LEWISTON — Entering Monday’s regular-season finale, Edward Little High School’s Madison DeRosa had gone the whole year without a goal.
That changed rather quickly against Lewiston, when the junior back scored twice in the opening 10 minutes as the Red Eddies defeated the host Blue Devils, 3-0, on Lewiston’s senior day to cap a series sweep of their rival. Edward Little edged Lewiston in overtime when the teams met for the first time on Sept. 16.
Unlike their last encounter in Auburn, there was little drama in Lewiston. The Red Eddies (6-7-1) struck for three goals in the first 9:20 and put it on auto pilot from there. Edward Little recorded its second straight shutout.
“We were just looking for the win,” DeRosa said. “In the past two years, they’ve beaten us every time. This year we just wanted to beat them. We didn’t want to go into OT with them again, so we wanted to come out strong.”
Kristen Lupher put the Red Eddies on the board just 1:25 into the contest when she knocked in a bouncing ball off the stick of DeRosa. The goal came on Edward Little’s second shot of the game.
DeRosa’s day was just getting started as she scored the final two goals, both on penalty corners. The first came at the top of the circle with 25:23 remaining. Brooke Lever fed DeRosa at the top of the circle with a pass from the left of the Lewiston cage. DeRosa took a step in before firing a shot past Blue Devil goalkeeper Kaylyn Labonte to give the Red Eddies a 2-0 advantage.
DeRosa’s second goal looked awfully similar to her first. Less than four minutes after netting her first marker of the season, DeRosa again rocketed a shot from near the top of the circle that Labonte had no chance of stopping.
“We finally had two corners that worked,” Edward Little coach Greg Perkins said. “That’s how we’ve practiced them, but we really haven’t scored a lot on corners. It was nice to see two corners work exactly how we draw them up.”
After Edward Little’s three-goal bust to start the game, Lewiston (1-13) settled down and played its rival even the final 50 minutes. The Blue Devils held a 10-8 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in penalty corners.
“We used our physical and mental game, not just our mental game,” Lewiston senior Taylor Collins said. “We used them both to the best of our ability. Therefore they didn’t score (the rest of the game).”
In the second half alone, Lewiston outshot Edward Little 4-0, but couldn’t get the ball past goalkeeper Danica Nadeau, who finished with 10 saves.
“If there was any tactical adjustment on the field, it was asking the midfielders and the links to drop a little bit deeper on defense and to make sure that when either of these two backs — pressure back and cover back — were playing the ball that we got behind them to get permission to go as far as they could on the attack,” Lewiston coach Randy Richardson said.
The Red Eddies have scored eight goals in their last two games after being shut out in their previous three. It was the sixth contest this season where the Blue Devils have failed to score a goal.