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Cougar boys in convincing soccer win
DIXFIELD -- There is always adjustments needed to be made and the Dirigo boys' soccer team will make some when necessary. However, things were certainly under control in its season opener at Harlow Park.
Hunter Ross and Chad Snowman combined for five goals to lead the offense and the Cougars revamped defense proved up the task in a convincing 7-0 triumph against Carrabec.
Dirigo hit the field running and forced the Cobra defense to converge in front of the goalie. The Cougars' pressure paid off when Snowman broke in on the right side, avoided goalie, who had ran out to reduce the angle, but the ball rolled across the crease and settled into the left corner.
“It’s definitely a good start,” said Dirigo coach Jack Rioux. “But there is always room for improvement and we have things to work on. Still, we had some young guys get some varsity playing time and that was nice to see.”
Despite dominating play, Dirigo held onto a 1-0 lead for the next 18 minutes after freshman Yossapat Chanarune scored off a deflection at 16:56. Snowman has started the play on the left side, centered the ball and Ross’ shot caromed off a defender to Chanarune on the right corner.
“We did have (numerous) breakaways,” said Rioux, crediting the speed on the forward line. “There was plenty of opportunities, but we didn’t convert them. We will need to convert them down the road.”
Dirigo juggled its defense -- missing senior starters Josh Turbide and Jeremy Briggs -- Garret Carver, Brian Volkernick, Trevor Statham and Aighdan Weishar cleared balls out of the zone.
Jason Baldinelli stepped and played some good minutes.
Dirigo goalie Caleb Turner made his initial save midway through the first half.
Dirigo sealed the deal by scoring two goals in the final minute of the first half. Ross headed the ball in off a corner shot and converted a Snowman pass, with 15 seconds remaining until intermission.
Rioux said the players tend to bunch up and play north to south too much. He’d like seeing a more east-west sideway game to spread out opposing defenses.
In the second half, Ross, Cody St. Germain and Snowman each scored by blowing past defenders.