Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bridgton Academy Fall Sports Awards

The Bridgton Academy community gathered together Wednesday night for the annual Fall Sports Awards Banquet. It was a time for the coaches to reflect upon the season and the players to be acknowledge by their classmates and coaches alike on the accomplishments of the season.

Head Coach Kevin Mellon handed out five awards on the night. Zach Johnson (Westbrook, ME) was given the Coaches Award, Chris Rajotte (Avon, CT) the Leadership Award, Kevin Van Lenten (Topsfield, MA) the Lunch Pail Award, and Michael Peart (Crownsville, MD) and Matt Hill (Northborough, MA) earned Co-Most Improved.

Congratulations to Zach, Chris, Kevin, Michael, and Matt on their awards as well as all of the 2008 Wolverine Soccer team members!!

Head Coach Kevin Mellon (far left) and Assistant Coach Matt Berk (far right) with 2008 award winners (left to right) Chris Rajotte, Michael Peart, Kevin Van Lenten, Zach Johnson, and Matt Hill.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Former Wolverines Having An Early Impact

Two former Bridgton Academy Wolverines from last years 14-3-1 team have remained teammates this season now at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Chris Roswess, a forward for the Minutemen has made 18 appearances this season, including 8 starts, while registering his first collegiate goal, a game winner, on October 24th against the University of Richmond in extra time (98th minute).

Andrew Henshaw, a defender for the Minutemen has made 15 appearances so far this season, including 12 starts. His first collegiate goal came recently, on November 7th versus Saint Louis University. Henshaw headed in a corner kick in the 31st minute giving UMASS an early 1-0 lead in a game the Minuteman held on to win by a final score of 2-1.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wolverines Comeback Bid Falls Short

The Wolverines Soccer Team gave an admirable effort for a full 90 minutes in their season finale versus Brewster Academy falling 3-2.

Brewster Academy took a quick 1-0 lead in the 6th minute, and struck again just 40 seconds later taking a two goal lead and it appeared as though it would be a long afternoon for the Wolverines. The game evened out over the next 14 minutes of play before Brewster converted on another opportunity making the score 3-0 with 25 minutes to play in the first half. Both teams exchanged scoring chances in the final minutes of the first half to no success.

With his team trailing 3-0 at halftime Head Coach Kevin Mellon must have found some inspirational words for his Wolverines as they came out with a renewed sense of energy and aggressiveness, a leave it all on the field mentality that was as evident as it has been at any point in the season. This new found approach paid off in the 61st minute when Joe Medeiros (Hudson, NH) fired a shot that was saved by the Brewster keeper only to come right back to Medeiros, whose second effort made it 3-1 and had gotten the Wolverines on the board. Bridgton Academy was not done yet as they really packed it in and kept the ball in the Brewster half of the field with their relentless pressure. Just nine minutes after scoring his first goal of the game, Medeiros struck again, blasting a sinking shot from 25 yards out which initially appeared as though it would sail over the crossbar only to quickly sink below it and find the back of the net to bring the score to 3-2. The Wolverines controlled play for the majority of the final 20 minutes, only to see their comeback bid fall short.

Although the result was not what they were hoping for the Wolverines finished off the 2008 season in a more then respectable fashion.

#7 Joe Medieros (Hudson, NH) settles the ball.

#17 Julian Clarke (Nassau, Bahamas) dribbles the ball down field as two Brewster players give chase.

#8 Jabulani Stokes-Nickerson (Chicago, IL) beats a Brewster Academy player to the ball.

#11 Zach Johnson (Westbrook, ME) takes a corner kick for the Wolverines.

#13 Chris Rajotte (Avon, CT) contemplates his next move.