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Dirigo girls pull away for 4-1 win
DIXFIELD -- A trio of unanswered goals by Sabrina Daoud, Brittany Kreig and Kaitlyn Morang in the second half provided the difference as Dirigo pulled away for a 4-1 win against Mountain Valley in girls' soccer.
There was plenty of incentives between the nearby rivals, beginning with elevated emotions. This was important because the team who could harness them early on had a better chance to have a direct impact in the game.
The eventual winning goal by Greig was tallied two minutes and 50 seconds into the second half. Greig, a freshman, was positioned on the left side and lofted the ball over Falcon goalie Karen Flaherty (7 saves).
''This season, a focus in practice has been controlling the ball,'' said Dirigo coach Sara Thurston. ''Controlling our first touches, controlling our passes, and controlling the 50-50 balls. We've shown moments throughout the season during games of bits and pieces of our controlled play.''
The play resulted 63 seconds after Mountain Valley had tied the score on a goal by Kaitlyn Virgin. Teammate Elizabeth Adley rushed down the right and passed to Virgin, who deked Dirigo defenders Bryce Parent and Gabby Scott, beating Dirigo goalie Mariah Lafleur (8 saves) on the short side.
''Frustration,'' said MV coach Lynn Gould, summing up the team's feeling. ''I didn't feel we were at our sharpest from time to time.
There were a few things that we could have done differently. Our passing wasn't as crisp as it could have been.''
Daoud was fed by Lindsy Crutchfield and booted a high-arching hook shot that settled in the right corner. The Cougars midfield of Summer Bradbury, Keim and Morang controlled the ball, forcing Falcon defenders Katie Collette, Samantha Higley and Alicia Provencher to pack it in tight.
Dirigo had opened the scoring in the first half when Summer Keim took a pass by Daoud and beat Flaherty inside the left post.
Morang completed the scoring by kicking it in the upper right corner shot that was unable to handle.
Thurston said, "Mountain Valley has improved a lot during the season, and have had some close games with teams that are high in the standings, so I knew that we'd have to have a solid game to stay with them."