(North Bridgton ME) A strong first half sent Bridgton Academy past Southern Maine Community College, 4-2, on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon.
BA built up a three-goal lead in the first half but SMCC (1-1) rallied to get within two goals on a successful penalty kick seven minutes into the second half. A gift goal by Eric Miller restored the 3-goal advantage for Bridgton with 14 ½ minutes left.
The home-team Wolverines (1-0) put plenty of pressure on the visiting Seawolves in the first half. Former Gorham HS star Connor Reagan (two goals) was the player who gave SMCC the most trouble.
Connor had BA’s first two goals. On both of them he was on the weak-side away from action. On his first score he cashed a cross from Sam Anderson with a header (38:57) that SMCC goalie (Josh McDuffie) had no chance on. On the second goal, a shot from one side was mishandled in front by Zach Napsey and Connor was there to drive home the loose ball.
Pat Gass (13:15) broke in from the left on a pass from Nico Kaiafas and BA had a 3-0 lead at halftime.
SMCC played a much better second half. They had won their opener, 2-1, in overtime at Dean College in Franklin MA on August 31st.
Kyle Stiefken (two goals) put the Seawolves on the board early in the second half. Nicholas Oram was tripped and SMCC was awarded a penalty kick. Kyle beat BA goalkeeper Colin Ford to his left.
Nicholas Oram hit the BA crossbar five minutes later.
This game got out of reach for SMCC at 14:31. A shot came in from GK Dan Couverette’s left. He decided to kick it instead of catching it but missed the kick entirely and the ball slide over to onrushing Eric Miller. Eric had the entire net to shoot at and delivered the 4th BA score.
Four minutes later SMCC had a second tally as Kyle Stiefken avoided two defenders on the left to get a clean look and a resulting goal.
SMCC would score an apparent goal (Colin Lush) in the final seconds but an offsides nullified it.
Bridgton Academy’s next game is Saturday at Dean College in Franklin MA.
SMCC will play at Hampshire College on the same day.
BA will play eight games in a row on the road before getting a home game on September 27th.
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