CONCORD — Before every tournament game this season, Maegan Schmauder’s mentality has been, “Just don’t make this your last one.”
The senior attack made sure she didn’t play her final high school game on Sunday at Memorial Field, scoring the winning goal two minutes into overtime to push No. 4 Franklin past No. 7 Concord Carlisle, 12-11, in the Division 1 East final.
Franklin sophomore Marta Versprille had forced OT with a goal with two seconds remaining in regulation.
Though Schmauder failed to score in regulation, coach Kristin Igoe’s strategy was to get the ball onto the stick of the team’s best shooter in OT.
“Maegan had a tough shooting day, but I think she’s one of our best shooters. So, I never lost faith in her and I actually wanted her to take that shot,” Igoe said.
Despite falling behind, 3-0, Franklin rallied for a 7-4 lead at the half.
The Panthers (19-3) held a 10-6 lead with 14:10 remaining, but Concord-Carlisle (17-3-1) did not go away quietly.
The Patriots scored three consecutive goals, bringing them within one. Still with the lead, Franklin’s game plan was to get the ball and milk the clock.
“We had eight minutes left and we were up by one, they were really getting the draws a lot during the game, so we didn’t want to give them a chance to win the draw again. So we wanted to keep [the ball] in our hands as long as we could,” Schmauder said.
But Concord-Carlisle senior midfielder Emma Brandhorst scored the tying goal, before teammate Allie Barrett’s goal seven seconds later gave the Patriots the lead for the first time since the first half.
Versprille then answered with her second goal of the game to send the game to overtime.
Though the Panthers had squandered a four-goal lead, they didn’t panic. They’d been in this situation before, needing OT to beat Lincoln-Sudbury in the semifinals.
“In our last game, we went into overtime, so we knew we needed to have the ball in our hands more,” said Schmauder. “So our purpose was to win the draw, get it down, and then work our play, go for the right one, don’t force it, and just get the goal.”