OLD TOWN, Maine — The Old Town High School field hockey team was desperate for a win over Stearns High School of Millinocket on Thursday afternoon.
Without a victory, the Coyotes’ playoff aspirations in Eastern Maine Class B would probably have been dashed.
But junior forward Jocy St. Jean tied it with 13:38 left in regulation and won it two minutes into the first overtime as the Coyotes earned a well-deserved 2-1 triumph over the Minutemen.
The victory narrowly leapfrogged 8-4-1 Old Town over Mt. Blue of Farmington into ninth place and the final playoff spot.
Stearns fell to 7-6 but the Minutemen are comfortably entrenched in third place in Eastern Maine Class C.
Kristen Manzo scored a first-half goal for Stearns with Alexandria Mooney assisting.
Stearns junior goalkeeper Whitney Guy turned in a terrific performance as she continually frustrated the Coyotes. She finished with 12 saves on 33 shots.
Erica Ogden faced only five shots for Old Town and made one save.
Old Town had 23 penalty corners to Stearns’ four.
The Coyotes tied it on their eighth penalty corner of the second half as a shot by Ali King deflected across the penalty circle to the far post, where St. Jean redirected it past the helpless Guy.
The game-winner was set up by Kate Rawson, who ran into the circle down the right side and fired a good, low shot that Guy was able to kick out with her pad.
Rawson pounced on the rebound and took another shot that deflected in front and, in the ensuing scramble, St. Jean flipped the puck toward the cage and it glanced in off the stick of a Stearns defender.
Stearns had scored off a penalty corner with 19:08 left in the first half as Emily Wark inserted the ball to Mooney, whose long shot across the goalmouth went to Manzo, and she finished from point-blank range at the far post.