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Falcons-Cougars in scoreless duel
DIXFIELD -- It might have taken time, but when the Dirigo and Mountain Valley girls’ soccer teams became engaged in battle, it was a classic Wednesday night under the lights at Harlow Park.
There were numerous chances. However, the last line of defense proved to be the respective goalies -- Tasha DeRoche of Dirigo and Katlin Armstrong off MV -- who each came up big as the teams settled for a scoreless tie. It was the first-ever soccer game played at night in Dixfield.
The action-packed contest was played before a huge crowd between the two neighboring rivals. Each team spent most of the game shuffling players in and out to try and find the right combinations.
“We were pumped for this,” said DeRoche. “It was just a great battle between MV and Dirigo and both teams played their hearts out. We had tried a different attack, but we just didn’t finish.”
There were several scoring opportunities as the Cougars pressured the offensive zone. Junior Natalie Bolduc dribbled in on the right and fired a shot that hit the cross bar on the left side with 4:24 left in the second extras session. Alyssa Wade and Miranda Shurtleff also had shots earlier in regulation, but Armstrong (15 saves) cradled the shots.
Class B Mountain Valley (1-3-1) relied on Jamica Ford, who was setup on a breakaway by Hannah LaPointe. Shannon Labauskas broke in alone, but Deroche (eight saves) rushed out of the net.
“I didn’t need to get team up for this game, my seniors were ready for this,” said MV coach Jason Perreault, who had switched to four forwards following a win against Winthrop.”
Dirigo (2-0-1) had flooded the zone and Bolduc had controlled the ball, sidestepped a defender and booted shots that went wide
“We really didn’t make many adjustments,” said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlin. “We started with two forwards, but at halftime the girls wanted to change back to a three-person line. I did move Kayla Gaudin up to halfback for more pressure. We had good ball movement and passing, but you have to credit Mountain Valley because they came to play.”
Falcon sweeper Autumn Koch cleared several balls. The Cougars back checked with Ambyr Wilson, Mariah Larson and Gaudin in the backfield.
Kaitlyn Virgin of MV misfired on a shot from the right post in overtime.