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Cougar stickers edge Falcons
DIXFIELD -- It didn't take long for Dirigo to go on the offensive and it paid off against Mountain Valley field hockey game.
Brooke Holmquist scored off a Grace Hebert feed and the Lady Cougars made the lone goal stand in a 1-0 win against the Falcons on the fast track at chilly Harlow Park.
The rivalry between the two RSU 10 schools added a little flavor to the contest. The teams each feature different intangibles because Dirigo has several seniors, whereas MV has four seniors and numerous freshmen and sophomores.
''Individually we all knew we had the talent, but we hadn't been able to put it together and then it came,” said Holmquist as the team won their fourth straight.
The Dirigo players started strong and when Hebert sent a forehand in and hit the ball toward the crease. Holmquist was set up on the door step and beat Falcon goalie Kelly Thibodeau in the first half.
''We played as a team, together,'' said Holmquist. ''Confidence was a key.''
For MV, it was Thibodeau and the defense, with fullbacks Ellie Hall and Lexi Edwards and freshman sweeper Makayla Burgess, kept the Falcons in position. On several occasions, Thibodeau, a freshman, alertly rushed out and kicked the ball, away.
''Yes, the defense is getting better,” said Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes, realizing that they get a lot of action. ''Kassie has been a wonderful find for us.''
Dirigo flooded the offensive zone with Brittany LaPointe, Kelsey Wilson, Ellen Wainwright, Hebert and Holmquist to apply pressure. Emma Luders was denied twice on penalty strokes by Thibodeau, who used her arms and chest protector.
The Cougars, who relied on strong crossing passes by Britney Ellis, led in shots 16-1 and corners 10-2. The strong defense with Meagan Brann, Catlin Gallant and goalie Amanda Dolloff (one save). The Falcons Lexy Duguay and Alyson Carlton couldn't jump start the offense
“Our scrimmage in preseason, we beat them 5-1 and we talked about how we can't rely on on that,'' said Dirigo coach Gretchen Errington. “We've been watching them and the scores against them have been close, so we were saying don't think it will be easy. I couldn't tell when Mountain Valley were warming up. They were excited. They were pumped up., They were ready to go.''