By Josh Seguin / email@example.com Sep 25, 2017
NORTH BERWICK, Maine — After coming out with a vengeance early, the Marshwood High School field hockey team was shut down by rival Noble on Monday. In fact, at times, the Knights looked to be the most dangerous and likely to find a breakthrough in the waning moments of a scoreless game.
But at the end of the day, the Hawks proved to be the most resilient.
Leah Glidden fed an open Madison Person with just under seven minutes to go. Person had her first shot saved but gathered the rebound, maneuvered around the goalie and put it in to give her team its first lead. Marshwood withstood late Noble pressure and defeated the Knights, 1-0, in Class A South action.
“I kind of saw (Leah) coming and I know she has that fire in her eyes,” said Person. “She sent it in and I ran for it. After she saved it, I got it back, weaved around her and put it in. It was really exciting to get that goal because on a day like today you just want to go home and not see overtime.”
“Noble really bottled us up for a while, but I don’t feel we were playing our best,” said Marshwood coach Kristin Dupont. “There were times I felt like (Noble) was more aggressive to the ball and we were kind of hanging back. I felt the goal was about time, because we needed to be more aggressive to score; the girls went after that one.”
Marshwood improves to 5-3, while Noble falls to 2-7.
Although Marshwood started quickly, the Knights got the first opportunity when Mallory Feenstra got open but her shot went just wide of the cage.
The momentum quickly turned the other way as the Hawks dominated possession and created many opportunities. Corrin Hasty had a shot saved, Morgan Hasty sent a shot wide and Melanie Dube also had an opportunity, but the Hawks couldn’t find the net to take the lead.
Kassidy Lessard connected on a nice give-and-go with Aspen Dyer for the Knights with about 12 minutes to go in the first half but the shot went wide.
The best chance in the half was off the stick of Glidden, who weaved down the left wing, found space and sent a shot toward Noble goalie Kaylee Mayotte. Mayotte got a piece of it, had it go over her shoulder and it was pushed just wide by a defender.
Glidden created a good portion of the Hawk offense and she always seemed to be finding seams in the defense.
“Throughout the game I was definitely looking to get the ball up and send it in so our other forwards could get a touch on it and get a goal,” said Glidden. “It was nice to see it finally happen on the winning goal.”
“She is always going to be a playmaker for us,” said Dupont. “Leah has a little different game this year because she has to be that person for us, while last year she didn’t”
As the teams settled in the second half, the chances became few and far between. The Hawk goal came with 6:51 left, at a time the game seemed destined for extra time.
“I think our defense broke down a little bit,” said Noble coach Amanda Ledoux. “They had multiple shots and the girl moved around our goalie; we had no defender behind her.”
With 1:45 left, Emily Carleton had a low shot go off the post. It appeared to go in, but the whistle had blown for a penalty corner to be called. She also sent a shot just wide and Lessard also had a chance, but the Knights could not bury the equalizer.
“We had great shots and great shots to the corners,” said Ledoux. “We just couldn’t get a seam to get them in. We needed to get someone to post but didn’t at times.
“That hit the post,” she added of the apparent goal, “which was hard because we may have had the chance to get the rebound. It is the ref’s call at that point but I think they were better off calling it. That was a good game.”
Marshwood hosts Deering on Thursday looking to up its win streak to three. Noble travels to Scarborough on Wednesday.