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Cougar girl booters continue to roll
DIXFIELD -- Even playing under adverse conditions, the Dirigo girls’ soccer team continued on a roll and that was quite evident in an Mountain Valley Conference game.
Forward Natalie Bolduc and Michelle Morrison each scored in separate halves and the defense held when it counted as the top-ranked Lady Cougars sent a message by keeping Saint Dom’s at bay in a 2-0 win in the rain at Harlow Park.
It’s hard to hide experience and Dirigo certainly showed it could count on each other before a wet homecoming crowd. Bolduc had opened the scoring on an indirect kick with 4:59 left in the first half. Following a foul, Aylssa Wade sent a pass ahead to Bolduc, who booted it into the right corner. Dirigo had maintained offensive pressure and Addy Fuller and Bolduc each garnered opportunities.
“It's the first time we've ever beaten them,” said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlin. “Our defense held tough tonight. (Goalie) Natasha (Deroche) only had to handle a couple of 'real' saves. Good thing as the ball was skipping and doing weird stuff as it got wetter and wetter. We had lots more quality chances, they did but just didn't finish.”
The defense was solid with Ambyr Wlson (stopper), Kayla Gaudin (FB), Mariah Larson (B) and Samantha Morse (B). Deroche, who has only allowed two goals through nine games, rushed out of the net and cradled a direct shot by Kristin Conner.
Each team struggled to establish a consistent attack, because of the slick conditions. Several missed passes hindered the Cougars in the first half.
“I told the girls at halftime that it would probably be a 1-0 game the way it was going,” said Chamberlin. “We just needed to be patent and hold on to it.”
Dirigo settled down in the second half and its patience eventually paid off. Just after the midway point, Bolduc booted an indirect kick in front of the net. Lindsy Crutchfield shielded Saints' goalie Mary Caron, which allowed Morrison to rotate over for the rebound and bury the ball deep into the net.
The Saints had a 12-11 advantage on shots and the teams each had four corners.