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Falcons Blank Thetford 5-0

October 1, 2011

Katie LeBlanc taps home her first varsity goal during NC's 5-0 win over Thetford. (Photo Mike Olmstead)

NEWPORT–After being shut-out in back to back games, the North Country girls soccer team came out with guns blazing as they triumphed over Thetford 5-0.
"It was nice to score some goals," said Coach Alexander.
The Falcons got the ball rolling when Cara Worth jumped on a short goal kick by Thetford's Sydney Coulter and found the back of the net fourteen minutes and thirty seconds into the contest.
Noelle Pinard was next on the score sheet when she beat Coulter with a low shot that just barely got under the keeper with 17:38 left to play in the half.
The Falcons would quiet down for much of the remaining thirteen minutes, and not put another shot on net after the Pinard goal.
At the other end of the field Lindsay Geoffrey would have even less to do than Coulter, as she and Jenna Moss would combine to stop two shots on the afternoon, combining their efforts to record the shut-out.
In the second half North Country got moving again, looking to firmly put away Panthers.
Lizzy Alexander was able to convert an Anna Bingham corner kick seven minutes and fifty-four seconds in.
Somehow she was able to get the ball through a maze of players and wedge it in between Coulter and the goal post to score the first of three NCU 2nd half tallies.
Junior Katie LeBlanc had the final two goals, each coming off some nice work by her teammates.
On her first goal, a charging Crystal Moss, whose minutes are increasing game by game, came blazing in on a loose ball in front of the Thetford goalie, and was able to knock it loose to right side of the net.
With Coulter down and out all LeBlanc had to do was gently send the ball into the gaping net, spelling the end of Coulters day in the goal.
Ella Chapman took over for Coulter and twelve minutes later, LeBlanc took a cross from Anna Bingham and banged home her second goal.
"It was pretty exciting," said LeBlanc, "Those are my first two goals I've had in my whole varsity experience."
The Falcons could have been classless at this point, leaving their starters in and running up the score, but instead the coaching staff used the time to get everyone into the game and to work on their fundamentals.
"Some of our players have had colds they were getting over, and getting some of our role players in there and letting them play until the end, it was a real team effort," said the coach.
Having seen Peoples keep pushing with a 6-0 lead in their previous outing, Coaches Batista and Alexander should be commended for the sportsmanship they displayed on Thursday afternoon.
With the team's three game skid history, Alexander hopes the win will help the team build towards the second half saying "We are trying to get a home (play-off) game so we're really going to half to compete (to get one) or you can forget it."
The march towards the play-off continues for the Falcons on Wednesday when they host Spaulding at 4:00.

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