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Falcon booters battling through adversity
RUMFORD -- The ability to battle through adversity tests the character of a team and that's exactly what Mountain Valley is dealing with as it takes flight during the boys' soccer schedule.
The wins certainly haven't come easy as the Falcons continue to utilize their entire roster in an attempt to remain competitive and that was evident in two games at Chet Bulger Field.
Mountain Valley was feeling better about its play, following a 2-0 win against Oak Hill, but two days later the tide shifted as Mount Abram proved up the task in a 3-0 triumph. It was Shawn Bennett and Guido Quaglimo, who each scored goals and goalie Dakota Jacques registered the shutout. The Raiders keeper kept it a lot closer than the score showed.
''We are attacking the box better from sideline runs to the baseline,'' said MV coach Todd Papianou, in regards to better marking up. ''Players are starting to realize how important to calculate and anticipate transition from offense to defense. Smarter play is the rule of the day. Skills are improving for certain individuals.''
The Falcons received tough news because Bennett is out for season with broken bone in his foot. Ironically, the previous week, it was Falcon Mike Theriault who suffered an injury and has been sidelined. Both players are seniors and Theriault had been diagnosed with a broken tibia (leg) and wore a cast for a week. Theriault attended the Mount Abram and said he had been misdiagnosed and his leg isn't broken. The Falcons other senior is co-captain Andrew Boucher.
For a senior, I worry about him being out and his career ending so soon,'' said Papianou, concerned about its effect on the team. ''Flipping it around and staying positive. Some kid is going to get a chance to step up and play great. Who will it be is the next question.''
In the Mount Abram game, and goals by Trevor Brackley and Arthur Ryan put the MV defense, with Brad Marshall, Jared Arsenault and Chris Bourrett, on its heels. The Roadrunners' attack was relentless in front of goalie Dakota Jacques, who cradled several shots.
''I gave Dakota the game ball because he played a great game and made several big saves,'' said Papianou, especially in the second half when Jacques came up with saves multiple times during the same sequence.