FARMINGTON — After facing Edward Little in a lopsided game on turf at Thomas College three weeks ago, Mt. Blue was ready for a difficult test Tuesday afternoon in a Class A North quarterfinal field hockey game.

The test never materialized as Mt. Blue rolled to a 3-0 win without allowing a shot on goal by Edward Little.

“All of us were thinking it would be different on grass,” Mt. Blue forward Hannah Minns said. “We thought it would be a slower game and Edward Little is a good team.”

Guided by Minns’ ball control in the middle of the field, along with teammates Leah St. Laurent and Hannah LeClair, the Cougars outshot the Red Eddies 42-0 while earning a 15-0 advantage in penalty corners.

No. 4 Mt. Blue advances to the Class A North semifinals, Saturday, facing top-seed and unbeaten Messalonskee (15-0) at a site and time to be determined. No. 5 Edward Little drops from the playoffs with a 9-6-0 record.

Messalonskee upended No. 8 Mt. Ararat, 7-0, to advance to the semifinal round.

“We will need to battle when we face Messalonskee,” Mt. Blue coach Jody Harmon said. “We had a good game today, but there are still things we need to work on like our stick to stick passing.”

Right from the opening whistle, the Mt. Blue midfielders took control of the game, rifling balls into the circle where the Cougar forwards worked hard to redirect shots past the outstanding play of Red Eddie goalkeeper Karli Stubbs, who finished the game with 31 saves.

Stubbs faced a flurry of shots during the early stages, knocking the ball away from the cage with tremendous kick saves.

Cougar Abby Wallace (2 goals) noticed the quickness of Stubbs and positioned herself away from the keeper, looking for a rebound to knock into the net. Wallace got the opportunity, at 21:44 of the first half, one timing the ball past Stubbs for a 1-0 lead.

“We work a lot on redirecting the ball into the goal,” Wallace said. “There was a big scramble in front of the net, and I was able to get my stick on the ball.”

Mt. Blue continued it’s pressure, eventually finding a second opening when LeClair slide a low ball through an opening to Adelle Foss, who quickly found the cage for a 2-0 advantage with 5:29 left in the first half.

Thirty-two seconds into the second half the Cougars put the game out of reach when Minns dragged the ball to the end line before sending a pass across the middle to Wallace, who buried the shot for a 3-0 margin.


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