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EAST MONTPELIERâ€“ The North Country girls soccer team made it three straight shut-outs in a row on Friday, defeating U-32 while playing on the Raiders' varsity football field.
"The field was in terrible condition, very muddy and really torn up," said Coach Alexander, "But the girls did an excellent job keeping the ball out of the trampled middle and pushing the ball outside.
"This is probably our best overall effort this year. We won all the 50/50 balls and we also took some clean fouls. You have to be able to take those kinds of fouls, it is what you need to do."
Cara Worth had two first half goals to get the Falcons moving in the right direction. Kate Meunier drew an assist on Worth's first goal.
In the second half Anna Bingham scored her first goal of the season with an assist going to Noelle Pinard. Bingham has been dancing around the net all season long, hitting multiple posts, and and Alexander was glad to see the junior finally be able to capitalize and score.
Lindsay Geoffrey had just two saves in 65 minutes of work. Jenna Moss replaced her with 15 left to play and did not touch the ball once.
The win also brought the NCU's road record to an even 3-3 after the team had started 1-3 away from Falcon Field.
The most important thing for North Country is not only that they won, which is always important, but that they earned valuable points towards the teams' goal of starting the 2011 play-offs in Newport.
The Falcons will go back under the lights on Tuesday, facing the green and white of St. Johnsbury Academy. The game is scheduled to start at 6:30, but time could be subject to change to a 6:00 kick-off. If there is a change, the Express will have it in Tuesday morning's edition.