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Cobras edge Cougar boys, 3-2
DIXFIELD -- Randy DeRoche scored a pair of goals, including one off a penalty kick that had tied the score with 11 minutes left to play and Dirigo pressured the offensive zone, but was unable to solve Carrabec goalie Trent Richardson in a boys' soccer team in a game at windy Harlow Park.
Penalty kicks was the word in the second half as both teams capitalized, but Dustin Crawford scored with 5:03 left in the game as Carrabec pulled out a hard fought 3-2 win.
“We didn't start out well and they got up on us,” said Dirigo coach Owen Libby. Carrabec had scored 10 minutes into the game. “But I felt the effort was there in the last 10 minutes of the first half and throughout a majority of the second half. We had the ball in position, but we just couldn't finish the deal.”
Dirigo (0-4) trailed 2-1 and was supplying pressure, when DeRoche was hauled down from behind and was awarded a PK. The Cougar squared up and booted a drive past Richardson (12 saves) who had dove to his left.
It was DeRoche who corralled a loose ball and tied the game at 1-1 at 17:01. Brian Volkernick had booted a free kick in to the left post.
Carrabec engineered one last surge and it paid off when a PK was called, Crawford's initial kick was stopped by Dirigo goalie Justin Grignon (10 saves) , but the ball bounced out to his right. Crawford alertly moved in a kicked the ball into the far corner.
Shots by Cody Dolloff, Ben Buck, strikers Josh Mostofizadeh and Trevor Statham and halfback Nick St. Germain failed to find the net. The Cougars had been pressuring the crease with Jason Baldinelli and a penalty kick was called midway through the second half. Statham's shot was stopped by Richardson and a kick went over the net.
''Early on we was crowding the midfield,'' said Libby. ''I don't feel that we was going after and winning enough 50-50 balls. But we'll look at it and make adjustments.''
Carrabec's Boog Dunphy had scored two minutes into the second half to lead 2-1. Dunphy's initial shot was saved by Grignon. but the ball bounced off the cross bar and back down, in the crease and Dunphy hit the left corner.