WESTMINSTER — Four days before her mom’s Terrier Hall of Fame induction, Maya Waryas showed why she deserves serious consideration.
The senior forward threatened 10 different times and scored the game-winning goal as the Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team topped Hartford 2-1 on Tuesday.
“Maya started out in the middle and we moved her out to the wing so she could do what she does best,” said BF coach Bethany Coursen while holding her granddaughter.
USA Today’s Player of the Year used her speed to carry the ball past opposing defenders often in the third quarter. With 9:04 left in that period, she cleaned up a rebound to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead.
Caroline Hamilton put one in the cage for the Hurricanes just over one minute later, however BF goalie Jaia Caron denied everything after that. She made five incredible saves down the stretch.
“Jaia did a great job. She’s definitely been on fire,” noted Coursen.
The home team’s passing was impressive from the start. The ball moved from Ella Clark to Waryas to Grace Bazin on one possession. Later, on a corner play, Sadie Scott, Grace Wilkinson, Grace Bazin and Ava LaRoss all got a touch.
“Let’s go BF! Let’s go!” members of the Purple Gang chanted in unison behind Hartford goalie Paige Vielleux. The large crowd was treated to some fine defensive plays during the scoreless first half. Wilkinson made a steal at midfield, Grace Bazin blew up a penalty corner, and Jules McDermid stopped a rally by the visitors.
“They all work really, really hard,” Coursen said of her players.
Emma Bazin gave the Terriers a 1-0 advantage early in the third quarter by lifting a shot past Vielleux from the right side.
“I like that she was thinking outside the box. That was a creative way to score,” the BF coach explained. “They have a great goalie.”
On a corner, McDermid hit a rocket from the top of the circle that Vielleux got her pads on. Waryas was waiting near the left post and drove the rebound shot home to put the defending state champions ahead 2-0 with 9:04 left in the third quarter. Caron would then put on a show, including an aggressive move to break up an attack by Hartford’s Madison Barwood.
“It’s always a great game with them (Hartford),” mentioned Coursen.
In the first meeting, Scott put away a pass from Waryas to give the Terriers a 1-0 overtime victory over the Hurricanes (9-2). Bellows Falls (11-0) will visit Woodstock on Thursday.
Bellows Falls roster: Coaches — Bethany Coursen, Mel LaRoss, Kim Wilkinson. Players — Grace Bazin, Grace Wilkinson, Maya Waryas, Jaia Caron, Madi Haskell, Kayleigh Illingworth, Ari Wunderle, Ashlynn Boucher, Jules McDermid, Ella Clark, Mary Wallace, Ashlin Maxfield, Emma Hillock, Sadie Scott, Ava LaRoss, Erin Ross, Emma Bazin, Nola Sciacca.