NHIAA field hockey: Pinkerton shows its strength, heads to Division I semifinals
Pinkerton's Haley Harrington fires the ball at the goal past Bedford defender Molly Muir. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The defending champion Astros will face Salem in the semifinals Tuesday at Exeter High School.
Four minutes later, Pinkerton struck again. This time Erin Johnson scored with an assist from Kaylie DiCosmo.
In the second half, Bedford made adjustments to keep Pinkerton from scoring but the Astros kept play in the Bulldogs end for most of the half.
Bedford spoiled Abbey Doherty's shut out bid as Kathlyn Rooney scored with just 15 seconds remaining to make the final 4-1.
"We were looking for a 60-minute game," Resmini said. "We're very happy with our performance. It's been a long building process all season."
Connors was full of praise for his team. "They never gave up and fought hard. I'm very proud of how they played."
Salem (13-2) moves on to the semifinals Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Exeter. Merrimack finished 7-7-1. Winnacunnet 3, Bishop Guertin 0: At Hampton, top-ranked Winnacunnet advanced to the semifinals and improved to 15-0.