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Falcon soccer girls dominate
RUMFORD -- It might have required a few minutes to get into the flow, however, when that transpired, the Mountain Valley girls' soccer team certainly took total control of the situation.
The Lady Falcons dominated a majority of the first half by scoring five times, including two goals and an assist by Elizabeth Adley and then proceeded to play the entire roster in a 7-2 triumph against Boothbay at Chet Bulger Field.
Katie Puiia, Sharh Klein and Kaitlyn Virgin added goals in the first half.
''There was three things,'' said Falcon coach Lynn Gould, regarding the team's turning the flow around. ''A positive drive, the communication between the players on the field and the encouragement by the entire team.''
Boothbay had controlled the tap and actually directed a shot at goalie Karen Flaherty, but defenders Katie Collette, Abby Parent, Samantha Higley and Jordyn Turner eventually cleared the ball away. Midfielder Stephany Cushman advanced it the rest of the way.
Adley set up Puiia who was eight yards out and kicked the ball into the upper right corner of the net.
The next three goals happened in a five-minute span. Klein started the onslaught with 13:45 left. Adley scored on a crossing pass by Shannon Laubauskas, who had drawn the goalie out of position. Virgin scored from left to the right corner with 8:50 left.
''We moved the ball in the middle and out on the corners,'' said coach Gould, regarding the Falcons' attack. ''Our (team) speed allowed us to take advantage.''
Michelle Hale scored with under two minues left in the first half.
Mountain Valley started out strong in second half and a penalty kick was awarded, following Klein being taken down. Adley scored in the right corner. Kelli Trenoweth completed the Falcons scoring.
The pace had slowed down and Hanna Winslow kicked a ball past Flaherty. A Falcon defender inadvertly headed a ball in the wrong goal. Subs Ashley Russell, Kristin Gould, Eliza Buccina, Sydney Petrie, Adelle Oswald, Taylor Smart, Julia Perry and Abby Mazza each saw time.
''They play as a team and as a unit out on the field,'' said Gould. ''They can't underestimate any opponent. In the second half they let up, but the girls realized it.''