Five has proven to be a number of significance for the Oceanside field hockey team.

Not only did the Mariners shut out visiting Waterville 5-0 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B game on Tuesday, Sept. 16, but Oceanside sports an unblemished 5-0 record, that has it atop the Eastern Class B high school standings.

Not only is their record unblemished, so is their goals-against average, as the Mariners have outscored opponents 10-0 through five games.

“We rotated 20 girls in and out of the game,” said Oceanside coach Joanna Hall of the meeting with the Purple Panthers. “I was very pleased with the contributions each girl made when she was on the field. We had six girls involved in scoring goals today, so that was encouraging as we head into three of the toughest games of the season.”

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead after the first half thanks to a pair of goals from Mary Allen, a pair of assists from Jackie Thorbjornson, a goal from Haley Montgomery and an assist from Alexx Chase.

The hosts added two more goals in the second half from Makayla VanBlarcom and Erin Dugan, the latter of whom scored on Thorbjornson's third assist of the game.

Oceanside outshot Waterville 17-2 and held an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners. Zoe Billington made two saves in goal for the Mariners, while Waterville's goalie, whose name was unavailable, made 12 saves.

Amanda Hoppe also had her second defensive save of the season for Oceanside.

Oceanside next three games are indeed a tough stretch as they travel to face Spruce Mountain of Jay and will host Winslow and Mount View of Thorndike.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (5-0, 16.1480 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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