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Falcon girls' soccer preview
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley girls' soccer players have stressed a team effort and have a season motto of believe in team.
The Lady Falcons remain excited and will be ready to deal with whatever the Mountain Valley Conference dishes out following a 3-8-3 record last year.
There are seven players who saw starting time, including seniors Kaitlin Armstrong (GK), Chrissy Briggs (MF), Jamaica Ford (F), Ariana Glover (stopper), Hannah LaPointe (MF) and Kirstin Ridge (MF).
The team lost several games by one goal, so finding the right combination on the front line will be important. The degree of communication on the field among the players will be key; including proper spacing and marking up against opposing players.
Briggs and Ford could be joined by jr. Darbi Brown and so. Kaitlyn Virgin.
“I honestly believe that we will not have any top scorers this season,” said first-year coach Jason Perreault, elevated from JV after Kris Tyler left following the birth of a second child. “I feel we will have four or five girls with multiple goal seasons but our strength is going to be in our depth.”
The scoring opportunities will be set up by the midfielders who will be counted on to control and advance 50-50 balls. LaPointe made all-conference in 2010 and Briggs has moved back. There will be a strong supporting cast, including Ridge, jr. Zariya Simard and sophs. Stephanie Cushman, Shannon Laubauskas and Katie Puiia.
“The group of forwards and midfielders have played together for a long time,” said Perreault. “There is good communication and ball movement with this group.”
Armstrong returns in goal, however, the depth is a concern. They are working on developing some younger players to help fill those backup roles.
Watch for Abby Day (FB), Tori Giberson (FB), Autumn Koch (SW) and Sarah Soubble.
The Falcons lost talent in Lindsay Gallant (MF), McKenzie Paterson (F), Breana Roberts G and Kate and Ellen Thorne. The newcomers are expected to help are sophs Katie Collette (MF), Marissa Martel (MF) and Elizabeth Adley (F), and fr. Sarah Klein (MF).