YARMOUTH — Sophomore Olivia Madore scored on a tip-in during the second round of the first set of penalty corners Saturday to lift North Yarmouth Academy to a 1-0 victory over Winthrop in the Class C field hockey state championship match.
The title was the third in the last four years for the Panthers, the Western Maine champions who finished their season with a 14-4 record.
Winthrop, seeking its first state crown since 1989, ended its season with a 13-3-2 record.
“We knew they had a good defense,” said Madore of Winthrop. “We knew we had a good defense, too, and a good offense. We just had to make sure we played both.”
The game-winning penalty corner began with the ball being passed out to NYA’s Kayla Rose. Her first shot was blocked, but Rose regained possession and shot again. This time Madore was able to tip the ball past Winthrop goalie Alyssa Arsenault and off the inside of the right goal post into the cage.
“We ran a play called “bay” where we hit it out to (Rose),” said Madore. “She hit it but they got to it, and then she got it back and shot and I tipped it in.”
Winthrop had a chance to respond, but NYA standout Katie Millett blocked a shot by the Ramblers’ Shauna Carlson near the top of the circle and then cleared the ball out of the defensive zone to end the match.
This contest featured two young teams, each with just two seniors on its roster.
Winthrop had the better of play during regulation time, amassing a 13-0 advantage in penalty corners behind the forward play of Carlson, Lauren Kaiser and Rachel Ingram as well as strong defense against Millett — who has scored 58 goals in the last two seasons — led by junior mid Jessica Scott.
“We took some really good shots,” said Winthrop coach Sharon Coulton, “but they didn’t quite go in.”
NYA had better opportunities during the two overtime periods preceding the penalty corners, as Millett led the Panthers on several forays into the offensive end leading to their first two penalty corners of the match.
NYA finished with an 10-6 edge in shots during regulation and overtime, while Winthrop had a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.
NYA goalie Elizabeth Coughlin made six saves, while Arsenault had four saves for Winthrop.