SCARBOROUGH – Meghan Tyson scored a goal in each half to lead third-seeded Scarborough to a 2-0 win over sixth-seeded Cheverus in a Western Class A girls’ soccer quarterfinal Tuesday night.

The teams played to a 1-1 tie during the regular season, but the Red Storm (12-1-2) took control early

Tuesday and didn’t let up.

Tyson scored 8:42 into the game to set the tone.

“I got a nice crossing pass from Kaitlin Reynolds,” said Tyson. “I one-touched it and put in on my left foot and scored.”

The early score put Cheverus (10-3-3) on the defensive.

“Scarborough getting an early goal kind of stung us,” said Cheverus Coach Dan LaVallee.

“Scarborough played very well. They finished tonight. In the first game, they scored late in the half and we were able to stay with them.”

Scarborough Coach Mike Farley said his team put together two strong halves.

“I thought we played very well in the first half,” said Farley.

“At halftime, I was hoping we could play as well in the second. I thought we played even better. We kept the pressure on Cheverus. Every time they got a pass through, we had someone to stop it and send it back the other way. I thought we had chances to score another goal,” he said.

Two minutes after Tyson made it 1-0, the Red Storm had two shots deflect off the crossbar. First was a header by Jessica Meader that just missed. Then Reynolds’ shot hit the crossbar. Tyson scored on a free kick just over three minutes into the second half.

“I couldn’t lift the shot over the wall of players so I decided to drive it,” said Tyson. “The shot hit the inner post and went in.”

Late in the game, Haley Carignan of Scarborough broke in on Cheverus goalie Mikayla Mayberry. Carignan tried to target the lefthand corner, but Mayberry made a diving save.

Tyson said the experience of winning a Class A state title should help the Red Storm. Even though the team graduated several seniors, there are enough players back like Tyson who played key roles.

“We know what playing in the tournament is like,” she said. “If things aren’t going our way, we know what we have to do to settle things down.”

The Red Storm plays Cape Elizabeth on Saturday.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at: [email protected]

Twitter: TomChardPPH

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