BANGOR, Maine — Even as his team was scoring goals at will Friday night, Bangor girls soccer coach Joe Johnson discovered he’ll have plenty of weapons in his arsenal this fall.
The Rams received hat tricks from freshman Grace Maclean and senior Eliza Estabrook, two of 10 different players to score a goal in a 14-1 season-opening win over Brewer.
Maclean was one of two Rams to score her first varsity goal, as sophomore Liz Hintz’s unassisted tally from 20 yards out midway through the first half was good for her first varsity tally.
“We certainly took a good look at a lot of different kids tonight, it was nice,” Johnson said. “A lot of them stepped up and played very well.”
This game was a mismatch from the first whistle, as the quicker and more skilled Rams kept the ball in the Witches’ end throughout the match, outshooting Brewer 46-4.
Megan Doucette opened the scoring 12:51 in, accepting a breakaway pass from Shannon Broznya while Hintz, Annie McKay, Estabrook, and Kim Jordan each added a first-half score as Bangor took a 5-0 lead into halftime. It could’ve been worse, as Brewer goalkeepers Hannah Simmons, Missy Thompson and Colleen Gilley made some solid saves.
Maclean scored all three of her goals in the second half and Estabrook converted two more, as the Rams executed their crossing game to perfection while their depth and speed wore the Witches down.
“We were really working today on passing and making combination [plays] and crossing the ball in front of the net,” Estabrook said.
Ashley Robinson, Chelsey Hardy, Brianna McKenna and Adrianna Capuano each added second-half goals for Bangor.
“We’re very deep and we’ve got a lot of weapons in a lot of different positions,” said Johnson.
Especially Jordan, a junior forward who was out with a knee injury last season.
“I think [coach] wanted to try people at a lot of different places and see how we were actually going to do through the season,” said Jordan, who assisted on Maclean’s first goal.
One such place was in goal, as Meri Wicks and Mia Smith, both sophomores, saw action and combined for three saves on four shots.
“As deep as we are, we’re going to be able to go very deep and keep everybody fresh, which is nice to have,” Johnson said.
Even though the Rams were running away with the match, they kept constant pressure on the Witches’ net and executed their crosses to perfection and worked the flanks soundly.
“You always want to come out and play hard,” Johnson said. “We’re still going to play hard soccer and play hard and compete.”
They’ll have to next week, with tough games at Messalonskee in Oakland on Tuesday and at home against Mt. Blue of Farmington next Friday.
Rachel Braithwaite scored in the second half for Brewer.
Simmons, Thompson and Gilley combined for 18 saves.