BREWER, Maine — The Bangor High School Rams entered Friday night’s mutual boys soccer season opener against rival Brewer with a 45-3-3 record over the past three seasons.
And the Rams showed why they’ve won two Eastern Maine Class A titles and one state championship during that span.
Senior striker Nick George scored three goals and assisted on another and his cousin, junior striker Phil Frost, added a goal and two assists as Bangor registered an impressive 5-0 triumph at Doyle Field.
Senior left midfielder Brian Loiselle scored the other Bangor goal and also collected an assist. Adam King contributed an assist; senior goalkeeper Bud Angst made two saves on three shots and Clark Noonan anchored the defense.
Brewer goalie Shawn Williams played well in defeat, finishing with 11 saves on 39 shots including several gems off clean break-ins. Sweeper Tyler Bessette also played well for Brewer.
“I was pretty busy. They’re awesome,” said Williams. “They made a lot of smart passes. They’re a smart team.”
The defending EM titlists controlled play against the youthful, hardworking Witches and wore Brewer down with their relentless pressure.
Frost opened the scoring 7:04 into the game but the Rams squandered several glittering chances to expand the lead, in part due to the stellar goalkeeping of Williams, until George scored an important momentum-booster with just 22 seconds left in the half.
King took a quick throw-in and lofted it over the Brewer defense to the speedy George, who raced in alone on Williams down the right side.
“I just tried to get something on [the shot] and tried to put it across [to the far post] but it deflected off a Brewer guy and went between [Williams’] legs,” said George.
George, who scored a team-high 17 goals last season, scored his second and third goals 12:31 apart in the second half before Loiselle capped the scoring.
“We stepped it up in the second half. We were a lot more intense,” said Frost.
The Rams played more directly in the second half, launching more long passes instead of using the multipass build-ups they tried in the first half.
“We felt slowed down in the first half especially with the long grass,” said Frost.
“We wanted to play it over the top to put their defenders back on their heels and avoid getting congested in the middle,” explained George.
Frost’s game-opening goal came off a pass from Loiselle that sent him in alone on Williams down the left side.
“Brian gave me a great ball. The goalie came out and gave me the far post and I tried to put it there,” said Frost, who calmly toe-poked it home.
Cousins Noah Frost, Phil Frost and George teamed up on a beautiful passing sequence that resulted in George’s goal 3:03 into the second half.
Noah Frost won the ball in the left corner and slipped it through to Phil Frost whose low cross was easily directed into the vacant net by George.
Phil Frost gave George a through-ball to complete his hat trick as George angled a left-footed shot past Williams inside the far post.
Loiselle finished things off when he slid and lunged to tap George’s low cross into the net.
JV: Bangor 4-0