WINDHAM — Goalie Kaitlyn Roberts recognized there was no room for error when Windham faced Falmouth in a Class A South prelim game on Saturday, two weeks after the teams played to a tie.

Roberts, a senior, recorded her fourth shutout of the season and Julia McKenna scored as the eighth-ranked Eagles earned a 1-0 win over No. 9 Falmouth.

“All I was focused on was getting to the ball, making sure that people were staying on their man, and throwing myself on the ball before it could go over the line,” said Roberts.

The Eagles (8-5-2), who tied the Yachtsmen (6-8-1) 1-1 on Oct. 6, advance to play No. 1 Scarborough in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

A two-year starter, Roberts made 15 saves. She made two – the first on a diving stop, the second after quickly returning to her feet and stopping a would-be goal on a rebound attempt – to keep the game scoreless in the first half.

“Kaitlyn has done an amazing job this year,” said Windham Coach Deb Lebel. “She’s done a ton of work with one of our assistants to get better all year. She’s able to go high, to go low.

“Her reaction on that play was amazing. That chance there should’ve been a goal. We’ve taught her to get right back up because it’s the rebound that will go in. She’s kept us in a lot of games all season. Just super proud of her.”

Roberts continued her strong play in the second half, making nine saves, including several more diving stops.

“We’re young – we start six freshman and a few sophomores, and today was kind of the epitome of being young,” said Falmouth Coach Andrew Pelletier. “We just couldn’t finish our chances. We created six or seven right in front of the goal and just needed someone to put it in. (Roberts) was great. She’s a good goalkeeper. It’s frustrating to create those chances and see a goalkeeper come up with the saves she was making.”

McKenna, a freshman, finally got the Eagles on the board with 8:42 left in the game. McKenna scored her 10th goal of the season when she chipped in a shot on a crossing pass from Maggie Lloyd.

“Our freshmen have come up huge for us this season,” said Lebel. “She doesn’t try to do much fancy. She just has a nose for the net and knows where to place it. She’s been working on it – in and out of practice – and has a great foot.”

Falmouth goalie Claire Winkeler stopped 11 shots.

“Our defense was really strong today, and they play that flat back four that’s really hard to get through,” said Lebel. “But both goalies today really stepped up. (Winkeler) was huge for them in net today.”

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