LISBON FALLS — The Lisbon girls’ soccer team recorded three corner kicks in a 4-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Telstar on Wednesday.

That is the official total, but that is not taking into account the dangerous flip throws by Greyhound defenseman Gabby Ouellette.

“I told the girls in 30 years I have seen a lot of flip throws, but male or female, I have never seen anyone do it as well as she does,” said Telstar coach Bob Remington, whose Rebels will visit St. Dom’s on Saturday at 1 p.m. “They cover everything very well in the field, and I felt fortunate we came out of this down just 4-0.”

Ouellette’s long throw midway through the first half was headed in by teammate Kayla Angelico, the first of her three consecutive goals in the opening 40 minutes.

“It gives us extra chances to score when we don’t get those corner kicks,” said Ouellette, who anchored a strong Lisbon defensive effort as Telstar failed to register a shot. “I feel like as a team that when we get a few goals up on the board that we start to relax, and it was really exciting to score, considering how many flip throws I do. That goal pumped everyone up, and it really seemed to get us going.”

“It’s always important to get that first goal, being that we are a team which tends to tense up when we get a lot of shots, but not that first goal,” said Lisbon coach Jake Gentle, whose squad hosts Spruce Mountain on Friday at 4 p.m. “These kids are so aggressive, and an early goal lets the floodgates open.”

On the rare occasions Telstar crossed midfield, Ouellette’s long throws had the Rebels playing defense again.

“When she really gets into it, she can throw 40, 50 yards, and it catches teams off-guard, and when you’re playing a team that is dominating you, she can get it out and get us to reset,” said Gentle.

“When we play harder teams and we are pinned in on defense, the long flip throw lets us get it out of the zone and sets up the offense,” added Ouellette.

Angelico made it a 2-0 game for the hosts when she outraced the Telstar defense before beating goaltender Tori Ryerson to the far post with 13:02 remaining until halftime. And, her third tally four minutes later off a pass from Chelsea Huston staked the Greyhounds to a 3-0 halftime lead.

Lisbon kept the pressure on in the second half, outshooting the Rebels 21-0 to finish with a 37-0 advantage. Courtney Martel, who manned the Greyhound cage in the first half, converted a traditional corner kick with 22:56 remaining to complete the scoring.

Ryerson turned aside 14 shots in a solid effort. Remington praised his squad’s never-quit attitude.

“Every practice, every day of a game, they are in the same mood and are still working hard. They just amaze me,” said Remington, who received solid efforts from defenders Ana Harren, Maisey Griffin, Casey Blaszczak and Jenny Wakefield. “Because of their inexperience, they do make the same mistakes over and over again. They will come around. The future looks good, with our first year middle school program having good numbers.”

“They are a first-year team, but many of their girls played with the boys last year and they have some good players,” said Gentle. “We didn’t know how many girls they had, but we try to play everybody the same.”

Dakota Bisson manned the Lisbon cage in the second half, with defenders Ouellette, Jordan Kates, Drew Stewart-Staples, Chantal Bisson and Shantal MacWhinnie quickly shutting down Telstar advances.


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