Saturday, May 25, 2013
By MARK JEANNERET Special to the Telegram
CAPE ELIZABETH - Second-seeded Cheverus approached its Western Class A field hockey semifinal against third-ranked Marshwood with two goals in mind Saturday.
Foremost was the desire to win. Second was to play better than it did in its regular-season game against the Hawks.
Both goals were achieved.
The Stags earned a 1-0 victory against the Hawks at Hannaford Field.
Alex Logan scored the goal that put Cheverus (15-1) into the regional final Tuesday against top-ranked Scarborough (16-0).
The Red Storm shut out Westbrook 3-0 in the other semifinal.
Logan's goal came midway through the second half and capped a four-minute stretch of pressure by the Stags against the Hawks (13-3).
Cheverus started its offensive surge with a penalty corner, then created two or three good chances before beating goalkeeper Cassidy Smith.
"It's all a blur now," said Logan. "I knew that Staci (Swallow) was going to try to get it in the circle. I think it was just a bunch of (one-timers) all in a row. I saw it come at me and I just knew I had to get my stick down and hit it as hard as I could."
The Stags did put together a better effort against Marshwood than in their regular-season meeting.
Cheverus won that game 2-0 in mid-September but was decidedly outplayed.
"I feel like the first game really didn't show how we play," said Logan.
Marshwood outshot the Stags 12-6 and also held a 15-1 advantage in penalty corners in that game.
"It wasn't a very good game for us. We came out on top pretty much because of luck," said Logan.
"We didn't play to our full potential then. We knew that they were going to give it their all today because they believe that they should have won that first game."
This game was more statistically balanced. The shots were even at 5-5, and Marshwood held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners.
The Hawks held the momentum early Saturday and came up with three solid chances in the first 15 minutes.
Two of the chances resulted in shots that went wide of the goal.
A Cheverus timeout midway through the half appeared to help the Stags settle into the game.
From that point, they began to control more of the play.
"I thought the first half we played a spectacular game," said Marshwood Coach Lisa Truesdale.
"I think for some reason we allowed ourselves to get intimidated in the second half."
Marshwood thought that it had grabbed the first goal of the game early in the second half when Hailey Bruno-Moulton finished a three-way passing play off a penalty corner. But it was disallowed and the scoreless game continued.