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Falcon girls win homecoming contest
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley girls’ soccer team defeated Carrabec by 1-0 Saturday in a homecoming contest.
There were numerous chances early on and Shannon Laubauskas was in position to score 3:39 into the contest, while the last line of defense proved to be goalie Katlin Armstrong. The contest began with a misty rain falling, however, it ended in the hot sunshine.
Mountain Valley had beat Spruce Mountain by 2-1 on Thursday. Jamica Ford scored the winning goal. The Falcnos strategy in Saturday’s game involved shuffling players in and out to try and find the right combinations.
“It was quite a game, but the score really surprised me,” said MV coach Jason Perreault. “Especially after Carrabec had lost 10-0 to Dirigo (Friday) and we had tied Dirigo (0-0). But Carrabec is a good team and gave us all we could handle. It's always nice to win a homecoming game.”
Mountain Valley midfielder Hannah LaPointe had initially booted a ball directly in front of the net and a Cobra defender kicked the ball out of bounds. The resulting corner was sent in by Chrissy Briggs and had allowed Laubauskas to set up in front. She kicked a low shot by Carrabec goalie Sarah Lee into the left corner of the net.
“A corner had been called,” said Laubauskas. “Chrissy Briggs crossed a nice ball and I was right there. Everything worked out.”
Carrabec's Ashley Knight broke away and was rushing the net, but Falcon Ari Glover (stopper) slid in for a tackle to knock the ball away. Abby Day and sweeper Autumn Koch cleared several balls also.
Mountain Valley pressured the offensive zone and had chances. Several shots by Laubauskas, LaPointe and Brena Brown sailed toward the crease. Katherine Collette drilled a ball off the cross bar.
“Coach wants us to go hard for the first five minutes of each half,” said Laubauskas. “He wants the forwards to get in there and score.”
Carrabecs best chance came with 10 minutes left to play as Makayla Leeman rushed in on the right and slipped by a defender and fired a low shot toward the far corner. Armstrong (six saves) had to slide over and cradled the shot.
“We certainly had opportunities thoughout the game,” said Perreault. “Our conversion rate has been very low and that is something we’ll need to work on in practice this week.”