SCARBOROUGH — The undefeated Scarborough High girls’ soccer team faced a rare first-half deficit Tuesday night.

But the top-ranked Red Storm used two Gaby Panagakos second-half goals to reach the Class A South semifinals with a 2-1 victory against eighth-seeded Windham.

Scarborough (14-0-1), which also beat Windham in last year’s semifinals, will be home Saturday against fifth-seeded Cheverus (14-2).

A blustery night gave the team with the wind a slight advantage. All three goals were scored with the wind.

“In the second half I think the wind (played a factor) but it was also my players putting their stamp on the game a little bit,” said Scarborough Coach Mike Farley, whose team reached the regional final last year.

“I’ve got to hand it to Windham. They came out and really did good job in the first half putting us under pressure. In the second half I told the kids they have to go out and pin them in their own end. They will have trouble clearing the ball (in the wind) just like we did.

“As soon as a ball gets played out we’ve got to win the next one and keep the pressure on them. We pretty much did that the whole second half.”

The Red Storm kept the ball in the Windham end for most of the second half, outshooting the Eagles 13-2 and enjoying a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The winning goal came with 10:14 remaining. Jess Rinaldi served the ball from the right wing to Panagakos in the box. She gathered it, turned and took a low, hard shot with some spin.

Windham goalie Kaitlyn Roberts (seven saves) had trouble handling the ball as it slipped through her hands and over the line.

“Being down one (goal) we had to keep it going, keep going,” said Panagakos. “Basically our mentality was to dribble to them and take space, and it worked out.

“On the second (goal) the midfield worked really hard … and got the ball to me. I guess it was a (mistake) by the keeper but anything can happen.”

A little more than 11 minutes earlier Panagakos scoredthe Red Storm’s first goal on a hard shot from the top of the box.

Rinaldi won the ball at midfield and dribbled about 10 yards before passing to Panagakos, who dribbled to the middle of the field before shooting.

“Jess did a great job on both goals of settling the ball down and playing it to the feet (of her teammate),” Farley said. “The difference in the game is getting the ball to Gaby’s feet so she can be dangerous.”

Windham (8-6-2) scored in the 19th minute when Erin Elder got a deflection off a corner and put the ball in the far top corner.

“We said at halftime that (Scarborough) was not going to go away. They’re too hungry, they’re too good of a team, and too skilled of a team to just fold,” said Eagles Coach Deb Lebel.

“We had nothing to lose as the eighth seed. We got the first goal against them a couple of weeks ago so we knew we could play with them. They had the wind in the second half – we chose to take it in the first half – and it helped.”

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