FREEPORT — Chelsey Burnell had a goal and two assists as Sacopee Valley defeated Freeport 3-0 Tuesday in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game.

In a scoreless first half, the Hawks had a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners while the Falcons had a 3-2 edge in shots.

The Hawks (2-1) broke the tie at 2:13 of the second half after a second penalty corner by Elizabeth Moulton. After the Freeport defense cleared the ball out of the box, Rachel Anderson tracked it down on the left and sent it up to Danielle Pierce. Pierce pushed it across to Burnell, who fed Ally Allard in front for the goal.

“We were worked up getting off the bus,” said Pierce. “We’re a very nervous team and we needed to calm down.”

Burnell agreed.

“We definitely had the jitters,” she said. “I know I felt shaky all day. We knew this was a big game.”

The Falcons (3-2) regrouped after the goal and carried play for much of the next 10 minutes. Katie Turner shot wide after Hawks goalie Ashley Pingree stopped her shot and one by Abby Mahoney.

The Falcons were awarded four penalty corners in that stretch but were unable to convert, and Burnell gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead at 16:12 with a bouncing shot following Moulton’s corner and a setup by Pierce.

“I know we have high expectations for this year,” said Pierce, a co-captain, “and I feel it’s my job to help us meet them.”

Freeport goalie Tallie Martin blocked two shots during a scramble in front to keep the Falcons close, but Moulton closed out the scoring with 3:03 remaining, getting her own penalty corner back from Burnell and converting from in close.

Sacopee’s Maya Richmond had two good chances in the opening half, both from in front of the left post, but she fired wide on one and was stopped by Lorin Martens on the other.

“We’re starting to get it,” said Hawks Coach Terry Barnes. “We’re clicking and the kids are so coachable. After Maya missed on her shots, she said ‘I know what I have to work on tomorrow.’

“And I love my fullback, Lexi Locke. She’s a rock back there and my midfielders know she’ll cover for them. I’m just very proud of all of them.”

“We had our chances,” said Falcons Coach Sara Dimick. “We made some nice passes and had good crosses, but we just couldn’t get the tips and didn’t finish.”