|Messalonskee High School||Skowhegan Area High School|
Skowhegan edges Messalonskee for 12th consecutive EM field hockey title|
HAMPDEN, Maine — The Skowhegan Indians have dominated most of their opponents during an undefeated field hockey season.
Tuesday night, with the Eastern Maine Class A title on the line, the top-seeded Indians won by the narrowest of margins.
Freshman Brooke Michonski redirected a shot into the cage with 11:21 remaining in the second half, providing the eventual game-winning goal as Skowhegan edged No. 2 Messalonskee of Oakland 2-1 in the regional championship game at Hampden Academy.
Michonski converted a pass from her sister, senior Makaela Michonski, to help coach Paula Doughty’s Indians register their 12th consecutive EM championship.
Undefeated Skowhegan (17-0) now heads to the University of Maine in Orono for Saturday’s Class A state title contest against the winner of Tuesday’s late game between Scarborough and Cheverus of Portland.
The Indians have won two straight state crowns and 10 of the last 11 overall.
On Tuesday, the Indians faced the Eagles for the third time this fall and got their toughest test of the season.
Skowhegan controlled play throughout and got on the board first. Sophomore Renee Wright knocked the ball past Messalonskee goalkeeper Abigail Roberts off a scramble in front of the cage with 3:53 left in the first half.
Makaela Michonski and Rylie Blanchet were credited with assists off the penalty corner.
The Indians made it 2-0 with 11:21 left when, after a Sarah Finnemore steal near midfield, Brooke Michonski positioned herself at the far (right) post and knocked in a centering pass from her sister.
Kristyna Bernatchez cut the deficit to 2-1 with 6:08 left, off a penalty corner. Lynnae Luettich inserted the ball to Bernatchez, who unleashed a low rocket of a shot that beat Skowhegan ‘keeper Anne-Marie Provencal to her left.
It was only the second goal the Indians had allowed all season and both were scored by the Eagles.
Skowhegan outshot Messalonskee 16-4 with Provencal making only three saves. Roberts racked up 14 saves in a superb performance for the Eagles.
The Indians had 12 penalty corners, while the Eagles were credited with seven.