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Gerrish, Beasley lead Penquis over Tigers, 5-1

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 40, October 01, 2003

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

DEXTER With speed and athleticism the Penquis girls soccer team scored early and controlled the game's tempo before pulling away from a shorthanded Dexter team 5-1 last Thursday.

Patriot forward Shannon Gerrish took a rebound with her back to the Tiger net, spun, and lofted a shot over the head of Dexter goalie Lindsay Burton 3:31 into the first half to give Penquis a 1-0 lead.

After the Tigers put together a number of offensive charges in the middle of the half, Penquis regrouped and went on the attack. With just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, a collision in front of the goal injured Burton, forcing Dexter to shuffle their lineup, putting talented forward Sabrina Cote in net. Though Cote performed admirably in her short stint in net, Penquis managed a goal as Sam Ellis knocked in a rebound just before the half.

The Patriots came out firing in the second half. Erin Beasley sandwich two goals around one by teammate Kristin Burch, and the Patriots had a 5-0 advantage halfway through the second half.

Cote, who along with Dexter's front line, including Maria Potter and Dorie Kramer, were able to put pressure on the Patriot defense during the first half, put the Tigers on the board with a breakaway goal with 6:49 to play.

The Patriots, who moved to 6-1 with the win, have now won six straight games, a streak coach Jensen Bissell said can be attributed to their work outside of games.

'These girls work hard every practice," he said after the game, adding that Penquis' offense has improved from where it ended last season.

Bissell said the key to success in their league is to keep improving through the course of the season, making sure to peak come playoff time. If his team can continue to, practice hard while raising the level of their game play, they will certainly be a factor in the postseason.

"I just want us to keep playing our game," said Bissell.

Nicole Nason made eight saves on 12 shots for Penquis.

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