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Fort Kent girls edge out Maine Central 3-2, advance to regional championship

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Community High School girls edged out Maine Central Institute 3-2 in a Class C North soccer semifinal in Fort Kent on Friday and will advance to the Class C North regional championship.

The No. 2 Warriors (15-1) will face undefeated No. 1 Bucksport (15-0) in the regional championship, Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. at Hampden Academy.

‘We set some goals early on for the game and we hit every one of them,” Fort Kent Coach Doug Cyr said of Friday’s semifinal match.

The semifinal proved a nailbiter for the many Fort Kent fans who attended the game and have yet to see the Warrior girls lose at home this season.

Fort Kent’s Nancy Martin (right) and Maine Central’s Heather Nelson head off in a Class C North semifinal game in Fort Kent. The Warriors won 3-2. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Maine Central struck first on an unassisted goal by Emma Burr midway through the first half.

Warrior Julie Cyr answered just over two minutes later, also unassisted, to tie things up.

The Huskies took over the lead 2-1 by the half after Burr shot in another one assisted by Jamie Simeone.

Fort Kent tied things up again in the second with an unassisted goal by Hannah Lovley. Morgan Cyr followed suit with an assist from Elly Sirois to seal the Warrior win.

Cyr pointed out that the No. 3 Huskies were undefeated headed into the game. “I told them that this only means two things — you stay undefeated or you suffer your first loss,” Cyr said.

Fort Kent’s Nancy Martin (right) and Maine Central’s Heather Nelson head off in a Class C North semifinal game in Fort Kent. The Warriors won 3-2. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Warrior Morgan Cyr (right) heads for the goal with Heather Nelson of Mount Central Institute fast on her heels during a Class C North semifinal game in Fort Kent. The Warriors won 3-2. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Cyr said his senior girls stepped up in leadership and the entire team demonstrated their determination to win.

“During the first half the girls knew they could hang with an undefeated team,” Cyr said.
“They could have easily given up after they lost a goal but not this team. It was well-played Fort Kent soccer.”

Fort Kent goalkeeper Larissa Daigle had two saves on four shots. The Huskies Samantha Martin saved 12 on 15 shots.

Maine Central finished the season at 15-1 overall.

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