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Littleton defeats Spartans


September 30, 2009
LITTLETON— Despite playing its Homecoming game in unfamiliar surroundings, and without its usually potent offense, Littleton was in control throughout a 1-0 victory over White Mountains at Remich Park last Saturday.

It was business as usual for the undefeated Crusaders. Littleton lifted its record to 7-0 through its first seven games. The Crusaders were on cruise control against the Spartans. With 10:15 left in the first half, Julia Winn tipped in Katie Boivin's direct kick for a 1-0 lead and that's all Littleton needed.

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Littleton’s Reannan Gardner takes a direct kick into a swarm of White Mountains defenders last Saturday in Littleton’s Homecoming game at Remich Park. The Crusaders defeated White Mountains 1-0 to lift their record to 7-0. Charlie Lentz/The Courier. (click for larger version)
"It was just a direct kick that went in for us," said Littleton coach Kory Pinard.

Boivin took her direct kick from 30 yards out. Boivin said she tries to make every direct kick a good scoring opportunity.

"Most of the time I'm looking for my teammates to get it in. When I'm close enough I just try to put it on goal," Boivin said. "If it doesn't get there I know somebody will get on it. I was going for the goal but it worked out."

Winn said goals were tough to score against White Mountains (3-4-1). On direct kicks, Winn always stations herself near the goalkeeper in a position to redirect free kicks.

"It was coming towards me. I knew I had to get it in," Winn said. "I just barely got it in though. I just barely touched it. It was coming right by me. I just tapped it in."

Littleton's possessive offense and stout defense made the one-goal lead stand.

"We played pretty good defense," Boivin said. "It was easy to hold them off. We had a lot of scoring opportunities. We just couldn't capitalize. Hopefully, we can work on that for the next game."

Coach Pinard didn't think goals would be so hard to come by against White Mountains. Littleton has played most of its games at Norton Pike. Remich Park was a new venue this season but the Crusaders adapted.

"We keep switching fields all the time. This is the first time we've played here all year," Pinard said. "The field does run downhill. It's very tough for us to get used to it. For us to come up here for Homecoming, it's not an advantage by any means because we don't play here every single day. This is a great field if you practice on it every day."

And Winn gave the Crusaders the only goal they needed to stay unbeaten. Pinard said he wanted a few more.

"We didn't get the goals we should have gotten. We still outplayed them," Pinard said. "We're playing outstanding defense. Our defense is just wonderful. From the halfbacks back, everybody's doing a really good job. We're getting to the 50-50 balls. We're getting to balls in the air. The once-bounce balls, we're at every single one of them."

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