The fans were packed into the complex at Hampden Academy as the Windham Lady Eagles (17-0-1), went up against the Edward Little Red Eddies (13-2-3) for the Class A girls’ soccer championship last Saturday night.
As in the quarterfinals and semifinals the Lady Eagles trailed the game and at halftime they were down 1–0, but fans of the ladies knew that this is no cause for concern. Windham trailed in all three of its Western Maine tournament games.
Windham kept the pressure on and dominated the second half of the game scoring five goals to beat Edward Little and claim the Class A title. It was the second straight State title for the Lady Eagles who stretched their unbeaten record to 36 games.
“We’ve been getting down every game and we’ve come back and stayed strong as a team. That’s what really counts when you’re playing in a game like this,” said Ciera Berthiaume. Ciera tied the game, and then teammate Melissa Morton put the game away with a hat trick – three goals in 8 and a half minutes. Jenna Soucy added in a free kick for the final goal from 27 yards that sealed it.
Eagles Coach Deb Lebel kept telling herself her players would rally again. “I was just hoping it would be a little earlier,” Lebel said. “I wasn’t too nervous. But for some reason they like to give you a good show.”
Edward Little tried to come back, but Eagles goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock stopped any of those chances from happening.
“This is a special team,” Lebel said. “They know how to dig deep.”
The team returned home to Windham to a police escort to arrive at a special celebration at Windham High School.