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RUMFORD -- Sophomore Lexy Duguay scored two goals, including the eventual game winner early in the second half and then Mountain Valley needed to withstand a furious rally by Saint Dominics before earning a 2-1 win in a Class C field hockey game at Hosmer Field.
Mountain Valley, who was shut out by Oak Hill, utilized its youthfulness to earn a two-goal lead during the middle stages of the contest.
“We need to be better when we have control of the ball,” said Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes, who recognized the players need to go to the ball. “The players can't hesitate and they have to take shots on goals. But, we are experiencing growing pains.”
Mountain Valley was leading by a goal when Duguay gained control of the ball and dribbled down the left side. Saints' goalie Taylor Bergeron (11 saves) rotated over to cut down the angle, but Duguay didn't wait and blasted a shot in to the far corner, with 22:54 remaining in the second half.
Saint Doms refused to roll over and gained full momentum throughout the final quarter of the game. Callie Greco and Jessica Boulet applied constant pressure on offense. Boulet took a low shot and Falcons goalie Kassie Thibodeau (12 saves) was forced to dive to the ground and smother the ball. A penalty Stroke was called and Brittany Eastman flipped the ball past Thibodeau into the lower left corner.
The Falcons received some strong play by Ellie Hall, Nicky Couch, Maddie Kaubrys and Kayla Pingree (MF), who stepped up to clear balls away. The Falcons were forced to play shorthanded when Kaubrys was penalized for two minutes and Saint Doms responded. Boulet fired a shot, but Thibodeau alertly rushed out and made a kick save.
Duguay had opened the scoring eight minutes left in the first. Saints' sweeper Courtney DesMarais blocked the initial shot, but Duguay regained possession and fired a shot by Bergeron who had rushed out.
''We made some changes before the game,'' said Forbes. ''Today, Duguay moved to inner and Aly Carlton moved out on the wing to take advantage of her dribbling ability. Freshmen Liza White (MF) and MaKayla Burgess at sweeper each contributed. At this point we need to find the best positions, based on the skill level of the players.''