Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BA vs. South Kent

A weary BA side traveled to Merrimack College this past Sunday to take on one of the perennial powers of New England in South Kent.  The boys fought hard for 90 minutes but without 2 of their better players sidelined with concussions they had a tough time getting a consistent attack going. They would fall 2-0 at the hands of a strong South Kent Side.

By: Coach Perron

BA vs. Hyde School

The BA boys soccer team took to the road again for a matchup against Hyde school on their parents weekend. After a run of a couple tough results, the boys hoped to climb back into the win column in this matchup. The boys came out sharp, dominating about 80% of possession throughout the game which led to their opening goal. Off a free kick into the box, a loose ball found Tyler Greene at the six yard box who drove it home for his second goal of the season. 1-0 to the good guys. This score would remain until the second half when a hyde player cracked a 30 yard bouncing ball into the back of the net to tie the score at 1. Connor Reagan took exception to this effort from Hyde in the next five minutes collecting a miss clearance around half field, dribbling swiftly to the corner and across the box and slotting a beautiful pass to Sam Anderson who laced his second goal of the season home for a 2-1 lead.  Hyde would tie the score minutes later on a long driven set piece into the box which was miss handled by the BA keeper/defense allowing the loose ball to be fired home to tie the score. The score would end 2-2.

By: Coach Perron 

Friday, October 25, 2013

BA vs. Berkshire School

The Bridgton Academy boys soccer team hit the road to take on New England Power and #1 ranked Berkshire Academy. The game was played in a minor league professional soccer stadium in Ludlow, MA, one in which Coach Perron used to call home in his professional playing days. Unfortunately, the boys play in the first half reflected a 4 hour bus ride and they were down quickly 2-0 within the first 10 minutes. It was a very lethargic first half for Bridgton while the talented Berkshire team came out firing on all cylinders. The boys came out at halftime finally ready to play and their play showed it, dominating the first 20 minutes but unfortunately came up with 0 goals to show for it. The final score would read 5-0 in favor of the Berkshire school and yet another disheartening loss for the BA Wolverines.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

BA vs. Pennington School

For the first time in program history, Bridgton Academy Soccer took to the road to face one of the top prep soccer programs in New Jersey in the Pennington School. Pennington has a rich soccer tradition and a history of success, a great out of league opponent for the boys but also a time for some bonding for the team on the 7 hour bus trip. In the first 20 minutes, you could already begin to see the improvement and chemistry growing among the BA players. They began to trust each other and move the ball quickly creating the first 2 chances of the game. Unfortunately, these chances wouldn’t amount to goals and with 28 minutes left in the half, Pennington would climb on the board after a nicely slotted through ball found a strikers feet and he calmly slotted home for a 1-0 lead. Not 2 minutes later a service from the top of the 18 found an unmarked Pennington player at the 6 yard box who headed home for a 2-0 lead. After a hard fought second half, the score would finish 2-0 to the home side Pennington School. It was another tough defeat for the boys but a big time learning experience to say the least.

By: Coach Perron

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Nice Friendly

Yesterday the soccer team had a friendly match against the lacrosse team? Yeah Yeah the lacrosse team.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

BA vs. Middlebury College JV

        The Wolverines took to a long 5 hr van ride onto the campus of Middlebury College to square off with their JV program. They were a very talented and physical squad that set the tone immediately with quick ball movement and organized play. They would score first about 20 minutes in off a cross from the wing a header was initially saved by goalkeeper Colin Ford only to see the rebound get stuffed home. 1-0 Middlebury. The away side Wolverines would valiantly respond off a set piece service from Casey Hamill which Andrew Terreri flicked home to tie the score at 1-1 moving into halftime. The second half would be a different story however. Middlebury jumped on an opportunity resulting from a corner kick to make the score 2-1 and the boys just didn’t have the energy to put together another comeback. The score finished 5-1 in favor of the home side. A tough trip for the Wolverines but a resilient bunch they are and will bounce back down at the Pennington School in New Jersey.

By: Coach Perron

Thursday, October 10, 2013

BA vs. Bowdoin JV (Game 2) 10/9/13

The BA Wolverines took to the road for what would be their shortest road game of the season up to this point at Bowdoin College. The boys were hoping for a bit of redemption as Bowdoin had stolen one on homecoming weekend at BA. We came out a bit flat due to a delay in the start time yet figured it out quickly and controlled the play from the first 5 minutes all the way up to the 90th. Chance after chance went by the wayside as BA couldn’t crack the packed in Bowdoin defense. The referee played his own part in the first half about 20 minutes into the half as Connor Reagan ripped a cross destined for the 6 but was clearly deflected by a Bowdoin defenders arm for a supposed Penalty Kick yet was missed by the official. The boys would respond admirably to the missed call the rest of the way but just couldn’t sneak one into the goal. The score would finish at 0-0. A disappointing tie as the Wolverines were the better side but we can take a lot of positives from the match including 2 straight shutouts and much better possession play.

By: Coach Perron

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BA vs. Kents Hill School 10/5/13

          Saturday the Wolverines would look to bounce back against Kents Hill School at home. From the kickoff, the Wolverines controlled much of the possessions and tempo of the game. The first goal of the game came off a quality assist from Sam Park (Vancouver, BC) who found Andrew Gass (Durham, NH). The second goal would come about ten minutes later when Dimitri Roumeliotis (Scarborough, ME) fed Connor Reagan (Gorham, ME) an open opportunity, finishing the game in a 2-0 finale. Next up for the Wolverines is Bowdoin College on Wednesday.

BA vs. Phillips Andover Academy 10/2/13

Qais Sidiqi
           BA soccer had two games this past week. Their first opponent was Phillips Andover Academy, who is nationally ranked in the top ten. The game started off with a lot of energy and passion from both teams. The Wolverines would create multiple chances within the first few minutes. The first break in the game came from Nicholas Kaiafas (Point Pleasant, NJ) in the 15th minute, and this lead would stand until the last ten minutes of the half. The second half Andover came out more determined than the Wolverines, and would score another goal that led them to the 2-1 victory.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BA vs. Bowdoin JV

Andrew Terreri

During Homecoming weekend, the Wolverine soccer team took on a feisty Bowdoin JV team. Their hard work paid off when a Bowdoin midfielder stole an errant pass from a BA defender and ripped a shot past the BA goaltender. BA would prove resilient and even the score, with Connor Reagan yet again drawing a penalty kick, which Andrew Gass (Durham, NH) slid home. This tally would soon be forgotten, however, as yet another errant pass from the BA defense put a Bowdoin forward in on goal. He wouldn’t disappoint putting them up for good 2-1. It was a disappointing, result for the BA side, who was hoping to impress the parents and families in attendance.

BA vs. Kimball Union Academy

Nick Kaiafas

Eric Miller

On Wednesday afternoon the BA Wolverine soccer team traveled down to New Hampshire to take on Kimball Union Academy. The game began at a frantic pace with both teams trying to feel each other out in terms of playing styles and talent. The first goal of the match came about 15 minutes in when a Kimball Union player took to a nifty give and go off a throw in a rocketed a shot from 30 yards out into the bottom corner of the goal. This is the way the half would finish in what would be a disappointing first half for the Bridgton. The second half would be a much different story, however, as BA came out firing and creating chance after chance. Finally, Connor Reagan (Gorham, ME) broke through the KUA defense only to get dragged down in the box for a penalty kick. Qais Sidiqe (Revere, MA) calmly slotted home to tie it at 1-1. The game would finish at this score putting the Wolverine record at 3-3-3.

Sam Anderson