Monday, September 27, 2010

Soccer Extends Undefeated Streak Over The Weekend

This past weekend the soccer team traveled to Massachussetts for a two day road trip. They started with a match against Deerfield Academy and followed up the next day at Worcester Academy. In the game against Deerfield the Wolverines played a hard game and took an early lead. Jordan Stoddart (Brampton, ON) struck first against Deerfield when he took a long punt from Ryan Rogers (Falmouth, ME) behind the defense for a goal early in the first half. After multiple scoring opportunities from each team, Mike Jacques (Tolland, CT) took a penalty in the box. Deerfield capitalized on the opportunity and tied the game 1-1. Bridgton worked hard for the rest of the match and held Deerfield to a tie.

On Sunday the team made the drive to Worcester Academy where the game started off very differently. Worcester went ahead with an early goal only five minutes into the game. It didn’t take long however for Stoddart and Noel Rix (Rye, NH) to find each other as Rix scored BA’s first goal of the game. After ten minutes of even play, Worcester found a scoring opportunity again to go up 2-1. BA fought hard, and was rewarded as a Worcester defender put the ball in his own net. The game was tied 2-2 at the half and BA came out looking for a win. In the second half both teams were fired up. Much to BA’s disadvantage Marlon Ramalho (Framingham, MA) was carded with 18 minutes to go and BA was to play a man down. However, the Wolverines never gave up. With five minutes left in the game Crispin Munyanya (Manchester, NH) found a pass from Jacob Bricklin (Bainbridge Island, WA) and put it away to give BA a 3-2 win.

The team will be on the road for their next match up as they travel to the Holderness School to play on Saturday October 2nd at 2:30 P.M.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Soccer Earns First Shutout of the Season

The Wolverine soccer team brought home a big win from Thayer Academy yesterday. The team traveled all the way to Braintree where they faced the Tigers and walked away with a shutout beating Thayer 3-0.

The game started out very evenly matched with the ball traveling up and down the field. For the first 20 minutes of play there was no score until Noel Rix (Rye, NH) scored the first goal of the game with an assist from Jordan Stoddart (Brampton, ON). With a 1-0 lead the Wolverines continued to work hard, dominating the play from there out. Stoddart had a few close shots but missed the goal by inches. With under two minutes to go in the first half, Stoddart crossed the ball in front of Thayer’s net where Paul Janos (Weston, MA) was waiting to put it away. The Wolverines ended the half up 2-0.

After the half, both teams hit the field ready to work hard. With the intensity up, the play continued with no score. There were again various opportunities to score for both teams, but Ryan Rogers (Falmouth, ME) kept Bridgton in the game saving every shot that came his way and earning his first shutout. After 44 minutes of a scoreless half, with seconds to go in the game, Stoddart found a pass from Janos, beat the goalie for an open net, and put the Wolverines ahead 3-0 for the final score of the game.

With another win in the books the team is looking forward to their next game when they travel to Deerfield Academy to play on Friday September 24th at 4:00 P.M.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Soccer Beats CMCC

The wolverine soccer team had a great win last night over Central Maine Community College 6-3.

Jordan Stoddard (Bampton, ON) started off the Wolverine's offensive attack with a goal approximately 15 minutes into the first half. Within the next minute, Stoddard was at it again, this time with a clear pass to Noel Rix (Rye, NH) who put the Wolverines on the scoreboard for a second time. Play continued back and forth until the pair found each other again with Rix finishing a pass from Stoddard with 2:36 left in the first half. The Wolverines ended the half ahead 3-0.

As play started in the second half, a CMCC player scored 5 minutes in. It didn't take long however for Stoddard to answer back with two goals assisted by Rix in the next six minutes earning himself a hattrick for the day. CMCC got lucky again with a goal, but BA continued to dominate the play. Crispin Munyanya (Manchester, NH) added an insurance goal with 14:15 left in the game putting the Wolverines well in the lead 6-2. One more CMCC goal slipped past with a few minutes left on the clock, but Bridgton continued to fight hard to make sure they stayed in the lead to earn their 6-3 victory.

Coach Ashenfelter liked what he saw from his team. "Our commitment and work rate defensively was markedly improved, and our ball movement was consistently dangerous going forward. I am proud of the way we competed throughout the game, maintained composure, and played as a team. We will look to continue building on this improvement in our next training session, and carry the momentum into our next contest," said Ashenfelter.

Stoddard makes his way to the goal for one of his three in the game

Munyanya makes the pass to an open teammate

Paul Janos (Weston, MA) slips by a CMCC player

CMCC can't stop Rix from scoring two goals against them

With a win behind them, the team hopes to keep the feelin alive as they travel to Thayer Academy on Monday September 20th to play at 4:30 PM.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Soccer goes 0-2 Over the Weekend

This past weekend the Wolverine soccer team travelled to Northfield Mt. Hermon and Springfield College. The team lost 6-2 against Northfield Mt. Hermon and 4-1 against Springfield. Jordan Stoddart (Brampton) scored all three of the goals for BA this weekend.

While it was a tough weekend Coach Ashenfelter is looking forward to learning and moving on. "We were short on subs but BA played hard for 180 minutes over two days. Now we are looking to rebound," said Ashenfelter.

The soccer team will host Central Maine Community College this Wednesday September 15th at 4:00 P.M.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Soccer Hits the Road

The wolverine soccer team will play their next game on the road this Saturday September 11th at 2:00 P.M. at Northfield Mt. Hermon. They will then play on Sunday September 12th at 12:00 P.M. at Springfield College.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Soccer Wins on the Road

The soccer team traveled to Southern Maine Community College and returned with a win as they defeated Southern Maine 2-1 in a very close game.

After the wolverines dominated the first 65 minutes of play they went down 1-0 as Southern Maine scored the first goal of the game. Just 10 minutes later Jordan Stoddart (Brampton) put away a pass from Crispin Munyanay (Manchester, NH) to tie things up. The game winning goal came in the 85th minute when Noel Rix (Rye, NH) scored with assists from Stoddart and James Dever (Mansfield, MA).

Coach Ashenfelter was very happy with the hard work he saw from his team. “For our first game the team did very well. We carried the play but struggled early to find the finishing touch. After going down 1-0 in the second half, I am proud of the way the players battled back and found a way to get the result. It was a great first step for our team. We now set our sights on preparing for this Saturday,” said Ashenfelter.

The soccer team is looking forward to their next game on the road at Northfield Mt. Hermon at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday September 11th.

Photo Credit Nova Rogers

Photo Credit Nova Rogers

Photo Credit Nova Rogers

Photo Credit Nova Rogers