PORTLAND – It was business as usual Wednesday for Haley Carignan.

Carignan scored three goals as Scarborough beat Deering 3-2 in a Southern Maine Activities Association girls’ soccer game at Memorial Field.

“It was really nice to see the effort in our players,” said Carignan. “We’ve been having trouble putting passes together and having all of our individual efforts come together. In the second half I think we were able to put everything together and work as a team.”

Scarborough (5-1-2) extended its unbeaten streak to six games. The Rams (4-4) suffered their third straight loss and fourth in five games.

Carignan has been a goal-scoring machine and team scoring leader for Scarborough the past three seasons.

As a sophomore she connected for 12 goals and last season pushed her total to 16. Her three against Deering increased her season total to 11 in eight games.

“I’m just really competitive and I love the feeling you get after you score,” she said. “Getting high-fives from your teammates and knowing that you’re doing it for everybody and that it’s not just for yourself, I love the way that makes me feel.”

Carignan scored the winner 11 minutes into the second half when she showed good ball skills, shook herself free from the defense with a quick cutback move and sent a shot in off the post.

“She’s a goal scorer,” said Red Storm Coach Mike Farley. “It’s so important to have a player like her that you know is going to get you a goal, especially when she gets the ball on her foot. She finishes almost every chance she gets and that’s something great.

“Every team needs a goal scorer like her because they help you win a lot of games.”

Carignan’s two goals and one by Alexis Elowitch of Deering appeared to leave Scarborough leading 2-1 at the break. But a bizarre play in the final moments of the half allowed Deering to tie it.

Erica Bellefleur of Scarborough and Elowitch competed for the ball along the sidelines deep in the Scarborough zone. Bellefleur thought the ball went out of bounds and picked it up, but it was immediately ruled the ball did not cross the line and the Rams were awarded a free kick.

With less than 10 seconds left, the ball was sent to the front, where Red Storm goalkeeper Sydney Martin volleyed it into the air twice before it dropped to the feet of Alexis Sivovlos for the tying goal as the half ended.

“The fact that they set it up quickly and the fact that they all swarmed the net, we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Deering Coach Kevin Olson. “We got the game even to start the second half all square. It was good.”

In the end, Scarborough rallied around the mistake.

“(Bellefleur) was really worried about it but it was just a mistake and it happens,” said Carignan. “She was like, ‘Come on guys, we have to get one back. Please. Please.’ Once we got it back you could see the relief on her face.”