Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wolverines take down Phoenix 2-1

The Bridgton Academy soccer team traveled to Hyde School in Bath, ME Wednesday afternoon and came away with a much needed 2-1 victory.
The game started off with the Wolverines dominating possession, however, it was the Phoenix of Hyde who struck first scoring just 5 minutes into the game on a counter attack. The Wolverines continued to apply their relentless pressure and with 20 minutes remaining in the first half it paid off, as Julian Clarke (Nassau, Bahamas) placed the ball nicely in the lower corner of the goal. The score was then tied 1-1 and the team was playing with a noticeable increased energy, something that was very evident in Assistant Coach Matt Berk's eyes, "We played with energy, passion, enthusiasm, we were taking things personally and using it as motivation." That motivation again shined through just 8 minutes after knotting the score up at 1-1 the Wolverines struck again when Clarke collected his second goal of the game firing a well struck ball just out of the keepers reach. Bridgton Academy would go on to dominate possession throughout the game and out shoot their opponents by a significant margin, however they were unable to add to their lead and the game ended with the score 2-1. When asked about Clarke's 2 goals Head Coach Kevin Mellon responded by saying "They were really 2 of the better goals we have scored all season, the first one was well placed and the second was well struck." Continuing this type of effort is something Coach Mellon will be looking for as the season begins to wind down, "We are looking for consistency, overall we played pretty well today, it wasn't one of our best games but we still came away with the victory."

The Wolverines will look to build on this win when they travel down to Winchendon School Friday for a 3:30 p.m. start time before returning home for a matchup with South Kent School Wednesday, October 22nd with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

#8 Jabulani Stokes-Nickerson (Chicago, IL) works around a Hyde defender.

#6 Jay Prizio (Wilton, CT) carries the ball in the open field.

#7 Joe Medeiros (Hudson, NH) dribbles his way around a pair of defenders.

#23 Kevin Van Lenten (Topsfield, MA) carries the ball up the field for the Wolverines.

Wolverines defensive wall.

Team meeting during a stoppage of play.

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