FREEPORT — When regulation ended with the score tied, a few Pine Tree Academy players asked the officials about the overtime rules.

Rangeley, meanwhile, was well aware of what happens in overtime.

And for the fourth time this season, the Lakers finished a game tied, as they and the Breakers played to a 1-1 draw in Class D girls’ soccer Tuesday.

“We didn’t need a tie today,” Rangeley coach Chip Smith said. “But I tip my hat to these guys down here, they played us tough up there and they played us tough, obviously, down here.”

Tuesday’s tie continues the Lakers’ (7-1-4) unbeaten streak, which is now at 11 games. It is the first of their four draws that didn’t end 0-0, and they’ve now had seven games in which they’ve scored one goal or less.

Rangeley’s offense appeared to fast start Tuesday, though. A corner kick bounced through several Lakers and Breakers and the ball nearly made it to the far post before Olivia Hall kicked the high-bouncer into the net.


“They crossed it, and I just tapped it in,” Hall said.

In the Sept. 19 meeting between the two teams, all Rangeley needed was one goal in the 1-0 victory.

On Tuesday, however, the one-goal lead didn’t hold up. It didn’t even last long.

After the Lakers’ goal, the Breakers switched the play down to their side of the field. And near the end of the seventh minute, Pine Tree’s Agnes Miongo dribbled through a cadre of Rangeley defenders and found herself with a one-on-one with Lakers goalkeeper Sydney Royce.

Miongo took advantage of the matchup and kick the equalizer past Royce.

“To be honest, I have no idea (what happened),” Miongo said. “I was trying to kick it far left, I guess my mind said to kick it with the back of my foot, and I kicked it to my right.”


That goal was the first Rangeley has allowed since its 1-0 overtime loss to Richmond in the season opener, and the first it has allowed in regulation. It also ended a 10-game shutout streak.

“My team, we’re offensive challenged, scoring-wise,” Smith said. “We’re pretty sound defensively, besides today with a breakdown.”

While both teams finished equal on the scoreboard, there is a difference in their feelings about the tie.

Pine Tree (6-5-1) wore it proudly, especially considering that injuries have ravaged the roster and the Breakers played with only 11 players, which meant no subs while the Lakers had a bench that was so deep the number of reserves struggled to fit on the bench.

“Incredibly proud of the girls,” Pine Tree coach Dean Waterman said. “With no subs, a majority of our team is injured right now, and so they played their hearts out, and left it all out there for 90 minutes.”

Miongo added, “This was a really hard team that we lost to before, but my team put in the hard work that we were practicing, and I’m super-excited that we tied.”


Rangeley, meanwhile, came away frustrated by the draw.

“I think we just had a really bad day today,” Hall said, “but we’ll get it back.”

“Every overtime game besides today, we’ve looked like the stronger team in overtime,” Smith said. “Today, I don’t think we looked like the stronger team on the field at all. Looked flat.”

The Lakers play Greater Portland Christian (0-10) on Tuesday and then finish the regular season at home against Buckfield on Saturday.

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