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Spruce climbs over Cougars
DIXFIELD -- There are always adjustments needed to be made and the Dirigo boys' soccer team will make some when necessary.
However, things didn't go quite right in a homecoming game Saturday afternoon at Harlow Park.
A lack of offense proved costly as Nick St. Germain scored the lone goal and the Cougars revamped defense was under pressure a majority of the game as Spruce Mountain won by 3-1.
Dirigo couldn't solve the Pheonix defense, while on the other end of the field, the offense converged in front of Cougar goalie Justin Grignon. The Spruce pressure had the Dirigo defense on its heels and it paid off.
The Dirigo fullback tried to clear the ball, but it bounced off Eric Taylor on the right side. Grignon rotated over to reduce the angle, but Taylor booted the ball high in to the left corner. Spruce maintained the barrage and scored again two minutes later when the ball hit the cross bar and fell behind Grignon.
Dirigo came back when St. Germain found the right corner of the net. Brian Volkernick had a free kick and boot the ball to St. Germain with 10:25 remaining in the first half.
“The team is coming along," said Dirigo coach Owen Libby.
Dirigo uses strikers Josh Mostofizadeh (exchange student), Trevor Statham and Yosepat Channerone.
Dirigo uses four fullbacks on defense, Volkernick, Sam Rock, Jason Baldinelli and Aighden Weisler, who cleared balls out of the zone. The halfbacks are Randy DeRoche, Colton Woods and Seth Child.
Reserves fullbacks are Patrick Larsen and Sawyer Smith; halfbacks Oscar DeRoche, Ben Buck and Cody Dolloff stepped and played some good minutes.
Libby doesn't want the players to bunch up, but play north to south. He’d like seeing a more east-west (sideway) game to spread out opposing defenses.
In the second half, Spruce scored when the ball found the right corner of the net.
The Dirigo girls' soccer team has started out strong with two wins by a combined score of 15-0, beginning with Winthrop 10-0 and Boothbay 5-0 last Saturday. The Lady Cougars can expect the competition to get tougher and competitive.
Against Boothbay, Dirigo scored four goals in the first half. Lindsy Crutchfield scored a pair of goals for the second straight game.
Also scoring was Melissa Velazquez, Summer Keim and Kaitlin Morang. Each goal was unassisted and on shots on goal, Dirigo, 35-2. Sophomore goalie Mariah LaFleur made two saves.