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Cougar boys' soccer preview
DIXFIELD -- The Dirigo boys' soccer team made the most of its opportunities last fall and the objective will be to see how much momentum will carry over to the 2011 season.
There were a lot of new faces to be seen when the team assembled for preseason in 2010. However, then new coach Jack Rioux installed a new system.
Dirigo won 12 games during the regular season and earned a berth in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game for the second straight year; losing a hard-fought game to Wiscasset, 2-1.
“This year, we are looking to build on the success we had last year,” said Rioux. “We have a lot of returning players and a great senior class leading the way.”
There are 13 returning seniors including Cody St. Germain (midfielder), goalie Caleb Turner ad backs Jeremy Briggs, Josh Turbide and Garrett Carver.
The offense scored 43 goals, led by Hunter Ross with 19 goals and five assists. The junior has explosive speed and established himself as a scoring threat. Germain was a force in the middle 12 goals and one assist.
Junior Chad Snowman started on the forward line. Snowman fought back from an injured shoulder, but his absence forced the Cougars into developing their offense. Sophomore Trevor Statham and jr. Loren Keim will contribute.
St. Germain will be flanked by jr. Travis "TJ" Frost and so. Trevor Newman. The trio must utilize their speed to track down loose balls and feed the wings.
“We have our goalie and back line back so that should keep us in a lot of games,” said Rioux. “Offensively, we have our top two scorers back which should give us some offensive fire power."
Turner and the defense will be counted on heavily. The transition to offense will be important. Brian Volkernick was a solid defenseman as a freshman last fall. Junior Micheal Chow is the reserve goalie.
The newcomers are so. Sawyer Smith (midfielder) and fr. Yossapat Chanarune (forward).
Alex Milledge, Joel Cloutier, Travis Willis and Nick Harlow each graduated.
“This year will be much tougher with in the MVC,” said Rioux. “We are going to one big conference not a North and South (Division). I expect us to be right in the mix this year in the MVC.”