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Cougar boys shut out Falcons, 2-0
This was some of the action at Hosmer Field last Wednesday as Dirigo shut out Mountain Valley by 2-0. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- There was plenty of action when Mountain Valley and Dirigo took flight in a boys' soccer game under a full moon last Wednesday at Chet Bulger Field.
A goal by Jeremy Grignon in the first half proved to be enough and the Cougars revamped defense proved up the task in a 2-0 triumph against Falcons.
The teams have struggled this season, however, there was plenty on the line between the rivals. Each team has made changes, both physically and mentally, in an attempt to light the competitive fires.
Dirigo had possession of the ball and Trevor Statham dribbled from the right, on top of the offensive box. Grignon, who had just entered the game, was unmarked on the left side, so Statham alertly fed him the ball. Grignon dribbled toward the goal and dodged a MV defender who had rotated over.
The Cougar senior was in front of goalie Dakota Jacques and then booted the ball into the upper-left corner of the net with 16:51 remaining in the first half. The Cougars had reversed the flow, following fullback Aighden Weisler having broken up a rush by the Falcons' Mike Theriault.
Mountain Valley regrouped and pressured the zone. An infraction was called and the Falcons Tucker Phelps set the ball on the ground behind a wall of Cougars, but the ball sailed over the cross bar.
“We had a heart to heart talk the day before,'' said MV coach Todd Papinou. "It helped clear the air on where team was at and what we needed to do to get better. Even though we lost tonight, the effort was there and the kids realize they played well.”
Dirigo moved Nick St. Germain up front with Statham and relied on the midfield led by Randy DeRoche. Colton Woods, Oscar DeRoche, Ben Buck and Cody Dolloff each played solidly.
Oscar DeRoche scored with 3:53 left to play. MV defenders Brad Marshall, Jared Arsenault and Chris Bourret had to hustle.
In the second half, the Falcons had opportunities with Andrew Boucher, Shawn Bennett and Theriault. In one sequence, Phelps was stoned twice by Dirigo goalie Justin Grignon (nine saves).
Dirigo had Josh Mostofizadeh back on defense, with Jason Baldinelli and Weisler.
''I think moving some players around helped us solidify our team defense and counter attack,'' said Dirigo coach Owen Libby. ''We are still working on getting players used to new positions.''