WISCASSET’S GWEN WEBBER (6) and Lisbon’s Kiley Merritt, left photo, battle for possession during Thursday’s MVC girls soccer game at Lisbon. Merritt scored three goals as the host Greyhounds rolled to an 8-0 victory. Above, Lisbon’s Giana Russo (12) and Wolverine Sydnie Thayer (9) try to get their head on the ball in front of the Wiscasset net. ERIC MAXIM / THE TIMES RECORD

WISCASSET’S GWEN WEBBER (6) and Lisbon’s Kiley Merritt, left photo, battle for possession during Thursday’s MVC girls soccer game at Lisbon. Merritt scored three goals as the host Greyhounds rolled to an 8-0 victory. Above, Lisbon’s Giana Russo (12) and Wolverine Sydnie Thayer (9) try to get their head on the ball in front of the Wiscasset net. ERIC MAXIM / THE TIMES RECORD

LISBON

Over the first two games, the Lisbon High School girls soccer team worked to find its offense, scoring four goals while starting the Mountain Valley Conference campaign with a win and a loss.

On Thursday against Wiscasset, the Greyhounds dominated from start to finish, rolling to an 8-0 victory for a 2-1 start to the season.

Kiley Merritt and Carly Drischler led the way for Lisbon, combining for five goals.

But, despite the one-sided play, the Greyhounds held only a 1-0 lead late in the first half, mostly because Wiscasset junior goaltender Lily Souza did her best impersonation of a hockey goalie. Despite a large shot disadvantage, the only blemish on Souza’s save percentage came on a Sophia DiGregorio goal with 22:09 remaining in the first half.

“There were balls right on the goal line where she dove and was able to get to them,” said Lisbon midfielder Giana Russo.

“She played that first half amazing, getting to everything and getting everything. She did a remarkable job,” added Wiscasset (0-2) coach Duane Goud.

 

 

Lisbon came out firing, launching the first five shots on the Wiscasset cage. Souza watched a shot slip through her fingers, but reacted by quickly diving on the ball as it neared her goal line. Moments later, DiGregorio had a wide-open goal to shoot into. Souza dove headlong to make a remarkable save to keep the game scoreless.

Lisbon coach Jenniffer Perron pushed her team to “keep at it.”

“I told them to keep the pressure on, that she can’t stop all of them. She was making remarkable saves, places that she shouldn’t have been able to make a save,” said Perron.

With 3:27 remaining in the first half, Merritt tallied her first goal off a pass from Emma DiGregorio for a 2-0 Lisbon edge, and two minutes later, the duo hooked up again, with Merritt’s second tally making for a 3-0 halftime lead for the Greyhounds.

“They were ready to roll and the aggression was there, instead of standing and waiting they attacked,” said Perron, whose squad held a 20-1 shot edge through 40 minutes, with Souza making 16 saves.

Key injury

In the opening minute of the second half, a Lisbon shot was headed wide. Souza seemed to lose her balance and tumbled to the ground. She was helped off the field, forcing Goud to make a switch.

The Greyhounds took immediate advantage, as Russo blasted a 20-yard shot into lower right corner of the net, now manned by freshman D’Nisha Dawkins. A three-goal burst over a seven-minute stretch made it a 7-0 contest before Drischler scored her second goal with 12:46 remaining, beating Wiscasset’s third netminder, senior Sydnie Thayer.

“We were able to make some plays and get some shots into the corners,” Russo said after her team finished with a 31-1 shot advantage. “We have been working on our chemistry in practice. That is the biggest thing for us.”

“It is next person up, be ready to play,” said Goud, whose Wolverines host Monmouth on Saturday at 6 p.m. “We were down 3-0 at halftime, and as soon as our goalie went down, we went flat. We need (Souza) going forward. We need our best. We come out flat, we are in trouble. We just need to get ready for games. We have the potential. It is just about working together.”

Lisbon, which visits Carrabec on Saturday at 1 p.m., received one save from starting goaltender Sarah Haggerty. The Greyhounds held a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.

Lisbon 8, Wiscasset 0

At Lisbon

Wiscasset — 0 0 0
Lisbon 3 5 8

Goals — (L) Sophia DiGregorio, Kiley
Merritt 3, Giana Russo, Emma DiGregorio, Carly Drischer 2.
Assists — (L) Carly Drischer, Emma
DiGregorio 2, Reece McAtee.
Shots on goal — Lisbon 31, Wiscasset 1.
Saves — (W) Lily Souza 16, D’Nisha
Dawkins 1, Sydnie Thayer 4; (L)
Sarah Haggerty 1, Abby Cunningham
0.
Corner kicks — Lisbon 6, Wiscasset
0.
Up next for the Wolverines — Saturday at home vs. Monmouth, 6 p.m.
Up next for the Greyhounds — Saturday at Carrabec, 1 p.m.

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