BANGOR, Maine — Ellsworth High School junior forward Jack Weeks netted a hat trick to highlight the Eagles’ 8-0 victory over John Bapst Memorial High School in an Eastern Maine Class B boys soccer matchup Thursday at the Dorothea Dix field.
Ellsworth remains unbeaten at 9-0-1, while the Crusaders slipped to 2-7-1 following their sixth straight game without a goal.
“I think Bapst is a good, young team. Even though we scored a lot of goals, I think they tried to do the proper things,” said Ellsworth head coach Brian Higgins. “[It was] a learning experience the entire game, and I thought they were a very good passing team. I think we’re just a little bit bigger, stronger and more experienced, and sometimes that translates into wins.”
“I mean that’s just an elite team in the conference and we’re up-and-coming I guess you could put us as,” John Bapst head coach Sean Smith said. “It is what it is. Again, that’s by far the class of the Class B East. That’s the best coach in the area and if not the state and I have total respect and give total credit to them.”
Eagles senior midfielder Sid St. Peter began the scoring after he put home a rebound 47 seconds into the game, with the assist going to junior midfielder Anthony Gardner. Gardner would get a second helper less than five minutes later on Weeks’ first tally of the contest — a rocket from the corner of the 18-yard box that beat John Bapst goalkeeper Bach Nguyen at the far post.
Weeks’ second marker came on an unassisted effort from the top of the 18 with 23 minutes remaining in the half. He would complete the hat trick three minutes later on a rebound attempt to put the Eagles up 4-0. Senior midfielder Ben Haslam earned the assist.
The Crusaders’ best chance of the half came on a goalmouth scramble following a corner kick around the 12-minute mark, but the ball was eventually cleared to stymie the threat.
Ellsworth senior defensive back Brandon Braley connected with his brother, sophomore forward Alex Braley, to cap the Eagles’ first-half scoring at 5-0.
Nguyen made three huge saves on breakaway chances in the first 40 minutes to keep John Bapst within five heading into the break.
Junior defensive back Jeff Weeks opened the second-half scoring, capitalizing on a through ball from sophomore midfielder Kyle Golding. He would get his second tally with just under 21 minutes remaining to put Ellsworth up 7-0.
The Crusaders were awarded a penalty kick around the 15-minute mark, but the shot was saved by senior netminder Steven Mahon to preserve his seventh shutout of the year.
The Eagles’ finally tally came two minutes later on an unassisted effort by freshman midfielder Trent Goodman, who slalomed between two Crusader defenders down the right flank before finding the back of the net.
Ellsworth held a 12-2 edge in shots on goal. Mahon finished with four saves in net for the Eagles, while Ngyuyen, Josh Burleigh and Jacob Reese combined to produce four stops for John Bapst.
The Crusaders travel to Aroostook County to take on Caribou Oct. 10. The Eagles return home for their next contest on Oct. 15 against Washington Academy, the last team to beat them in the regular season.