BREWER — With an arsenal of weapons in its attack, a different offensive hero could emerge for the Bangor girls soccer team on a game-by-game basis this fall.
Friday afternoon, it was Ashley Robinson.
The junior forward scored four goals while Kim Jordan and June Candland had two apiece as the Rams rolled to a 10-0 win over Brewer in a mutual season opener.
The Rams put this one away early, with Grace Maclean one-touching a cross from Hanna Colpritt 52 seconds into the match while Robinson had two of her goals in the first half with Kim Jordan and Jade Baumrind scoring the others. Jordan scored her other goal in the second half and Robinson slammed home three more.
Maclean also tallied two assists for coach Joe Johnson’s club while Annie Guare, Ally Vanidestine and Jordan all added an assist apiece.
Bangor was in control throughout, overwhelming the Witches with their skill and athleticism, particularly in the midfield, while Erin Boulier, Liz Hintz, Tiffany Gray, Aimee Dubois and Emily Smith excelled in the back line.
“It just shows what type of team we have this year, we’re in it to win it this year,” Robinson said. “That’s how we’re going to play.”
The Rams peppered Brewer’s net with 40 shots, but Bangor could’ve had more goals if not for the play of hard-working Witch goalkeeper Missy Thompson, who had 11 saves.
Even though Bangor had a big lead, it never decreased its intensity level.
“A high lead is a high lead, but we try to just focus and keep playing our game,” said Robinson.
Bangor also showed it’ll be quick in its attack this fall, with two of the state’s fastest track and field athletes in Maclean and Vanidestine up front, and the Rams also possessed and moved the ball well in their 3-4-3 (three backs, four midfielders, three strikers) alignment.
“I like our conditioning for one, and our ball movement,” said Johnson. “We’ve got a lot of capable soccer players and the ball moved very well.”
The Rams’ passing game was also crisp, and the Witches had a tough time keeping up with Bangor’s quick attackers.
“I just feel like we moved the ball around, I think we’re all great together, we work really well together,” said Robinson. “Kimmy, Grace and I, the midfield’s involved, and we just moved the ball well as a team.”
And, with five different Rams scoring at least one goal, it’s clear that opponents will have to focus their marks on different attackers.
“I feel like we’re all really good shooters, so we have depth all around,” Robinson said. “We had many different people score today, which just shows how good of a team we are.”
The Witches didn’t hang their heads and worked hard throughout the match, with Teal Jackson excelling up front.
Two of Bangor’s top players, goalkeeper Mia Smith and forward Sadie Redman, were both out with knee injuries, but Johnson is hoping to have both players back within three to four weeks.
Bangor goalkeepers Meri Wicks and Kristen Henigan only faced four shots between them, with Wicks making three stops while Henigan didn’t have to make one.