Biddeford 0

Westbrook 2

The Westbrook boys soccer team is on quite a roll.

After dropping their first game of the season to Bonny Eagle, the Blue Blazes have gone on a three-game winning streak, getting consecutive shutout wins over Massabesic and Windham before adding Biddeford to that list on Monday night.

On a night that had a definite fall chill in the air, the Blazes ran their record to 3-1 on the year with a 2-0 win over the visiting Tigers at Olmsted Field.

Westbrook controlled the pace of the game for much of the contest, limiting Biddeford’s opportunities on offense, keeping the pressure off Westbrook goalie Galen Perkins while spending a lot of time in the Tigers’ end of the field, pressuring the Biddeford defense and Tigers’ goalie Evan McBrierity.

While Westbrook kept the ball in the Biddeford zone for most of the first half, the Biddeford defense packed in and prevented the Blazes from getting many solid scoring chances.

With about 29 minutes left in the first half, Westbrook’s Brad Stiles got off a solid shot from about 20 yards out, but McBrierity knocked the ball away with a leaping save. About five minutes later, Westbrook’s Lance Ludka took a shot from right in front, but once again, McBrierity knocked the ball away.

The Blazes finally broke through with just under nine minutes left in the half. After an offsides call on Biddeford, Perkins boomed a high shot from deep in his own end. Showing some nice hustle, Stiles sprinted past the defense, outrunning the Tigers to the ball and driving a shot home into the far side of the net to give the Blazes a 1-0 lead, which is where the score would stay until the end of the first half.

It didn’t take Westbrook long to double their lead in the second half. Less than five minutes into the half, Westbrook’s Tyler Rand crossed in front of the Biddeford net and put a shot past McBrierity into the corner to give the Blazes their second goal on the way to a 2-0 win.

The Blazes will be looking for their fourth consecutive shutout on Sept. 18 when South Portland visits Olmsted Field for a 6 p.m. game. The Blazes will then travel to Sanford on Saturday afternoon to face the Redskins.


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