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Cougar depth key in win over Falcons
RUMFORD -- Alyssa Wade scored two goals and Dirigo utilized its depth in a convincing 4-1 win against Mountain Valley girls’ soccer game under the lights at chilly Chet Bulger Field.
The offensive production was different because the rivals had battled to a scoreless tie last month as respective goalies Tasha DeRoche of Dirigo and Katlin Armstrong off Mtn. Valley held fort in Dixfield.
The action-packed contest was played before a huge crowd as each team spent most of the game shuffling players in and out.
Wade played sensational in recording her first-ever two goals in a game.
“We knew coming in that this would be the last time us seniors would play Mountain Valley in soccer and it’s a rivaly game,” said Wade. “The difference against them this time was that we played together as a team. We had gotten together prior to the game and decided to just go out and concentrate on playing soccer.”
Dirigo, ranked No. 1 in Western Class C, had tied 2-2 with Madison the previous day.
There were several scoring opportunities as the Cougars pressured the offensive zone but no finishing touches. Finally, Natalie Bolduc dribbled in on the right and Wade, who booted from 18 yards over Armstrong (22 saves) at 27:31.
Bolduc (four assists) set up Silvia Lutick for a score from six yards for a 2-0 lead.
Class B Mountain Valley tried getting going with Kaitlyn Virgin, Jamica Ford, Hannah LaPointe and Shannon Laubauskas. Sweeper Autumn Koch had a free kick, but Deroche (17 saves) cradled it.
Wade and Addy Fuller each scored in the second half.
“Our passing was much better,” said Kayla Gauvin. “Usually it’s like ping pong out there, but tonight balls weren’t going diagonally. On defense, we’ve played beside each other for so long that we move around and cover each others backs.”
Dirigo is playing Madison in the MVC championship game at St. Doms in Auburn this afternoon.
MV freshman Sarah Klein scored in the waning moments to avert the shutout.
“I decided that Kayla could contribute more to the offense from half back,” said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlin, regarding several moves. “It was an experiment and looked good (tonight). We needed more speed up front (shake up the front line), too. Moving (Paige) Murphy back to right half was a good move and I wanted (Miranda) Shurtleff on the wing for her cross but she just wasn't getting many chances.”