By James Anderson
FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy field hockey team defeated Yarmouth 2-0 in a Class B South quarterfinal matchup in Fryeburg on Wednesday.
Like the Raiders, the No. 3 seed for the tournament, held serve in hopes of hosting Saturday’s semifinal, they later learned that No. 2 ranked Freeport also held serve, topping No. 7 Leavitt at home on Wednesday night, meaning Fryeburg (10-4-1) will travel to Freeport (10-3-2) on Saturday for 1 p.m. showdown.
Freeport beat Fryeburg once (3-1 in Freeport on Sept. 19) and played to a 1-1 tie in Fryeburg on Sept. 9 in two regular-season meetings, but the Raiders are very much looking forward to this opportunity against the Falcons in the state tournament.
The Raiders dominated play against Yarmouth (6-8-1) on a bright sunny fall afternoon on the beautiful Fryeburg Academy campus. After buzzing the Clippers cage in the early going, Maggie Powers managed to slip one past the stingy Yarmouth goalie Cassie Walsh.
The Raiders led 1-0 and were well on their way to the semis.
Bridget O’Neil and Alegra Bartlett patrolled midfield for the Dede Frost’s troops, continually reversing Yarmouth’s attempts to get going on offense. Meanwhile, the Raiders used their superior stick handling to dribble or pass their way through the Clippers defense.
Coach’s Frost had the plan, and her players had the ability to execute that plan. When Eliza Thorne scored the insurance goal with 4:30 to play after a scramble in front of the Yarmouth goal, you could hear the shrill sound of air seeping out of the Yarmouth balloon.
O’Neil and Camden Jones assisted on Thorne’s dagger.
The girls celebrated the game lightly, as they seem to be setting their sights on Saturday. If the team can pump it up against Freeport they can begin to think about a state championship appearance. This team has talent, spirit and they play good field hockey. There is no limit to what they can accomplish.
In other Class B quarterfinal action, No. 1 York beat No. 8 Poland 3-0 on Tuesday, while No. 4 Lake Region topped No. 5 Cape Elizabeth 1-0, also on Tuesday.
York (15-0) will host Lake Region (10-4-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Class B South finals are scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct., at a time to be determined.