Mtn. Valley booters defeat Telstar
RUMFORD -- Mountain Valley boys' soccer coach Jarrod Dumas doesn’t take much stock in Heal Points, however, he fully believes it’s up to the Falcons to win games and then let the chips fall.
Simon Jensen utilized his leg wisely and when a foot contacts the ball, good things happen, which transpired by scoring goals in each half to put the Falcons over the top in a win against Telstar at sunny Chet Bulger Field..
Mountain Valley erupted for three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to pull away from the pesky Rebels. The onslaught had resulted from the Falcons having adjusted their game and shooting into the wind.
“We had dominated the first half,” said Dumas. “But our dump and run style had only given us a 1-0 lead and the boys wanted to change things. So they came out and played as a team in the second half. They passed the ball around and it produced more scoring opportunities.”
Jensen notched his second goal off a rebound that Telstar goalie Mike DelDuca had no chance on, 1:45 into the second half. Eight minutes later, the Falcons scored on a bizarre goal by Josh Rainey. He had crossed the ball and DelDuca tipped it, but the ball caromed to a Rebel defender, who kicked it into the net.
MV, who had beaten Telstar 3-1 in a season-opening game last month on Andrew Phelps' hat trick, received a solid effort by Andrew Child, Nathan Buotte, Jan Fillies, Austin Glover and Jensen, who fronted goalie Kyle Gauvin (nine saves).
Jensen, a sweeper, scored on a penalty kick, with 8:46 left in the first half. The penalty kick resulted because Phelps had been hauled down by DelDuca. Phelps scored a goal also.
Telstar averted the shutout on a goal by Tyler Brown.
“We're still on pace to accomplish our team goal of a playoff spot, and if we can take care of business,” said Dumas, referring to final games on the schedule. “We should be able to finish where we want to be this season. The most important thing for this team to remember is that we're playing the best soccer we've played in many years, and we're able to play with any team on our schedule. That means a lot to us.”