RUMFORD — A frustrated Erin Gats took matters into her own hands Friday in a field hockey regular-season finale.

Gats scored with 14.2 seconds left as Livermore Falls completed a sweep with a 1-0 triumph against Mountain Valley at Hosmer Field. The Andies beat the Falcons 7-1, last month.

Class C Livermore Falls (11-3) was ranked fourth in Western Class C and appeared to secure a home playoff game and possibly the No. 3 seed.

The rematch between the teams was extremely different as the play was back and forth.

“This was exciting,” Livermore Falls coach Julia Parker said. “I talked to the girls at halftime and told them they wanted home field and they didn’t want to go overtime, that was their incentive.”

Mountain Valley (7-7) was No. 8 in Western Class B, but needed a win in order to secure a playoff berth. Their performance was very productive with Ayla Allen and Chelsea Bordeau clearing ball away with long hits.

With overtime imminent, the Andies cleared the ball from their zone with a minute remaining. Kathryn Ventrella controlled the ball at midfield, juked by two Falcon players and continued toward the goal.

“That was great carry by Kathryn,” Parker said.

Ventrella advanced the ball into the circle and Gats continued toward Mountain Valley goalie Emily Gallant (seven saves) and found the short side.

“I thought the goalie would come out toward me,” Gats said. “If she had, I don’t believe it would have been a goal. So, I gave it an extra push. During the game I was very frustrated because the team was not playing our game.”

Mountain Valley pushed the issue and had several opportunities beginning in the first half. Shawnee Akers set up freshman Payton Provencher, but the shot went wide. A penalty stroke was called when and Emily Knapp flicked a shot that Livermore Falls goalie Caylee Morris battered down with her left hand pad.

 “This was a big challenge,” Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes said. “I think as the game went along and with no score, it gave them more confidence.”

The Falcons’ Mckenzie Kaubrys stepped up, and this prevented the Andies from utilizing their speed with Ventrilla, Annika Durrell, Hannah Therrien and Liz Cote. 

 “We had our chances,” Forbes said. “They play well and did a good job moving the ball. Especially when the ball was on the white line and it stopped and did not go over.”


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