Biddeford cruised to a 7-0 win over Bonny Eagle Monday night at Waterhouse Field (SAM BONSEY/Journal Tribune)

BIDDEFORD — Late in the second half of Biddeford High’s field hockey game against Bonny Eagle, midfielder Abby Allen weaved her way through the Scots’ defense to the left side of the circle and rifled a shot that found the top right corner of the cage.

The goal didn’t mean all too much — it gave Biddeford a commanding seven-goal advantage — but that didn’t stop the junior from celebrating with her teammates.

“I’m just in the moment,” Allen said. “I just play, and when we score and everyone screams, it just gets me excited.”

Allen scored four goals to lead Biddeford (4-0) to a 7-0 win over Bonny Eagle (1-3) Tuesday night at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford.

It took 12 and a half minutes before the Tigers took a lead they never relinquished when Allen slipped past a Scots defender and sent a left-handed blast into the left side of the cage. Bonny Eagle drew five corner plays in the first half but couldn’t convert on either opportunity due in large part to Biddeford’s aggressiveness on the defensive end. 

The Tiger offense jumped at their opportunities as Jayme Walton added two goals in the half to help give the Tigers a 3-0 lead heading into intermission. Biddeford head coach Cailtin Tremberth said that after two intense games last week, a come-from-behind win over Cheverus and a victory at Scarborough, the Tigers showed a sense of urgency that was needed against a team in Bonny Eagle that came in looking to pull off the upset. 

“I think we learned a lot from last week,” Tremberth said. “We were trying to figure out the pieces and figure out how Bonny Eagle was going to play us, and adapt quicker and just don’t let up.”

Biddeford didn’t let up at all, and it had much to do with Allen who scored three times in the second half. The junior scored twice in a 6:42 span and freshman Cece Keller also scored her first career goal to help give Biddeford a 6-0 lead with 16:21 remaining. 

Allen, who has taken a new leadership role on the state’s top team, capped her dominating performance with her fourth goal with 3:56 left. 

“(Abby’s) been a super positive influence,” Tremberth said. “She’s been able to control the momentum of the game just because she’s such a leader on the field.”

For Bonny Eagle, head coach Amethyst Hersom thought her team had done all the preparation for Biddeford before the game. They even attended the Tigers’ game against Scarborough last week to watch their opponent in person. The Scots were able to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard early, thanks to some aggressive play, and Hersom hopes her team can sustain that level for a full 60 minutes.

“We just wanted to focus on playing our game today, and not theirs,” Hersom said. “We felt like we were mentally and physically prepared … They felt like it was a winnable game for them. I’m disappointed that it wasn’t, but (Biddeford) has some really top athletes and we had trouble containing them today.”

 

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