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Falcon boys play well in defeat
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley boys' soccer team relished playing well against a quality opponent.
The Falcons (4-4-1) had scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead, including two each by Robin Baxmann and Shawn Bennett. The initial one followed a 70-yard free kick by Simon Jensen, with Baxmann kicking the ball into the far corner. Baxmann skillfully dribbled past two defenders and forced Lisbon goalie Shane Tanguay (nine saves) to rush out, before turning and drilling the ball to the far corner. Bennett converted a Baxmann pass, with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Lisbon’s Ryan Fairbanks recorded a hat trick-including the game winner with 12.2 seconds left- as the Greyhounds rallied for a 5-4 triumph against Mountain Valley at rainy Chet Bulger Field.
The winning play had begun with Morgan Reeves taking a free kick on the left and led Fairbanks rushing in on the right side to beat Falcon goalie Kyle Gauvin (16 saves).
Lisbon (7-1-1) tied the game 4-4 with 1:43 left. Gauvin had been successful at nullifying the Greyhounds speedy forwards by charging out of the crease to track down loose balls. But Gauvin abandoned his aggressiveness and remained entrenched in the crease during the final minutes.
“We were playing defense for the final 20 minutes of the game,” said MV coach Jarrod Dumas. “You just can't afford to do that against a good team because they will produce scoring chances. Still, this is the best I’ve seen a team of mine play because in the past if we fell behind it was tough (mentally) for us to get back up. But not this year and that’s the sign of a mature team.”
The Falcons had entered the game with momentum following 8-4 and 4-0 wins over Spruce Mountain and Winthrop, respectively. The Falcons' goal production is increasing as the season goes on, offensive players are starting to click, and are working together well.
“We had (16) goals from six players, ” said Dumas. “Which means we're scoring in many different ways. That's good.”
MV led 4-3 when Bennett’s high-arching shot hit the cross bar and behind Tanguay’s outstretched arms, 5:41 into the second half.
Lisbon had scored three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game. MV defenders Andrew Child, Jan Fillies, Michael Theriault and Jensen and Gauvin then adjusted.