BRUNSWICK – Blake Gordon scored three goals and Wilder Nicholson added a pair as Brunswick beat Cony 9-0 in a KVAC Class A boys’ soccer match Saturday.

After being shut out by Lewiston 2-0 on Friday, the Dragons (3-1-2) pressured from the outset, with Konnor Scarponi, Chris Bruno and Gordon all threatening in the opening minutes before Gordon scored off a fourth Scarponi corner kick.

Bruno collected the ball outside the box and passed up to Gordon in front, and the sophomore drilled an 18-yarder into the far right corner of the net at 9:19.

“We played well (against Lewiston),” Gordon said, “but they scored an early goal, and we probably let down a little. We knew this game was a must-win for us.”

Five minutes later, Mitchell Black came up with a takeaway and smartly fed a charging Ryan Black, and Black went in alone on keeper Brandon Elwell before scoring from in close.

Nicholson made it 3-0 at 20:30 after Bruno passed to Zack Lavoie in the right corner. Lavoie sent it back across the crease, and Bruno got a piece of it before Nicholson converted from the left side of the box.

“We tried to work on some things today,” said the senior Nicholson, “our set pieces and corners.

The team worked well together on possession; our crosses and through balls and one-touches were all effective.”

The teamwork continued to pay off as Cormick Gaughran in the right corner passed to Black on the goal line, and Black fed Gordon in front for a goal.

Two minutes later Black made a nice pass to Gordon, whose bid was stopped by the defense as Elwell came out, but the ball went to Nicholson with nothing but an open net to fill.

Brunswick enjoyed a 17-0 shots advantage in the first half, and Lavoie made it 6-0 at 1:34 of the second after passes from Bruno and Gordon set him up alone in front.

Gordon completed his hat trick after Lavoie, from deep in the right corner, crossed to Bruno on the left, and the latter fed an unguarded Gordon at the left post for his third assist.

“Our middies had some nice balls, and the crosses set up the strikers,” said Gordon. “It was just like Coach (Peter Gardner) said before the game.”

Scarponi and Gaughran closed out scoring with unassisted tallies in the final three minutes.

“Sometimes it’s hard to stay with the game plan,” said Gardner, “but they did some nice things. They have it within them. They just need to gain the confidence to realize it.”

“You noticed there were no cards, no breakdowns in discipline,” said Cony Coach Jon Millette of his squad. “They’re good sports. They have good character.”