BREWER, Maine — Its lead had just been sliced in half with halftime approaching, and the Bangor High School field hockey team needed to seize the momentum back before halftime.
Enter junior forward Meegan Bolduc, who hadn’t scored a varsity goal prior to Tuesday night’s game at Brewer.
Bolduc got the Rams rolling in the right direction with her second goal of the first half 2:25 before intermission, and coach Sue Tyler’s club coasted from there to a 4-1 victory over the Witches at Heddericg Field Tuesday night.
Both teams are 1-1.
“We have some fast girls on our team and a lot of breakaways down the wings. We had a lot of players up there,” said Bolduc, whose second goal was set up by one of the fastest girls in the state.
Senior forward Brittney Chapman, also a track and field standout for Bangor, streaked down the left wing and served the ball in, and Dana Libhart pounced on a rebound and sent the ball across the center to a waiting Bolduc, who settled it on her stick and knocked it past Brewer goalie Angela Patterson.
“It just helped having my stick always down and quick hits other than backswings,” Bolduc said.
Bolduc set the tone for a stellar Bangor offensive effort, during which it outshot the Witches 21-7, by gathering in a rebound and knocking it home 25 seconds into the match.
Alexis Casey, the coach’s daughter, put the Rams up 2-0 10 minutes later with an unassisted tally.
The Witches countered at the 25:02 mark off a penalty corner. Amanda Ryan controlled the ball and crossed it to Brittany Albert, who found the right side of the cage to cut Bangor’s lead in half.
But Bolduc’s second goal sent Bangor on its way, and Casey Pray added an unassisted tally in the second half, giving Tyler the offensive output for which she was looking.
“It’s good for them to have this win and have the support of the fans, and to score four [goals], that’s good,” said Tyler.
The Rams could have scored more, but Brewer senior Patterson played an outstanding game in goal, coming up with 12 saves against relentless Bangor pressure.
“Ange is a strong goalie, she does a really nice job,” Brewer coach Duffy Doiron said. “I don’t think that my defense didn’t do a good job, it’s just that that’s a ton of pressure. Four goals, for [the] ton of pressure they put on, is actually not that many.”
Bangor’s quickness, particularly that of attackers Bolduc, Chapman, Pray and Casey, was tough for the Witches’ defenders to handle. The Rams wore them down with solid ball possession, crisp passing and stick work.
“The girls worked really hard on their stick work this winter, and just about the whole varsity team played club and went to Majestic’s [camps] and did summer camps, so they worked really, really hard for this,” Tyler said.
With a veteran nucleus and coming off a 2008 campaign in which they earned the No. 6 seed in a competitive Eastern Maine Class A, the Rams have lofty expectations for this fall.
“We have a really strong team and we’re really close,” said Bolduc.
Melissa Mower came up with four saves for Bangor.
JV: Bangor 5-1
BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS
Brewer goalie Angela Patterson deflects a shot from Bangor’s Brittney Chapman (left) as Brewer’s Morgan Haradon (right) approaches during their high school field hockey game in Brewer Tuesday night.