Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BA vs. Phillips Exeter

The Bridgton Academy Wolverines took to the road for the last time in 2013 to face Class A rival Phillips Exeter Academy. The game started off as Coach Perron predicted, with Exeter booming balls long over the top and the BA boys trying to settle the game down and possess. For the first 20 minutes, BA would hold the majority of the possession even without two of their top players and Division 1 prospects Casey Hamill and Nicholas Kaiafas (Card infraction/Concussion respectively). The first two goals of the game would fall  to Exeter however, as their long ball tactic forced the BA backline into two mistakes. It was 2-0 Exeter within a span of 2 minutes and this is the way the half would end. BA would make a formation change for the Second and it worked well of the start only to see Exeter put away their third off a counter attack. 3-0 Exeter. It would have been easy for the boys to wilt away under these circumstances under the lights, in front of 500 raucous and unruly fans though the boys came back and fought harder. Brian Wheeler would put one goal away on a looping shot to draw the boys a bit closer, 3-1, his second of the campaign. Minutes later, former Hanover teammate Eric Miller Headed home the second goal off a longer service into the box. 3-2 was the scoreline with 10 minutes to go. BA put together at least 3 more quality chances as it seemed everything began to come together during that second half though the boys would come up just short. The score finished 3-2 in what would be another disappointing loss for the BA side.

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