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Bezanson scores twice as Panthers beat PCA, 4-1

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

MA’s Jodi Bezanson scored two goals to help lead the Panthers to a 4-1 win over PCA on Sept. 17. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
September 24, 2012
MOULTONBOROUGH – The Moultonborough Academy girls' soccer team is enjoying the early part of the season.

Behind two goals from sophomore midfielder Jodi Bezanson, the Panthers won their fifth game in six tries to start the season on Sept. 17 in a 4-1 victory over visiting Portsmouth Christian Academy of Dover in a Division IV contest.

MA wasted little time getting on the board, as the Panthers cashed in just five minutes into the first half. Kelsey Coppinger played a long ball to fellow forward Mackenzie Graupner, who took a quick shot on the PCA goal. While the initial shot was saved, Graunper buried the rebound to the near post, giving MA a quick 1-0 lead.

The lead doubled in the 11th minute, as Holly Thompson tossed in one of her trademark long-range throw-ins. Coppinger ran onto the bouncing ball, and she found the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game.

While the Panthers had numerous chances to increase the lead, it wasn't until 10 minutes later that the hosts struck again. This time it was a picture perfect tally, as Graupner spun a corner kick right around the 18-yard line. Bezanson was there waiting, and she put a long range header on the goal frame. The shot ricocheted off the goalie and the inside of the post before crossing the line, good enough for a 3-0 advantage.

PCA got back within two goals in the 30th minute however, as a breakdown defensively allowed the visitors to cut the deficit to 3-1 in one of the only offensive threats put against goalkeeper Courtney Delaney.

Bezanson restored the three-goal lead just three minutes later though. Junior Grace Hoefs sent a nice cross into the box, and Bezanson used her thigh to one-time the ball into the net for a 4-1 lead that sealed the win.

Neither team scored in the second half, with the back-and-forth play mostly being contested in the middle third of the field. The MA defense did its job after intermission, as Gwen Fifield, Steph Winsor, Carly Nelson and Thompson making sure each PCA rush up field was halted before getting too close to Delaney.

Midfielders Lexi Welch, Alana Fifield and Jordan Hough also played well for the Panthers, playing dangerous balls up front to Coppinger and Graupner all afternoon long.

It was the second win over PCA on the season for the Panthers, as MA also won a 3-0 game in Dover on Sept. 7.

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