SCARBOROUGH – Kali St. Germain set her sights high heading into the Western Class A girls’ soccer season and after two games, she’s heading in the right direction.

St. Germain scored the lone goal Saturday to lift Gorham to a 1-0 victory against Scarborough.

St. Germain has four goals in two games after scoring three times in the opening win over Westbrook.

“I didn’t really play to my full potential last year so I definitely wanted to step it up this year to show that I had it in me,” said St. Germain, who totaled four goals last season, her first at the varsity level.

“What helps is I think I can read my players pretty easily. I’m confident that I know what they’re going to do and that makes it easier.”

St. Germain showed great poise on the lone goal, nearly 30 minutes into the game. Kiersten Turner started the play by threading a perfect pass ahead to St. Germain, who quickly turned and slipped through two defenders before sending a shot that cleanly beat Scarborough goalkeeper Katie Mader high to the right.

“Kali is such a smart player,” Gorham Coach Jeanne Zarrilli said. “She knows how to get in behind the defense and finish well. You could see it in preseason. She’s going to score some good goals for us this year.”

The goal was the only quality chance in the first half for the Rams (2-0).

The Red Storm (1-1) also were limited on offense in the first half. Their best chance came in the waning moments when Hadlee Yescott found Taylor Leborgne open off a throw-in. Leborgne let loose a skidding roller that Gorham keeper Sarah Perkins handled with ease.

“Overall they just really seemed to want it more than we did,” said Scarborough Coach Mike Farley. “They really seized the momentum in the first half.

“You have to take your hat off to them. Sometimes you get beat by a better team and that’s what happened today.”

The defensive game continued into the second half. Both teams struggled to create quality chances against tight defenders.

Scarborough’s best opportunity to tie came 10 minutes into the half when Haley Carignan showed fancy footwork to work herself free within striking distance.

Her shot floated high, past the outstretched arms of Perkins but off the crossbar.

“I thought defensively we played pretty well to keep them from getting quality chances,” said Zarrilli. “I mean, they certainly tested us, especially on the outside. Their wing game is really strong, but we kept our heads and played the way we needed to prevent those dangerous shots inside.”

Five minutes later, Gorham nearly padded its lead when a shot by Audrey Adkison bounded in on Mader.

The ball skipped off and over the keeper and then toward the net before Mader collected it on the goal line.