans’ tension seemed collectively lifted as they erupted in cheers when Fort Kent’s Camden Jandreau kicked in the game’s only goal with 1:45 left on the clock.

Niko Naranja had the assist.

“We knew the whole time we were going to fight to the end. We were going to fight until the last second,” Jandreau said.

Warriors head coach Oniqueky Samuels praised his players following the semifinal victory.

“They have my full admiration. They played with passion because they wanted to win,” Samuels said. “The team has definitely prepared and they went above and beyond throughout the season and throughout the summer. I don’t think a lot of teams prepare the way we do. They’re a coachable team and they’re a smart team.”

Fort Kent outshot Houlton 23-9 with Fort Kent goalkeeper Reece Pelletier making four saves and Houlton’s Anthony Henderson finishing with 14.

The top seeded Warriors initially were scheduled to take on No. 3 George Stevens Academy in the Class C North regional championship at 2 p.m. Thursday on their home field in Fort Kent. The location and time since have been changed, however, to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Alumni Memorial Field.

George Stevens had its own close call in its semifinal game against No. 2 Orono, whom they defeated 1-0.

The winner of Thursday’s Class C North regional matchup will compete against the winner of the Class C South regional game between Maranacook and Traip, in the state championship at Deering High School in Portland at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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