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Bulldogs edge the Cougars
DIXFIELD -- It certainly wasn't because of a lack of trying, however, the surge hadn't materialized soon enough for Dirigo in a girls' soccer game at Harlow Park.
A goal by Megan Bradbury had provided the Lady Cougars with a fighting chance and throughout the final five minutes the action proved to be very interesting. Sabrina Daoud and Brittany Kreig combined to each breakaway and had shots on goal in the waning moments.
Still, it was a pair of fluke goals early in the first half that provided the difference as Dirigo suffered a 2-1 loss against Hall Dale.
There was plenty of incentives between for Dirigo, who had inspired to keep the momentum going after having beat Mountain Valley 4-1 two days earlier.
''That's what the team was hoping for,'' said Dirigo coach Sara Thurston. ''But it didn't happen over the first 70 minutes and then the team settled in and played well.''
The Dirigo offense had started pressuring the zone and Daoud kicked a shot, the Bulldog goalie saved it. But, the rebound bounced out eight yards and Bradbury one timed it into the right side of the net with 6:44 left in the game. It was Bradbury's first goal this season.
Dirigo's mission was to try and tie the score. The midfielders Summer Keim, Bradbury and Kaitlin Morang-controlled the ball, forcing the Bulldogs to back step.
Hall Dale regained possession and had Dirigo defenders Bryce Parent and Gabby Scott packing it in. Cougar goalie Mariah Lafleur made quality saves.
''Mariah has come a long way,'' said Thurston. ''It was good to have her in goal as a sophomore. She has gained a lot of experience and will be an asset to the program. She does her homework on who scores for other teams and practices hard.''
The first HD goal resulted when Lafleur saved a shot and the ball bounced off the left post to the right. The referee said the ball bounced in off a Dirigo defender.
Several minutes later, Lafleur saved a shot from 15 yards, but the ball rolled under the goalie's upper left arm.
Cougar Ellie Jasper returned, after having missed games with an injury.