(Naples ME) The Wells Warriors finished the regular season with four straight wins after defeating Lake Region, 6-1, on a cool Monday night of WMC boys soccer.
Freshman Liam Bell lit up the Lakers for four goals despite being on the Wells bench for nearly half of the game. Liam had three goals in the Warriors 4-1 win over LR earlier in the season.
Wells (6-6-2) tallied three goals in each half.
Lake Region (1-13) clicked on a penalty kick in the first half and carried a 2-1 deficit down to the last two minutes of the half. However, Liam Bell finished his first-half hat-trick to boost the Wells margin to 3-1 at the half.
The Warriors added three more goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half and never looked back.
Lake Region honored its seniors before the game.
No question that Liam Bell can finish but in this game his teammates put him into a position to finish all night long.
Liam’s first goal was nicely assisted by Hatim Sharaf. His second goal was a header off of TJ Wright’s corner kick. The third goal was set up by Alec Pinette who dribbled down the right side and could have taken a shot. Lakers GK Michael Rust moved his way expecting a shot but instead Alec centered the ball into the middle to an uncovered Liam Bell. The net was wide open.
LR picked up its goal after Magnus Holm was tripped in the box. Michael Rust took the kick and put it into the upper left corner.
In the second half, Liam Bell was quick to cash in a rebound (33:42) of Hatim Sharaf’s point-blank shot.
The Warriors would convert two more rebounds in the second half. Both shots were taken by senior Daniel Quint. Peter Valentino put in one rebound while Alex Pinette put in the other.
The aggressive Warriors won most of the one-on-one battles. I thought the big difference between the two teams was Wells ability to be able to face the goal in scoring position over-and-over. Lake Region had very few good looks at Wells GK Chandler Bridge.
I was impressed with LR’s exchange student Magnus Holm. He was very skilled.
Wells coach Sean Bishop was not sure when the last time was that the Warriors made the playoffs.
Lake Region didn’t win a game last year and ended up with one win (Poland) this year. But there was significant improvement statistically. In 2013 the Lakers tallied only 2 goals and gave up 129. This year LR scored 13 goals and gave up 62.
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