Dexter, Me—If the biggest issue for the Dexter Tigers field hockey team is scoring. The other nine teams that are in class C east may be in trouble.
Jordyn Bell put in three goals to lead the Tigers to a 8-0 victory over the Old Town Coyotes. Peyton Watson and Darci Perkins added two goals and two assists each in the season opener on Wednesday afternoon.
Putting the ball in the goal was the big worry for Tigers coach Kristy Veazie. That worry went away quick when Watson put one in on an assist from Libby Kain just 2:59 into the game. Perkins and Bell also put in first half goals as the Tigers took a 3-0 halftime lead.
“Our offense has had trouble scoring goals so yesterday in practice we put the offense on defense and the defense on offense,” Veazie said. “I think the defense scored three or four goals instantly. The offense realized if they wanted to play up there.they had to score. We just really focused in the second half on going to the ball. We already had three goals but they needed to cut to the ball and score.”
The Tigers came out very strong to start the second half. Watson started the half just like she started the game. She received a pass from Perkins 21 seconds into the half and put it past Old Town keeper Gaelin Kopec-Belliveau. Watson is a freshman that will be one of the key players on Veazie’s team all season.
“She (Watson) is such a great athlete. I knew coming in that was going to jump right in and play. I was afraid she was going to be a little bit timid,” Veazie said. “Scoring that goal right away really helped her. She played mid last year so she has the ball control we need from someone playing the front line.”
Perkins added, “She (Watson) brings a lot to the team. She can score. She does a lot.”
Watson set up the second goal of the half just 31 seconds later. She dished one to Bell who put in her second of three goals. Bell’s role is a bit different this year. She was not expected to score quite so often last year. This year she is playing a position where she should get more opportunities.
“I started during the summer and preseason at mid,” Bell said. “She (Veazie) moved me to left wing and I was on the right side last year. I am kind of moving around. I played Link a little bit and moved back to sweep at the end of the game.”
Veazie added, “I actually started her in the preseason at the mid. I needed someone at the left post, I needed to move Jordyn up there. She stays low. She proved today why she was up there.”
Perkins is also a big part of the Tigers attack. She put in her second goal of the game with 21:06 remaining in the second half.
“Darci has improved so much. She works really hard. She really worked in the offseason. She came into preseason in shape,” Veazie said. “You can tell that it has paid off for her. She is one of the only ones strong in front of the cage and that really helps her.”
Whitney Mower added a goal for the Tigers. Chrissy Cunningham, Elise Cyr and Danielle Mower added one assist each.
The Tigers outshot Old Town 40-5. They had 15 penalty corners while the Coyotes had five.Kopec-Belliveau made 26 saves for the Coyotes. Maicee Gustin made three saves for the Tigers.
Old Town (0-1) will next play on Friday, September 2nd when they host Mattanawcook. Dexter (1-0) will next play on Saturday, September 3rd when they travel to Hermon.