Dexter, ME- Homecoming weekend would of been plenty of motivation for the Dexter Tigers girls soccer team.
The Tigers also had the motivation of playing the team that knocked them out of the 2011 playoffs.
Dexter out-shot the Piscataquis Community high school (PCHS) Pirates 25-8 in their 2011 preliminary round game. The Tigers lost that game 2-1.
On Saturday morning, the Tigers out-shot the Pirates 15-8. This time Dexter outscored PCHS 7-1.
“Always that little buzz about homecoming,” Tigers coach Jody Grant said. “I would be lying to you if I said we had not talked about that (facing PCHS after losing in prelim game last year). They understand the situations.”
Sophomore Michaela White added, “It gave me more motivation. I am sure it did some others too.”
White scored the first goal of the game. She took a pass from Tasha Pratt and put the ball into the back of the net with 29:19 remaining in the first half.
White scored her second goal of the game with 1:29 remaining in the half to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. MacKenzie McKusick and Abbey Jordan also scored first half goals.
“I am pleased. We are not going to be satisfied. We always talk about making progress. We are just trying to get better all the time. We know there are a number of teams better than we are,” Grant said. “Our aggressiveness gave us a lot of opportunities early. We got to a lot of balls. Lauren (Crane) controlled the ball in the middle of the field.”
The Tigers showed their depth by having six different players score goals. Meredith Roderka, Macie Melvin and Brooke Chambers scored second half goals.
“We have two waves that can go in. Two sets of three and there is not much of a let down. That is a great advantage that we have,” Grant said.
Alison Pease had five saves in goal for the Tigers. Pease took over as goalkeeper after the third game of the 2011 season. Pease has not left the position since and seems to be getting better each game.
“She has the perfect mentality to be a goalie. She is a tough hard nosed kid. She is the type of kid you want to be goalie,” Grant said. ” If kids score on her in practice, she is mad. It is her net, she wants control of the net.”
Crane, Jordan, Melvin and Harley Ponte each had one assist for the Tigers. Dexter (2-1) will next play on Tuesday, September 11th when they travel to Corinth. They will face the defending state champion Central Red Devils. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Alex Speed scored the only goal for the Pirates. Jesse Bell had five saves on 15 shots. PCHS (0-2-1) will not play a game for 10 days. They are next scheduled to play on September 18th against Penquis.