VAN BUREN, Maine — Parise Rossignol is best-known for her exploits on the basketball court.
In her first three seasons at Van Buren High School, she has amassed 1,847 points and is a three-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection. She was a third-team pick as a freshman and a second-team choice the next two years.
But the daughter of former Van Buren High and University of Maine star Matt Rossignol, who coaches her on school’s basketball team, is also a highly skilled soccer player.
And she now owns the school record for most career goals as her 20 goals in nine games this season gives her 107 for her career. That is three more than Sarah Roy’s mark set in the early 1990s. Shelby Pickering of Lee Academy is Maine’s overall career goal-scoring leader, totaling 178 for the Pandas’ girls squad between 2001 and 2004.
The Crusaders have five regular season games remaining before the playoffs.
Rossignol said the school record “means a lot to me.
“Sarah Roy is a big name. Those are big shoes to live up to. It feels good,” said senior Rossignol, who has scored 76.9 percent of her team’s goals this season.
Rossignol said she has had plenty of help along the way.
“The first two years, we made it to the state (Class D) game so that meant I got to play extra games. And my teammates have done a good job setting me up,” said Rossignol.
Van Buren coach Jay Edgecomb said Rossignol’s forte is her ability to control the ball.
“It’s like the ball is on a string on the end of her foot,” said Edgecomb. “She’s also got a big foot. She’s dangerous from 35 yards in if you give her space.”
Rossignol said one of the primary reasons she can score from outside the penalty area now is she has “definitely gotten a lot stronger.
“In my first two seasons, most of my goals were scored on breakaways or from in-close,” said Rossignol. “But I can score from further out now. It’s easier to reach (the net from further out). And I’ve worked on my shot.”
That increase in strength has also helped her shrug off players marking her.
Edgecomb pointed out that every team has at least one player marking her and “two or three waiting” to help out on her when she gets the ball.
“I was a lot smaller my freshman and sophomore years,” said the 5-foot-7, 130-pound Rossignol. “But I can take hits better now and I’m able to stay on my feet a lot more.”
“She uses her body well to shield the ball,” said Edgecomb.
He also noted that she doesn’t get frustrated by double and triple-teams.
“She has improved when it comes to understanding what she has to do (to get open),” said Edgecomb. “That’s where she has grown the most.”
“And her teammates understand where to put the ball where she can get it without having three people on her. She has grown and so has the team,” added Edgecomb.
“She’s a pretty good little player,” said Caribou junior midfielder Sarah Doak. “She has speed and she’s smart.”
The 17-year-old Rossignol and her Crusaders are 4-5 this season but they have won their last three games.
She is hoping they can make a long playoff run before she hangs up her soccer shoes.
Rossignol will attend the University of Maine on a basketball scholarship next season so that will occupy her time away from the classroom.
“It’s going to be weird not playing organized soccer next year. I’ve played it for so long. I can’t remember not playing it,” said Rossignol. “But basketball is my favorite sport.”