Oct. 25—DIXFIELD — Dirigo took control late in a high-scoring first half against Telstar.
All five of the game's goals came in the opening half-hour as the Cougars defeated the Rebels 3-2 in an 8-person boys soccer South regional quarterfinal at Harlow Park.
Dalton Hodgkins scored two goals for third-seeded Dirigo (8-5-2).
Hodgkins opened the scoring for the Cougars when his line drive shot in the 18-yard box found the back of the net in the third minute.
After Hodgkins had a 25-yard shot go wide in the 16th-minute, sixth-seeded Telstar (3-8-2) went on the offensive attack and Cyrus Mills slid a shot past Dirigo goalie Travis Wright to tie the game at 1-1.
Nicholas Zolad finished a nice assist in the box from Travis Decareau to give the Rebels their first lead of the game in the 20th minute.
Dirigo had a strong final seven minutes, starting when Alessandro Tammaro powered his way into the box and fought off Telstar defenders before his shot evened the game at 2-2 in the 23rd minute.
Hodgkins scored his second goal of the first half in the final two minutes to give Dirigo a 3-2 lead. It came two minutes after he hit the crossbar from 35 yards out.
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