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Spruce scores early to down Dirigo
DIXFIELD -- Nothing is guaranteed, especially in athletics because the competition constantly changes. Dirigo has experienced how things can go south as the trend continued in a MVC girls soccer game at Harlow Park.
A slow start had put the Lady Cougars on their heels and it was Spruce Mountain who took full advantage by scoring three goals in the first half and then held on for a 3-0 win.
Dirigo had started out with two shutout wins, but have fallen on hard times with four straight losses to Monmouth, Lisbon and Mount Abram; the bookends by one goal each, and to the Phoenix. The lack of offense thrust was evident early on in a game against Spruce. However, the Cougars and held their own throughout the second half.
They were overloading the offensive zone against the Phoenix and it paid off with several shots on goal. Megan Bradbury kicked the ball in to Sabrina Daoud, who was set up on the right side of the box. The sophomore promptly booted a high floater to the left corner, but Spruce Mountain goalie Emily Keene (13 saves) cradled the shot.
The Cougars Lindsy Crutchfield had a chance, but her shot drifted wide right as the Phoenix defense was solid. The Cougars had possession of the ball out on the wings, but wasn't making centering passes. Late in the game, Melissa Velazquez (exchange student from the country of Mexico) was unmarked and kicked the ball high, but it hit the cross bar.
Dirigo had failed to anticipate loose balls and Spruce was aggressive, which led to the first goal. Haley Doyen lined up for a free kick on the right side and kicked a high floater that alluded Dirigo goalie Mariah Lafleur (15 saves) and found the left corner of the net, 2:48 into the game.
Lafleur had to rush out of the net on several occasions because Spruce forwards had rushed by Dirigo defenders. Lafleur made the initial saves, but failed to secure the ball and Mikala holt and Kailee Newcomb each corralled balls and scored. The latter resulted with 5:07 left until halftime.
Center midfielder Lauren Henderson was able to feed Summer Keim who broke to the goal, and Katlin Morang displayed strong dribbling skills.