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Cougar boys' soccer preview
DIXFIELD -- There have been plenty of action by the Dirigo High School boys' soccer teams throughout the past three decades. However, it has encountered roadblocks in the end. The 2013 edition will need to make the most of its opportunities this fall in order to gain momentum and hopefully carry on the tradition.
In order for that trend to continue the current student-athletes will need to get together and jell as a unit. The Cougars had relied on break away speed to jump start the offense and that style can be directly related to having a strong defense. The back line has to start the transition game by getting balls out of the zone to the midfielders, who advance the ball forward. This type of play can be effective if every one is working together.
First-year head coach Owen Libby was elevated from JV to replace Jack Rioux, who will be teaching at Lisbon.
Dirigo certainly returns several veterans who have the experience to get things going. The back forty will be patrolled by seniors, led by fourth-year starter Brian Volkernick (fullback). Also lettermen Jason Baldenelli (fullback), Aighden Weishar (fullback) and Sawyer Smith (halfback). Others are Sam Rock (fullback), Oscar DeRoche (halfback), Patrick Larsen (fullback), Jeremy Grignon (fullback) and Dylan Lord (halfback).
Jr. Cody Dolloff (halfback) lettered and the group must help support new goalies Lucas Johnston (jr.) and freshman Justin Grignon. Fr. Justin Cantin (halfback), John Flagg (fullback) and Collin Woodhead (halfback) could contribute.
Several sophomores include lettermen Seth Child (halfback), Colton Woods (halfback), Ben Buck (fullback) and Randy DeRoche (halfback). Keenan Martin (fullback) and Griffyn Smith (halfback).
The frontline will consist of sr. Trevor Statham, juniors Yosepat Chaneronne and Nick St. Germain. The offense graduated all-MVC TJ Frost, Chad Snowman and Hunter Ross; also, Trevor Newman and Mike Chow (goalie).
Rioux was at Dirigo three years, compiling a 31-9-2 record. In 2010, they were 11-2-1 and played in the MVC championship game, losing 2-1 to Wiscasset. They were 11-3 in 2011 and 9-4-1 last year.
Lots of great memories, the best part was working with the kids,'' said Rioux. ''My three years up there Dirigo had an outstanding group of athletes in all sports (the trophy case shows that). It was great place to coach with a lot of great people.''