Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
CUMBERLAND — Yarmouth scored two goals in the final 18 minutes Tuesday night to earn a 2-2 tie with Greely in a game between Western Class B boys' soccer contenders at Hutchins Field.
Matt Crowley of Greely stretches to try to keep the ball away from David Clemmer of Yarmouth during their Western Class B boys’ soccer game Tuesday night. Yarmouth scored two late goals for a 2-2 tie.
Photos by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Aidan Black of Greely looks to chest the ball down in front of Wyatt Jackson of Yarmouth during their 2-2 tie at Cumberland in a Western Class B game Tuesday.
"It was a great high school soccer game," Yarmouth Coach Mike Hagerty said. "I thought the kids played as hard as they could. It gives us a lot to build on for the season. (The players) will know they're never out of a game. They stuck with it and I'm really proud of the effort."
Greely Coach Mike Andreasen was happy to walk off with a tie.
"We lost a 2-0 lead but looking at the general scheme of things, to get a draw I think both teams felt pretty fortunate," he said.
Jacob Nason scored both goals for the Rangers (1-0-1).
His first goal came 11 minutes into the game on Greely's second foray into the Yarmouth end. After getting control of a deflected ball near midfield, Nason squeezed through a seam between two defenders and rolled in a shot from 20 yards inside the right post as goalie Alex Lyon came off his line to challenge him.
The Clippers (1-0-1) held an 11-2 edge in shots and a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks in the first half, but the Rangers held the lead.
"For us it was getting our heads right," Andreasen said. "We wanted to play like it was zero-zero."
Greely came out much stronger in the second half. It moved into a 2-0 lead when Nason headed in Matt Crowley's long direct kick in the 53rd minute.
"(Nason) gets about four good scoring chances all night and he scores on two of them," Hagerty said. "That's a pretty good player, right?"
At that point the Clippers appeared done, but instead dominated the rest of the game.
"We played well with a 1-0 lead," Andreasen said. "With a 2-0 lead we didn't. We really got back on our heels and (Yarmouth) really picked up the urgency."
Wyatt Jackson, who had a goal waved off because of an offside call late in the first half, made it 2-1 in the 62nd minute when he poked in Ben Decker's crossing pass from the right.
Less than eight minutes later, Ben Vigue stuck the ball inside the right post, getting a foot on a deflection after the ball pinballed in front following a corner kick.
"I thought our kids did a really nice job when we went down 2-0," Hagerty said. "We have a lot of young kids who haven't been in this type of game yet, so this was a really great early-season game."
With less than two minutes left in the second overtime, Greely goalie Alex McAdoo, a converted midfielder who made 11 saves in his second varsity start, made a diving stop on Max Watson's blast from the left side.
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Greely's Samuel Porter keeps his eye on the ball as he tries to advance it up the field against Yarmouth's David Clemmer.
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Greely's Matthew Crowley (10) tries to hold back Yarmouth's David Murphy (4) and Chandler Smith (20) while going for the ball late in the second half Tuesday.