ORONO, Maine — The Orono High School girls soccer team had just one blemish on its record entering Wednesday afternoon’s home game against Dexter, a 2-2 tie in Dexter on Sept. 25.
And the Red Riots wasted little time avenging that tie.
Orono scored three times in a span of four minutes over the game’s first 10:09 and went on to post an impressive 5-0 triumph.
Freshman striker Becky Lopez-Anido scored the first two goals and added a pair of second-half assists for the 11-0-1 Red Riots.
Dexter fell to 9-2-2 after having its six-game winning streak snapped.
Junior midfielder Dianna Tyutyunnyk had a goal and two assists, with freshman Brinsley Chasse and senior Hanna Renedo scoring the other goals. Renedo also had an assist. Junior Vicki Goodwin and freshman Kaitlin Richards teamed up for the shutout.
“Our team came together. We really wanted this game because we tied the last time we played them. We really came out fired up,” said Tyutyunnyk.
“They were ready to play. We knew they were going to come out hungry because they wanted a little revenge for what happened up at our place,” said Dexter coach Jody Grant. “I think we got back on our heels, and after they scored the first one, it snowballed from there.”
Orono scored six minutes into the game off a nice passing sequence.
Renedo slipped the ball to Tyutyunnyk and her pass sent Lopez-Anido in alone on a diagonal run.
Lopez-Anido’s 10-yard shot went right at goalkeeper Tasha Pratt, but it squeezed through the goalkeeper’s hands and legs.
“I really wanted to get that first goal to start the game,” said Lopez-Anido. “I guess I hit it hard enough. It was nice to have those passes [that sent me in].”
A minute later, Lopez-Anido intercepted a goal kick along the right side, took a few strides and beat Pratt with a powerful rising 14-yard shot into the far corner.
“I saw that [Pratt] was on the near post, and I didn’t see any of my players [across the net front], so I figured I might as well take the shot,” said Lopez-Anido.
A well-constructed give-and-go between Chasse and and Tyutyunnyk produced the third goal.
Chasse was positioned outside the penalty area on the left-hand side and gave Tyutyunnyk a short pass before receiving a return pass from her.
She cut from right to left and took a shot from just inside the area that was labeled for the far corner, but it deflected off a Dexter defender’s leg and changed directions before glancing in off the helpless Pratt.
“Any time you shoot into a bunch of people, you hope for the best. I’m glad it went in,” said Chasse, a midfielder who has been moved into the back line to replace the injured Ellie Kass.
Tyutyunnyk and Renedo added second-half goals.
“Our kids came to play,” said Orono coach Cid Dyjak. “We had some excellent play from the beginning to the end. Some of our good, good players had really nice games today.
“Obviously, we got off to a great start. When you do that, it kind of establishes the tone and whole rhythm of the game,” added Dyjak. “Dexter has a good team. They played hard.”
“Orono took it to us. They certainly wanted it more than we did,” said Grant. “We have to play collectively. We can’t rely on one player or two players or three players. We have to have 11 players playing together at the same time to be effective. We have to be aggressive.”