NEWPORT–On a rain soaked field, North Country played host to the Division III Galloping Ghosts of Randolph Union High on Wednesday.
While Randolph gave it all on the field, it was the Falcons, behind Devinnie Davis' hat-trick picking up the 6-1 win.
"These games we expect to win," said coach Jose´ Batista. "I thought at times we looked really good and at times we looked a little slack, but all in all it is a good win for us.”
North Country was the dominant team from the opening kick-off, although Randolph did have some moments where they controlled the pace.
After checking into the game, Davis wasted little time getting into the thick of things.
She grabbed a loose ball from about 40 yards out and used her blazing speed to break away from a defender and sending in her first goal of the afternoon with 28:08 left in the first.
Eight minutes later she was back at it, driving home another low shot.
All in all she would have five really good cracks at the Ghosts' net in the half, cashing in on two and narrowly missing the others.
Three minutes later the Falcons wrapped up there scoring for the first half.
Natalie Sykes took the ball down the left side the field, angled in on net and slid the ball under Randolph's Johanna Sargent for the goal.
Trailing 3-0 going into the second, Randolph erased Jenna Moss' hopes of a shut-out when Kelsey Jacobs lofted in a direct kick that was just out of the NCU goalies’ out-stretched hands.
"Our effort was good, but it seemed like the communication wasn't there," said Randolph coach Casey Grimes. "Other than that, their movement was good, but we need to work on our passing."
Right after the goal the Falcons went right back down the field where Katie LeBlanc just missed scoring the fourth North Country goal.
The Falcons didn't miss on their next chance.
Davis was knocked down inside the eighteen and the Falcons were awarded the penalty-kick.
Elizabeth Maxwell was called upon to take the shot and was on target, sending another low one past Sargent to bring the lead back to three.
Crystal Moss was the next one to get into the action.
After being denied on her original attempt, she came right back and buried the ball into the far side of the cage.
Davis ended the scoring party with 16:51 to go on a very pretty play.
Moss made a short cross to Devinnie who took her time, went around the Sargent and tapped it in, completing the hat-trick.
"Crystal had a really nice cross, having had to hustle to get the ball to me," Davis said about Moss' pass.
Said Batista, "I really liked that last goal. She was savvy enough to let the ball roll by and then push the ball back when the goalie was out of position. That is a goal scorer's goal."
Moss and Whitney Bernier faced a combined four shots, saving three while Sargent had a busy day, stopping eleven for Randolph.
North Country now stands at 6-3 while Randolph is 1-8.
Next up is a visit from U-32 on Saturday at 4:00.