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Justin D’Orlando and Jack Kingdon score in Bridgton Academy’s 2-0 soccer win in opener versus Southern Maine Community College

Bridgton Academy passing was key to win over SMCC. Here Lucca Rodrigues (14) looks to pass to teammate victor Lage (7)

Bridgton Academy passing was key to win over SMCC. Here Lucca Rodrigues (14) looks to pass to teammate victor Lage (7)

Jack Kingdon lines up his goal

Jack Kingdon lines up his goal

(Bridgton ME) Bridgton Academy opened its 2015 soccer season with a 2-0 win over Southern Maine Community College on Thursday afternoon on BA’s new turf field under cloudy conditions.

The Wolverines (1-0) scored goals midway through each half and used their speed and accurate passing to advantage often.

The Seawolves (1-2-1) from South Portland had few scoring chances but trailing by just a goal through 20+ minutes of the second half they nearly tied it on a shot by DJ Cloutier.

Shortly thereafter Jack Kingdon (Nonnewaug High CT) split two SMCC defenders for a clean look and whizzed a shot past defenseless GK Drew Martin to give BA a 2-goal cushion for the rest of the game.  That 2-goal lead looked to be in potential difficulty during the final twenty minutes of the match as the Wolverines played one player short and later two players short due to injuries and an empty bench.  Noticeably good passing and unselfishness by BA kept SMCC from capitalizing on their plus numbers.

The Wolverines style of play set up plenty of scoring chances during the even strength portion of the game.  Only thing missing was finishing but the longer you watched the better you liked the chances for that to happen.

SMCC was forced to do a lot of chasing and had limited chances to move forward using short passes.  The Seawolves used the long ball to set up their scoring chances.  BA goalkeeper Andrew Mortarelli had several dangerous shots to deal with but he was able to stand his ground and get the shutout.

BA’s Justin D’Orlando (Masconomet Regional MA) was excellent on defense. At 6’6” he had a head on several lobs that came close to the BA goal.

Justin had a fluke goal (in my opinion) in the first half. He was set up for a direct kick close to the left sideline about 25 yards out. SMCC had a 3-man wall in place but it didn’t have the entire goal covered. Justin kicked a hard grounder past the wall. Defender DJ Cloutier just missed intercepting the ball and Justin’s grounder rolled into the far corner past GK Drew Martin. How often does a direct-kick grounder get into the goal untouched?

Justin D'Orlando lines up direct kick that became first BA goal

Justin D’Orlando lines up direct kick that became first BA goal

Ball goes past wall

Ball goes past wall

Ball continues untouched

Ball continues untouched

Ball slides by GK Drew Martin into corner as Luis Felipe Delaye (8) looks for rebound

Ball slides by GK Drew Martin into corner as Luis Felipe Delaye (8) looks for rebound

I was impressed with SMCC defender Hughes Bakunda. He was tireless with a strong foot.

Hughes Bukunda shields the ball from Nathaniel Campbell

Hughes Bukunda shields the ball from Nathaniel Campbell

The Wolverines weren’t shy about pressing the attack and were disciplined enough to never be called for an offsides.

SMCC’s next game will be at home on Sunday against UMaine-Machias. On the same day BA is in Newark, New Jersey playing St. Benedict’s Prep.

The new turf field is real nice.  The fast surface certainly showcased the speed of Bridgton Academy.

Surprised that BA had no one available to chase balls that left the field. That arrangement was certainly an advantage for the home team in the lead and the game ball rolling into the woods.  Solution?  Either have people chasing the balls or have twice as many soccer balls available.

A baseball game was going on at the same time.

Why is this report so late?  I attempted to put this story with pictures together while watching the Patriots.  The Patriots won but the timeliness of this story lost.

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

Jack Kingdon celebrates goal

Jack Kingdon celebrates goal

Sean Jackson

Sean Jackson

Victor Lage

Victor Lage

Justin D'Orlando

Justin D’Orlando

postgame

postgame

Bridgton Academy goalkeeper Andrew Mortarelli

Bridgton Academy goalkeeper Andrew Mortarelli

DJ Cloutier gets some advice

DJ Cloutier gets some advice

Jack Kingdon fires a shot (wide)

Jack Kingdon fires a shot (wide)

Seawolves defense as Noah Medeiros kicks a corner kick

Seawolves defense as Noah Medeiros kicks a corner kick

GK Andrew Mortarelli (orange) slides to block shot

GK Andrew Mortarelli (orange) slides to block shot

Justin D'Orlando (21) skies to clear corner kick

Justin D’Orlando (21) skies to clear corner kick

Brandon Ford

Brandon Ford

Justin Kingdon puts a move on Jacob Coffey

Justin Kingdon puts a move on Jacob Coffey

Noah Medeiros leaps to get by SMCC defender Jacob Cavacas

Noah Medeiros leaps to get by SMCC defender Jacob Cavacas

Noah Medeiros (4) looks to pass

Noah Medeiros (4) looks to pass

Drew Martin saves in traffic

Drew Martin saves in traffic

 

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Bridgton Academy gets by Southern Maine CC 4-2 in soccer opener

Connor Reagan (2 goals) eludes defender Zach Napsey in the first half

Connor Reagan (2 goals) eludes defender Zach Napsey in the first half

Sam Anderson battles Jacob Smith

Sam Anderson battles Jacob Smith

(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 scored the third BA goal

Pat Gass scored the third BA goal

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.

Kyle Stiefken scored two second-half goals for SMCC

Kyle Stiefken scored two second-half goals for SMCC

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.

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

shot at my camera

shot at my camera

Zach Napsey set to clear

Zach Napsey set to clear

Nick Nugent

Nick Nugent

GK Josh McDuffie leaps to save

GK Josh McDuffie leaps to save

Dmitri Roumeliotis set to corner kick

Dmitri Roumeliotis set to corner kick

Colin Lush (20) heads home a goal in the final seconds that was disallowed.

Colin Lush (20) heads home a goal in the final seconds that was disallowed.

Nico Kaiafas gets a great setup from Connor Reagan

Nico Kaiafas gets a great setup from Connor Reagan

Eric Miller gets a wide open shot for 4th BA goal

Eric Miller gets a wide open shot for 4th BA goal

Dan Couverette gets control

Dan Couverette gets control

Connor Reagan

Connor Reagan

loose ball

loose ball

Layne Kearney-Graffam chases Nico Kaiafas

Layne Kearney-Graffam chases Nico Kaiafas

Pat Gass congratulated by Brian Wheeler

Pat Gass congratulated by Brian Wheeler

SMCC goalie Josh McDuffie

SMCC goalie Josh McDuffie

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