ORONO, Maine – In a recreation between two evenly-matched groups, the end result can generally boil all the way down to a single play or one particular person effort.
That was the case in Tuesday’s Class A North discipline hockey recreation between Brewer Excessive College and Lewiston on the College of Maine’s discipline hockey advanced.
Brewer junior ahead Allie Flagg completed off a scintillating sprint with a well-placed shot within the second interval to steer the Witches to a 2-0 triumph.
Flagg added an insurance coverage objective off a penalty stroke with 5:55 remaining within the contest as Brewer improved to 5-2-1 whereas Lewiston fell to 4-3.
It was Brewer’s third win in its final 4 video games and Lewiston’s third loss in its final 4.
Junior heart midfielder Jordin Williams assisted on Flagg’s game-winner as she alertly noticed the open Flagg in the midst of the sector and threaded an ideal go to her off a free hit.
Flagg did the remainder, racing 25 yards into the circle earlier than cleverly weaving via a number of defenders and slicing from left to proper throughout the circle earlier than tucking her shot contained in the close to submit.
“We follow that on a regular basis. It’s a each day routine. It’s not the primary time we’ve finished that in a recreation,” stated Flagg. “That’s how we rating.
“Going throughout to the suitable is my transfer,” grinned Flagg.
Each groups had good possibilities, however there weren’t many as each defended properly and obtained stable goaltending.
Flagg was awarded a penalty stroke after a pleasant go from Laura Stewart enabled her to race into the circle alone, because the Blue Devils had despatched numbers ahead to attempt to get the equalizer which left them uncovered on the again.
Simply as she was going to shoot, she was tripped by a Blue Satan which earned the penalty stroke.
Flagg didn’t get a lot on her penalty stroke, however it rolled previous the suitable foot of Lewiston goalie Sarah Mack and into the cage.
“I heard them say ‘Take a look at [Mack’s] eyes.’ So I seemed on the reverse aspect [to Mack’s left] and I went the opposite manner however the shot wasn’t very sturdy. It was luck, ” Flagg stated with a chuckle.
Brewer junior goalie Maci Morneau performed an important position in stopping the Blue Devils from equalizing after it was 1-0.
Lewiston standout midfielder Fiona Landry made a pleasant little go to Siara Laliberte in the midst of the circle, however Morneau learn the play and smothered Laliberte’s shot in her pads.
She made one other vital pad save later within the third quarter when she got here out to soak up a reverse hit by Lauren Cote.
Every crew generated a collection of possibilities throughout goalmouth flurries within the second half however couldn’t capitalize.
Morneau completed with seven saves for Brewer, whereas Mack made 5 for Lewiston.
The Brewer protection obtained stellar performances from junior Isabella Pierce and sophomores Delaney McDonough and Sayde Persaud.
“McDonough and Persaud have been forwards earlier than this yr however they moved again to protection due to [low] numbers. Now we have solely 15 gamers on our crew and 12 that may play,” stated Brewer coach Jamie Emerson. “So that they wanted to maneuver again and so they’ve stepped it up a lot. They work onerous each single day.”
Emerson added that her crew “didn’t play our greatest, however we needed it extra.
“So we performed a full recreation as a result of we needed to go on the market and get that win,” Emerson added. “They gritted it out.”
Flagg and Willilams have been Brewer’s offensive sparks.
Hardworking senior Landry shone for Lewiston as did senior midfielder Gabriella Thomas and senior ahead Olivia Crowley. Sophomore Cote was a relentless risk up entrance.
“The women performed onerous and by no means gave up and that’s all I can ask for,” stated Lewiston coach Jenessa Talarico. “We had simply as many alternatives as they did, however we couldn’t put it within the internet. It was recreation each methods.”
Brewer will journey to tackle Outdated City on Friday at 4 p.m., whereas Lewiston will entertain Gardiner on Friday at 6 p.m.