The one bad thing that happened when the #1 and #2 ranked D3 teams met yesterday, was the field. Newfound's primary field is being redone this season, so the game had to be played on a different field, which was to say the very least, terrible. Both teams had trouble receiving the ball and making defensive stops, as the ball would jump over their sticks, 90% of the time. The circles were awful, anytime two players fought for the ball, a dust cloud would immediately fly up, and it was almost impossible to see anything happening. Other than that, except for the people not wearing white or blue, but we have called them out already this season, so we will not mention the pink people, but other than that it was a great back and forth game between the top two D3 teams.
Halfway through the first half, D3's top-ranked freshman, Jasmine Peterson, sent a through ball to Kylee MacDonald, who was able to bring it under control and put it by Gilford's goalie, Jenna DeLucca, for the only goal of the game. Gilford started taking control until halftime, having seven corners to Newfound's two, but they were not able to capitalize on their scoring chances.
In the second half, the game opened up as neither team was able to control the other. Newfound out cornered Gilford, 6-0, and Gilford had multiple breakaways, but neither team could find the back of the net. Newfound's defense held steady against Gilford's attack, usually anchored by Hayleigh LeTourneau, who was not her usual star self, whether it was the field conditions, or she was just having an off day, but Mackenzie Ryan stepped up and anchored the Newfound defense. Which was a good thing for Newfound, knowing they have someone that can help LeTourneau when she is not at her best.
As both teams close out their regular seasons next week, it would be no surprise, if they are put in opposite brackets, if the two met again in the state championship.
Entering Thursday, our #1 ranked freshman, Kate Blaisdell had already tied Windham's single-season scoring record, with 23 goals, and needed just one to break it. She did just that as she helped Windham cruise by Milford, 5-0.
Blaisdell scored one, Livi Manchester picked up a hat trick, and Taryn Livingston picked one as well.
Lex Slaski had two assists, Paige Butler and Rachel Lilienthal each had one.
Blaisdell has been a force for Windham this season. On top of breaking Windham's single-season scoring record, she currently sits at the top of state with 24 goals and 51 points. She is one of two players to have broken 20 goals this season, the other being Gilford's Kellie Ryan. She is also one of two players to have broken the 40 point mark this season, the other, Gilford's Kellie Ryan, and Blaisdell is the only player to have broken the 50 point mark this season.
With one game left in her regular season, at least one game in the tournament, and at most four games left this season, due to Windham already clinching a first-round bye, Blaisdell will probably increase her current record, and could even hit the 30 goal mark.
Blaisdell has had an incredible freshman campaign, and if the season ended right now, Player of the Year would be between her and Pinkerton's Sarah Collins.
So a big congratulations to Kate Blaisdell for breaking Windham's single-season record! Congrats Kate!