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Dirigo booters earn 2-1 win
DIXFIELD -- Tyler Frost certainly proved he has a head for the soccer ball, however, getting a foot on it is equally important.
The Dirigo boys' team benefited by the effort under the lights at Harlow Park.
Frost was in position to score a pair of goals, including the eventual winner with one minute remaining in the first half, and the defense made a statement throughout the second half in a 2-1 triumph against Spruce Mountain.
The Cougars had been scheduled to play MV at night the previous week, but was rained out.
The game was extremely well played, but it was impossible to sidestep the Cougar defense, led by Josh Turbide and Jeremy Briggs, Garret Carver and Brian Volkernick, who constantly cleared balls out of the zone.
This allowed Dirigo to cut the field and they were able to go on the offensive. Chad Snowman rushed down the right side and sent a crossing pass to Frost, who drilled a low shot by SM goalie Ethan Hutchins (10 saves) into the net.
“We’ve been working on that,” said Frost, referring to the crossing pass. “Chad rushed down the side and sent a great ball into the middle. I knew I had to score because they (then Livermore Falls) had (also) tied the score last year and we didn’t want that. The big thing tonight was that the team played together.’’
Dirigo had started out pressuring the ball and it paid off eventually. Frost had a shot and when Isaac Couture drilled the ball out of bounds, a corner was awarded. Volkernick booted the ball in from the left side and Frost used a header to redirect it high into the net at 22:40.
“It was great to finally be able to play a home night game,” said Frost. “The team had talked about it, but didn’t believe it would happen. Then the boosters and every one got together and pulled it off.”
Spruce Mountain center Tyler Gervis booted it by Dirigo goalie Caleb Turner (eight saves) at 3:31.
“We needed to win 50/50 balls and punts,” said Spruce Mountain coach Bill Acritelli. “Dirigo was ready for us but the kids showed a lot of heart.”
Dirigo’s Hunter Ross utilized his speed, blew by two defenders to set up Snowman. The Cougars received quality minutes from Loen Kiem, Trevor Newman and Trevor Statham.