A cross to Portsmouths Mallory Baker is intercepted by Timberlanes Elizabeth Trasatti as goalie Sophia Sayers gets in position for the save during Sundays Division I girls soccer state championship at Exeter High School.
MoreEXETER – The Portsmouth High School girls soccer team entered Sundays Division I championship game against Timberlane on a 12-game win streak
The Clippers, in search of their first state championship in program history, werent able to push the streak to 13.
More: Ruhnkes OT goal beats Bedford, sends Portsmouth girls soccer to DI state championshipRylee Donahues header off a corner kick with 5:05 left in regulation broke a scoreless and top-seeded Timberlane held on for a 1-0 win over No. 2 Portsmouth at Exeter High School.
Portsmouth goalie Haley Coombs reaches for the ball off a Timberlane corner kick to make a save during Sundays Division I girls soccer state championship at Exeter High School.
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“Im proud of the way the girls played,” Portsmouth head coach Mickey Smith said. “We were playing, obviously, a really good team that has lost one game all year. (Timberlane) played well, especially in the first half. I thought they controlled it. Second half, I thought we had the better of it. But, soccer, sometimes you can have the better of it, and still cant get that one goal.”
Donahues goal came off a corner from senior midfielder Leah Morrier.”(Timberlane) had one great play, a great cross and nice finish by (Donahue) at the post,” Smith said. “(Morrier) is a great player. We had our hands full with her and corralled her most of the day. She got that one great ball in on us, and thats all it takes in soccer unfortunately.”
Portsmouth finished the season with a record of 16-3.Portsmouths Olivia McCormack and Timberlanes Rylee Donahue look to control a high pass during Sundays Division I girls soccer state championship at Exeter High School.
Portsmouth senior goalie Haley Coombs finished with seven saves, including four in the first half.The Clippers won their final 10 games of the regular season, outscoring the opposition, 43-5. Portsmouth then advanced to its first Division I championship game after tournament wins over No. 7 Hanover and No. 3 Bedford. Both tournament scores were 1-0.
“It feels good, its kind of a high water mark for the program getting to the Division I final,” Smith said. “Were losing some really good players, but we feel like we have some really good, young players coming back. Were hoping to continue to build on this, and get more and more used to play in these big games.”
Portsmouth won its first three games of the season, and then lost two of its next three before ending on a 10-game win streak.
“The girls worked so hard all year and stayed together even when we had a little hiccup in the middle of the season,” Smith said. “That allowed them to achieve great things. Were this close to being the state champion ourselves. I know its something that theyre hurting right now, but its something I know theyre going to look back and be proud on in years to come.”
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Portsmouth girls soccer falls to Timberlane in Division I championship