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Falcon stickers win prelim, 4-0
RUMFORD -- Becca Maifeld scored a goal at 22:42 off a scramble in front of the cage and the Mountain Valley field hockey team held firm in a Class B preliminary playoff game.
The Falcons triumphed 4-0 against No. 10 Wells at sunny Hosmer Field. No. 7 Mountain Valley certainly couldn’t afford to take Wells lightly.
Both teams came out playing well after having an hour warm up.
The action went back and forth, just getting used to the other team. At the end of the first half, MV had an offensive corner which prompted "corner continuation" and with all zeros on the clock, Peyton Provencher scored off a Maifeld pass to make it 2-0.
“That was a huge boost for us,” said Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes. "Having home field advantage was nice since we hadn't been outside since Wednesday's practice due to rain.”
Mountain Valley advanced to play No. 2 Fryeburg Academy yesterday in a quarterfinal game.
The Falcons had a two-goal cushion, however adjustments still were needed during halftime.
“I strongly encouraged the girls to carry the ball more on their sticks, up the wing to move it up the field,” said Forbes. “Wells could definitely stop a drive, and was playing the middle of the field pretty tightly.”
The Warriors were concentrating their efforts on limiting MV midfielder Ayla Allen (assist), but this opened up the outsides for Chelsea Bordeau and Lexi Fryover to step right in.
On a Falcon rush, the Wells' goalie couldn’t stop Nicole Burgess who rattled the back of the cage 7:39 into the second half.
Warriors sweeper fullbacks were busy.
Falcon fullbacks Makayla White and Chelsea Gavin and sweeper Sidney Yahn cleared the balls. Falcon senior goalie Emily Gallant (seven saves) hindered the Warriors. Each team had 12 penalty corners.
MV, who held a 14 to seven shot advantage, controlled the second half and completed the scoring at 15:16. Burgess sent a pass over to Sam Glover, who one-timed it home.
“Again, we are pretty spread out in the scoring department,” said Forbes. “If one player is being shut down, we just go to another.”