WATERBORO, Maine — With her Marshwood High School field hockey team staking her a two-goal lead in the first half of its Western Maine Class A quarterfinal at Massabesic, the last thing goalie Jacque Tworkowski wanted to do was give up what she deemed a “crappy” goal, like she did the last time the two teams met last week.
No reason to panic. Unlike the regular-season finale on Oct. 12, when Marshwood led Massabesic by the same margin at halftime but allowed Massabesic to score in the second half to make things a little too close for comfort, Tworkowski and the Marshwood defense held strong. The Hawks scored another insurance goal late in the second half on Thursday en route to a 3-0 win, advancing No. 5 Marshwood to the regional semifinals where they are now the top remaining seed.
“Last week I let in a crappy goal,” said Tworkowski, who made four saves on Thursday. “I didn’t want them to get a goal just to pick up their team. I just kept saying to myself that they weren’t going to get a goal in. This is the playoffs, and they would come with more intensity, and I didn’t want to let that happen again.”
With No. 1 Scarborough, No. 2. Sanford and No. 3 Cheverus all eliminated on Wednesday, the Hawks (12-3) will now host No. 8 Windham (7-7-2) on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) for the right to advance to the regional final Tuesday at Thornton Academy. No. 6 Westbrook (12-4) and No. 7 Portland (11-4-1) will face off in the other semifinal.
“Today, they played with so much poise and passion,” Marshwood coach Lisa Truesdale said about her team. “It was a true team effort. I’m just really, really proud of them. For once, they get to experience what they deserve.”
Marshwood went right to work on the Mustangs, taking a 1-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the contest. Karissa Boesch got a nice feed from Hailey Bruno-Moulton, who found Boesch down low near the post to bang it in with 19:39 to go in the first half.
“It felt so good because we’ve worked so hard for this,” Boesch said. “I think it pumped all our attitudes up. We wanted to set the tempo. We always want to do that as soon as we can, and I think we did a good job at it.”
In the closing minutes of the second half, Emily Osborne fired the ball toward the net, where it found the stick of Ashley Hickey, who redirected it into the cage for a 2-0 Marshwood lead with six minutes to go before halftime.
“I was like, ‘Em, Em, right here!’” Hickey said. “I didn’t think it was going to go in because it was right at the corner, but then I just kept my stick down and it deflected off and went right into the goal. I got chills. I get chills on every goal. In fact, I’m getting chills right now.”
That’s probably because Hickey wasn’t wearing a jacket after the game. Nevertheless, Marshwood had a 2-0 lead at halftime and held a 6-1 advantage in shots.
“They were just beating us to the ball today,” Massabesic coach Michelle Martin-Moore said. “It was a tough game. We had a tough game. It was a good season, but it wasn’t a complete season. Our goal was to get to the next round. (You) have to hand it to Marshwood, they played a great game.”
Freshman midfielder Lindsey Poirier made it 3-0 with 4:28 to go in the second half, giving Marshwood a 3-0 lead and putting the game on ice. Poirier took the ball in herself from the top of the circle, firing it into the cage near the right post.
“It was a weight off our shoulders,” Poirier said. “At 2-0, they could have scored another one and it would have been a whole ‘nother game. At 3-0, after looking at the clock, we knew they couldn’t make a comeback after that. So we were pretty confident.”
Massabesic held an 11-4 edge in penalty corners on the afternoon, but neither team was able to turn one into a goal.
The Hawks, who were 5-8-1 last year, are now just a win away from the regional championship game.
“We’re awesome this year,” Tworkowski said. “We’re capable of going for everything. We needed this game to get it started. (It’s) a big step.”
Marshwood beat Windham 1-0 at home on Sept. 28, in a game played at the school’s football field. On Saturday, the game will be played on the Hawks’ regular field-hockey field.
“In past seasons, we’ve just been there,” Truesdale said. “It’s nice for them to feel what it’s like to be on the other side.”
Massabesic’s season is over at 11-4.
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