WINSLOW — Down by a goal at halftime, Winslow High School field hockey coach Mary Beth Bourgoin told her team to stay calm and to trust its skills.

“We talked about the fact that they need to rely on each other. One person or two people can’t do it. Use your passing. Use the skills we’ve worked on all season and don’t go into panic mode,” Bourgoin said.

With teamwork on their minds, the Black Raiders rallied, tying the game in the second half and winning 2-1 on freshman Weslee Littlefield’s goal with 4:04 left in overtime.

With the win, No. 2 Winslow (11-3-1) will host a Class B North semifinal game Saturday against No. 3 Foxcroft Academy (13-2). No. 10 Oceanside ends the season at 6-9-1.

“We really had to support each other. We needed to communicate and we definitely did that. Oceanside’s a great team and it was fun playing them,” Winslow senior midfielder Jessica Greeley said.

Littlefield’s game-winner came from the right of Oceanside goalie Mattie Hooper, and came after Littlefield fought to maintain control of the ball deep in the Mariners’ end.

“What I saw was definitely not wanting to lose, the way Weslee brought it across and kept fighting and fighting. That’s pretty impressive for a freshman,” Bourgoin said.

Despite the gap in their seeds, the Black Raiders expected a tight game with the Mariners. These teams played to a scoreless draw in a Sept. 22 regular season game in Rockland.

“When we played them down there, they were tough. When I saw them play Saturday (a 3-2 double overtime win over Nokomis), I knew they were going to be tough, and they were,” Bourgoin said.

Winslow controlled play for much of the first half and had six penalty corners to Oceanside’s three in the half, but the Mariners took a 1-0 lead when Mary Allen scored on a deflection with 5:41 to play.

The Black Raiders tied the game with 22:12 to play in the second half, when Ciera Poulin scored on an assist from Littlefield.

“We knew we dug ourselves a hole, and we got out of it,” Greeley said.

Winslow goalie Delaney Wood made 14 saves, including a big kick save on an Oceanside penalty corner minutes after the Black Raiders tied the game.

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