BANGOR, Maine — The top-ranked Bangor boys’ soccer team scored a goal in each half to hold off stubborn Brewer 2-0 in a Class A match Saturday.
The win was the 12th by shutout this season for the top-ranked Rams, now 13-0 on the season with one game remaining against Hampden Academy on Tuesday evening.
Bangor has outscored its collective opposition 57-1.
Brewer, which needed wins over Bangor and Messalonskee in its final two games to harbor any postseason hopes of its own, is now 4-7-2.
Bangor outshot Brewer 26-1, with Rams’ goalie Bud Angst not required to make a save while Brewer’s Evan Nadeau making 12 stops to keep the Witches close.
Brewer came out in an aggressive defensive stance that for much of the match denied Bangor many high-percentage scoring opportunities.
But the Rams did break through with 34:17 left in the opening half, as Cody Cormier tipped in a shot by Clark Noonan.
The play began with a long throw-in from the right wing by Adam King. The ball sailed into the penalty area, where Noonan right-footed the ball toward the center of the goal.
Cormier then beat a Brewer defender to the ball to score his eighth goal of the season from close range.
Bangor adjusted its formation to include two strikers instead of one in the second half, and that created more offensive chances.
Several of those chances came off long throw-ins by King or corner kicks, but Nadeau and teammate Shawn Williams were effective in clearing the ball out of the goal crease for most of the final half.
Bangor did double its lead off such a re-start with 14:17 to play.
Nick George struck a low corner kick from the right wing toward the near goal post, right to where teammate Jacques Larochelle was running. Larochelle one-timed a grounded shot just inside the goal post to cap off the scoring.