Payton Ahola (17), who secured a goal and an assist, fights off a defender and drives the ball towards the cage late in the first half.
By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Following a 10-7-1 regular season, the Dover-Sherborn varsity field hockey team was awarded the No. 15 seed in Division II South.
Last Wednesday, the Lady-Raiders opened up their 2018 postseason with a 3-1 preliminary round victory against Plymouth South.
After a scoreless first half that saw DS carry the majority of the play, senior captain Haley Gladstone got the Raiders on the board with 29:19 to play by firing home the rebound of a shot by Abigail Gramer to put DS ahead, 1-0.
With 17:40 remaining, Emma Goodness doubled DS’s lead by tipping a shot from Payton Ahola on a penalty corner attempt to make it a 2-0 game. Ahola notched her second point of the contest moments later with 8:39 to play when the junior flew in on a fast break, dangled a pair of defenders, and smacked home the dagger with a wicked shot into the back left corner of the net to make it 3-0.
Plymouth got one back with 7:43 to play to make it 3-1, but the Raiders bunkered down defensively and thwarted any sort of legitimate opportunity to come away with the two-goal victory.
On Friday, DS dropped a 2-0 heartbreaker at No. 2 Dennis-Yarmouth in the first round.
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