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Falcons field hockey plays strong half in win
RUMFORD -- Mountain Valley put things together with four goals in the second half, including two goals by Lexi Duguay and the rest of the team joined in en route to a 4-1 win over Boothbay in a field hockey game at Hosmer Field.
Despite the rains during the night and day, the playing surface outfield of the baseball field was very good. It holds water extremely well.
The offense received a further spark with a goal each by Marissa Crosby and Liza White. Mountain Valley won for the first time since early September.
It was an emotional day for the seniors -- Nicky Couch, Ellie Hall, Aly Carlton and Kayla Pingree -- who each received flowers and the players were still unfocused when the game started. Boothbay took advantage and scored the lone goal of the first half.
''My timeout and halftime talks were not all that kind,'' said Mountain Valley coach Melissa Forbes, regarding motivating the players. ''I had to call certain players out by name, and tell them that I expect better and to stop making mental errors. That they were beating themselves. Not being beaten.''
The team heeded the message and returned with a new mission. Two of the four goals were on corners and the other two were on crosses from the right wing.
Duguay scored the first two goals, with Carlton assisting on each tally. Duguay, a sophomore, leads the team in scoring.
The third goal was unassisted by Crosby. Boothbay goalie Erica Games made the initial save, but Crosby corralled the rebound and drilled it into the cage.
White scored the final goal from a crossing pass off a corner from Pingree.
The Falcons were on the same page following the halftime discussion and was very productive. They even had more chances, but fanned on several crossing passes.
Even at this point of the season, Forbes is still making adjustments in an attempt to improve team play. Defensively, the two fullbacks were Maddie Kaubry and MaKayla Burgess and Hall is back at sweeper.
Freshman goalie Kelly Thibodeau made four saves against the Seahawks.
''I have also taken MaKayla (Burgess) out of defensive corners and put Kayla Pingree in,'' said Forbes. ''Nicky Couch has moved to left midfield, with Kayla Pingree at center mid and Lexi Edwards at right mid. Kaubrys switches with Lexi Edwards.''
Freshman forward Chelsea Allison rounds out the team.