BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School boys’ soccer team showed off its scoring balance as five different players each scored a goal en route to a 5-0 victory over the Lawrence Bulldogs in an Eastern Maine Class A matchup Tuesday night.
The Rams remain undefeated following their sixth straight win to begin the season.
“I think we’ve got some players that are very creative and we’ve been working a lot as a team to make scoring chances,” Bangor head coach David Patterson said. “As the season’s gone on we’ve gotten better and better at finishing those chances and hopefully that’ll continue.”
Lawrence, which was dominated in possession by Bangor for the majority of the contest, fell to 2-3.
“I think Bangor has a very talented team right now and they are definitely the best team we’ve seen to date,” Lawrence head coach Bob Towne said. “They move the ball very well and I give them credit. They shut us down and we just didn’t generate a lot of opportunity for ourselves tonight.”
Bangor junior forward Nate Bach broke the scoreless tie 17 minutes into the first half on an individual effort down the left side. Bach cut back to the middle along the baseline before firing a low shot that beat Lawrence senior goaltender Zachary Alley.
“I’ve been having some luck recently just staying on the baseline so I just tried to stay down and when I got the open shot I took it,” Bach said.
Alley finished with 12 saves on 17 shots, including a couple of point-blank chances in the first half, to keep the Bulldogs within five. Sophomore goalie Stanley Clarke finished with three stops in net to secure the shutout for the Rams.
Bangor’s next score came around the 17-minute mark on a header by junior defender Sam Huston. Freshman midfielder Carson Atherley, who finished with two assists, hit a corner kick that Huston soared to get to first and put the Rams up by two.
The Rams used their dominance in possession for an 8-0 advantage in corners and a 17-3 edge in shots on goal.
The Rams’ third tally came just three minutes into the second half on a shot by junior forward Karl Gurschick that was assisted by senior midfielder Sam Bolduc. Their fourth came with 29 minutes remaining in regulation on an individual effort by senior midfielder Josh Landry, who managed to beat a couple of Lawrence defenders up the left side on his way to the goal.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a little more of the possession in the second half but failed to capitalize. Their best chance came off the foot of junior forward Nick Blomerth around the 24-minute mark. Blomerth managed to split two Ram defenders inside the 18, but his left-footed try sailed inches over the crossbar to preserve Clarke’s shutout.
Bangor capped the scoring with 15 minutes remaining in the game on a goal by sophomore forward Andrew Barrowman, with the assist going to Atherley.
The Rams will put their 6-0 record on the line when they travel to Topsham to face Mount Ararat on Friday. Although he said he has been extremely pleased with the effort he has seen from his squad so far this season, Patterson believes there is still room to improve.
“Defensively we want to get stronger. All across the field we want to raise the level of intensity of our team defense, especially in their half of the field,” he said. “If we continue to work hard on that, it’s going to help us have a lot more possession.”
Lawrence returns home to play Messalonskee High School of Oakland Wednesday night.