Greyhounds down the Cougars, 3-1
DIXFIELD -- There is always adjustments needed to be made, however, Dirigo showed their hand later on in an important Mountain Valley Conference boys' soccer game at Harlow Park.
Brady Fenderson set up Morgan Reeves with the eventual game-winning goal near the end of the first half and then the Greyhounds spent a majority of the second half fending off an attack in a 3-1 triumph against Dirigo.
There was a lot on the line because Lisbon and Dirigo entered the matchup ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in Western Class C Heal Points. Lisbon featured a speedy forward line that the Dirigo defense, led by sweeper Jeremy Briggs -- had to be on their toes.
“I actually had to make an adjustment first,” said Lisbon coach Dan Sylvester. “I moved Justin Grant up from sweeper to the middle with Reeves in an attempt to generate some more offense and it paid off.”
Lisbon (9-1) had hit the field running and forced the Cougar defense to converge in front of goalie Caleb Turner (seven saves). Ryan Fairbanks broke in on the right side and Turner raced over to reduce the angle, but Fairbanks drilled the ball across the crease and Aaron Halls tapped it into the left corner at 16:46.
Dirigo (8-3) had planned on matching Lisbon’s intensity level in the first 10 minutes which as successful. But their dump and run offense wasn’t producing shots. Trevor Statham set up Chad Snowman, but his shot sailed wide left.
Lisbon was awarded a corner, and Reeves scored with 6:06 remaining in the first half.
“We dug ourselves a hole,” said Dirigo coach Jack Rioux, whose father, Claude, coached the Lisbon girls' team for 26 years. “You just can’t afford to fall behind a good team like Lisbon by two goals. I had to adjust by moving Josh (Turbide) up to outside halfback and it generated some opportunities in the second half.”
Dirigo was unable to break away Hunter Ross and Snowman, however, midfielders Cody St. Germain and TJ Frost had shots.
Snowman gathered his own rebound and headed a ball over the head of Lisbon goalie Shawn Tanguay (eight saves) and down into the net with 16:28 remaining.
“This was a tough loss,” said Rioux. “Lisbon would have been worth a lot of points still, the kids played hard right up until the end and I’m proud of them.”
Fenderson kicked a corner shot into the net.