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Don’t look now but the Dirigo girls’ soccer team has continued on a roll and that has been quite evident throughout the season and the rest of the Mountain Valley Conference is on notice. Speedy forwards Natalie Bolduc and Silvia Lutick each scored as the Lady Cougars kept Wiscasset at bay in a 3-0 win early Saturday afternoon at sunny Harlow Park.
It was the conclusion of another productive week for Dirigo, who is 10-0-1, ranked number one in Western Class C and has likely clinched a berth in The MVC championship game.
Dirigo started strong with goals by Bolduc, assisted by Lindsy Crutchfield. And then senior midfielder Alyssa Wade drilled home an unassisted tally. The Cougars stayed under control in the second half, with Lutick converting on a Bolduc pass.
Dirigo has been well balanced and it starts with goaltender Tasha Deroche, who has nine shutouts and has allowed two goals the entire season. This includes once from regular field play, the other goal was a penalty kick at the Hall Dale game. But, even the crafty Deroche will freely admit that it hasn’t been accomplished by just one player.
The team's lone blemish is a 0-0 tie against MV, has rallied behind "Tash" to keep the streak going.
The defense has been solid with Ambyr Wilson, Kayla Gaudin, Mariah Larson and Samantha Morse. The communication between the quintet has been a key in being there to cover each other’s back.
”It's much better motivation that I could ever give them,” said coach Art Chamberlin, regarding their desire to keep their winning streak going, too. “We have been able to involve our back more in the offense and still play tough in the defensive end.”
The Cougars have a good scoring punch with the players up front, who form a strong combination. Bolduc, who scored two goals against Winthrop earlier in the week, is the scoring leader with approximately 20 goals. Addy Fuller has had a multiple goal game and Michelle Morrison has stepped up and scored, while Paige Murphy always creates opportunities.
“The girls are gaining confidence in each other,” said Chamberlin. “So they are able to play their passing/control game more and more, and we are athletic enough to play dump and run and keep the pressure on the opponents D.”
In football, Friday's loss snapped Mountain Valley's 17-game win streak, which it had shared with Yarmouth and Cheverus. MV beat Wells 18-0 in the 2010 regional semifinal in Rumford and the foes are on course to likely meet in the upcoming playoffs.
Dirigo played in Winslow last Saturday and that should raise eyebrows throughout the River Valley.