Cougars slow Mustangs, 3-0
DIXFIELD -- The ability to strike quickly proved to be the difference for Dirigo in a Mountain Valley Conference girls’ soccer game at sunny Harlow Park.
There were numerous chances, however, goals by Natalie Boduc and Lindsy Crutchfield in less that two minutes supplied the offense, while goalie Tasha DeRoche and the Lady Cougars defense was solid in a 3-0 win over Monmouth.
Dirigo started fast and advanced the ball deep and had the Mustang defense corralled. The pressure paid off and Miranda Shurtleff passed the ball over to Bolduc, who booted it into the upper left corner past the outstretched arms of Monmouth goalie Natalie Young, 6:59 into the game. Each team spent most of the game shuffling players in and out to try and find the right combinations.
“The early goals pumped us up,” said Dirigo defender Kayla Gaudin. “By getting a lead, it allows our defense to keep the pressure on the other team.”
The Cougars didn’t let up and pressured the offensive zone again. Alyssa Wade advanced a pass to Crutchfield, who dribbled in on the right and fired a shot by Young with 31:06 left in the first half.
“This team has improved since the start of the season,” said Gaudin. “The communication is better between us on the field. If something doesn’t go right, we are not putting the blame on one player. We are working together."
In the first five games, Deroche has allowed one goal and has displayed an uncannily ability to rush out of the net. It certainly helps because the defenseback checks with stopper Ambyr Wilson, Mariah Larson, Sam Morse and Gaudin.
Dirigo had erupted for six goals in the second half, for a big win against Class B Spruce Mountain. Bolduc recorded a hat trick and Crutchfield added two goals.
“The girls started to play possession and pass the way they should,” said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlin. “SM started to chase the ball around a bit. I think that we are deeper and we may have worn the defense down a bit.”
Monmouth center forward Kylie Kemp split the defense and put a shot on DeRoche (11 saves), but the Cougars cleared the zone. Bolduc scored on the breakaway with 7:04 remaining in the first half.