Mariners, Lions to battle for league supremacyOceanside, Troy Howard post Oct. 15 semifinal playoff wins to advance
The Busline League field hockey championships are set, with the league's top two regular-season teams to vie for the league crown.
Top-seeded Oceanside and No. 2 Troy Howard will face off on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Rockland for the middle school title. The two teams have squared off twice this season, both ending in ties.
Oceanside advanced to the finals by virtue of a 1-0 semifinal win over No. 5 Camden-Rockport, while Troy Howard defeated No. 3 Boothbay 7-0 to advance, in a pair of semifinal playoff games Oct. 15.
The following is a recap of both semifinal playoff contests:
No. 1 Oceanside 1, No. 5 Camden-Rockport 0
At Rockland, the top-seeded Mariners survived against the lower-seeded Schooners to advance to the finals.
Madelyn Young scored the lone goal of the game in the first half on an assist from Alexis Mazurek.
Lauren Hoppe played in goal for Oceanside, while Casha Tartt and Madisen Maxwell split time in the cage for Camden-Rockport.
Field conditions were muddy in Rockland and made it difficult, at times, for both teams to move the ball.
Mariner coach Andrea Garver said Mazurek, Jordan Mini, Kimmy Roman and Haley Montgomery "did an excellent job in the middle of the field," while Payten Simmons and Gabby Straka "supported the forward line, helping to pressure the CRMS defense." Taylor Hamlin also made "several key defensive tackles" and Kaycee Foster "stepped it up defensively," while Young and Erin Dugan were assisted by Brooke Post on the forward line.
Schooner coach Lindsey Clement said her young squad held its own all season, particularly given the fact that "60 percent of the team is brand new to field hockey … Those new players have really stepped up to the mark and have been solid players and teammates," she said.
Clement said Capri Buck did "a fabulous job playing our center mid most of the game," while Halsey Yattaw also played "a great game" in the midfield.
The Schooner coach also said Karrah York, Jenna Stearns and Suzannah Gray "have all done a great job together this season," while Mariah Does-Hooke "also contributed to our forward line. Amy Cummings and Alivia Hallet "both added to our front line as our wings," while Renaissance Lyman, Annalee Carroll, and Katherine Dailey played well on defense, the coach said.
No. 2 Troy Howard 7, No. 3 Boothbay 0
At Belfast, the Lions roared past the visiting Wildcats to earn a berth in the finals.
Kaylen Ottman scored four goals in the victory for the Lions, while Kelsey Mehuren, Kylie Nelson and Hannah Sanderson also scored in the Lions' win.
Morgan Fernald was in goal for the shutout for Troy Howard, while the Boothbay goalie, whose name was unavailable, "made lots of saves," said Lion coach Beth Baker. Troy Howard fired 25 shots on goal.
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