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Falcon stickers start season with big win
RUMFORD -- The presence of experience is a strong asset and the Mountain Valley field hockey team certainly relied on some in their season opener Friday afternoon. This will hopefully provide a boost and serve as a major incentive.
Nicole Burgess scored the eventual winning goal on a Becca Maifeld pass and the defense held firm as the Lady Falcons knocked off Telstar by 1-0 at Hosmer Field. The playing surface, marked across the baseball outfield had been fully submerged by water from Irene days earlier.
“It was a big one for confidence,” said head coach Melissa Forbes. “We had been knocking on the door (15 shots) all game long. We were missing the cage or the pass right in front of the cage so it was only a matter of time before the girls were going to put it in.”
Finally, the goal came with 10:55 minutes on the clock in the second half by another frontline rush towards the cage. This time they connected, with Maifeld centering a feed to Burgess, who beat Telstar goalie Heidi Barter.
The overall play was good, but some of the MV girls were playing the first half with anxiety, first game jitters. This was addressed by Ayla Allen and Chelsea Bordeau, who stepped right in as senior captains and took control of play for a few minutes to settle the team down.
“They were both outstanding the whole game,” said Forbes, It’s believed to be the Falcons' first-ever regular season win over Telstar. “Although the current seniors were (mere) freshmen when the Falcons beat the Rebels in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game.”
Telstar had a difficult time getting by midfielders, Allen, Bordeau and Lexi Fryover, sothey had to resort to big drives down the field. The Rebels had three shots the entire game, which were promptly kicked away by fourth-year starting goalie Emily Gallant. The Falcons defense proved to be stout, led by fullbacks MaKayla White and Chelsea Gauvin and sweeper Sidney Yahn.
They stepped right up and sent the loose balls back down to the first and second lines again.
Even Gallant was aggressive on one and ran out to the top of the circle to make a huge clear.