Fadley, Skolfield lead Ponies to 1-0 victory over NYA in Class C state final

Foxcroft Academy's Julia Annis (left) and MacKenzie Coiley congratulate each other after defeating North Yarmouth Academy in the Class C field hockey state championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Yarmouth, Maine.
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Foxcroft Academy's Julia Annis (left) and MacKenzie Coiley congratulate each other after defeating North Yarmouth Academy in the Class C field hockey state championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Yarmouth, Maine. Buy Photo
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 02, 2013, at 5:35 p.m.

YARMOUTH, Maine — Sophomore forward Madison Fadley scored her second game-winner in as many games and junior goalkeeper Brianna Skolfield made four saves, including a breakaway stop off dynamic Olivia Madore in the first half, as the Foxcroft Academy Ponies captured their first state Class C title since 2007 with a 1-0 win over North Yarmouth Academy on Saturday.

Foxcroft Academy concluded a 17-0-1 season and allowed just one goal.

NYA wound up 14-3-1.

Fadley, whose goal beat Winslow 1-0 in the Eastern Maine final, scored with 16 minutes left in the first half and Skolfield came flying off her line to smother Madore’s solo attempt five minutes later.

Fadley made the insertion pass that led to her goal. It went to Julia Annis at the top of the circle.

Annis’ shot deflected off an NYA stick and hit goalie Elizabeth Coughlin in the chest before spilling across to her right where Fadley jammed it home.

“I don’t usually take the hit but Coach (Stephanie Smith) had us switch it up that one time. I took a shot and it deflected off someone’s stick, it went up pretty high and (Fadley) put it in,” said Annis.

“It happened so quickly. I saw the ball and knew I had to get it in the goal cage,” said Fadley.

The Panthers had a golden opportunity to equalize when the speedy Madore stickhandled brilliantly before beating the last defender and sprinting toward goal.

But Skolfield dashed out and stacked her pads at the top of the circle to make the save.

“I saw that she had no one to pass to so I came out and slide-tackled the ball,” said Skolfield.

“I didn’t see her. I should have looked up. I was focused on the ball,” said Madore.

Skolfield preserved the win in the waning seconds of the game with a diving, head-first stop off Marina Poole during a wild scramble.

The Panthers had a series of three penalty corners with time elapsed but the Ponies survived.

“Their goalie was a lot better than we expected. She had a great game,” said NYA tri-captain Kayla Rose.

“We did a real good job shutting them down,” said FA tri-captain Amber Anderson.

“They were very strong defensively and they were very speedy. They were good at blocking passes and stuff. It wasn’t meant to be,” said Madore.

Foxcroft finished with a 17-13 shots at goal advantage.

Coughlin wound up making six saves for NYA.

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