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Madawaska girls soccer team ends Houlton unbeaten streak

Hannah Nadeau scored a pair of goals and Jenna Dugal and Emily Boucher each found the back of the net as the Madawaska Owls handed the Houlton Shires their first loss of the season, 4-0, on Seniors Night and Cancer Awareness Night in Madawaska on Monday.

It was Class D Madawaska’s seventh straight win, with the Owls improving to 9-2. They avenged a 1-0 loss to Class C Heal Points leader Houlton back in August.

Under the lights and a constant drizzle, the Owls used consistently accurate passing and available space to  press the ball forward throughout the game.

Madawaska’s Hannah Nadeau slides in an effort to get the ball from Houlton’s Tyra Gentle during Monday’s game in Madawaska, (Don Eno)

The Madawaska defense turned away most of the Houlton pressure, making effective use of counter attacks and breakaway opportunities.

The Shires still made some excellent forays into Owl territory, with Houlton players striking the goal post twice. The Madawaska defenders, though, were able to clear away the loose balls from inside the box.

Brianne Thibeault assisted on two goals for the Owls. Dugal and Nadeau had unassisted goals.

Cassidy Beaulieu made eight saves on 10 shots for the Owls. Tessa Solomon made five saves on 10 shots for 12-1 Houlton.

Madawaska next takes on St. John Valley rival Fort Kent Community High School, Wednesday afternoon, in Fort Kent.

The Owls were ranked 2nd, behind 10-2 Penobscot Valley, following the victory.

On the boys’ side, Houlton improved to 6-6 with a 3-0 win against Madawaska.

The Shires offense was distributed, with Keegan Gentle, Dawson McLaughlin and Nick Perfitt each scoring goals.

The Owls dropped to 6-5 with the loss.

 

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