Davis’ Goal and Assist Help Lady Falcons Improve to 4-0
NEWPORT - Fueled by a goal and an assist from freshman Devinnie Davis, the North Country Union High School girls soccer team picked up a 3-2 victory over visiting Mount Mansfield Friday night.The victory bumps the Falcons' record to 4-0, a solid start after facing Metro League foe Mount Mansfield twice already."We're really pleased with our start right now," head coach Jose Batista remarked after the win. "I'd have taken a split with a team like this, so taking two wins from (Mount Mansfield) is icing on the cake."It took a group effort in their rematch Friday night, as after shutting the Cougars out in their first meeting, North Country allowed their first goals of the 2012 season.It was Davis who opened up scoring, bowling through a pair of Mount Mansfield backs en route to an unassisted break away goal with 29:32 remaining in the first half. The tally lifted a Falcon squad who'd been outplayed up to that point in the contest.But it was short lived. MMU's Hope Dennison countered less than a minute later, finding the back of the net on the rebound off her team's own corner kick.An Anna Bingham corner, Brooke Breault cross into box, and Crystal Moss breakaway shot fired at the Mount Mansfield goalie finished up the half on chances that could have been for the Falcons.That trend continued into the second half, where both teams struggled to create offense for the better part of the opening 20 minutes of play.With 15:46 to go, a Bingham cross into the box opened the door again for North Country. First year player Davis struck again, this time drilling the ball off of MMU goalie Ali Chivers to set up a Crystal Moss tally for a 2-1 edge."(Davis) is a spark plug," said Batista. "She had that breakaway to start the game, and continued to get things going for us offensively."The Falcons took control in the game's waning minutes, sealing the victory as Breault scored with 3:56 remaining on a shot deflected off a Cougar defender."I think for the last 10 minutes we played very well," said Batista. "We came out strong after we got that second goal. Definitely not one of our best efforts, but against a team like this, we'll take it."It's tough to beat any team, especially a Metro team like that, twice. So it was a good win for us."Mount Mansfield's Carin Rand scored on a strike from 30 yards out with less than one second remaining in regulation, not enough to deny North Country a perfect start through their first four games of this young season.NCU's Jenna Moss totaled five saves in the victory, while Chivers recorded six for the Cougars.