NEWPORT–Katie Stames scored three goals to lead Peoples Academy to a 6-2 win over North Country in girls soccer action on Tuesday afternoon.
"They can score and they are all skilled That was a skill mismatch that we had to deal with and we got out smarted," said Falcon coach Peter Alexander.
North Country got off to a good start against the Wolves, as Brooke Breault fed Devinnie Davis to get the scoring started eleven minutes into the contest.
Davis took the feed, sprinted past a defender, crossed in front of the net, got Peoples' keeper Ana Swift out of position and buried it in the lower right-hand corner.
The Wolves wasted little time in responding, taking advantage of a free kick inside of the 18 to tie the game.
Mary Fafard picked up the loose ball and sent it past NC's goalie Jenna Moss.
Peoples kept the pressure up, and less than three minutes later they were awarded a penalty kick off of a questionable hand ball call.
Stames took the freebie and had no trouble netting her first goal of the game.
"That goal seemed to turn the game around and we got down on ourselves," said Alexander.
Smelling blood, the Wolves struck again as Marissa Benson unloaded a bomb that went upper left and it was now 3-1 Peoples.
It moved to 4-1 a minute later when Stames deflected a free kick past a sprawled out Moss.
The Falcons managed to close the gap to 4-2 as Natalie Sykes found Anna Bingham, who went upper right on Swift for the goal.
It was a very inconsistent half for North Country, as they played well at both ends of the first, but the middle stanza was controlled by Peoples, and if you give a team that averages six goals a game that kind of time and space, they will hurt you.
"We had a little miscommunication between out goalie and our backs, but we will straighten that out before next game," Alexander noted.
North Country needed to come out and get a quick one in the second, but instead it was Peoples attacking early and often.
Before too long it became 5-1 on Stames third tally of the afternoon.
"We've got a pretty good offense and it is pretty obvious," said Peoples coach Jim Eisenhardt. "Katie and Hannah (Merriam) play year round and they are two of the best scorers in the state."
Benson added another to close the scoring, and with the win Peoples moved to 6-0 while North Country fell to 4-3.
The Falcons will try to snap their three game skid on Friday when they travel down I-91 to take on Thetford Academy.
Game time is 4:30.