Mariners blank Black Bears, sail to season's third winAllen's two goals, Thorbjornson's goal, three assists, pace Oceanside
Rockland — It has been a strong start to the regular season for the Oceanside field hockey team.
Despite dropping a 3-1 decision to Gardiner Tuesdy, Sept. 10, the Mariners got back on the winning track Tuesday Sept. 17 as they hosted Maranacook of Readfield.
The Mariner offense scored twice in the first half and three more times in the second en route to a 5-0 shutout win over the Black Bears (1-3) in a high school contest.
Leading the Mariner offense was Mary Allen with two goals and an assist, while Jackie Thorbjornson added one goal and three assists and Clara Feltis and Isabella Garver one goal apiece.
Due to Maranacook having only 10 players, the Mariners agreed to play the game 10-on-10, rather than the traditional 11-on-11.
Zoe Billington made two saves on three shots in the cage for Oceanside, while Maranacook goalie Brianna Goetz made 10 saves on 15 shots.
Allen got the Mariners on the board with 12:29 left in the first half, while Garver added another tally with 7:45 remaining, with Thorbjornson assisting on both goals off penalty corners.
Allen then got in on the scoring action again quickly in the second half at the 28:22-mark on Thorbjornson's third assist of the game, while Allen assisted on Feltis' goal with 22:40 remaining.
Thorbjornson rounded out the scoring with 3:04 remaining.
Gardiner 3, Oceanside 1
At Gardiner Sept. 10, the Mariners were dealt their first loss of the season to the host Tigers.
Becka Freeman scored for Oceanside, on an assist from Thorbjornson, while Lily Chepke scored two goals for Gardiner and Nickaya Lovely one.
Billington made seven saves for the Mariners, while Emalee Couture made eight saves for the Tigers. Gardiner edged Oceanside 11-10 in shots.
"Coming into this game I was not quite sure what to expect from my team," said Oceanside coach Joanna Hall. "We have a lot of girls who are new to varsity, or who did not play in close games last year for whom this was their first experience playing in a high stakes game against a team as strong as Gardiner is. I was very pleased at our level of play and especially the intensity my girls maintained throughout the contest. We were pressuring the Gardiner goalie right up to the final buzzer."
Hall added that Thorbjornson and Brooke Dugan played particularly strong in the midfield" for Oceanside.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (3-1, 6.2500 points) is fifth, while Gardiner (4-2, 17.9847 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.