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Cougar booters come from behind for win
DIXFIELD -- It required a little time to materialize, but when the Dirigo boys' soccer team found itself with its back against the wall, they decided to make things happen and took control in a game last week at sunny at Harlow Park.
Randy DeRoche notched a goals with-in a couple minutes late in the second half to lead the offense and the Cougars revamped defense proved up the task in a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph against Lisbon.
Dirigo had planned to hit the field running and held its own throughout 67 minutes of the game, until Lisbon scored with 12:45 left to play. The deficit seemed to ignite the Cougars, who immediately advanced the ball toward the Greyhounds defense and converged in front of goalie Nate Bergeron.
The Cougars' pressure paid off when broke in on the offensive box and DeRoche booted it high that avoided Bergeron, who watched the ball floated into the upper right corner of the net, with 7:28 left on the clock.
Dirigo coach Owen Libby said, “Being aggressive in the box lead to our goals, we have been working hard to create opportunities and that paid off.”
Dirigo had tied the score 1-1, but was hungry for more and stopper Brian Volkernick intercepted a ball and booted it toward the offense. Nick St. Germain and Oscar and Randy DeRoche kept the play active. A Greyhound defender tried clearing a ball, but the Cougars were awarded a free kick. Randy DeRoche was squared up and booted another floater in to the upper right corner of the net. ''I didn't make any adjustments in terms of our formation in the second half until we had a 2-1 lead," said Libby. "Then I dropped Randy DeRoche to have a double stopper.''
Cougar defenders Jason Baldinelli, Aighden Weisler and Josh Mostofizadeh had cleared balls away consistently.
Dirigo goalie Justin Grignon made five saves.
It was the constant rotation by Dirigo that kept fresh legs on the field and it paid off. Cody Dolloff booted a corner kick on net in the first half. In second half, Dylan Lord was set up by Dolloff for a shot and a Volkernick free kick resulted in a corner.
''The team dug deep and decided that they wanted leave everything on the field,'' said Libby. ''It was our best job so far in terms of playing a complete game.''