CUMBERLAND — Hailey Petsinger gathered a rebound in the circle and put the ball in to give Cape Elizabeth a 3-2 overtime victory over Greely in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game Tuesday.
“I just got the ball at the top of the circle and flicked it in,” Petsinger said. “I didn’t think it was going to go in but we got lucky.”
The Capers (4-1) forced overtime when Sammi Altznauer scored off a centering pass from Caroline Garfield with four minutes left in regulation.
The goals came after Greely came back from a 1-0 deficit to take the lead on a goal by Sophie McMonagle with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Maintaining a high level of intensity proved difficult for both teams: Long periods passed without scoring chances from either side.
“For us it’s just a matter of continuing to be intense,” Cape Coach Darci Holland said. “I see spurts of it here and there, but it needs to be the whole game that they come to play with that 110 percent attitude.”
Cape did come out strong — Abby McInerney provided a 1-0 lead after only four minutes — but it was Greely (1-3) that garnered more chances for the rest of the first half.
The Rangers capitalized when Anna Fitch scored off a pass from Kristina Dugan to make it 1-1, but several other opportunities were squandered in the final minutes of the half.
“We have to have more intensity at the offensive end and capitalize on those goals when we have the opportunity,” Greely Coach Kristina Lane Prescott said. “Overall I think we played well, but today it was a matter of them beating us to the ball.”
McMonagle’s goal in the second half, which glanced off a defender before going in, gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead until Altznauer answered for the Capers only four minutes later.
The final minutes of regulation saw two-minute penalties assessed to Petsinger and Dugan for violating the 5-yard rule on free hits.
Both teams briefly had a one-player advantage but neither capitalized.
Penalty cards had not been used in field hockey until this season, and both teams admitted they are still adjusting to the change.
“We just have to watch it,” Petsinger said. “It’s all new rules this year.”
Likewise, Prescott chalked it up to a learning experience for the Rangers.
“The ref did a good job educating the girls on the rule,” she said. “It was much appreciated rather than just handing out cards left and right.”
The teams returned to equal strength in overtime before Petsinger came up with the winner after only four minutes of play.
“It was just not a clean game,” said Holland. “I’ve seen better out of them but obviously I’m happy with the win.”