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Falcon stickers down rival Cougars
RUMFORD -- Junior Payton Provencher was in position and scored two goals late in the first half as the Mountain Valley field hockey team triumphed 4-0 against rival Dirigo at sunny Hosmer Field.
Mountain Valley certainly couldn’t afford to take Dirigo lightly.
“Dirigo had played us tough,” said Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes. “I think the girls had looked at Dirigo's record and thought it would be easier. Dirigo was beating us to the ball, so during a timeout I reminded the girls not to let them get behind us.”
On a Falcon rush, Cougar goalie Betsy Noyes made a kick save. Whitney Ruff flicked a pass to Provencher, who had positioned herself on the post. The forward lifted a shot into the cage with 5:09 left to play.
“We’ve been working hard on offense,” said Provencher. “The ball gets advanced in and my job is to stay close to the post. But I couldn’t have done it today without the help of Becca Maifeld and Nicole Burgess.”
Dirigo’s Megan Jordan hit the ball toward the crease, Brittany LaPointe reached with her stick to gain control, but Falcon goalie Emily Gallant alertly rushed out and kicked the ball aside. LaPointe had another swipe at the ball, but fanned and sweeper Sidney Yahn cleared the ball. The Falcons went back on the offensive, Maifeld passed it and Provencher beat Noyes (12 saves) with 1:52 left in the first half.
“The girls need to learn how to finish games,” said Dirigo coach Gretchen Curtis. “They really played well in the first half, except for those two goals near the end. But it might be just a young thing because Mountain Valley is a senior team and we have mostly sophomores. I don’t feel the final score is indicative of the way we played.”
The Cougars sweeper Alyssa Charity and fullbacks Sam Blanchette and Lexi Noyes were busy.
“It was frustrating,” said Ayla Allen. “Dirigo was playing so many girls up that we were unable to get the long hits that we usually do. We had played Dirigo during preseason and had handled them, but they have improved.”
This ploy opened up the outsides which allowed Falcons Chelsea Bordeau and Lexi Fryover to step right in. Fullbacks Makayla White and Chelsea Gavin hindered the Cougars. Allen and Maifeld each scored goals in final minutes.