|John Bapst Memorial High School||Foxcroft Academy|
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Sophomore Fern Morrison had a goal and an assist and Gabi Henderson made an important goal-line clearance in the second half as the third-seeded Foxcroft Academy Ponies topped sixth seed John Bapst of Bangor 2-0 in their Eastern Maine Class B field hockey quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon.
Foxcroft Academy improved to 13-2 and will either visit second seed Nokomis of Newport (11-2-1) or host seventh seed Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (8-4-2) in Saturday’s semifinal.
Nokomis and Oceanside had their quarterfinal postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Newport.
John Bapst wound up at 10-5. The two teams had split during the regular season.
Senior Tia Tondreau scored the game-winner during a scramble in the Bapst circle with 17:52 left in the first half.
Morrison, positioned in the middle of the circle, was able to slide the ball across to the far post where Tondreau swept it past helpless John Bapst goalie Karen Noble.
Foxcroft attempted 23 shots to John Bapst’s one in the first half but Noble and the Bapst defense corps kept the Crusaders within striking distance.
Bapst performed much better in an evenly-played second half and Christina Long nearly equalized when her deflected shot was rolling toward the Foxcroft cage.
But Henderson hustled across and cleared the ball before it crossed the goal line.
Morrison sewed up the win with 4:07 remaining thanks to some nice work along the end line by Julia Annis.
Annis maneuvered toward the cage to the left of Noble and passed it to Morrison, who tucked it into the far corner past Noble.
Freshman Avery Carroll made two saves on five shots for the Ponies while Noble finished with eight saves on 30 shots.