FORT KENT — Sometimes in rivalry games all it takes is one quick strike to make a resounding statement.
Fort Kent junior Roxy Pelletier made not just one, but four Tuesday night.
The Warriors’ striker scored a career-high four goals, including one in the first two minutes of the match as Fort Kent cruised past Madawaska 4-0.
Maybe it was the peanut butter and banana breakfast Pelletier had Tuesday morning, or the fact that it was two Class C powers going at it, but she was fired up.
“Our last practice, we just worked on shooting, so I guess it was just on tonight,” said Pelletier, who recorded her first career game of three or more goals.
The Warriors improved to 3-0-1 while Madawaska fell to 1-1.
As was the case in coach Robby Nadeau’s club’s previous match last Friday against Houlton, the Warriors came out of the gates fast, and the first shot of the game found the back of the net.
Pelletier won a 50-50 ball just inside the penalty area, broke down the goal mouth and delivered a hard shot past Owls goalkeeper Amanda Nadeau 1:40 into the match.
That generated some momentum early, but perhaps the biggest factor was the Warriors never let up after the early strike.
“The first goal was very important but the next five minutes after a goal are also very important because that’s when a team gets on a high and we make mistakes,” said senior fullback Jessica Walker. “We have to stay focused and confident.”
Pelletier struck again late in the half to give Fort Kent more momentum entering intermission.
Freshman Lauren Doak started the sequence with a hard shot from the right side of the penalty area that Nadeau blocked, but Pelletier buried the rebound with 2:47 to go until the break.
Pelletier one-timed a cross from Emily Bard into the far post 4:23 into the second half and capped off the scoring with a breakaway with 10:42 left.
“My team helped me out, they got it up there [to me],” she said. “I didn’t do it alone.”
The Warriors won a high percentage of the 50-50 balls while their midfielders and forwards pressured Madawaska’s back line.
Fort Kent’s back line, anchored by Walker, Sam Carapellucci, Becca Martin and Lexi Desjardins also kept the Owls’ attackers away from goalkeeper Carissa Pelletier.
“Our defense does a good job rotating,” said Walker.
Fort Kent’s offense found its rhythm after a game against Houlton in which the Warriors hit the post five times.
“We worked on shooting, and that’s all we did this game was hit the back of the net,” Walker said.
Amanda Nadeau finished with seven saves on eight shots in goal for coach Dan Cyr’s Owls,, while Carissa Pelletier had two saves on four shots for the Warriors.