BREWER, Maine — Freshman forward Jared Plourde and senior midfielder Michael Hammond combined for three goals and two assists to pace Edward Little High School to a 5-1 win over Brewer High School in an Eastern Maine Class A boys soccer matchup Friday afternoon.
Their third straight victory improves the Red Eddies of Auburn to 5-1-1, while Brewer sees its record fall to 1-6.
“I’m just happy to come away with a win,” Edward Little head coach Matt Andreasen said. “We traveled two hours north here. We looked at Brewer as a dangerous, dangerous opponent. They absolutely waxed a team that we barely snuck by last week, so we looked at this as a really difficult matchup. We came out, got the early goals and kind of were able to put it on cruise control from there.”
Although both teams had trouble finding quality scoring chances in the first 40 minutes, it was the Red Eddies’ ability to capitalize that allowed them to go into halftime with a 3-1 lead.
Hammond fed Plourde for the first score of the game just five minutes into regulation. Plourde would return the favor four minutes later, finding Hammond on a through ball that gave the senior an open look at the goal. Hammond put it past Brewer sophomore goaltender Caleb Eggert to give Edward Little the 2-0 advantage.
Eggert would finish with four saves on nine shots, while junior netminder Llewellyn Jensen managed three stops for Edward Little.
The Red Eddies would go up by three on an unassisted goal by junior defensive back Kaleb Main at the 19-minute mark. Main was able to poke one by Eggert after a throw-in near the corner flag created a scramble in front of the goal, pulling Eggert out of position.
Brewer’s lone tally of the afternoon came courtesy of a penalty kick with 8:46 remaining in the first half. Junior midfielder Greg Warmuth was awarded the kick after getting tripped up inside the 18-yard line as he attempted to run down a through ball. He was able to beat Jensen to cut Brewer’s deficit to two.
“I was a little disappointed with the way we played, the effort level for my guys,” Brewer head coach Ben Poland said. “I think Edward Little came out strong, played hard, didn’t do anything overly special. They possessed the ball really well, they moved it really well and they took advantage of their chances when they were up top.”
Although the two teams had an equal share of the possession, it was Edward Little’s ability to execute in the final third that made the difference. The Red Eddies finished with a 16-8 edge in shots, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal.
“They took away our options as we moved from the midfield into the offensive third of the field. I feel like we did a decent job getting the ball into our midfield but when we went into attack mode, I feel like our options up front were taken away,” Poland said.
It was more of the same in the second half. Another throw-in from the corner led to Plourde’s second goal of the day, this time assisted by junior midfielder Luke Sterling. The freshman’s sixth goal of the season is tops on the team.
“[Jared] is a very good finisher in front of goal,” Andreasen said. “Our issue with Jared has been getting him to get that motor running. He’s starting to adapt, I think, to this level. He’s dangerous with the ball at his feet. I mean, he can put it on frame, he hits the ball really well.”
The Red Eddies’ fifth and final tally came with seven minutes remaining in regulation, this time by sophomore midfielder Landon Pope.
They will put their win streak on the line when they return home to play Mt. Blue High of Farmington on Tuesday.
Brewer will face the undefeated Bangor High School Rams on the road the same day.