LYNN — Hingham senior Eve Hewins ended her illustrious high school career in the best way possible, scoring the winning goal in the Division 2 state title game.
Hewins connected in stoppage time of sudden-death overtime to lift the Harborwomen a 2-1 victory over Arlington on Saturday at Manning Field.
The Hingham girls (21-0-1) completed a three-peat as Division 2 state champions.
“[Hewins has] been the most prominent player in school history,” said Hingham coach Ryan Puntiri. “It’s just fitting for her to score the game-winner.”
Hewins also scored the winner in the 2014 state final against Arlington.
On Saturday, the Spy Ponders got off to a hot start. With seven minutes left in the first half, Arlington senior Anna Kohlberg redirected a corner to senior Mackenzie Sherriff, who finished expertly at the left post for a 1-0 lead.
The equalizer came early in the second half after the Harborwomen earned a free kick 25 yards from goal.
Senior Emily Rosso placed a beautiful ball into the top left corner of the net past Arlington keeper Emilia Brush.
Hingham dominated most of the second half and overtime. Hewins’s winner (her 38th goal of the season) came in stoppage time off a pass from senior Kira Maguire.
“There has been a lot of talk about the three-peat,” Puntiri said. “It’s a great accomplishment.”
For Arlington (15-4-3), the loss ends an impressive postseason run. Coach Paul Austin returns a wealth of talent, including four freshmen that logged minutes on Saturday afternoon.
“For us to be here this year was surprising,” Austin said with a smile. “We’ll be here again.”