Cape Elizabeth 2
Colleen Martin wanted the ball Saturday when the Capers found themselves in penalty corners with Yarmouth in their preliminary matchup. Martin had seen others take a shot at the go-ahead goal in the first six rounds, and wanted to take a stab at it. So her coach let her. The result was a high shot that got by Yarmouth goalie Erin Norton for the game-winning goal.
“In the previous corners we were running one of our plays and I went over to coach and I said ‘coach let me take one let me hit one just give me a chance’ and she did,” Martin said. “I know a lot of times taking hits into the circle, I always bend over too far and it sails in the air and they call a free hit for them. As (the shot) was sailing I thought ‘please don’t call it, just go in.'”
The shot did go in and the Capers survived for a 2-1 win to advance to the quarterfinal, round where they will face Maranacook.
For a while, however, it looked like the Capers season could end. Yarmouth’s Hannah Shute scored the first goal of the game just three minutes into the opening half. As the seconds ticked away, it appeared Shute’s goal would be the only one.
“I think we came out very flat and the girls knew that,” said Cape coach Darci Holland. “They picked it up and played at a higher level the rest of the game. I think they picked it up more when we went to overtime and the corners. We knew (Yarmouth) was going to be ready to play and so we had to be.”
With about 11 minutes left in regulation, Cape’s Bailey Curran tied the game at one goal apiece. Both teams tried desperately to break the stalemate as the second half drew to a close. The Clippers had a great chance with just over two minutes left when they rang a shot off the post that got past Cape goalkeeper Katie Mowles.
In the first overtime period, the Clippers were dominant, recording a couple of shots and earning two penalty corner opportunities. But the Cape defenders and Mowles were up to the challenge and preserved the tie.
The Capers took over in the second overtime. They had a great chance to win it on a breakaway but the shot was wide of the cage. The Capers had three penalty corner opportunities in the second overtime resulting in no goals and a shot that was just wide of the net. The second overtime drew to a close and penalty corners would be used to decide the game.
“We practice corners a lot at the end of practice,” Martin said. “But we’ve never played in this scenario because in the regular season you play two overtimes and then you’re done.”
Each team had one chance after another in penalty corners, but each saw shots sail wide or had no shot on goal at all. Finally in the seventh round, Martin found the back of the net.
With the win, the Capers earned themselves a trip to Maranacook to take on the top seeded Black Bears. That game was scheduled for Wednesday.
“I think (this win) will boost us right up,” said Holland. “We have Maranacook on Wednesday and I don’t know how they play because we haven’t played them yet. I don’t know their style of play. It will be interesting to go up there. We have no where to go but up.”
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