(Naples ME) This game needed to end the way it did.
Waynflete and Lake Region played an entertaining, 2-2, tie which included two five-minute overtimes on Wednesday night at Naples.
Both teams had their moments in a game in which the ooh’s and aah’s were heard throughout regulation as well as in two five-minute, sudden death overtime periods.
The defending Class C champions from Portland dominated the first half and had what looked to be a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The visitors tallied a penalty kick midway through the first half. Devynn Turner was called for a handball and sophomore Arianna Giguere took the PK and beat LR goalie Isabel Scribner on a shot to the left.
Later in the first half (3:51), senior Ella Millard found plenty of dribbling room and shooting room and zoomed a shot into the Lakers net.
In the second half, sophomore CeCe Hancock brought the Lakers back even with two exciting half-field rushes. In the first goal, the shot wasn’t taken until she was nearly on the right endline. The second rush to the goal was straight down the middle and the shot came from in close.
In the first overtime, CeCe almost won it firing a shot from the right a second late as the OT ended.
In the second overtime, Laker sophomore Taylor Currier got off a hard shot from the right that freshman goalie Ali Pope made her best save of the night on.
Two minutes later Flyers’ senior Leigh Fernandez took a shot from near the end line on the right that zipped past everyone in front of the net. A head there and this one was over.
So it ended in a tie. I’m sure the tie was most welcome to the 0-3-1 Class B Lakers. They had lost three straight and only had two goals to show for the trio of games.
Lake Region really seemed sparked by the first of CeCe’s two goals at 30:26 in the second half. I thought they did much better in the one-on-one battles as the game progressed.
I also thought that Waynflete was a little less aggressive after the second CeCe goal with 15 minutes left in the game.
You could understand Waynflete being more defensive minded than usual. They were using third-string goalie freshman Ali Pope in net. Where were the other two goalies? State star Juliana Harwood has been having knee problems but should be back soon. Also missing was second-string goalie Helen Gray-Bauer who took a hard shot in the face in a recent game. Helen should also be back soon for the Flyers.
Credit the Waynflete freshman (Ali Pope) with a huge save in the second overtime off Taylor Currier. Ali dove in front of Taylor’s shot and teammate Sophie Raffel cleared away the rebound. That shot had game-winner written all over it!
Waynflete (2-0-1) will host Gray-New Gloucester on Friday at 3:30PM.
Lake Region will travel to Traip Academy (Kittery) on the same day and at the same time.
The weather was wonderful for a night game and there was a full moon to add some extra light.
Waynflete was 12-2-4 in 2012. With Juliana Harwood in net the Flyers have been 25-5-3 with seventeen shutouts. You think she would have made a difference against the Lakers??
I did not have time to look carefully but I don’t think Judd Nelson was in the house supporting the Flyers. Who’s he? Judd attended Waynflete and later went on to play John Bender in the movie classic, The Breakfast Club. “Andrew here, would like a career in the custodial arts.”
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