Winnisquam dominated possession for a majority of the game, but the game was not without a little controversy. Five minutes in, Makenzie Snow blasted a ball into the circle, which found Meghan Cote, to take an early 1-0 lead. As soon as that happened the controversy started. As you heard the ball hit the woodwork, the official held their whistle for a moment, as they were not sure if a Winnisquam player had committed a foul before the ball went into the back of the net, but after a few moments, the whistle blew, signaling a goal. As the officials were going back into position for the restart, you heard the Mascoma fans, players on the field, and coaches, arguing the goal, that it hit a Winnisquam player's foot, before entering the circle, deflecting it to Cote. One of the Mascoma captains began talking to one of the officials, but the official said they never saw the ball hit anyone's foot. After that, you could immediately see the energy drain from the Mascoma players, as it was just a huge mental blow to them.
As the first half continued Mascoma stuck it out, they had a chance to tie it up, with an open goal, but a Winnisquam defender made a good defensive save, to keep the lead. With six minutes to go in the half, Mascoma would get on the board, as Alyssa Hammond found Julia Fox. However, a minute later, Madison House made a great 50-yard run down the sideline, to the baseline, where she crossed it across the goal, and Lindsey Phelps had an easy tap-in, taking it to halftime, 2-1.
During halftime, the Winnisquam Athletic Director, and one of the Mascoma coaches came across the field to the sideline to speak to the spectators. As many of them were not happy with the way the game was being called and was asked to keep their comments to themselves. There was a question asked to the Winnisquam A.D., about the way the game was being called, we are not going to go into what was exactly said, but you can use your imagination. As the A.D. walked back to the other side of the field, the Mascoma coach, spoke for a couple of moments to the spectators. Again, we will not say what was said, but it was almost sad, not in the way of being disrespectful, but actually sad, where the coach was at the mercy, and there was nothing she could do about it.
As the second half started the game remained scoreless until near the end, Mascoma had their chances, but could not put the ball away. Winnisquam earned their first corner of the match, with 16 minutes to go, but couldn't convert. With 30 seconds left, Snow found Cote again, to kill off the game, and take the 3-1 victory.
We hate to say it, but we will, it was almost a sad game to watch because Mascoma's wind was knocked out them, by a controversial decision, and even though they tied it up, they never really got back into it. All credit Winnisquam's wingers though, House & Emily Decormier, played a great game using the pace to move the ball down the sideline into Mascoma's territory. Hallie McNamara, had a good game on defense, always stopping Mascoma's attacks, and getting the ball out of her zone.
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