OLD TOWN, Maine — On Foxcroft Academy’s overtime penalty corner, Jenny Boyer was to insert the ball to Fern Morrison, who was going to advance the ball into the circle and shoot.
The pass evaded Morrison but it wound up on the stick of senior right midfielder Amber Anderson seven yards beyond the circle. Anderson dribbled into the circle before firing a low bouncing shot into the far corner past goalie Erica Ogden’s left leg, giving the Ponies a 1-0 win over Old Town in an entertaining battle of undefeated teams.
The two field hockey teams had played a season-opening 0-0 overtime tie at Dover-Foxcroft before each rattled off 12 straight wins entering Tuesday’s regular season finale.
Foxcroft finished 13-0-1, outscoring its opponents 57-0, and earned the top seed in the Eastern Maine Class C Heal points standings.
OId Town, which has allowed only four goals while scoring 39, wound up 12-1-1 and will be the second seed for the Eastern Maine B playoffs.
“It was a little bit of a messup,” said Anderson. “There was a lot of space in front of me, and I knew a defender would be coming up on my tail. So I took it forward and when a defender came up on me in the circle, I just took the hit.
“I looked up and I aimed for the far corner. Coach always tells us to aim wide for the wings to cut on it,” added tri-captain Anderson, whose goal was her fifth of the season.
“Nobody deserves it more than Amber,” said Foxcroft coach Stephanie Smith. “She has been a hard worker all season long and she’s a great leader.”
Anderson’s goal came with 5:42 left in the first OT and ended a scoreless string of 138 minutes and 18 seconds between the two teams.
Teams play seven-versus-seven in the two sudden death overtime periods.
Following an evenly-played first half on Seniors Day, the Ponies dominated the second half only to be thwarted by Ogden, who turned in a terrific performance.
She made six second-half saves as Foxcroft outshot Old Town 9-2 and she made another in overtime.
She finished with 12 saves on 20 shots.
“We talked on the bus about how good a goalie she was and how many shots on goal we had the last time we played. We needed to get better shots on goal, which we did,” said Foxcroft senior midfielder and tri-captain Mackenzie Coiley, who made several impressive rushes. “Coach asked us at halftime if we wanted it. And we said we did.”
Both teams had some dangerous flurries in the circle in the first half, but Ogden and Foxcroft goalie Brianna Skolfield both made important stops.
Skolfield made four saves on six shots.
“We played OK but we didn’t play our best. We were all pretty emotional because it was Seniors Day,” said Old Town senior midfielder Kate Rawson.
Old Town senior forward Tia Jackson said Foxcroft is “very skilled. They have great stickwork.”
Old Town coach Sarah Estes said despite the loss, it will serve as a valuable preparation for the playoffs.
“We knew it was going to be a challenging game. This will prepare us for the type of atmosphere and level of competition we’ll face in the playoffs,” said Estes.
Midfielder Boyer and defender Avery Carroll were praised for their play by Smith while Estes felt her back line of Taylor Bowers, Sarah Plunkett, Kristyn Bell and Lizzy Colannino stood out for her Coyotes.