March 23, 2018
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Patriots show off scoring balance in win over Ponies

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BANGOR — Bangor Christian High School junior striker Brad Wilcox entered Wednesday’s game against Foxcroft Academy with 20 goals and five assists in seven games.

The defending state Class D soccer champs proved they have plenty of other weapons to complement the dynamic Wilcox.

Senior midfielder Zach Sirois had a pair of goals and three assists, freshman Jay Bishop had a pair of goals, and sophomore midfielder Rem Poulin had four assists as Bangor Christian upended the Ponies 8-2.

Wilcox scored his 21st and 22nd goals and was a constant threat with his lightning-quick feet and tireless tenacity but his goals came after the Patriots had already built a 5-2 lead.

Christopher Parent and Zac Palmeter had the other goals for the 7-0-1 Patriots.

Colby Bombero and Joel Massa scored for 4-4-1 Foxcroft Academy.

“Their whole team is really good,” said Foxcroft junior striker Bombero, whose goal cut the deficit to 3-1 in the first half.

“They attack down both sides and change direction with the ball real well,” said Foxcroft coach Glenn Hodgkinson. “They outclassed us. I don’t see anybody in Class D beating them.”

Senior goalie Tyler Alexander was another important contributor as he made two timely saves with the Patriots holding a 4-2 lead in the second half.

That enabled the Patriots to maintain their momentum.

Bombero sent standout striker Joel Massa in down the left flank with a precise through ball but Alexander came off his line and was able to get his right foot on the near-post shot.

“I was hoping he’d kick it to my right and he did,” said Alexander.

“I tried to cut it back but I lost my footing and didn’t quite get it off correctly,” said Massa.

A few minutes later, Massa took a low corner kick that an unmarked Jae Young Lee re-directed toward the near post.

“I saw the ball and dove across on it,” said Alexander, who finished with seven saves on 14 shots.

Shortly afterward, Sirois and Wilcox cemented the win with goals 1:33 apart.

Dylan Merchant laid the ball off to Sirois just outside the penalty area and Sirois touched the ball to his right and beat Foxcroft goalie Kevin Leary with a low shot inside the post to Leary’s left.

“Dylan gave me a great ball,” said Sirois.

Sirois set up Wilcox’s goal with a diagonal through ball that sent him in down the left flank.

Wilcox tucked the ball in the far corner.

Bishop and Wilcox capped the scoring.

Parent opened the scoring 4:52 into the game when he ran on to a Poulin corner kick and delivered it into the back of the net with a decisive header.

Bishop made it 2-0 with a far-post header 12 minutes later after Sirois chased down a low Wilcox corner that skipped across the goal mouth and lofted a perfect cross over to him.

Sirois made it 3-0 when Poulin dispossessed the ball from a Foxcroft player and fed Sirois a through ball.

Bombero scored during a goal-mouth scramble when H.P. Park touched it over to him and he side volleyed it into the far corner.

Palmeter answered 4:10 later when Poulin’s long pass deflected off a Pony defender’s head into his path and he roofed a 12-yard shot.

Massa struck back when he received a pass from Lee and rifled an unstoppable 22-yard strike into the far corner.

Alexander finished with seven saves on 14 shots while Leary, who also played well despite the score, wound up with 11 saves on 37 shots for the Class C Ponies.

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