September 8, 2013

Boys' soccer: Storm give Red Riots no room to breathe

Scarborough, the reigning Class A boys' soccer champ, opens with a 5-0 win over South Portland.

By Paul Betit
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH - The Scarborough boys' soccer team picked up Saturday afternoon exactly where it left off last November when it claimed its third Class A state championship in five seasons.

The Red Storm made it look easy as they opened their SMAA season with a 5-0 win against South Portland at MacFarland Field to run their unbeaten streak to 19 games.

"We had a game plan," said Wyatt Omsberg, a senior midfielder who scored two goals. "We came out here and we executed it. It was definitely a good offensive effort. We finished our chances and we finished them early, and defensively we were really solid as well."

Scarborough was on the attack from the outset and never let up.

"We definitely try to pressure them," Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz said. "By keeping the pressure on them, it really gave our backs a lot less to do. From the midfield up, I thought we played really well."

It was a disappointing loss for the Red Riots, who opened last season with a 2-2 tie against Scarborough on the natural grass surface in South Portland.

"Last season we tied them the first game after an awful preseason," said South Portland Coach Brian Hoy. "This year we had a great preseason, and we came out and did this.

"Everybody is entitled to a bad game now and then, but not against Scarborough. They're relentless and they're very good."

The Red Storm held a 17-5 edge in shots and set the tone during the first 15 minutes.

"Of course, guys were trying to do too much, which is typical of the first game," Diaz said, "but once we settled down and got that first (goal), we really relaxed a little bit and everything else kind of came off of that."

Scarborough took a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Brendan Lorello opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when he got a step on a defender on the right wing and sent the ball inside the far post from inside the 18-yard line.

Less than seven minutes later, Omsberg pivoted on his left foot to drill a right-footed shot inside the left post from 20 yards. The goal came after he received Ian Corey's long corner kick from the right side.

The same duo clicked again six minutes into the second half when Omsberg headed in a Corey corner kick, extending the lead to 3-0.

Sam Cekada and freshman Noah Stracquahusi scored a little more than a minute apart midway through the second half to complete the scoring.

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