By Ryan McLaughlin
BREWER — Mired in a 0-0 halftime tie with rival Bangor Tuesday night, the Brewer field hockey team broke its huddle with an unusual rallying cry: “Biscuits in the Oven.”
That may sound unusual to most, but for the Witches, it brings a little bit of good fortune.
“Before every game, we used to have carb night and go to Pizza Hut and have a bunch of spaghetti, and team [member's] houses and stuff, and we brought KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Biscuits and they turned into good luck [because] we won the next game,” explained sophomore Rachel Triplett.
On Tuesday, Triplett put the “biscuit” in the “oven” with 10:03 left in regulation and Delaney Turner cooked up a second helping 1:23 later as the Witches defeated the Rams 2-0 on a clear, cool evening at Heddericg Field.
Both goals were set up by Sarah Babin, and coach Duffy Doiron’s Brewer club improved to 5-7-1, keeping its postseason hopes alive.
Bangor, which began play holding down the eighth and final postseason spot in Class A, falls to 3-8-1.
The Witches, who moved up to ninth place with Tuesday’s victory have just one game left, against first-place Skowhegan while Bangor finishes with Lawrence of Fairfield and Messalonskee of Oakland.
This was a defensive battle throughout the first half, with both teams failing to capitalize on numerous scoring chances.
But the Witches finally took advantage of one of theirs late in regulation, as Triplett got her stick on a loose ball amongst a mass of players and somehow found the cage.
“We were all in a big cluster, it just happened,” said Triplett. “I knew where the ball was and I just went for it.”
Turner gave Brewer some breathing room with 8:40 to play, one-touching a Babin pass into the right side of the goal.
Babin started the sequence with a clean breakaway down the left side of the field.
The win was especially satisfying for Brewer’s five seniors, who not only won their final home game, but swept Bangor for the first time in their careers.
“We beat them at the beginning of the year, and we came and we were prepared and we pumped everyone up and we just went for it,” said tri-captain Amanda Hill. “It felt so good.”
Bangor had a solid chance near the midway point of the second half when Hillary Throckmorton had a wide-open shot near the top of the circle, but Brewer goalkeeper Casey White closed her pads just in time and kept the match scoreless.
The Rams also failed to capitalize on 10 penalty corners.
“Story of our season,” said Bangor coach Krystal Doughty. “We did have a lot of chances. We weren’t ready for the rebounds. The girls were frustrated and it showed.”
That was thanks in part to the Witches’ quickness on defense, as they were able to clear the ball on Bangor’s penalty corners.
“We just never gave up and we just persevered and we knew that we were going to do anything to get this win,” Triplett said.
The play was fairly even as Brewer had a 15-11 edge in shots at goal while Bangor had 10 penalty corners to the Witches’ four.
Megan Six played a strong game in the cage for the Rams, coming up with seven saves while White had eight for Brewer.