Double OT win sends GSA girls to semis

MILO—With the score tied at 0-0 half way through the second overtime, and a semifinal berth on the line, the Eagles’ Nellie Haldane scored off an assist from Morgan Dauk, edging the Eagles past Penquis Valley for a 1-0 win.

“Basically, things started to click,” Coach Steve Bemiss said. “Morgan was a little past midfield and she struck a throw ball to Nellie. Instead of kicking it right away, [Nellie] kept moving it down the field to get it past the keeper.”

Nellie Haldane, shown in regular season play, scored the winning goal in the quarterfinals.  Photo by Franklin Brown

Nellie Haldane, shown in regular season play, scored the winning goal in the quarterfinals. Photo by Franklin Brown

The team was ecstatic, Bemiss said. “It was like they’d won the state championship.”

After a back-and-forth game,  Bemiss said things started to come together in the middle of the second half. “In the first half, we were abominable.  Nothing connected.”

Penquis Valley, which hadn’t had a win for two years previous to this season, “fought very hard,” Bemiss added. “They didn’t give up [and] we were stating to doubt ourselves.”

Freshmen goalkeeper Bess MacArthur saved four of six shots and Dauk made her first assist of the season—after a yellow card for fouling took her out with 1:18 left in the second half and kept her out deep into the first overtime period.

The Eagles went into the quarterfinals ranked fifth, with an 8-2-4 record. They have a 0-2 record against Orono, who are 12-1 and hold the top spot in the ranking.

“If our keeper’s on—and she was on yesterday—then what we’re going to have to do is play good defense in front of her.,” Bemiss said. “If we’re on top of our game, we have a good chance.”

Game time is Friday, October 30, 3 p.m. at Orono high school.

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