Windham 5

Massabesic 0

In their games against Kennebunk and Marshwood, the Windham boys’ soccer team couldn’t find the net and lost both times, 1-0. Tuesday afternoon in Waterboro, the Eagles found the net five times in a 5-0 dismantling of Massabesic. Windham’s five goals came from five different players and Nick Taylor made eight saves in goal.

“We played well,” said Windham head coach Jim O’Connor. “We’ve been playing well most of the season. Against Marshwood, we couldn’t score. We played very well the last three games and they were just 1-0 games and I told the kids ‘that’s soccer.’ Today, once the first one went in everyone breathed a sigh of relief.”

The first goal went in with 9:35 to go in the first half. Dylan King sent the ball to Patrick Ciez in the box. Ciez then tapped it into the net past the diving goalkeeper for a 1-0 Windham lead.

Up to that point, the Eagles had several scoring chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. Early on, they had a great corner kick only to see the ball headed away by a defender. Midway through the half, another good chance saw the shot go high over the net.

The Mustangs had a great chance to tie the game shortly after Ciez scored. With 9:08 to go in the half, a pair of Mustangs got into the box. The shot was on the money and Taylor dove to knock it away. While he was still on the ground, the rebound was picked up by another Mustang who kicked it wildly wide of the net.

“Nick (Taylor) is doing a great job,” O’Connor said. “When you go three games and give up three goals, you should do well. Its good we were able to keep them off the board.”

Late in the first half, King doubled the Windham lead with a hard shot from the corner of the six-yard box. King took a pass from across the field and fired a bullet that found the net just inside the far post.

Just over a minute later, Eric O’Connor put the Eagles up 3-0 when he converted on a pass from Andy Brix. Brix sent the ball ahead to O’Connor in the box and O’Connor finished the play. That gave Windham a three goal edge at halftime.

Early in the second half, Brix scored a goal of his own when he gained control of the ball near the top of the box. His shot deflected off a Massabesic defender and into the net.

Tyler Littlefield scored the final goal of the day for Windham when he got in behind the Massabesic defense and banked a shot off the post that went into the net.

“We played really well,” Jim O’Connor said. “We can play with anyone on a given day. It just depends who shows up.”

The Eagles improved to 6-4 with the win. As the season winds down, several teams are jockeying for position in the Heal Points as things are really tight in the middle of the pack.

“There will be a lot of teams with four or five losses at the end of the year,” said Coach O’Connor. “I don’t know how they’ll figure it out. Hopefully we can keep scoring goals and do well. The league is a lot better this year and anyone can win. We’ll see what happens.”


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