Landon Soccer 1 Saint Stephen’s Saint Agnes 2 in 2nd OT plus a Bear Trax

The IAC soccer competition is akin to the SEC football situation (apologies for the mixed metaphor). Several schools have been ranked in the Top 10 by WaPo and the conference teams will play each other multiple times. Yesterday’s match on Prindle Pitch was a battle.

The Saints showed skills and had a height advantage reminiscent of many English football squads. The visitors prime defender, who shadowed the Bear’s Zach Fingerhut (see below), was 6’4” and several of his backline mates were above the 6’ mark.SSSA fingerhut2

The game started out with the adversaries testing each other out. Forays by swift wingers gained turf, but were rebuffed. Booming clears by the keepers and defenders were stifled. A lot of the game was plaid in the air rather than the ground and the Bears did well against the Saints in that arena.

The standoff came to an end at 22:00 when the Saints had a throw in from the corner to Walter Spak’s left. The ball entered the box and took at least one bounce to the place where an SSSA forward buried it.

 

The strategic battle continued, but at a slower pace. Then  a brilliant breakout pass from Captain Will Olsen found classmate, Zach Fingerhut , with room to the left side of the field. His sprint was accompanied by the 6’4” SSSA defender, but the Bear’s speed and ball controlled added to his advantage. The result was a Bear goal at 50:00.

The fight for possession continued for the remainder of the 2nd half, but neither team was able to score in regular time. Sean O’Brien, working with his forwards, created space and his shot hit the far post of the goal.

During the first overtime period, the Bears’ structure on defense was sound. Equally the Saints were able to frustrate the Bears. At the start of the 2nd OT, a shot was taken at the visitors’ goal when the goalie seemed to be a little off of his line. Possession swung to the other end. In a play similar to the first SSSA score resulted in a goal at 86:00.

 

There were many exemplary Bear performances. Unfortunately without a better knowledge base of the game and with no roster, it is hard to highlight any other individuals though many deserve mention. Landon plays as a team and their game appears to depend on good positioning and multiple short passes. All of that was well exhibited against the Saints.

 

LANDON  1    ST. STEPHEN’S  2    (2 O.T.)
SCORING:
Landon:  Fingerhut  (Olson), 50:00

St. Stephen’s:  Guidry, 22:00;  Guidry, 86:00

SAVES:
Landon:  Spak, 2

St. Stephen’s:  Draim, 2

HALF TIME:  Landon  0    St. Stephen’s  1

CARDS:
Landon:  none

St. Stephens:  Acebo-Gomez, 75:00

RECORDS:
Landon:  6 – 2 – 0 overall;  I.A.C.  2 – 2 – 0

St. Stephen’s: 8-1-2, overall;   I.A.C. 3 – 1

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Friday night recap: Bowdoin takes hard fought match against Colby

September 27, 2013
Waterville, ME
In the season home opener, Colby matched up against rival Bowdoin College for the two schools’ first meeting of the year. After the success of the Friday Night Lights game last year against Bates, Colby again set the match to be played on the football field  and again drew a sizable crowd. The Polar Bears rushed out to a quick start. scoring the game’s first two tries early on. Colby got on the scoreboard before the end of the half from a kick by fly-half Jack Sears, but could not add more to close the gap. Bowdoin held a 21-3 lead by the end of the half, and maintained the majority of ball possession. Senior lock for Colby Tim Badmington scored his team’s only try late in the second half; Sears converted the kick. The visitors earned an additional 26 points in the last 40 minutes to end the game 47-10. A small injury to Sears in the second half caused fullback Brett Beaney ’15 to take over the fly-half position, bringing Hib Schenck ’14 to fill in at the back. The men will next play University of Maine Orono, again at home, before their bye week in October.

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