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Bridgton Academy edges Central Maine 3-2

Hilts Housen-Berglind and Mohamedamin Nur battle
Carmine DiPietrantonio

(North Bridgton ME) “We exchanged some words at halftime,” recalled Bridgton Academy soccer coach Jim Hopkins.

They worked.

The Wolverines upgraded their play noticeably in the second half and defeated Central Maine, 3-2, this afternoon.

Carmine DiPietrantonio headed home the game winner twenty-four minutes into the second half.

“I kept making runs at the net hoping that their goalie would make a mistake,” said Carmine.

When Zach Pacheco sent a direct kick high toward the net from the left, Carmine’s golden chance was about to arrive.

“He put in a great ball,” said Carmine of Zach’s direct kick.

Zach Pacheco’s direct kick reaches GK Dido Lumu

“It went through the goalie’s hands and onto my head,” recalled Carmine.

Carmine DiPietrantonio (12) heads the ball in for a score

“We always talk about getting numbers in the box and this time it paid off,” said Coach Hopkins.

Mohamed Abdikadir scores CM’s first goal

That BA goal was the only one scored in the second half.  Based on the way the Wolverines were playing, however, it was huge.

In the first half, both teams found space to operate in.  In the second half, the Mustangs (2-3) struggled to put passes together and make runs.

“I’m happy with our fight in the second half,” said Coach Hopkins post-game. “We pressured them and had two or three players near the ball.”

“Our guys played pretty well for about sixty minutes,” said CM coach Bryan Wallace.

Unfortunately, today’s game was ninety minutes long!

Central Maine was able to force Bridgton Academy (2-2-1) into costly mistakes in the first half with their pressure.

Baden McLaughlin (8) set up by Muntasir Ahmed for first goal

“We did pretty well on the press early on,” said Coach Wallace.  “Both of our goals came that way.”

Mustangs Mohamed Abdikadir and Mohmed Matan turned intercepted passes into first-half scores.

Bridgton Academy’s Muntasir Ahmed led his team’s response to the Mustangs’ goals with great setups for teammates Baden McLaughlin and Zach Pacheco.

“Baden, Zach, and Muntasir have had three great games in a row,” said Coach Hopkins.

“I was able to get around their wideback on those goals,” recalled Muntasir, “and make a good run.  I saw Baden and Zach.  I just kicked it in their direction and prayed.”

Mohmed Matan had CM’s second goal

Biggest save of the game was by Bridgton Academy goalie Alex Bachman 12 ½ minutes into the first half.

Two minutes earlier, Alex’s turnover had led to Central Maine’s second goal and a 2-1 lead for the visitors.

When CM’s Suab Nur broke in clean on Alex he had multiple scoring options.  Somehow Alex was able to get in front of the shot Suab took and gave no rebound.

A goal there and Central Maine has a 3-1 lead halfway through the first half.  Instead, a one-goal game continued until Zach Pacheco converted Muntisir Ahmed’s crossing pass to tie the score.

The best soccer games are the ones in which the officials are seldom involved.  Unfortunately, the officials had plenty to deal with over the final twenty minutes of this game. The rough play from both sides led to whistles, cards, and ejections.

Cards and ejections low-lighted the final twenty minutes of the game

“We let out emotions get the better of us,” said Coach Wallace.  “Physically we’ve shown that we can hang with some teams but mentally we’re not there yet”

“No way we wanted guys sent off,” said Coach Hopkins.  “Our discipline could have been better.”

Nice weather day with plenty of sunshine. 

Carmine DiPietrantonio: “We pressed them and moved the ball as a team.  We did everything we do in practice.”

The two teams are in different leagues, so this game doesn’t impact their league standings.  The CM website listed it as an “exhibition game.”

Central Maine Community College is in Auburn, Maine.

Alex Bachman and Garrett Smith each covered a half in goal for the Wolverines.  Dido Lumu went the distance in the Mustangs net.

(All the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Baden McLaughlin scored a goal for Bridgton Academy
Chris Kourtelidis and Abdilahi Abdi
Garrett Smith makes a save for BA
Ben Sykes gets a facial from Abdibaari Hersi
Zach Pacheco (10) and Muntasir Ahmed after BA’s second goal
Suab Nur
Muntasir Ahmed – two assists
First-half pressure on Dido Lumu
Alex Bachman robs Suab Nur in the first half
Michael Darasz
Baden McLaughlin (8) and Muntasir Ahmed after first BA goal
Saleh Brahim

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Trio one-hits Central Maine in 5-3 Bridgton Academy baseball win

Connor Andrews (1) had two hits, scored two runs, and added an RBI for Bridgton Academy

Connor Andrews (1) had two hits, scored two runs, and added an RBI for Bridgton Academy

BA starter and winner Patrick Webler

BA starter and winner Patrick Webler

(North Bridgton, ME) A trio of Bridgton Academy pitchers limited Central Maine Community College to one hit in a 5-3 win on Wednesday afternoon on the BA campus.

Patrick Webler started for the Wolverines (7-5) followed by Colby McMahon and closer Declan Donahue.

The Mustangs (4-4-1) lone hit was off a Trent Spaulding grounder in the sixth inning that BA pitcher Colby McMahon deflected and slowed down enough for Trent to reach first safely.

Joe Webber (2 hits/2 runs/1 rbi), Connor Andrews (2 hits/2 runs/1 rbi), and Joe Brady (1 hit/2 rbi) sparked Bridgton Academy to a 5-0 lead after four innings.

The Wolverines, however, came unglued in the field in the sixth inning and it cost them three runs.  Any time you put together a hit batsman, a walk, a balk, and an outfield error in one inning you’re begging to be scored on.

Central Maine shortstop Kyle Moore tosses to 2B Trent Spaulding

Central Maine shortstop Kyle Moore tosses to 2B Trent Spaulding

But in this seven-inning game, CM had only three baserunners total in the other six innings thanks to some pretty good BA pitching.

This non-league game was a rematch of a 4-2 BA victory three weeks ago in Auburn.

Brandon Varney took the loss for CM.  Alex Biron, Bryce Walker, and Matt Turner also pitched for the Mustangs.

In the first inning, DH Joe Webber doubled down the left-field line, stole third, and scored the first BA run on Joe Brady’s infield out.

In the second inning, Stefan Strachan singled, stole second, and reached third on a bad throw by catcher Matt Toth.  Connor Andrews singled past third to score Stefan and later Joe Webber doubled to right bringing Connor across with the 3rd BA run.

Joe Webber (3) had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI

Joe Webber (3) had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI

The Wolverines added two more runs in the fourth.  Connor Andrews (single) and Joe Webber (walk) reached base and advanced on a passed ball.  Sam Majewski drove in Connor with an infield out and Joe Brady’s infield single plated Joe Webber.

CM gathered all their runs in the sixth inning.  They loaded the bases against Colby McMahon with a hit, a hit batsman, and a walk.  Colby’s balk scored Trent and advanced the other runners (Kyle Moore and Jacob Albert) into scoring position.  After a strikeout the inning looked over on a line drive to center but CF Stefan Strachan dropped the ball and both runners scored.

BA turned a 1-6-3 double play in the final inning.

The new turf field at Bridgton Academy is very nice.  The sun was very tough on the right side of the field.  CM first baseman Nick Bagley came to the dugout after one of the middle innings saying that he couldn’t see anything out there.

Stefan Strachan slides into second as Trent Spaulding leaps for the throw

Stefan Strachan slides into second as Trent Spaulding leaps for the throw

In the first matchup between the teams, BA faced Evan Roberts who fanned seven of them.

In the fifth inning Stefan Strachan appeared to have stolen second but was tagged out by 2B Trent Spaulding when he got up from the slide.

Bridgton Academy box

Central Maine box

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Central Maine starter Brandon Varney

Central Maine starter Brandon Varney

3B Sam Majewski

3B Sam Majewski

2B Zach Silva

2B Zach Silva

CM pitcher Alex Biron

CM pitcher Alex Biron

Evan Roberts set to swing

Evan Roberts set to swing

Jacob Albert crosses home with the 3rd Mustangs run

Jacob Albert crosses home with the 3rd Mustangs run

Trouble in the outfield for CF Stefan Strachan

Trouble in the outfield for CF Stefan Strachan

Sun trouble at first for Nick Bagley

Sun trouble at first for Nick Bagley

Sidearming Colby McMahon

Sidearming Colby McMahon

 

 

 

 

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