To wit: Lisbon carried a 5-0 record, 21-4 goal differential and top ranking in Western Maine Class C, while the Rebels were 1-4 with four goals scored, 22 allowed.

Lisbon’s Arianna Kahler didn’t waste much time for discussion, either.

The sophomore forward scored just 58 seconds into the sun-drenched contest and tallied the game’s next two goals over a two-minute first-half stretch as the host Greyhounds blanked Telstar 4-0.

The Greyhounds were relentless from the first whistle as Olivia Harrington, Molly Nicholson, Hannah Jordan and Kahler buzzed around the Telstar net en route to a 4-0 halftime lead.

Head coach Julie Wescott was able to mix-and-match her roster in the final 30 minutes as Lisbon wound up with an 16-2 shots advantage with Telstar goaltender Hali Barter busy with 11 saves overall.

“I think we’ve played highly skilled teams like Spruce and Mountain Valley,” said Wescott. “We want to get further than we did last year (Western C semifinals) and I don’t want them to peak too early. Today, what stood out for me was passing. That’s something that we’ve been really trying to work at, but it hasn’t been as consistent as it was today.”

Kahler, who co-leads the team with nine goals, scored with 29:02 left, 24:18 remaining and two minutes later before Jordan scored with 4:56 left.

Lisbon raced into Rebel territory quickly and a rebound of a Nicholson in-close blast bounced out to a waiting Kahler about six yards in front of Barter.

Telstar defenders Savannah Patenaude, Olivia York, Carlee Beatson, Mariah Morin and Autum Morin were busy on their heels.

After the initial score, Nicholson raced down her left wing, slipped by a defender and centered a nice crossing pass to Kahler, who one-timed it for a 2-0 lead.

Kahler also emerged from a goalmouth scramble to produce her third goal for the Greyhounds, who are scheduled to visit St. Dom’s on Saturday morning.

“We were all hoping, but not trying to get too overconfident,” said Kahler of her team’s expectations. “We take each game as they come, but we’ve been working really hard in practice. Still, we have some games where we surprise ourselves.”

And, for the Greyhounds, getting that first goal was a priority, especially against a Telstar team that never gives up.

“We’re always nervous when we first start a game — no matter who it’s against … especially when you play them for the first time in a season,” said Kahler. “It always helps when we get that first goal, no matter how early or how late. It always gets us going.”

“We always try and set the tone by scoring that first goal,” added Wescott. “Telstar is always a fighting team … you can never overlook Telstar. Last year they played us to overtime, so we’re taking it game by game, not overlooking, trying to prepare and play our game well.”

Lisbon, which had a huge territorial edge in the first half (10-2 shots), got that fourth goal from Jordan on a set-up by Harrington.

When Telstar, scheduled to entertain Dirigo on Friday, did find its way inside the Lisbon circle, defenders Mariah Breton and Ali Bubar were there to thwart any real chances, although Telstar did have some moments down the stretch.

“In the second half we were trying to keep fresh legs,” said Wescott of her liberal substitutions. “Trying different positions, moving some girls to different positions. Just play and play hard. We probably should’ve scored in the second half, but we were still staying aggressive. It was a good opportunity to switch some girls around and work for our next game.”


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