Mariners shine in overtime to best Windjammers in openerGarver, Thorbjornson, Buck tally goals for respective squads
Rockport — Renewing their Midcoast rivalry to kick off the 2013 high school field hockey season, Oceanside and Camden Hills met Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4 hoping to get their respective campaigns started with a bang.
The game certainly had a flair for the dramatic and could not be decided within the allotted 60 regulation minutes. The contest saw the Windjammers take an early lead, but the Mariners, a playoff team the past two years, persevered and rallied to tie the game in the second half and the visitors found the back of the cage in extra time to best the host Windjammers 2-1 in overtime.
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Isabella Garver scored the game-winner in overtime for Oceanside, while teammate Jackie Thorbjornson also tallied a goal for the visitors in the second half. Macy Buck scored a first-half goal for Camden Hills.
Oceanside (1-0) outshot Camden Hills (0-1) 13-4 in the game, including 5-1 in the first half.
“We basically, I would say, dominated the field play,” said Oceanside coach Joanna Hall. “We were hammering it in the first half, we just couldn't finish. That has been one of our concerns in the preseason.”
The Mariners also blanked the 'Jammers 11-0 in penalty corners, including seven in the second half.
However, Camden Hills made its one shot in the first half count.
Oceanside dominated much of the game, despite going into halftime down 1-0 after Windjammer Buck lured Mariner goalie Zoe Billington out of the goal area and pushed the ball past her with 26.4 seconds left in the first half.
Billington, who said “it's great to start the season on a good note, especially against a rival like Camden [Hills],” conceded she was out of position for the lone Windjammer goal.
“It was just a bad decision on my part,” she said. “It was an easy situation that I overplayed. Coach took me aside at halftime and said, 'No more [goals],' so I didn't want to let any more [goals by].”
The Mariners regrouped not only defensively behind Billington, but on offense as well as coach Hall moved Garver, a senior captain, from inner to forward, which seemed to breathe new life into the visitors.
The Mariners tied the score 1-1 with 10:38 left in regulation off a penalty corner, when Garver inserted to Thorbjornson at the top of the circle, and Thorbjornson fired a rocket past 'Jammer goalie Desi Dodd.
Then in the 7-on-7, 8-minute overtime, Garver pounded home the game-winner.
"I think that helped us out a lot,” said Garver on her move to forward from inner. “I was able to pressure the goalie and score the winning goal.”
First-year Camden Hills coach Lindsey Clement, in her first varsity game, said “Oceanside definitely dominated most of the game.”
“I think we did well [but] there's still a lot of things we need to work on,” said Clement. “It's nothing new what the girls need to work on. It's passing and working together. We have a solid group of girls, but becoming a cohesive unit is going to be key for us.”
Hall said that defender Amanda Hoppe did “a pretty darn good job” keeping Camden Hills' “speedy forwards” at bay throughout the game.
Dodd made 12 saves in the cage for the 'Jammers and Billington three for the Mariners.
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