LISBON FALLS – Jackson Cohan-Smith scored the winning goal with 13:05 left in the second half as No. 9 North Yarmouth Academy knocked off No. 4 Lisbon 2-1 in a Western Class C boys’ soccer semifinal Friday.

Cohan-Smith’s goal came moments after an unmarked Ryan Fairbanks headed Brady Fenderson’s corner kick into the right side of the goal to tie it for the Greyhounds (12-3-1) with 15:41 remaining.

Forrest Milburn sent a ball ahead and Cohan-Smith collected it at midfield with no one around him. The sophomore carried it into the middle of the zone and blasted a 35-yarder under the crossbar.

“It was really important to answer,” Cohan-Smith said. “We spread our wings out, and I was surprised no one covered me, so I figured I’d take a shot.

“I wasn’t aiming for the top. I was just kicking it and made good contact.”

“He’s a talented kid,” said Coach Martyn Keen. “I wish he’d shoot more often.”

“We missed our mark,” Lisbon Coach Dan Sylvester said. “But a quick transition will do that to you.”

NYA (9-6-2) dominated from that point, with D.J. Nicholas nearly adding an insurance goal when he broke in alone on keeper Shane Tanguay.

Tanguay came out to challenge, and the shot grounded past the goalie and glance off the left post.

“If the posts had been round, that would have been a goal,” said Keen. “I noticed before the game they were square. Goalies love square posts.”

Oliver Silverson hit the crossbar for NYA in the game’s opening minute, and Tanguay got a hand on Sam Leishman’s 30-yard direct kick at the left post before Nicholas put the Panthers on the board.

Silverson took a corner from the left, and Nicholas, in the middle of the box, headed it inside the near post at 8:03.

Tanguay made a diving save to rob Jesse Arford at the right post and grabbed a Nicholas bullet to keep the Greyhounds within a goal until Fairbanks tied it.

“There are so many parallels to last year,” Keen said of his team’s playoff run. “We knocked off the No. 1 last year as the eighth seed and then did it again this year (beating St. Dom’s).

“We get tough seeds because of our schedule, and in the last three years we’ve been 19-17 during the regular season and 8-2 in the playoffs, with every game on the road.”

“No matter what you say to the kids, there’s an emotional letdown (after beating the No. 1 seed), and Lisbon was a tough team. And scoring an early goal can almost be the worst thing to happen, because you can relax too soon.”


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