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Lake Region gets Class B South title 42-34 over Freeport

The reality of the Lakers win sets in as Chandler True dribbles out the clock

Chandler True (15 points) get two of them in the first half

(Portland ME) Was it great defense?

Was it off shooting?

Who’s to know for sure but Freeport struggled mightily trying to score against Lake Region in the second half and lost in the Class B South finals to the Lakers, 42-34, on Saturday afternoon.

“I can’t comprehend that were going to be in the states,” said LR coach Paul True afterwards.

While the Falcons (16-5) had shooting woes (2-for-26 in the second half) the Lakers (16-5) had their own problem: turnovers.

The team from Naples had twenty-five miscues, including seven in the 4th quarter and as a result a comfortable, 37-24, lead with 7:23 remaining in the 4th quarter melted to 38-34 with fifty second left.

Shauna Hancock hits two important free throws in the last minute

But then LR freshman (Shauna Hancock) stopped the Falcons comeback with huge plays on both ends of the court.  First, she cashed two pressure-laden free throws and then she created a turnover with a steal.  Freeport momentum was ended, and the Lakers settled in for the victory.

Chandler True was chosen MVP in the B South tournament.  Chandler led all scorers with fifteen points including ten in the second half.

You may have seen the bumper sticker: Ask me about my grandchildren.  We love to talk about them.  Just tee us up to do it!  When asked about his daughter being MVP, Coach True fluctuated between beaming and being teary-eyed.  “She’s a great kid,” were the best words he could put together to describe Chandler.

Both teams applied pressure wherever they could.  Freeport coach Mike Hart reportedly said that the Lakers’ defense was “everywhere.”

Shauna Hancock (12) reaches for a pass

Both defenses begged the opponent to throw a long pass, which they often intercepted.

Both defenses also cluttered the middle.  Drives met multiple defenders most of the afternoon.

Double-teams showed up regularly.

The Lakers were able to tally several breakaway baskets.

A 14-4 third quarter gave the Lakers separation.  Three’s by Chandler True and Rachel Shanks (11 points) were big shots for LR in that segment.

It took the Falcons five minutes before they put up any points in the 3rd period.  Megan Cormier ended the point famine with a jumper.

Coach True marveled at the parity of the B South teams: “Any number of teams from our conference could have been where we are now.”

Caroline Smith paced Freeport with ten points.

Reaching the B South finals was historic for Freeport.  Last time they were there? 1977!

Taylor Rinalde (14) tries to turn the corner on Lauren Jakobs

Lake Region and Freeport faced each other on February 2nd at Naples.  The Falcons took that one 59-47.  I saw an interview that Chandler True did on that game.  She said that LR was up by ten points in the 3rd quarter and then got into foul trouble and lost.

Freeport’s Allie Goodman had twenty-two points in the first meeting while teammate Caroline Smith recorded eighteen points.  Three + weeks later the Lakers defense held Allie to six and Caroline to four.

The Lakers had to defeat the defending Class B state champs (Gray-New Gloucester) to reach today’s finals.

Lake Region will play Winslow in Bangor on Friday night for the title.

Lauren Jakobs had nine rebounds and seven points for LR.

Thanks to Rivalries for supplying me with the stats for this game.

Box from the game

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Chandler True goes where shots get blocked

Brooke Harriman (3) looks for a pass

Lauren Jakobs on a breakaway

Lauren Jakobs (7 points and nine rebounds)

Lakers celebrate

Lake Region huddle

Aisley Sturk (24), Lauren Jakobs (22), Megan Cormier (13), Allie Goodman (22)

Rachel Shanks (11 points) defended by Allie Goodman (22)

Shauna Hancock back on defense against Caroline Smith (20)

Chandler True (tourney MVP)

Freeport cheerleaders

 

 

 

 

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Two Tristen Chaine second-half goals spark Lake Region’s 4-2 win over Poland

Tristen Chaine (#2 in white uniform) finds the far right side of the Poland net.

The Knights celebrate their first goal in five games.

(Naples ME) I love these matchups!

Put two hardworking teams together, throw out the records and catch the excitement.

And there was plenty of excitement today as visiting Poland fell to Lake Region, 4-2, on a chilly Saturday morning/afternoon of Class B South boys’ soccer.

Lake Region senior Tristen Chaine was the difference maker in the final outcome with two second half tallies.

The Knights controlled play for much of the first half but opportunistic LR jumped in front, 2-0, on rebound scores by junior Jacob Arey.

Paul Vigna (11) defended by Andrew Frechette moves in on outcoming Poland goalie Matt Thebarge

But Poland, which hadn’t registered a goal in four games, got an answer as sophomore Cooper Keene put in his own rebound with 8:57 left in the first half.

The Knights carried that 2-1 deficit to halftime and the closeness of the score was unfamiliar ground for the visitors.  In a season of frequent bulging first-half deficits, here was a game they had a solid chance to win.

Poland tied the score on a lovely corner kick/header conversion with 31:54 remaining.  We now had ourselves a ballgame!

I think the chilly weather really helped both teams by lessening the fatigue that the recent high heat brought.  And I think the fact that both teams were in a winnable position in the second half was also an inspiration.  Take your pick of the reasons. We saw minutes full of back-and-forth runs with a significant number of near misses and goalie stops as the game continued tied.

Tristen Chaine found crucial open space in the second half

But then Tristen Chaine took over.  The senior showed the knack of beating defenders off the dribble during most of the game. Twice, with the game tied in the second half, those moves into space allowed him to launch left-footed rockets from the left.  One at 14:00 and another at 9:02.  Knights goalie Matt Thebarge had no chance on either shot as both were hard-hit and both found the upper right corner of the Poland net.

Those goals turned out to be the difference in the final 4-2 outcome.

Four minutes after the first Tristen goal, the Lakers were awarded a penalty kick when Poland captain Sam Walker took down Giovani Lopez in the penalty area.  Giovani took the PK but his low shot was blocked by Matt Thebarge.

I thought, at the time, that Matt’s big save might spark a Knights’ counterattack and a possible tying goal but instead within a minute Tristen tallied his second score to increase Poland’s deficit to two.

Jacob Arey (8) converted two rebounds into goals.

Jacob Arey’s two first-half goals were almost identical.  He was on the right side as first Paul Vigna, and later Jason Harlow, had one-on-one’s versus Poland GK Matt Thebarge.  Matt made two gutsy blocks but both produced rebounds that went directly to Jacob with open nets to shoot at.  Jacob didn’t miss on either opportunity.

Noah Breton’s goal was a beauty.  Captain Sam Walker’s corner kick was head high and Noah’s was the head that connected with it.  LR goalie CJ Ferguson had the middle of the net covered but Noah’s header went into the left corner.  Nice play.

There were no cautions and very little contact.

I was impressed with the Vigna brothers (Paul/Peter).  Peter had several key defensive plays to stymy Poland surges.

There were a few raindrops in the first half.  A few more and I might have gone to my car and if I had I would have missed a very good game.

Poland (0-9) hosted Lake Region (2-8) on September 12th and lost 3-1.  LR took a 3-0 halftime lead and held off the Knights in the second half.  This time around the Knights were in a tie game until the final fifteen minutes.

The Lakers had scored only two goals in their previous six games making today’s four-goal effort a welcome change.

Matt Thebarge blocked Giovani Lopez’s PK

Last time I saw the Lakers’ Matt Mayo in action was during this summer’s, “Wizard of Oz.”  Terrific show.

I did the Fryeburg Academy/Leavitt football game at FA last Saturday.  That day I was looking for shade (temps in the high 80’s).  Today was a bracing 35 degrees cooler.  I had four layers on!

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Giovani Lopez (7) chased by Isaac Austin

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Tristen Chaine chased by Andrew Frechette and Brayden Gurney

GK Matt Thebarge looks to save

Freshman Logan Parsons pressed by sophomore Cooper Keene

Paul Vigna (11) in on Knights GK Matt Thebarge

Defender/Actor Matt Mayo tangles with Cooper Keene

Sam Walker

Noah Breton gets his head on Sam Walker’s corner kick

Noah Breton’s header sails past CJ Ferguson

Freshman Jason Harlow assisted on the second LR goal

Sophomore Noah Breton

Poland coach David Coyne questions a call

 

 

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Gray-New Gloucester gets first win (2-1) on two Alexa Thayer goals vs Lake Region

Emma Woods (8) lines up a direct kick late in the game as Alexa Thayer (4) moves to the front of the net defended by Elaina Sturk (7)

The celebrating begins after the Patriots scored the go-ahead goal late in the game

(Naples ME) The Gray-New Gloucester Patriots came into their meeting with the Lake Region Lakers scoreless and winless after two starts.

That all changed versus LR as second-half goals by junior Alexa Thayer earned the visitors a 2-1 victory in a thunder-delayed game on Friday afternoon.

In a matchup of Class B South opponents, the Lakers scored early in the first half when

Neva Leavitt’s corner kick eludes goalie Chelsea Davis in the first half

GNG goalie Chelsea Davis mishandled Neva Leavitt’s corner kick.  It was sophomore Neva’s 2nd goal of the season.

The Patriots (1-2) controlled play during most of this contest relying on patient passing.  LR took the long-ball approach.

By patient passing I mean being willing to pass the ball back and sideways not straight ahead.  That patient approach set up numerous scoring chances but this was where Lakers GK Maddie Rock stood out denying several GNG point-blank attempts.

The home team held that 1-0 lead until Alexa Thayer responded to a rebound off an Emma Woods shot from the right side and tapped in the game-tying tally with 18:56 left in the second half.  The Patriots were thereby able to end their scoreless streak at 222 minutes.

“We have been focusing on following up on rebounds,” said GNG’s 7th year coach Kiaran McCormack afterwards. “You don’t score style points.  If you can be there for a rebound two yards out it counts the same as a 20-yard rocket to the top corner.”

The Patriots pressure had led to several direct kicks during the game.  On almost every occasion the kick had gone over or wide.  Finally, late in this match, junior Emma Woods put a hard shot on net from straight away on a direct kick that turned up a juicy rebound for Alexa camped to GK Maddie Rock’s right.  Alexa’s tap-in gave GNG the lead and was indeed the game-winner with only 2:28 left.

Alexa Thayer’s game-winner gets past LR goalie Maddie Rock

Neva Leavitt scored the Lakers goal on a corner kick in the first half

The game got off to an ominous start as the rumble of thunder forced a 30-minute delay.  After that it was typical Maine weather: sunshine, clouds, sunshine, clouds, but in this section of Naples, no more rain.

I was most impressed with the way Gray-New Gloucester kept control of the ball.  Their passing and dribbling forced LR to chase for a high percentage of the game.  That can be tiring and it may have caught up to the Lakers in the end game.

Emma Woods was a standout in the center of the field for the Patriots.  The senior took control of a number of goal kicks and was a skillful dribbler/passer.  Emma also had assists on both goals.

The best player on the field?  I would take junior Neva Leavitt of Lake Region (0-2).  She beat defenders all game long with clever dribbling.

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Alexa Thayer (4) moves in on a rebound that will end up as a goal for GNG

Save in traffic

The run back after a goal

Emma Dyer

Lauren Jakobs

Bri Jordan (11), Aisley Sturk (5) and Lauren Jakobs (16)

Bri Jordan (11) and Kenzie Siebert (3)

Chelsea Davis saves

Jordy Grant

Brooke Harriman (23) pushes past Abbey Michaud (6)

Chandler True

Jordy Grant (10), Danica Chadwick (24), and Alexa Thayer )4)

 

 

 

 

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Wizard of Oz at Lake Region High School

Robin Croce (Dorothy) makes a closing bow at the end of the Wizard of Oz.

The Tin Man finally gets a heart.

(Naples ME) Followed the yellow-brick road to Naples for Sunday’s matinee finale on August 13th of the Wizard of Oz.

I love local theatre performances.  The enthusiasm of the performers as well as the related audience members is refreshing.

The Lake Region Community Theatre put a strong cast together starting back in May.  With sixty cast members, there was plenty of directing needed and it got done.

Of course, you had a hat/shoe fall off inadvertently here and there to test the improvising skills of the actors/actresses….much to the delight of the audience.

I thought that Robin Croce was terrific as Dorothy.  Looked like a flawless performance by her from beginning to end to me.

It was the pleasure for my wife and I to catch the show at Lake Region High School.

Wonder what they’ll come up with next year.  I plan to be on hand without even knowing what the show will be!

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Greely wins in overtime at Lake Region 3-2 on Elizabeth Brown goal

Elizabeth Brown (2) scored the OT game-winner for Greely

Elizabeth Brown (2) scored the OT game-winner for Greely

Elizabeth Brown's game-winning shot

Elizabeth Brown’s game-winning shot

(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.

What scares me about field hockey

What scares me about field hockey

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.

Kylie Rogers gets the blocker on a LR shot

Kylie Rogers gets the blocker on a LR shot

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 (7) set to block an LR rusher

Sydney Meredith-Pickett (7) set to block an LR rusher

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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Isabelle Bachelder, Maddy Perfetti, Elizabeth Brown

Isabelle Bachelder, Maddy Perfetti, Elizabeth Brown

Kelsey Apovian

Kelsey Apovian

Kaitlyn Plummer

Kaitlyn Plummer

Maddie Nelson and Dessi Berry

Maddie Nelson and Dessi Berry

Crowd gathers close to LR goal

Crowd gathers close to LR goal

Ella Novick (18) fires from close in at LR goalie Maddie Nelson

Ella Novick (18) fires from close in at LR goalie Maddie Nelson

Hailey Parsons and Elizabeth Brown

Hailey Parsons and Elizabeth Brown

Greely goalie Kylie Rogers blocks a shot

Greely goalie Kylie Rogers blocks a shot

Isabelle Bachelder (5) prevents a LR goal in the first half

Isabelle Bachelder (5) prevents a LR goal in the first half

Kaitlyn Plummer (5) sends a shot past the Rangers defense

Kaitlyn Plummer (5) sends a shot past the Rangers defense

Maddy Perfetti and Hailey Parsons (10)

Maddy Perfetti and Hailey Parsons (10)

Maddy Perfetti (2 goals) on the move

Maddy Perfetti (2 goals) on the move

Air ball near the Greely goal

Air ball near the Greely goal

Kaitlyn Plummer congratulated by Julia Murch after 2nd goal

Kaitlyn Plummer congratulated by Julia Murch after 2nd goal

Kaitlyn Plummer's shot goes past Greely goalie Kylie Rogers for second goal

Kaitlyn Plummer’s shot goes past Greely goalie Kylie Rogers for second goal

Kendyl Ridlon (left) covers Ella Novick (18)

Kendyl Ridlon (left) covers Ella Novick (18)

Maddy Perfetti (3) watches as her shot eludes the LR defense for the tying goal

Maddy Perfetti (3) watches as her shot eludes the LR defense for the tying goal

Action in front of the Greely cage

Action in front of the Greely cage

Kylie Rogers (00) kicks away a rebound from Paige Davis (white 13)

Kylie Rogers (00) kicks away a rebound from Paige Davis (white 13)

Delaney Meserve (1) Kaitlyn Plummer (5), Courtney Rog (8)

Delaney Meserve (1) Kaitlyn Plummer (5), Courtney Rog (8)

 

 

 

 

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Liam Bell (4 goals) leads Wells past Lake Region 6-1 in WMC Class B boys’ soccer

Liam Bell gets a clean look for his first of four goals for Wells

Liam Bell gets a clean look for his first of four goals for Wells

Freshman Liam Bell

Freshman Liam Bell

(Naples ME) The Wells Warriors finished the regular season with four straight wins after defeating Lake Region, 6-1, on a cool Monday night of WMC boys soccer.

Freshman Liam Bell lit up the Lakers for four goals despite being on the Wells bench for nearly half of the game.  Liam had three goals in the Warriors 4-1 win over LR earlier in the season.

Wells (6-6-2) tallied three goals in each half.

Lake Region (1-13) clicked on a penalty kick in the first half and carried a 2-1 deficit down to the last two minutes of the half.  However, Liam Bell finished his first-half hat-trick to boost the Wells margin to 3-1 at the half.

The Warriors added three more goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half and never looked back.

Lake Region honored its seniors before the game.

No question that Liam Bell can finish but in this game his teammates put him into a position to finish all night long.

Lakers GK Michael Rust saw plenty of shots.

Lakers GK Michael Rust saw plenty of shots.

Liam’s first goal was nicely assisted by Hatim Sharaf.  His second goal was a header off of TJ Wright’s corner kick.  The third goal was set up by Alec Pinette who dribbled down the right side and could have taken a shot.  Lakers GK Michael Rust moved his way expecting a shot but instead Alec centered the ball into the middle to an uncovered Liam Bell.  The net was wide open.

LR picked up its goal after Magnus Holm was tripped in the box.  Michael Rust took the kick and put it into the upper left corner.

In the second half, Liam Bell was quick to cash in a rebound (33:42) of Hatim Sharaf’s point-blank shot.

The Warriors would convert two more rebounds in the second half.  Both shots were taken by senior Daniel Quint.  Peter Valentino put in one rebound while Alex Pinette put in the other.

Chandler Bridge

Chandler Bridge

The aggressive Warriors won most of the one-on-one battles.  I thought the big difference between the two teams was Wells ability to be able to face the goal in scoring position over-and-over.  Lake Region had very few good looks at Wells GK Chandler Bridge.

I was impressed with LR’s exchange student Magnus Holm.  He was very skilled.

Wells coach Sean Bishop was not sure when the last time was that the Warriors made the playoffs.

Lake Region didn’t win a game last year and ended up with one win (Poland) this year.  But there was significant improvement statistically.  In 2013 the Lakers tallied only 2 goals and gave up 129.  This year LR scored 13 goals and gave up 62.

(I can edit this blog so if there is a mistake let me know and I will do it.)

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Magnus Holm

Magnus Holm

loose ball in a crowd

loose ball in a crowd

GK Michael Rust celebrates scoring a penalty kick

GK Michael Rust celebrates scoring a penalty kick

Matt Stenger makes a save for Lake Region

Matt Stenger makes a save for Lake Region

Hatim Sharaf had two assists

Hatim Sharaf had two assists

Kolin Wyman (12) clears the ball away for Lake Region

Kolin Wyman (12) clears the ball away for Lake Region

GK Michael Rust

GK Michael Rust

Alec Pinette (on the right) sets up Liam Bell

Alec Pinette (on the right) sets up Liam Bell

Lake Region seniors recognized

Lake Region seniors recognized

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Late goal gets Lake Region past Gray-New Gloucester 4-3 in Western Maine Conference Class B girls soccer

Sophomore Kristen Huntress sets to rip home the game-winner with 23 seconds left.

Sophomore Kristen Huntress sets to rip home the game-winner with 23 seconds left.

Junior Maddie Simms had the hat trick for Lake Region

Junior Maddie Simms had the hat trick for Lake Region

(Naples ME) The Lake Region Lakers girls soccer team defeated the Gray-New Gloucester Patriots, 4-3, on a controversial goal with 23 seconds left on Friday night in Western Maine Conference action.

Sophomore Kristen Huntress ripped home the game-winner after a collision and a turnover gave her a wide-open, close-in, look.

GNG coach Kiaran McCormack protested the goal vehemently enough to draw a yellow card.  He could have been complaining about the collision between the Lakers’ Melody Millett and the Patriots’ Izzy Detroy that put Kristen Huntress into glorious scoring position or the apparent off-sides by at least two Lakers.  Take your pick.  They both appeared to have credence but on this night play continued and the excited Lakers had a very happy ending.

The wind was a factor in this game.  GNG (2 goals) had it in the first half and the Lakers (3 goals) in the second.

Junior Maddie Simms registered a hat trick for LR.  Her third goal put the home team ahead 3-2 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game.  That lead looked like it might hold up but with 1:25 to go, freshman Emma Woods beat Lakers GK Isabel Scribner to the ball and tied the score.  It was Emma’s second goal of the game and 5th of the season.

The Patriots celebrate the tying goal with 1:25 left in the game.

The Patriots celebrate the tying goal with 1:25 left in the game.

And again that goal looked like it would hold up but the Lakers pressure produced the game-winner by Kristen Huntress just over a minute later.

The Patriots (1-2) had a bunch of chances in the first half led by sophomore Kaelyn Woods.

The most dangerous player for the Patriots, in my opinion, was senior Maria Valente.  It was her throw-ins that were so amazing.  She put several long-distance tosses into the box setting up scoring chances.  Sarah Giggey capitalized on one of Maria’s throw-ins in the first half to give GNG a 2-1 lead.

Maria Valente had an assist on a throw-in

Maria Valente had an assist on a throw-in

The Patriots hit the crossbar in each half.

Kristen Huntress had a great look at a straightaway shot that sailed just over the crossbar in the second half.

The Lakers (2-1) are off to a surprising start.  Last season LR won only two games all season.  Last season LR scored a total of eleven goals.  Already they have six.  It certainly has helped the Lakers to start the season with three straight home games.  Can they do as well away from home?

Sophomore Melody Millett had assists on the first and fourth Lakers’ goals.

A big part of the Lakers’ early success has been the quality defensive play of Devynn Turner and Katie Throgmorton.  Their decision making has been solid.

Lakers’ GK Isabel Scribner continued with her very aggressive style.  Despite being burned twice taking chances, she robbed the visitors several times using the same approach.  Fun to watch but I’m not sure what it does for the LR coaching staffs’ heart rate!

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Emma Dyer closes in on Lakers GK Isabel Scribner

Emma Dyer closes in on Lakers GK Isabel Scribner

Maddie Simms puts her foot into her third goal

Maddie Simms puts her foot into her third goal

loose ball

loose ball

Patriots goalie Zoe Adams tips a shot over the net

Patriots goalie Zoe Adams tips a shot over the net

Kaelyn Woods

Kaelyn Woods

CeCe Hancock splits Emily Hotham (#12) and Izzy Detroy (#11)

CeCe Hancock splits Emily Hotham (#12) and Izzy Detroy (#11)

Maddie Simms gets an open look and fires her third goal

Maddie Simms gets an open look and fires her third goal

Emma Woods (2 goals) and Hannah Dixon

Emma Woods (2 goals) and Hannah Dixon

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