(Naples ME) In case you missed the first meeting two weeks ago, the results the second time around were very similar.
The Greely Rangers (4-3) defeated winless Lake Region, 3-2, in overtime in Class B field hockey action at summer-like Naples on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Elizabeth Brown scored the OT game-winner in the rematch at 3:41 assisted by first-meeting, game-winning scorer Maddy Perfetti.
I want to put my cards on the table right near the start: I have never covered a field hockey game before! I will also admit that I had no idea what all the whistles were about.
That being said, this was a game that either team could have won. The Lakers (0-6) twice had the lead in the second half and threatened early in overtime.
I thought that the Lakers ran out of energy in overtime after they pressured early in OT. Why do I say that? Elizabeth Brown got the ball in the Lakers’ end in the middle from Maddy Perfetti and moved in unchallenged for a close, open shot. No defenders in sight for LR goalie Maddie Nelson to help her prevent the game winner.
Kaitlyn Plummer had both of the Lakers’ regulation goals. She was assisted by Paige Davis and Liz Cole.
Sophomore Maddy Perfetti had both regulation goals for the Rangers. She was assisted by Sydney Meredith-Pickett and Wren Payne.
Key to the win for the team from Cumberland was the goal-tending of Kylie Rogers. One time she used her blocker to get a high shot while later made a terrific kick save of a shot heading for the cage.
Impressed by the territory covered by Maddy Perfetti, Paige Davis, and Dessi Berry.
Lake Region won state titles in 1977, 1980, and 1988. Greely notched their lone title in 2003.
Greely was 5-10 last season and already have four wins this season with a lot of schedule left. The team has no seniors.
Sydney Meredith-Pickett was listed this season by the Portland Press Herald as one of their “Players to Watch.”
Lake Region did not play like a winless team. Should be some “W’s” ahead for them.
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