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Cougar booters edge Falcons, 1-0
DIXFIELD -- Chad Snowman scored on a breakaway pass over the top by Jeremy Briggs 48 seconds into overtime as Dirigo recorded a 1-0 triumph over determined Mountain Valley Friday afternoon in a boys' soccer game.
The teams had to deal with the elements at Harlow Park which proved to be tricky because of resent rain and the hard-blowing crosswind.
“This is my best team (collectively) ever,” said MV coach Jarrod Dumas. “They listen well and they really hustled today this was a tough way to lose. That’s my only critique of the game, it's still an 'L' in the loss column.”
In the extra session, Dirigo had possession of the ball and tapped itto the top of the circle. Briggs sent an advancing pass that bounced over the Falcon defense. Snowman broke for the net and blasted a line shot past the right shoulder of Falcon goalie Kyle Gauvin (13 saves).
“I was just thinking score and get the game over with quickly like coach had said,” said Snowman. “We really had picked up our intensity (to turn things around) in the second half.”
Snowman, Hunter Ross and Cody St. Germain each had opportunities, but their shots were deflected.
Class B Mountain Valley received a boost by Gauvin and defenders Andrew Child, Jan Fillies and Simon Jensen. The foursome made spectacular saves and cleared balls out of the zone.
“Kyle Gauvin is a senior and I’ll stack him up with anyone in the MVC,” said Dumas. “He is not afraid to come out of the net. He keeps us in games.”
MV, meanwhile, was very aggressive winning 50/50 balls and dictating the offensive attack, with Andrew Phelps, Austin Glover, Robin Baxmann and Josh Rainey. The Falcons challenged balls and Phelps controlled the ball in the zone and forced Dirigo goalie Caleb Turner (eight saves) to rush out. Baxmann deked defenders and had five shots.
The Cougars were busy, with defenders Briggs, Josh Turbide, Brian Volkernick and Garret Carver, and midfielders Aighdan Weishar, TJ Frost and St. Germain.
“We certainly had opportunities,” said Dirigo coach Jack Rioux. “But we came out flat in first half, boys might have been disappointed about not having played night. Still, they can’t afford to do that because MV was ready for us. MV deserves a lot of credit and Jarrod has them playing well.”