RUMFORD – Mountain Valley field hockey coach Melissa Forbes believes her team could have benefited by being more aggressive in the zone.

But that’s something the Telstar Rebels did well at Hosmer Field on Monday.

A pair of goals by Josie Reiss and Chelsea Bean late in the first half stood up as the Rebels (9-3-1) extended their unbeaten streak to 10 after a 2-0 shutout against Mountain Valley.

“They are playing well,” Telstar coach Gail Wight said. “There is times when they are not getting (quality) shots off in the circle, but that’s a result of passing the ball and taking to many flat shots. But we’re having people step up, and the younger girls who get in games give us good production, and that makes a difference.”

Telstar carried the play from the onset, but was unable to break through until Reiss banged a high shot in to the right corner of the cage. Center Whitney Mills slid a pass out to the left side, and Reiss uncorked a shot with authority.

“We knew that we needed to come in here with intensity,” Mills said. “During the game, the difference for the team was we kept our sticks down, passed the ball, and kept up good communication.”

Mountain Valley (4-6-2) was forced to rely on its defense to clear several balls away, but Kristen Chenard, Maddy Ayllward and Natalie LaPointe were overwhelmed.

The Rebels maintained the pressure, and Bean scored on a pass from Tonie Morin with 3:27 left in the first half. Bailey Davis had taken a shot, and Falcon goalie Kim Clark made a kick save, but Morin corralled the rebound.

“Amber Morin has been all over the field,” Wight said. “She has been playing fullback because Tonie (Morin) has been sick, and she has been clearing balls out.”

Telstar goalie Brianna Douglass made four saves, including shots by the Falcons Shawnee Akers and Courtney Watts.

The offense picked up in the second half, but Laren LePage, Stephaine Beadle and Katie Doucette couldn’t finish.

“Were still young up front with three sophomores and a junior,” Forbes said. “They are hesitant to shoot the ball, but that will come with experience. The good thing is, they’ll be around for plenty of field hockey.”


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