PORTLAND >> Scoring goals hasn’t been an issue for Old Lyme. The Wildcats entered Friday having scored four or more in eight of their last 10 matches.
Make it nine out of 11.
Top-seeded Old Lyme beat No. 2 Morgan 4-0 at Portland High on Friday night to complete the Shoreline Conference tournament championship three-peat. But it wasn’t as easy as the score might indicate.
Morgan (13-4-1) was dead even in shot attempts with Old Lyme (14-2-2) 12 minutes into the second half. The Wildcats led 1-0 as Morgan tried desperately to get the equalizer.
“It’s deflating. I think the girls felt a little bit of pressure,” Morgan coach Megan Kilbride said. “They are talented and they got to us a little bit. … If we could have pushed one back, it would have been a whole momentum lift. It’s deflating when you can’t push one by.”
Old Lyme scored 10 goals three days ago in the semifinals against Coginchaug. It was only a matter of time before the Wildcats tacked on some more to turn a nailbiter into a comfortable win, and a three-peat.
“It’s extremely tough (to three-peat),” Old Lyme senior Kyra Teixeira said. “Everyone is out to get you, you have a big target on your back. Everyone wants to beat you. … This one definitely is pretty amazing. Three in a row is so hard to do.”
The first goal came at 14 minutes of the first half as Teixeira kicked one in — backwards. Maddie Ouellette had the assist.
“I always try it at practice, but it never really worked,” Teixeira said.
Savannah Skidmore’s shot off the crossbar that dropped down in front of the net was Morgan’s best chance with 11 minutes gone. Then Old Lyme went to work.
Silja Forstein blistered one over Morgan goalkeeper Kate Driscoll’s head for the 2-0 lead with 27 minutes left. Freshman Mya Johnson, who scored five goals in that semifinal-round win, scored to make it 3-0 eight minutes later.
Jenna Peduzzi, who assisted on Johnson’s goal, put the finishing touches on the Shoreline final with a goal of her own.
That leaves Morgan still searching for its first league title since 2004.
“You hit a crossbar, you hit it just wide, you don’t strike it quite right and it goes right at the keeper. It’s not for lack of effort,” Kilbride said. “(Old Lyme has) proven they are a talented program. My hat’s off to them. I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I felt like my girls were right there with them for the majority of the game.”
Old Lyme 4, Morgan 0
Morgan 0 0 — 0
Old Lyme 1 3 — 4
First half—OLM: Kyra Teixeira (Maddie Ouelette) 13:45; Second half—OLM: Silja Forstein (Mya Johnson) 52:43; Mya Johnson (Jenna Peduzzi) 60:45; Jenna Peduzzi (Silja Forstein) 68:46;
Shots—MO: 9; OLM: 15;
Saves—MO: Kate Driscoll 3; OLM: Tori Sims 8;
Records—Morgan 13-4-1; Old Lyme 14-2-2