BREWER, Maine — After a pair of frustrating ties in which they outshot their opponents 44-11, the Bangor High School boys soccer team found the win column on Friday afternoon as sophomore striker Nate Bach scored a pair of goals and Bangor used a three-goal outburst early in the second half to upend Brewer 4-1.
Bangor is now 1-0-2 while Brewer fell to 0-2.
Bach scored the only goal of the first half before Eli Clein, Bach and Hunter Boyce scored 8:10 apart over the first 10:40 of the second half to give the Rams a comfortable cushion over the hard-working Witches.
Yutaro Kawanura ruined Colton Markevich’s shutout bid with 5:14 remaining.
Bangor attempted 38 shots to Brewer’s 12.
“I thought we played well,” said Bangor coach David Patterson. “We were fairly direct. We got the ball forward quickly and made a lot of chances. We’ve been making a lot of chances and today was one of those days when we put some of them away.”
Bangor’s superior depth was pivotal as the Rams wore the Witches down in the second half.
“In every game this season, as the game wears on we get stronger and the other team doesn’t. We want to try to take advantage of that. We’re always deep and strong, we’re pretty athletic and we’re fast as well,” said Patterson, who substituted freely and used more than 25 players.
“We had a real strong first half and did pretty well in the second half, too, but we got spent out there [in the second half],” said Brewer coach Ben Poland. “[Bangor] certainly had the numbers on their side.”
“We had some injuries, including myself, and we had three subs while they had three at every position,” said Brewer senior defender Chris Worden, who overcame his injury to turn in a solid performance along with fellow defenders Josh Williams, Marshall Maxsimic and Magnus Dypvik.
Patterson was impressed with the Witches.
“Brewer played very well. They were well-organized, they defended well and they gave us all we could handle,” said Patterson.
Bach scored his first goal at the 19:47 mark of the first half as he ran on to a long pass from Dom Veilleux, outmuscled a defender and broke in alone before sending the ball past Brewer goalkeeper Ian Burgess’s right.
“I had to ride the first tackle and then I tried to get rid of everything else and I just put it in the corner,” said Bach.
Freshman Clein side-footed a perfect low cross from Alex Campbell into the exposed net from point-blank range 2:30 into the second half for his second goal of the season.
Campbell had accepted a Peter Gorczok pass in the left corner and worked his way past a defender before dribbling along the end line and crossing the ball.
“I saw [Clein] out of my periphery but I was just trying to get it across the middle. [Patterson] tells us to cut the ball back,” said Campbell.
Bach converted another breakaway off a long Gorczok feed into his fifth goal of the season and junior Boyce one-timed a low shot into the far corner from the top of the penalty area off a diagonal pass back from Chapin Frost, who had received a cross-field pass from Josh Landry. It was his Boyce’s first of the season.
The speedy Kawanura took a pass from Josh Theriault and ripped a shot from the middle of the penalty area past Markevich’s right.
Markevich finished with four saves while Burgess turned aside 17 in an impressive performance.