WESTMINSTER — It was just Maya being Maya.
Maya Waryas, who scored three game-winning goals during the 2018 postseason, struck again on Wednesday as the Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team battled back to beat Hartford 4-2.
The junior made six impressive runs on the day, with the last of those resulting in the game-winning goal. She juked Hartford's Zoe Pfieffer just before poking the ball past goalie Bailey Cameron with 5:45 remaining.
"Maya is fast and the other teams know that. She controls the ball really well and passes the ball really well," said winning coach Bethany Coursen.
The Terriers, who have reached five consecutive state championship games, fell behind 2-0 in the first half. Caroline Hamilton and Madi Willey did the damage for the visitors.
"At the half, my players realized that they were down on themselves and that they had to want it," Coursen mentioned.
Despite heavy rain and some nasty wind, Bellows Falls was able to pull even in the third quarter. Sadie Scott was in on both tallies — scoring the first one and then setting up Grace Bazin's equalizer.
"Sadie is really quick and she's not afraid of anything," noted the BF coach.
Waryas was denied twice by Cameron in the fourth period, but was eventually able to give the Terriers a 3-2 lead. Jules McDermid then added an insurance goal.
Jaia Caron made four saves for the 4-0 Terriers, who will host Keene on Thursday.
Bellows Falls roster: Coach — Bethany Coursen. Players — Anna McGrath, Maya Waryas, Grace Wilkinson, Grace Bazin, Madi Haskell, Kayleigh Illingworth, Ashlynn Boucher, Ariane Wunderle, Jaia Caron, Jules McDermid, Ashlin Maxfield, Ella Clark, Mary Wallace, Emma Hillock, Sadie Scott, Ava LaRoss, Eryn Ross.