Monday, April 21, 2014
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough boys’ soccer team received a wake-up call nearly two months ago.
Wednesday night the Red Storm answered it.
Wyatt Omsberg scored two goals as top-ranked Scarborough cruised to a 4-0 victory against third-seeded Portland at the Mitchell Athletic Complex to claim its second consecutive Western Class A championship.
The Red Storm (16-1) will seek to also claim their second consecutive state championship when they play Hampden Academy (16-1), the Eastern Maine winner, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at McMann Field in Bath.
On Sept. 10, Portland (12-3-2)pulled out a 1-0 victory at Scarborough to put the only blemish on the Red Storm’s record.
“The first game was like a wake-up call for us,” Omsberg said. “This time we were prepared and the coaches did a great job of getting us ready for this one.”
Omsberg set the tone when he scored from 35 yards just 22 seconds into the game.
“I got a nice pass across the middle and I got an open lane,” he said. “Nobody stepped on me so I decided to shoot it.’
The Bulldogs were unable to dig themselves out of that hole.
“Giving up that early goal kind of set the stage and I thought our boys did their best to come back,” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said. “Playing behind against a great team obviously is tough.
(Scarborough) did (its) best to legitimize their No. 1 ranking tonight.”
“Getting a goal 22 seconds into the game really helped,” said goalie Pat Stanton, who had to make just three saves to post the shutout. “It put the pressure on them early and they didn’t have an answer for it.”
Portland was unable to move the ball anywhere near the offensive third of the field until more than 15 minutes had elapsed.
The Bulldogs’ first shot came when Yusef Yama tried to curl in a shot from the left side, and Stanton leaped in front of the near post to keep the ball out.
The Red Storm, who held a 26-12 advantage in shots, didn’t ease up.
“This is probably our best game,” Omsberg said. “We played the full 80 minutes. It was a great effort all the way around, both offensively and defensively.”
With less than two minutes left in the first half, Charlie Mader made it 2-0 when he headed in Ian Corey’s corner kick from the left side.
“Obviously getting a goal that early really settled us down,” Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz said. “We could start playing soccer the way we try to play it. The key after that was not letting (Portland) come back.”
Omsberg scored his second goal 11 minutes into the second half when he got his left foot on a rebound after goalie Bobby Brittingham stopped his shot from 10 yards, and scored from point-blank range.
With less than 17 minutes left, Max Omstein redirected Matt Caron’s pass from just outside the top of the penalty area to complete the scoring.
“We knew at halftime being down two (goals) we would have to get some (goals) back, and (then we) end up losing more than we were behind,” Frenzilli said. “It just turned out that they counter-attacked and got a couple more goals.
“I’m proud of my boys and the job they’ve done. They represented Portland High well and they’ve got nothing to hang their heads about.”
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