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Second half does in Falcons
RUMFORD -- Prior to the game, Coach Jason Perreault assembled the Mountain Valley girls’ soccer team and issued a warning about not letting up and to be prepared to play the entire 80 minutes.
The Falcons battled Hall-Dale to a 0-0 deadlock after the first half in the game at Chet Bulger Field. However, the dynamics changed as the adjustments that Mountain Valley had made failed to make the grade in the second half. Carylanne Wolfington scored two goals in a five-minute span and the Falcons were unable to answer back in the 3-0 setback.
The elements definitely played a factor because the game began under windy conditions, hard-driving rain pelted the players before the sky cleared and bright sunshine engulfed the field.
“We needed to mark up number 23 in the first half,” said Perreault, regarding inserting a double stopper in an attempt to limit Wolfington. “She is quite a play and in the first half I felt that we did a good job. But I hated having to it because that limited our offense and that showed up in the second half.”
Hall Dale took advantage by pressuring Falcon goalie Kaitlyn Armstrong and defenders Ari Glover, Abby Day, Autumn Koch and Darbi Brown.
Mountain Valley used forwards Sarah Klein and Kaitlyn Virgin to try and generate some offense. Klein and midfielder Hannah LaPointe each crossed several balls, but there was no one home to finish. Chrissy Briggs sent a pass to Shannon Laubauskas, but she kicked a low shot wide of Hall Dale goalie Megan Cope.
“We had several chances,” said Perreault. “Sarah is incredible and she is only a freshman. She’s going to have a good career and I’m glad I’ll have three more years to coach her. Hannah hustles in the middle and does the little things (coaches notice) and is worthy of being an all-state selection again this fall.”
Wolfington nailed a header in, before Armstrong could rotate over at 25:32. Wolfington also scored from the left side.
Klein centered a ball and Cope was whistled for interference. Kristin Ridge booted the penalty kick directly toward Cope who knocked it down the line.
“The kids batted right up to the end,” said Perreault. “I was able to reward younger players Katherine Collette, Stephanie Cushman and Zaraya Simard with playing time because they have worked hard and show enthusiasm.”