Oceanside caps strong regular season with win over Camden HillsMariners finish seventh in standings, head to Nokomis for quarterfinals
Rockland — Two seasons under its belt and two trips to the regional playoffs for the Oceanside field hockey squad as the relatively new Mariner fall sports program has proven mighty competitive with the iron of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Class B.
Now, the Mariners, who finished the regular season with a 2-0 victory over Knox County rival Camden Hills Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, prepares for the postseason. Oceanside will play at No. 2 Nokomis of Newport in the regional quarterfinals, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, time to be determined.
The Mariners and Windjammers met Tuesday to finish the regular campaign, but this time the only thing at stake was local bragging rights, as the Mariners had solidified a regional playoff spot, while the Windjammers were out of the postseason mix this fall.
Oceanside scored two second-half goals to cement the victory over the Windjammers, with Jackie Thorbjornson having a hand – or make that a stick – in both of them. Thorbjornson scored with 22:31 left, assisted by Phoebe Ferraiolo, while Molly Mellor added a goal off a deflection on a penalty corner, assisted by Thornjornson, with 12:30 remaining.
The Mariners finished with 20 shots on goal and five penalty corners. Zoe Proctor had one save on a shot in goal in the first half for Oceanside. Camden Hills did not have any shots on goal in the second half. The Windjammers had three penalty corners.
Oceanside coach Joanna Hall said the Mariners put offensive pressure on Camden Hills throughout the 60-minute affair, but the Windjammer defense turned in a strong performance and Camden Hills goalie Zia Sulick "had a number of impressive saves to keep them in the game."
Hall said the Mariners are excited about the postseason and look forward to playing Nokomis.
In reflecting on the final regular-season game, Hall said, "It was nice to see our seniors come away with a win, but it was not without emotions. This was the last home game for a group of seniors that started with me as freshmen my first year coaching here. Many of them have been starting [on the] varsity since their freshman year. We took our lumps that first year, but these girls have a lot of heart and dedication and have worked hard to turn this program into one that can compete with anyone in the conference. It has really been a privilege to coach them."
In the most recent Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (8-4-2, 76.1607 points) is seventh and Camden Hills (4-9-1, 16.4668 points) 12th among 14 teams. Defending state Class B champion Belfast (11-1-2, 129.0944 points) is first. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.
The Mariners will travel to face No. 2 Nokomis of Newport (11-2-1, 114.6173 points) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 16, time to be determined, which also will be a rematch of last year's quarterfinal.
The Mariners battled the Warriors to a 1-1 tie Sept. 13 in Newport in the teams' lone meeting of this regular season.
Last year, top-seeded Nokomis defeated No. 8 Oceanside 6-0 in the quarterfinals, in a game also in Newport.
This season, Oceanside outscored opponents 33-15, with four shutouts, while being shut out once. The Mariners lost to Leavitt of Turner, Mount Blue of Farmington and Winslow all 2-1 and Mount View of Thorndike 1-0. Oceanside also tied Belfast and Nokomis both 1-1.
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